Student Academic Advisor

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Student Academic Advisor

Do you believe in the power of ideas, possibility, and in building community?

Alberta University of the Arts (AUArts) is looking for an energetic and innovative student academic advisor to provide guidance to current and prospective students at AUArts by assisting learners with making informed decisions towards attaining their educational goals.

This is a permanent full-time position starting as soon as possible. Hours of work are 35 hours per week.

Why AUArts?

Alberta University of the Arts rests on the traditional Treaty 7 Territories of the Blackfoot people and in the spirit of our collective effort to promote reconciliation, we acknowledge the traditional territories and oral practices of the Blackfoot Confederacy, which includes Siksika, Piikani and Kainai, the Tsuut’ina, the Stoney Nakoda First Nations (Bearspaw, Chiniki and Wesley), Metis Nation Region III, and all those who make their homes in the Treaty 7 Region of Southern Alberta.

AUArts is a community of thinkers, shapers, makers and risk takers. We are students, faculty, staff and alumni rich in diversity of culture and thought, challenged to fearlessly explore what moves us, drives us, and implores us to see the world differently.

The Alberta University of the Arts offers its 1,100 students studio-based programming that leads to a Bachelor of Fine Arts in one of nine disciplines, a Bachelor of Design in one of two, and an MFA in craft media. It has deep roots in Calgary’s creative community and will soon be celebrating its centennial.

The Opportunity

Reporting to the manager, student life and wellness, the student academic advisor provides holistic, strengths-based advising and pro-active coaching to students on their academic progression by providing a wide range of advisory services and promoting resources and information related to student success, persistence, and oversees group success strategies programming (student success cafes, wellness advocacy, orientation, peer mentoring) to foster healthy and active student life. The advisor provides guidance on university and post-baccalaureate opportunities throughout the student life cycle, from newly admitted through to graduation. The advisor works with a diverse community of students including those entering university directly from high school, transfer students, mature students, students from diverse backgrounds, and international students, demonstrating consideration for diversity, equity and inclusion of all.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Advises students, in group and individual settings, through coaching regarding academic programs, admission requirements to majors, program progression requirements and graduation requirements in accordance with established policy.
  • Engages and supports students in the learning process and encourages them to take increased responsibility for their academic progress and success and in the development of personal educational plans consistent with their interests and resources.
  • Leads programs that facilitates student success strategies and a culture of active learning.
  • Mentors students in student life advocacy initiatives to promote holistic learning approaches.
  • Encourages and supports student success by identifying student needs and making appropriate referrals to university departments, partners, and to government and community services.
  • Develops and implements activities, events, workshops, related training, and initiatives for the academic advising program, including evaluation of the effectiveness of each.
  • Reports on academic progress and performance, inclusive of attrition and retention analysis.
  • Throughout the student life-cycle, the advisor provides updated resources and advisement that supports lifelong learning. The advisor supports and integrates cultural awareness through artistic enquiry in just-in-time advising sessions as well as developing programming specific to art students.

The successful candidate will have:

  • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field such as education is required.
  • Minimum two years related experience in a post-secondary environment is required.
  • Demonstrated experience advising international students.
  • Demonstrated experience working with a Student Information System (SIS) e.g., Banner.
  • Demonstrated understanding of adult learning theory and experience with student development programming.
  • Proficient or fluent in multiple language(s) is preferred.
  • Training in diversity and/or intercultural communications is preferred.
  • Training or certification in coaching, mentoring and/or advising is preferred.
  • Strong knowledge of Microsoft Office suite.
  • Strong verbal, written and interpersonal communication skills.
  • Ability to work collaboratively and maintain strong relationships with internal and external partners.
  • Possess flexibility and adaptability skills in a changing environment.
  • Excellent organizational and problem-solving skills.
  • Ability to multi-task while under pressure to meet deadlines.
  • Ability to collect data, analyze and problem solve.
  • Ability to accurately perform detailed work and maintain confidentiality and discretion.

As a member of the AUPE bargaining unit (Local 071/006), this full-time permanent position falls under a classification 6 (six).

The starting annual salary is $55,908 to $62,001 dependent upon skills, education and experience.

How to Apply

Applications must include the following in a single PDF document:

  • Cover Letter.
  • Curriculum Vitae/Resume.

Please upload your single document to the Resume section – do not upload any documents to the Cover Letter section. You will be required to create an account in order to submit your application.

Please visit our How to Apply page to ensure your application is complete prior to submission.

Review of applications will continue until the position is filled or the search is closed. While we thank all candidates for their interest, only applicants selected for an interview will be contacted.

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AUArts is committed to ensuring the health and safety of all university community members while on campus. For specific information and updates, including our COVID-19 vaccination policy, please visit our website.

AUArts is an equal opportunity employer and is strongly committed to fostering diversity within our community. We welcome those who would contribute to the further diversity of the university. We encourage expressions of interest from all qualified applicants for consideration for this or other suitable vacancies although applications from Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority.

The collection of personal information is for the purpose of determining eligibility and suitability for employment as authorized by the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy (FOIP) Act, section 33(c). If you have any questions about the collection of your information, please contact our FOIP coordinator at

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