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Academic Advisor At Alexander College


British Columbia, Canada

Job Description


The Academic Advisor works within the Student Success Services Team to provide students with a strategic approach to their development, progress and academic success. The primary duty of the Academic Advisor is to provide academic advising for new and returning students and to aid them in the development of a plan to reach their academic goals. In addition, the Academic Advisor researches and communicates emerging trends and works with other support staff to develop and maintain various core support services for students at Alexander College. The nature of the position requires the ideal candidate to possess a passion for working with students in a post-secondary context.


Reports to Academic Advising Supervisor and the Director of Student Affairs


Full time, Permanent


The Employee will work a flexible 40 hour work week (not including a half-hour unpaid lunch break), Monday – Saturday, during operating hours. Occasional evenings and weekends will be required.

The Academic Advising schedule may be adjusted at any time during the term of the contract by the Academic Advising Supervisor per the Unit’s needs.


Burnaby and Vancouver Campus, flexibility to travel between, and work at, campuses required.


  • Bachelor’s degree or post-secondary education in a related field (Master’s Degree preferred)
  • Minimum one-year experience working in an educational institution in an advising, or similar capacity (transferable skills from other areas will be considered)
  • Experience working with International students preferred


  • Excellent interpersonal & relationship building skills
  • Knowledge of the BC College and University system
  • Excellent coordination skills
  • Superior team work capabilities
  • Superior oral and written communication skills
  • Ability to maintain professionalism and cordiality when working with others
  • Strong ability to take initiative and complete tasks as assigned
  • Strong familiarity with Microsoft Office, including Microsoft Excel


Uphold Academic Advising Core competencies in accordance with NACADA best practices

  • Help students to understand the institution specify history, mission, vision, values and culture
  • Aid student in a deeper understanding of curriculum, degree programs, and other academic requirements and options
  • Assist student in the navigation of institution specific policies, procedures, rules and regulations
  • Introduce students to and the encourage use of campus resources that support student success
  • Communicate in an inclusive and culturally competent manner
  • Promote student understanding of the logic and purpose of their curriculum
  • Facilitate problem solving, decision-making, planning and goal setting

Provide Academic Advising for Alexander College Students

  • Meet and advise students during office hours and as needed
  • Advertise services to new students at Orientation, in classrooms and throughout the campus, and through the use of social media, etc.
  • Pre-assess transferability for student’s out of province courses
  • Advise students on the course prerequisites for Alexander College courses
  • Advise students through degree completion/graduation planning processes
  • Assist students to create education plans that best suit their needs (i.e.- course selection) for both Associate Degree completion or University Transfer
  • Verify requirements and initialize graduation application process
  • Assist students with university applications when transferring to other institutions
  • Develop and deliver workshops on post-secondary transfer options and admissions requirements to BCCAT member institutions
  • Provide advice to students who are facing academic difficulty, and refer students to other Student Success Services as needed

Ensure Academic Advising supports institutional best practices

  • Work with Enrolment Advisors to ensure advising guidelines are up to date and relevant
  • Consult with the Dean on new course offerings and communicate updated degree requirements
  • Monitor, research and communicate on transferability of courses to other institutions
  • Research, monitor and report on current trends in post-secondary education in BC
  • As required, liaise with other post-secondary institutions in BC to hone best practices, learn of alternatives and other opportunities for students
  • Work in conjunction with other staff in the Student Success Services Team and other departments, as necessary
  • Prepare and deliver reports to Director(s) including relevant data regarding advising
  • Perform other duties as assigned by the Director(s)

How to Apply:

If you are interested in the above position and you would like to apply, please apply with your resume and cover letter to Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted. No phone calls please. Thank-you!

The position will be open until filled.

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