Academic Advising and Career Specialist

 Posted: Monday, March 9, 2020 | Administrative and Staff Positions

Tyndale University is a multi-denominational, evangelical postsecondary institution that prepares leaders for the ministry, marketplace and global mission of the church. Tyndale invites fully qualified candidates to apply for the following position; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority. The successful candidates will subscribe to and sign Tyndale's Statement of Faith and Community Standards Statement.

Position Description

The Academic Advising and Career Specialist oversees advising and career services provided by the Centre for Academic Excellence (the Centre). They coordinate initiatives related to working with students who are deemed to be academically at-risk and develop strategies towards their improvement. They also work with all students in the area of academic advising, course planning, and study skill training. This individual will also be responsible for supporting and providing services related to career advising in the Centre.

Primary Responsibilities

Academic Advising

  • Oversee daily operations of academic advising in the Centre
  • Improve and design academic advising systems related to progress reports, appointments, and follow-up on concerns
  • Oversee the Midterm Report for undergraduate students
  • Collaborate with faculty on best practices related to academic advising in their discipline
  • Advise, monitor, and approve course registration for students who are deemed academically at-risk
  • Investigate and respond to individual academic concerns presented by faculty or staff
  • Respond to student inquiries on matters related to academic advising and study skill training
  • Plan and facilitate seminars to the student community twice a year
  • Recommend and train students on useful study strategies through meetings and seminars
  • Oversee and administer learning style inventories
  • Build strategies on how students can achieve academic goals
  • Manage the Academic Advising and Career Services website, update and grow online and print resources
  • Collaborate with Centre for Academic Excellence staff on ways of improving academic support campus-wide
  • Assist Accessibility Services in securing student note takers
  • Assist Accessibility Services through scheduling and proctoring tests and exams
  • Collaborate with the Director of the Centre on decisions and follow-up related to academic probation and suspension
  • Represent the Centre at Tyndale events and orientation sessions

Career Advising

  • Oversee daily operations of career advising in the Centre
  • Plan and facilitate career seminars to the student community twice a year
  • Plan in-class career seminars in cooperation with faculty
  • Oversee and administer learning style inventories
  • Build strategies on how students can achieve career goals
  • Advise students on resume and cover letter best practices
  • Develop and maintain career services by networking with organizations and key Tyndale personnel
  • Manage the Academic Advising and Career Services website, update and grow online and print resources
  • Advise students who are seeking to understand their vocation and future career goals
  • Advise students on post-graduation career and educational opportunities
  • Maintain the Tyndale classifieds career boards by posting job opportunities as they are received
  • Find opportunities to host Career Fairs on campus
  • Liaise with graduate schools visiting campus
  • Represent the Centre at Tyndale events and orientation sessions

Position Qualifications

Education

  • Undergraduate degree in Social Science or related field
  • Physical and/or mental health first aid certification, preferred
  • Career Development Practitioner (CDP) preferred

Experience

  • 2 years related experience
  • Ministry or counselling experience, preferred
  • Knowledge of Tyndale policies and programs, preferred
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office

Skills and Abilities

  • Excellent organizational, time management and problem solving skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and communications skills, both oral and written
  • Excellent customer service skills
  • The ability to take initiative and work in a deadline oriented multitasking environment
  • Ability to multi-task and respond to a high volume of requests
  • Ability to problem-solve quickly
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality and act with diplomacy, tact and professionalism

Personal Characteristics

  • Compassionate outlook and dedication to the growth of students’ academic ability
  • High level of patience when working with students who require special attention
  • Collaborative approach to working environment
  • A keen desire to serve family, church, work and community. A firm commitment to Tyndale’s mission, values, Statement of Faith and Community Standards Statement

Physical and Mental Demands

  • General office environment and equipment; May be noisy at times
  • Moderate – high level of stress. May result from students responding to poor academic performance, recommended or mandatory referrals from faculty or staff, dissatisfaction with a professor. Respond to inquiries with a high degree of patience and diplomacy

Duties and responsibilities that do not constitute a major change may be added, deleted or changed at any time at the discretion of the supervisor either orally or in writing.

Please submit your resume and cover letter to employment [at] tyndale [dot] ca. Only those selected for an interview will be contacted.


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For general employment information send your resumé to:

Tyndale University, Human Resources
3377 Bayview Avenue, Toronto, Ontario. M2M 3S4
1-416-226-6620 ext 2103 fax: 1-416-226-6746
or e-mail: employment@tyndale.ca

Tyndale University provides support in its recruitment processes to applicants with disabilities; including accommodation that takes into account an applicant’s accessibility needs. Should you need assistance, please contact the Human Resources Department at employment@tyndale.ca

Applicants selected for an interview who require accommodation during the interview process are asked to advise accordingly upon the invitation for interview.