Academic Development Specialist, Engineering Student Centre, Schulich School of Engineering – Calgary

  • Company:
    University of Calgary
  • Location:
  • Salary:
    negotiable / monthly
  • Job type:
    Full-Time
  • Posted:
    10 hours ago
  • Category:
    Engineering

Job ID:20362Updated:March 25, 2020Location:Main CampusPosition OverviewTheEngineering Student Centre  in theSchulich School of Engineering  is currently seeking a Full-time Temporary Relief  Academic Development Specialist  for approximately 17 months.This position reports to the Associate Director, Student Services, and will provide academic and developmental advising to engineering students. The Strategist coordinates the peer-supported tutor program and success seminars hosted in the EASC. This position works with the Engineering Student Centre, engineering departmental offices, the Student Success Centre, and Student and Enrolment Services to help students be successful in their program and the completion of their degree; providing them with various study strategies, and time management skills.The Engineering Student Centre supports over 3,500 students handling all student services. The Schulich School of Engineering admits approximately 800 students to the first-year program and graduates 550-600 each year. The students participate in a broad range of academic activities in eight-degree programs.The Engineering Academic Student Centre (EASC) provides academic support and services to engineering students by providing a number of programs including, but not limited to: a peer-supported tutor program, academic and developmental advising, and houses a large study space for first and second year engineering students. Working with the other student services units, particularly the Student Success Centre, the Student Advisor will coordinate academic support programming for Engineering students such as Student Success Seminars.Position DescriptionSummary of Key Responsibilities(job functions include but are not limited to):Maintain direct contact with and advise a caseload of students including first-year, transfer, adult and academically at-risk studentsMeet with individuals as well as small groups on an ongoing basis to build rapport, interpret university calendar, degree requirements, and regulations, identify barriers to success, and set goals and develop action plans for academic successThrough developmental academic advising, proactively identify at-risk scenarios and opportunities to develop, implement, measure and improve academic success strategiesProactively connect with new students to identify, refer and escalate matters that would affect their ability to have a smooth and successful start. Collaborate with THRIVE and other programs and units as appropriateProvide proactive and timely outreach, referrals and intervention with the engineering student population through a variety of communication methods. Support student progress by planning and coordinating active outreach and ‘intrusive’ advising programsAssist the Engineering Student Centre (ESC) in developing plans to improve overall student retention and success practicesWork closely with academic affairs regarding curriculum updates, scheduling, student concerns and needs. Collaborate with Faculty partners regarding student concerns, student progress and course contentDevelop and facilitate seminars, workshops, and in-class presentations for first-year and transfer students on program placement, annual academic review, and other academic regulations and policies that empower students to make informed decisionsCollaborate with the Student Success Centre to deliver the Academic Turnaround programManagement of the peer-supported tutorial program and the learning assistant teamCoordinate and deliver success seminars in the Engineering Academic Student Centre (EASC)Qualifications / Requirements:Master’s Degree in related discipline (education, leadership, learning)Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering or a related degree, and/or possessing some sort of engineering technical knowledge would be an assetFive years of student services, student affairs, or academic advising experience, which provides the following knowledge, skills and abilitiesAbility to conceptualize, design, and implement new approaches to undergraduate advisingFamiliarity and experience with facilitating skills and interest inventories to assist students with educational planning, demonstrated by professional presenetationsAbility to successfully handle a large, intense student workload with a positive student centric attitudeDemonstrated commitment to exceptional, proactive student service with a focus on improving student successOutstanding interpersonal communication skills, including written, oral, one on one and group demonstrated by professional experience.Strong critical thinking, judgment and decision-making skills, demonstrated by student advisingAbilities in problem identification, reasoning, and ability to develop original ideas to solve problemsAbility to work under pressure to meet strict and multiple timelines, balancing important and sometimes competing demandsDemonstrated ability to be resourceful, creative, innovative, and flexibility to work effectively individually and as a team memberAbility to exercise solid judgment and accountability in making appropriate advising decisions within the scope of responsibility, including knowing when to refer complex matters to appropriate advisors or senior administratorsExperience developing and providing presentations for studentsExcellent computer skills including experience using technical advising tools (such as student information management systems like People Soft, Degree Audit software and Microsoft Office), and a desire to learn and implement new software/programsExtensive knowledge of faculty and university regulations, processes and procedures, including the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FOIP)Application Deadline: April 1, 2020We would like to thank all applicants in advance for submitting their resumes. Please note, only those candidates chosen to continue on through the selection process will be contacted.Additional InformationThis position is part of the AUPE bargaining unit, and falls under the Specialist/Advisor Job Family, Phase III.To find out more about management and staff opportunities at the University of Calgary and all we have to offer, view ourManagement and Staff Careers website. For more information about the Schulich School of Engineering visitCareers in the Schulich School of Engineering. About the University of CalgaryThe University of Calgary is Canada’s leading next-generation university – a living, growing and youthful institution that embraces change and opportunity with a can-do attitude. Located in the nation’s most enterprising city, the university is making tremendous progress on its Eyes High journey to be recognized as one of Canada’s top five research universities, grounded in innovative learning and teaching and fully integrated with the community it both serves and leads. The University of Calgary inspires and supports discovery, creativity and innovation across all disciplines. For more information, visitucalgary.ca.The University of Calgary recognizes that a diverse staff/faculty benefits and enriches the work, learning and research experiences of the entire campus and greater community. We are committed to removing barriers that have been historically encountered by some people in our society. We strive to recruit individuals who will further enhance our diversity and will support their professional success while they are here. We encourage all qualified applicants to apply, however preference will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada.