Academic Advisor

Thompson Rivers University - Kamloops, BC (30+ days ago)

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Application Restrictions
Open to both Internal and external
Job Type
Support Staff (CUPE)
Posting In effect from
Closing Application Date
Closing date for internal CUPE applicants
Internal CUPE applicants must submit their application by 4pm on the “closing date for internal CUPE applicants” for their Seniority to be recognized. If the position is still open after that date they will be considered alongside external applicants.
Applications will be reviewed commencing the “closing date for internal CUPE applicants” and may continue until the position is filled
Full/Part Time
Full Time
Support Type
Anticipated Start Date
Position End Date (If Applicable)
The Hours of work are subject to change depending upon departmental requirements
The hours of work will be Monday to Friday, 7 hours a day, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm
Schedule Description
Hours may be adjusted due to office coverage requirements

Provides advice to undergraduate and post baccalaureate students in the School of Business and Economics with respect to education planning, academic goals and course selection. Provides instruction on admissions and registration processes to current and prospective students through interviews, assessment, on-line and group facilitation. Provides mandatory academic advising, including course approval, for all International students in preparation for the completion of certificate, diploma and degree programs. Supports and provides advice to the university's recruitment, conversion and retention activities.


Develops education plans for students from culturally diverse backgrounds connecting academic standing to education or career goals, while assessing academic and work history, factoring in life, multicultural experience and financial resources.
Provides mandatory advising of International and Probationary Students with responsibility for final course approval.
Provides advice and support for developing processes for application, registration and time-tabling.
Identifies at risk students, either academically or personally, develops action plans, provides appropriate retention strategies and advocates on behalf of students as required.
Researches, verifies, and applies detailed knowledge of educational programs, services, and transfer agreements established by TRU and other post-secondary institutions for incoming and transfer students.
Provides advice and support to the university's recruitment, conversion and retention activities.
Develops, promotes and presents orientations and workshops, both in person and through web-based technology.
Establishes and maintains liaison and referral services with educational institutions, professional and community organizations, and other TRU departments.
Responds to a variety of internal requests from faculty and administration for consultation regarding new programs, courses, and institutional policies.
Participates on institutional committees.
Travel off-campus to conduct individual advising in support of TRU recruitment and applicant conversion.

Assistant Dean, School of Business and Economics



Four-year Undergraduate University degree


Three (3) years' related work experience within a post-secondary institution or related educational environment, including one-year of Educational Planning, as defined by working on an individual basis with a student/client assessing previous education, skills, cultural background, to identify future goals, aspirations, and needs, while being accountable for the development of an individualized educational strategy for that student/client.


Ability to communicate effectively to a culturally diverse audience, both verbally and in writing, including strong interviewing, listening and interpreting skills
Ability to use multiple computer software packages (i.e. Microsoft Office)
Effective research, analytical, problem-solving and planning skills
Ability to work independently, as well as part of a team
Ability to prepare and deliver oral presentations
Hold current B.C. class 5 driver's license


Sitting at desk and computer for periods of time; regular student contact; some off campus travel; general office conditions
Set up of computer/audio visual equipment and tables and chairs at off-site locations (on an infrequent basis)
Ability to lift loads in excess of 20 kg
Please Note: If you are selected for interview, External Candidates will be required to bring a copy of their transcripts to the interview
The salary for the above position is determined by the Collective Agreement with the Canadian Union of Public Employees, Local 4879, as it presently exists.
Pay Band
CUPE Grade 09 $29.98
Salary rate
This Position is not subject to a 90% start rate for new Employees.
Kamloops, BC CA (Primary)

# of Hires Needed
Organizational Unit
Thompson Rivers University -> School of Business and Economics -> Dean, School of Business

Diversity and Inclusion Commitment:
Thompson Rivers University is strongly committed to fostering diversity within our community. We welcome those who would contribute to the further diversification of our staff, our faculty and its scholarship including, but not limited to, women, visible minorities, Aboriginal people, persons with disabilities and persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity. Please note that all qualified candidates are encouraged to apply, however applications from Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.
NOTE: To learn more about living in Kamloops and Thompson Rivers University please visit our Web Site. and follow the links on the Left "Why Work at TRU" or "Why Live in Kamloops"