Position: Student Support Advisor
Deadline: July 11, 2021
Job Description / Duties
Reporting to the Dean of Students, the Student Support Advisor will enhance how King’s offers a supportive student experience that is attentive to emerging student needs as we recover from the pandemic. The Student Support Advisor will evaluate existing mental health and other non-academic student services, recommend to the Dean how to develop and/or enhance strategic support services and programs, and facilitate the coordination of care with campus and community partners for students experiencing challenges to help them fulfill their potential.
Evaluate existing mental health services using the National Standard on Mental Health and Well-Being for Post-Secondary Students;
Develop, implement, and analyze student mental health surveys and focus groups to a) provide baseline data, b) identify program needs and priorities, c) evaluate the effectiveness of programs and services available to King’s students at King’s and Dalhousie;
Recommend to the Dean of Students best practices to enhance the response to ongoing mental health concerns and mental health crisis protocol aligned with the Standard;
Support the Dean of Students in coordinating King’s students’ access to non-academic student services available through Dalhousie;
Identify appropriate resources and facilitate the coordination of mental health care and support with campus and community partners for students experiencing significant challenges;
Assist in providing a holistic approach to case management support for students of concern, students at risk and/or students with complex needs;
Collaborate with others, such as the Sexualized Violence Prevention and Response Officer and the Equity Officer, to create joint programming or initiatives in support of student wellness;
Contribute to the creation and implementation of programming to support incoming first- and second-years students’ transition to King’s;
Support mental health initiatives like the King’s Mentorship project and Stay Connected Peer Support Workers;
Coordinate self-isolation supports and check-ins with the Day Students Society;
Other related duties as assigned by the Dean of Students.
Qualifications / Required Skills
Bachelor’s degree in social work, education, or related field (or an acceptable equivalent combination of education and experience).
A minimum of 3 years’ experience in post-secondary or related settings.
Experience in intervention in difficult situations including suicide intervention, crisis management, conflict resolution, case management, counselling, mediation and/or a range of complex issues (i.e., mental health and illness, behavioral issues, anger management, substance misuse) with youth and young adults.
Experience working with equity-seeking communities with intersectional, anti-oppressive and trauma-informed perspectives.
Ability to relate to students, faculty and staff with diverse backgrounds, experiences and identities in ways that build trust and confidence.
Ability to work with and assist students in navigating through complex systems.
Ability to act with a considerable degree of autonomy and independence, adhering to King’s priorities, policies, and provincial privacy law.
Ability to work collaboratively and effectively in an inter professional environment.
Creativity and initiative to suggest improvements and encourage positive results.
Excellent interpersonal skills and communication skills (written and verbal).
Experience in a higher education and knowledge of personal, social, academic and systemic barriers impacting a student’s success.
Knowledge of academic systems and the requirements for success, knowledge of campus and community resources an asset.
Flexibility of working hours will be required to meet student needs which may arise outside of traditional work hours.
Application Closing Date
Sunday, July 11, 2021
As soon as possible.
Salary: $50,889 – $62,456 (including a benefits plan with medical and dental)
Please forward a cover letter and resume to:
Human Resources & Compensation Officer
University of King’s College
6350 Coburg Road
Halifax, Nova Scotia B3H 2A1
We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.
The University of King’s College is an Employment Equity/Affirmative Action Employer. We encourage and welcome those who would contribute to the diversification of our staff and faculty including, but not limited to women, Indigenous persons, persons with disabilities, visual minorities and persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity.
The University of King’s College, founded in Windsor, Nova Scotia, in 1789, was the first university to be established in English Canada. The college was the first in Canada to receive a charter and is the oldest English-speaking Commonwealth university outside the United Kingdom.
The King’s experience spills into every aspect of life on and off campus.
You’ll be part of a small and extraordinary living and learning academic community in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
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