Position: Student Transitions Specialist (Student Academic Learning) (APC)
Department: Global Commons Studio for Teaching and Learning
Salary: $46,985 - $60,549 (Group 4)
Founded in 1802, Saint Mary’s University is one of Canada’s oldest and leading institutions of higher learning and has evolved into a vibrant and engaged community of students, faculty, staff, and alumni from more than 100 countries around the world. Saint Mary’s University is home to one of Canada’s leading business schools, a science Faculty widely known for its cutting-edge research, a comprehensive and innovative Arts Faculty and a vibrant Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research.
Under the direction of the Writing Centre Director, the Student Transitions Specialist (Student Academic Learning) promotes and coordinates campus-wide academic transition programs that emphasize student academic success and skill development. The Student Transitions Specialist (Student Academic Learning) is responsible for designing, developing and facilitating various elements of first-year transition programming, including coordination of Welcome Week and other academic activities that support incoming undergraduate students in first year, those new to Saint Mary’s. The role of the Student Transitions Specialist (Student Academic Learning) ensures that the recommendations from the President’s Council Report (2013) relating to support for the students’ comprehensive academic learning experience are part of permanent University operations.
Duties as the Student Transitions Specialist (Student Academic Learning) include, but are not limited to:
- Designing and delivering cohesive and integrated academic and co-curricular programs supporting First Year Experience and other academic transition programs in partnership with faculty and professional staff.
- Liaising with deans, faculty, and other campus community partners to promote, initiate and/or coordinate student academic success programming including first-year transition into university and capstone transition out of university.
- Participating in the First Year Experience committee and takes guidance on leading the development, coordination, implementation, delivery and evaluation of Welcome Week and other academic transition programming.
- Working in close partnership with other staff who carry responsibility for First Year Experience activities, including Welcome Week, and other student transition programming and ensuring alignment and integration of activities.
- Collaborating with other campus offices and programs contributing to the University’s support for Student Success for continuous program improvement.
- Working in close partnership with staff in the Global Commons Studio for Teaching and Learning as well as faculty, associates and staff to promote student leadership and encourage emerging leaders early in their university career, including provisions of coaching and support for applicants to major scholarship programs (e.g. Rhodes, 3M, etc.).
- In collaboration with the Student Transitions Specialist (Student Development and Engagement), contributing to strategic leadership and vision to First Year Experience programming, including development of guidelines and expectations based on national and local standards.
- Working through the First Year Experience Committee to lead the educational development, operations, coordination and implementation of all aspects of Welcome Week across the academic Faculties and other units across campus.
- Delivering cohesive and integrated academic and co-curricular programs supporting Student Success programs, in partnership with faculty and professional staff.
- Collaborating with other campus offices and programs providing support for Student Success for continuous program improvement (e.g. Writing Centre, Library, Student Services, Career Services).
- Working in close partnership with colleagues in the Global Commons Studio for Learning and Teaching to lead the ongoing measurement and evaluation of the Welcome Week and other Transition programs, including the development and evaluation of goals, student learning outcomes, and program impact.
- Ensuring that transition activities and programs supporting students’ academic learning are developed, implemented, delivered, and evaluated in consideration of the academic learning goals and the students’ well-being.
- Promoting student leadership and encouraging emerging leaders early in their university career; helping train student leaders who coach students in academic peer mentorship programs.
- Coordinating and managing administration associated with peer mentor hiring.
- Preparing communications regarding Welcome Week, First Year Experience and Student Success programming, working with External Affairs, the Faculties and Student Services to enable publication/distribution via the web and social media.
- Maintaining information flow with academic Faculties, Student Services and SMUSA.
- Maintaining currency in research and scholarly activity in the field of student transitions in the post-secondary environment and giving presentations to internal and external audiences regarding Saint Mary’s University transition programs.
- Connecting with other post-secondary institutions to develop personal knowledge and share best practices within peer-to-peer programs and presenting at workshops/national education conferences on peer mentoring.
To be the successful Student Transitions Specialist (Student Academic Learning) you will possess an Undergraduate Degree with a minimum of two (2) to three (3) years directly related experience. Strong presentation and facilitation skills, excellent oral and written communication skills, and strong interpersonal skills will further strengthen your success in this position. This position further requires cross cultural working experience, proven ability to work both independently and collaboratively and to participate in consultative decision making and demonstrated skills in training others. Excellent knowledge of MS Office, Access, internet and e-mail applications is a necessity along with the ability to work evenings and weekends. Experience travelling and or working internationally and/or possessing a second language will be considered assets.
Apply for this opportunity online by visiting www.smu.ca/employment and use our online application system through CareerBeacon. Select the position you are interested in and apply by clicking the "Apply Online Now" button. Please include the names of three professional references. No telephone calls please.
The search committee will begin to consider applications on April 3, 2017 and continue until the position is filled.
Saint Mary’s University hires on the basis of merit and is committed to the principles of employment equity. Saint Mary’s University encourages applications from qualified women, visible minorities, Aboriginal people, and people with disabilities. Preference will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada.
Saint Mary's University thanks all applicants for applying. Only those selected for interviews will be contacted.