Student Advisor (MR0750)

McGill University - Human Resources
Position Title: 
Student Advisor (SAF2D)
Position Summary: 

The Student Advisor provides guidance and academic expertise to a diverse undergraduate student population, and Indigenous partners on a variety of student and academic issues. Facilitates the pursuit of their educational goals and ensure students benefit fully from their University experience. Assesses student academic progress and ensures students make appropriate educational choices and decisions. Responsible for updating and editing website materials related to student advising.

Primary Responsibilities: 
  • Provide advice to students and staff on a variety of student and academic issues such as program requirements and course selection.
  • Review, analyze and make decisions on a variety of student affairs issues such as advanced standing, transferability of credits, exemptions, program graduation meeting requirements and course substitution. Decide and approve student’s course selection and student course requests for Inter University Transfer, Study Away and University Exchange programs.
  • Assess Student Affairs problems, informs, and advise Chair, Internships and Student Affairs Officer, and/or Undergraduate and OFNIE Academic Program Directors and formulate recommendation on problem resolution. Make student affairs decisions in collaboration with other Student Advisors.
  • Responsible for updating and editing website materials related to student advising, as well as course and program information in the Undergraduate Calendar. Maintain and create pamphlets and e-communications to promote programs.
  • Liaise with internal University offices in order to better advise students and make thorough decisions on Student Academic Affairs.
  • Act as McGill Representative when liaising with Indigenous partners in order to effectively offer programs/courses in their communities that meet student needs and address their concerns.
  • In collaboration with other Student Advisors, lead and develop group orientation and advising sessions for new and returning students.
  • Evaluate program offerings and advise Undergraduate Academic Program Directors with regard to course and program revision, and schedule development. In collaboration with the Undergraduate and OFNIE Academic Program Directors, devise the course schedule structure.
  • Directly supervise support staff and oversee casuals, as needed.
  • Provide guidance to students going through periods of personal, financial, or medical difficulties, and refers them to the appropriate resources within McGill.
  • Review, evaluate and recommend academic background and records of applicants for the M.A. in Teaching and Learning (MATL) programs to Graduate Program Director.
Minimum Education & Experience: 

Undergraduate degree

Three (3) years' related experience

Other Qualifying Skills And/Or Abilities: 
Knowledge of University policies and procedures related to student affairs and academic programs. Demonstrated experience in student advising and processes. Demonstrated ability to work as a member of a team as well as autonomously. Must have excellent interpersonal skills and tact, be customer-focused and exhibit tolerance and compassion in stressful situations. Problem-solving skills with a proven ability to provide recommendations and suggest alternatives. Demonstrated organizational and priority setting skills with proven ability to multitask and work under tight deadlines. Strong communications skills with a proven ability to write, summarize and proofread student advising print and electronic documents. Experience with the development of web-based communications (knowledge of DRUPAL an asset). Proficiency with computerized applications including word-processing software, spread sheets, presentation software, databases, Banner SIS and Minerva, email and research on the Web. English spoken and written; French, spoken and written.
Reference Number: 
Reporting To: 
Chair, The Department of Integrated Studies in Education
Salary Range: 
(Grade 04) $51,600 - $64,500 (midpoint) - $83,900
Faculty of Education
Integrated Studies in Education
Position Type: 
Hours Per Week: 
How To Apply: 

Please submit your cover letter and curriculum vitae, clearly indicating the reference number, to the Faculty of Education at [at]

The deadline to apply for this position is August 26, 2019 at 5:00 PM.

*Current employees: please indicate your McGill ID number in your application.*

We thank all applicants for their interest in McGill University. However, the Faculty of Education will only contact applicants selected for an interview.