Student Access Advisor
Student Accessibility Services
Duration of Contract (if applicable)
Two (2) years
Full-time Equivalency (FTE)
$62,936 – $84,312 per annum
This is a provisional classification. Formal classification procedures will be initiated by the Job Design Unit in approximately six months.
About Dalhousie University
Dalhousie University is Atlantic Canada’s leading research-intensive university and a driver of the region’s intellectual, social and economic development. Located in the heart of Halifax, Nova Scotia, with an Agricultural Campus in Truro/Bible Hill, Dalhousie is a truly national and international university, with more than half of our almost 21,000 students coming from outside of the province. Our 6,000 faculty and staff foster a vibrant, purpose-driven community, that celebrated 200 years of academic excellence in 2018.
Student Affairs is a collection of integrated units that collaborates with faculty, staff and students to enhance the student experience. We promote an inclusive, holistic and student-centric approach to learning and academic success and act as a professional resource in the delivery of evidence-based student enrolment, wellness, development and academic support programs and services. Reporting to the Manager, Student Accessibility Centre, the Student Access Advisor facilitates full and inclusive access to the campus community through student accommodation planning and implementation, educational initiatives, and collaboration with multiple stakeholders. Utilizing an equity-mindedness approach, the Student Access Advisor assists students in reducing or removing barriers (physical, attitudinal, technological, or systemic) to their on-campus living and/or learning environments.
- Provide 1-1 advising support to facilitate student access to academic courses and programs, facilities, services, and activities.
- Identify classroom, exam and other accommodations (e.g. co-op) to reduce barriers to student learning.
- Develop and ensure student accessibility plans reflect the university’s duty to accommodate.
- Gather information and consult with faculty (including Associate/Assistant Deans, Program Coordinators, School Directors) and others to implement student accessibility plans.
- Manage and problem-solve complex student case files.
- Identify when and with whom to implement appropriate crisis management and intervention responses, demonstrating awareness of on and off-campus resources and processes.
Hours of work may fluctuate based on student demand. Ability to work a flexible schedule including days, evenings, and some weekend assignments may be required.
The successful applicant will be eligible for hybrid work (combination of in-person work on campus and remote work) as agreed by all parties based on operational requirements and university guidelines.
Dalhousie’s vaccine mandate has been suspended at this time, and employees no longer need to provide proof of full vaccination. However, health and safety risks to our community will continue to be monitored and a vaccine mandate may be reinstated if necessary.
- Master’s degree in a relevant field with approximately five years’ related experience working with students (or an equivalent combination of training and experience).
- Previous experience in either human rights advocacy, student advising, and/or disability support.
- Demonstrated understanding of issues related to access, equity and inclusion.
- Demonstrated ability to exercise tact and sound judgment with various stakeholders such as students, staff, faculty, and parents.
- Demonstrated ability to adapt and respond positively to changing conditions, priorities, and technologies.
- Experience working with students in a post-secondary setting.
The successful candidate is expected to demonstrate proficiency in Dalhousie’s core and leadership competencies (https://www.dal.ca/dept/leaders.html), in particular:
- Respect & Inclusion
- Knowledge & Thinking Skills
Dalhousie University supports a healthy and balanced lifestyle. Our total compensation package includes a defined benefit pension plan, health and dental plans, a health spending account, an employee and family assistance program and a tuition assistance program.
Applications from current university employees and external candidates are assessed concurrently. Current university employees will be given special consideration.
We sincerely appreciate all applications and note that only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted directly by the hiring department or Human Resources.
Dalhousie University commits to achieving inclusive excellence through continually championing equity, diversity, inclusion, and accessibility. The university encourages applications from Indigenous persons (especially Mi’kmaq), persons of Black/African descent (especially African Nova Scotians), and members of other racialized groups, persons with disabilities, women, persons identifying as members of 2SLGBTQ+ communities, and all candidates who would contribute to the diversity of our community.