Reporting to the Vice-Provost, Students and the Director, Office of the Vice-Provost, Students & Student Policy Advisor, the Assistant Director is responsible for assisting, identifying and responding to the objectives and priorities of the Office of the Vice-Provost Students.
The incumbent will provide support and research to the Director on projects related to, communication and website projects, database development, and the University’s Art Collection and Art Policy. The incumbent may also assist the Vice Provost, Students on standing committees, Boards, reviews and searches.
The Assistant Director will be in a position to take on new tasks or projects, assume responsibilities in ongoing projects, undertake research on a wide variety of issues and topics, follow-up on decisions made by the Executive members of the portfolio and the portfolio's various committees, and ensure ongoing maintenance of the highest level of proactivity and service for the portfolio of the Office of the Vice-Provost, Students.
The incumbent may represent the Office on University-wide projects that require tri-campus representation.
On occasions, as required the incumbent resolves processes involving students and deputizes for the Manager, Student Policy Initiatives. The incumbent advises the senior administration on the University’s response to complex student issues, both individual and group.
Post Graduate degree (Master’s or Ph.D) or equivalent in education and experience required.
Minimum five (5) years related experience in a University setting in progressively senior positions. Extensive experience with the University and knowledge of university policies and procedures and an understanding of the university’s organizational structure, including its governance. Knowledge about media, protocol, diplomacy and an excellent understanding of the University’s mission and intersection with the broader community. Experience in mediation and conflict resolution strongly preferred. Experience interpreting and applying a range of student policies. Must possess a deep understanding of a University’s complexities from the view point of a student.
Comfort, facility and effectiveness with information technologies (e.g., advanced skills in Microsoft Office, webpage maintenance, email, Internet and scheduling software) and web-based tools such as Wordpress. Familiarity with Adobe InDesign is a benefit.
Strong research, writing, communication, presentation and interpersonal skills; high degree of political acuity and judgement; ability to deal with senior University Officers in a manner which facilitates cooperation and consensus building; ability to work independently with a high degree of initiative, discretion, and tact; ability to work under pressure; superior organizational skills in planning, project management and task coordination; flexibility and problem solver orientation.