Position Title 2SLGBTQIA+ Advisor
Department/Unit Student Academic Success Services
Posting Number S154-22
Employee Group DPMG
Position Type Regular, On-Going
Duration of Contract (if applicable)
Employment Type Full Time
Full-time Equivalency (FTE) 1.0
Salary $60,571 - $81,947 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 more than 20,000 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.
A unit of the Division of Student Affairs, Student Academic Success Services provide environments for students to access supports and services, engage with peers, and participate in programming related to belonging, wellness and academic success. Reporting to the Director, Student Academic Success, the 2SLGBTQIA+ Advisor will serve as a key support for 2SLGBTQIA+ students extending a high level of advocacy on behalf of, and alongside, students. The incumbent supports students through 1-1 advising, developing and implementing group programming and institutional-wide educational events; engaging in internal and external outreach; and working collaboratively with colleagues to support 2SLGBTQIA+ students in advancing student access and equity. This position is new to the Division.
Develop and maintain strategic relationships with faculty, alumni and other institutional and community partners. Actively participate on relevant EDIA committees. Provide the Director with guidance and advice on matters including but not limited to trends, risks, and responses as required.
Provide one-on-one and group support to all 2SLGBTQIA+ students in areas such as academic demands, identity and expression, wellness, climate concerns and institutional barriers.
Advocate with and/or for students to assist them in meeting academic and learning goals, and to access services and supports. Make informed referrals to internal and external support services as appropriate.
Contribute to initiatives dedicated to the University’s understanding of sexual and gender diversity. Work collaboratively to raise awareness, promote respect, and create a culture of equity, diversity, inclusion and accessibility.
Develop, implement and assess programs promoting 2SLGBTQIA+ student development and belonging based on current research, and student feedback. Collaborate with institutional and community partners to implement and coordinate initiatives. Maintain budgets, statistics and reporting.
Work in collaboration with Human Rights and Equity Services to design, implement and promote education and learning opportunities regarding sexual orientation, gender identity and expression for students, staff and faculty.
Dalhousie University is committed to fostering a collegial culture grounded in diversity and inclusiveness. In keeping with the principles of employment equity and the nature of this position, this position is restricted to candidates who self-identify as members of the 2SLGBTQIA+ community. In order to be eligible for this position you must self-identify through your application. Dalhousie recognizes that candidates may self-identify in more than one equity-seeking group, and in this spirit, encourages applications from candidates who also self-identify in one or more of the following groups: Indigenous persons (especially Mi’kmaq), members of racialized groups, including persons of Black/African descent (especially African Nova Scotians), persons with a disability, and women. (See www.dal.ca/becounted/selfid for definitions of these groups.)
The selected candidate must be able to work a flexible schedule including days, evenings, and some weekend assignments.
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.
Undergraduate degree in relevant field plus approximately five years’ progressive related experience (or equivalent combination of training and experience) is required. Ideally the successful candidate will have a relevant Master’s Degree. Experience advising and/or mentoring 2SLGBTQIA+ students is essential with the proven ability to demonstrate understanding of history, contemporary contexts and intersectional needs of 2SLGBTQIA+ students. Must have the demonstrated ability to provide guidance and support to students at varying degrees of their academic lifecycle with experience in program development, implementation, and assessment. Excellent communication (verbal, written, presentation), collaboration and interpersonal skills are required. Experience working in a post-secondary setting is an asset.
The successful candidate is expected to demonstrate proficiency in Dalhousie’s core and leadership competencies (https://www.dal.ca/dept/leaders.html), in particular:
- Self-Awareness & Professionalism
- 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 recognizes that candidates may self-identify in more than one equity-seeking group, and in this spirit, encourages applications from candidates who also self-identify in one or more of the following groups: Indigenous persons (especially Mi’kmaq), members of racialized groups, including persons of Black/African descent (especially African Nova Scotians), persons with a disability, and women. (See www.dal.ca/becounted/selfid for definitions of these groups.)
Posting Detail Information
Number of Vacancies One (1)
Open Date 05/12/2022
Close Date 05/27/2022
Open Until Filled No
Special Instructions to Applicant