The Opportunity

Stellarton, NS
Education and Training
Competition Number: 2425-104

Student Services Advisor and African Canadian Supports (PS3)


Pictou Campus

Stellarton, Nova Scotia

Department of Student Services

Term, Full-time Position: Commencing approximately July 29, 2024 and ending approximately August 15, 2025
Application deadline is 11:59PM, June 4, 2024

Competition No. 2425-104

This is a designated competition open to African/Black Nova Scotians and/or Canadians.

The salary scale for Professional Support 3 is based on twelve steps that range from $65,538.83 to $89,827.70. New Professional Support may receive up to a maximum of seven steps for relevant occupational experience which is $78,680.87 annually.

What you'll do


What you will be doing…

You will be helping students make decisions, solve problems, and meet goals that maximize their college experience. You will work to engage and support a caseload of students - including prospective, transitioning-in, current, and transitioning-out students. You will also provide culturally relevant services and supports for African Canadian students and support other Student Services staff in developing awareness and skills in working with students in a culturally inclusive environment. You will be planning and delivering events, activities, and interactions which support student growth, engagement, and leadership. You will be advising students in areas of Accessibility, Career, Enrolment, Finance, Learning, Student Life, and Wellness.

For example, you will:

  • Help students to explore, set and meet academic and personal goals for their College experience
  • Provide opportunities for students to explore career and employment options;
  • Help students make decisions about academic enrolment, options, and policies;
  • Assist students in planning how to meet their financial commitments to the college;
  • Use recreational, cultural, and social events and activities to engage students.

You will be a member of campus and provincial Student Services and Advising teams, that provide a continuum of integrated services and opportunities to students in-person, online and in blended environments. You will initiate and build partnerships with Academic Chairs and Faculty in order to provide services tailored to the unique needs and opportunities of students and programs.

What you'll need


Qualifications and Occupational Experience:

  • The minimum educational qualification for this position is an undergraduate degree. A degree focused in Student Affairs, African Canadian or Indigenous Studies, Adult Education, Education, or Social Science majors would be considered an asset.
  • You have a minimum of three years (full time equivalent) of recent and relevant occupational experience in student services or supporting adults in personal, academic, and/or career development and service delivery in African Canadian settings.
  • Occupational experience that includes supporting Arican Canadian/ Black students would be considered an asset.
  • You are familiar with and comfortable using computer applications such as the Microsoft Office Suite and email. Experience using an Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system such as PeopleSoft would be considered an asset.
  • You are comfortable working in a digital environment; you take responsibility for acquiring knowledge about advancing technology; and you are committed to using technology to create an exceptional student experience.
  • You have experience supporting/providing service to students and prospective students.

Relevant Skills and Knowledge

  • You demonstrate a commitment to inclusion, diversity, equity, accessibility, and anti-racism.
  • You have knowledge of the Nova Scotian African Canadian community, supports and resources.
  • You possess excellent interpersonal skills that enable you to interact with a diversity of people and support resolution of issues.
  • You are known for your superior customer service skills and are able to create a relationship of trust beyond the immediate interaction.
  • Your superb team working skills enable you to contribute positively to a team environment.
  • You have specific technical occupational knowledge and skill in student advising and career development.
  • You are known for your problem solving and critical thinking skills.
  • You are a strong communicator.
  • You possess excellent coordination skills specifically related to providing support and planning events for a large caseload.
  • You have proven records and information management skills and abilities specifically related to creating and managing student records.
  • You demonstrate a strong commitment to excellence in the provision of student support.
  • You are dedicated to life-long learning related to emerging technologies that support student services, and evolving practices.
  • You have a strong knowledge of supports and resources in the local African Nova Scotian community.

A little bit about us

Nova Scotia Community College

We value Diversity and Inclusion

The College values diversity and inclusion and is committed to employment equity. We encourage applications from all qualified candidates including Aboriginal/Indigenous Persons, Black/African Nova Scotians, members of racially visible communities, persons with disabilities, persons of a minority sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, and women. Applicants from these communities wishing to self-identify may do so by completing the online questionnaire within the application.

All NSCC positions are advertised every Tuesday and Thursday. To learn more about us and our hiring process, please follow this link.

Are you interested?

Work With Us

As a condition of employment, Professional Support employees at NSCC must complete a two-year (part-time) adult education program delivered by NSCC. This adult education program is a significant investment on the part of NSCC in the learning and development of new employees. To achieve regular status; all probationary, full or part-time Professional Support employees of the College must successfully complete the program within their probationary period. Term full-time Professional Support employees whose term appointment is twelve or more months are also required to participate in this program.

Candidates selected for interviews will be expected to provide at least three recent, occupational references. The successful candidate will be expected to provide official transcripts to show proof of academic achievements.

NSCC is committed to the full inclusion of all applicants. As part of this commitment, NSCC will ensure that applicants are provided reasonable accommodations, as required. If accommodation is needed to participate in the job application process, please contact Nikki Berrigan, HR Generalist, at [email protected]. Our Employee Workplace Accommodation Policy can be found here.