The Opportunity

Halifax, NS
Education and Training
Full-time - Permanent
$44,499 - $49,930 / year

The Academic Advisor plays a key role in the implementation/dissemination/propagation of academic regulations, guiding students with course planning and registration, as needed, assuring the integrity of student data and associated database processes, and providing informed advice to students, faculty and staff on academic policies and procedures.

What you'll do


  • Advise students regarding academic major and/or program requirements, appropriate course selection, academic policies and procedures, and campus resources.
  • Assist students in identifying long term goals and career plans, both academically and personally.
  • Guide students to meet graduation requirements in a timely fashion while preparing them to meet their individualized future goals.
  • Advise all students and assist in their exploration of programs whilst focusing on academic policies and procedures and available resources.
  • Maintain records of progress towards graduation using Colleague/Self-Serve and degree audit tools in collaboration with the Registrar's office
  • Monitors course enrollment and make recommendations to appropriate staff and students regarding reserves, restrictions, availability, waitlisting, or cancellations based on program demand and course availability.
  • Informs students about alternatives, limitations and possible consequences of academic decisions (e.g. adding, dropping and withdrawing from courses; change of program, major and/or transfer institution)
  • Provides front counter support and coverage, as necessary, during absences, vacations, and breaks.
  • Provides general data and other support to registration and student services activities.

What you'll need


An undergraduate degree is required plus previous experience in a computerized office in an academic or post-secondary environment is required or (an equivalent combination of training and experience). A graduate degree would be an asset. Expertise and experience with student advising, Student Information Systems, preferably Colleague, is required. Ability to handle confidential information is required.

A little bit about us

NSCAD University

NSCAD University and Halifax are in Mi'kma'ki, on the ancestral and unceded territory of the Mi'kmaq Nation. NSCAD University is committed to reconciliation and to building respectful relationships with Indigenous peoples and with the African Nova Scotian communities that have been enriching this region for 400 years. As a small school with three urban campuses, and programs across a range of fine arts, craft, design, and media arts, NSCAD University is an incubator for talent and an active contributor to the arts scene in Canada's fastest-growing city. Since 1887, NSCAD has been a leader in visual arts education in Canada, with distinguished alumni building careers all over the world. This is an exciting time to join us, as we have recently welcomed a cohort of 10 BIPOC faculty members who bring valuable perspectives, ways of thinking, and lived experience to all of our work, and as we look forward to a consolidated waterfront campus in 2030.

Are you interested?

Work With Us

Applications should be sent via the CareerBeacon website. Applications should include a cover letter and detailed CV.

Deadline for applications: The University will begin considering applicants on November 20th, 2023 and continue until the position is filled. We appreciate all applicants, however only those selected to move forward in the competition will be contacted. This position is being advertised internally and externally concurrently. Bargaining unit employees for NSGEU Local 82 are given first consideration.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada will be given priority in this search. NSCAD university encourages applications from Indigenous persons, racially visible persons, persons with a disability, women, and all candidates who would contribute to the diversity of our community.