The Opportunity

Halifax, NS
Management and Operations
Full-time - Permanent

Under the general direction of the Associate Vice President, Student Affairs and Services, the Assistant Director, Student Culture and Experience will be responsible for overseeing the operations focused towards the engagement and experiences of the student population both broadly but also for specific sub-populations of students including: Residence Life, International Student Centre, Indigenous Student Advisor, Black Student Advisor, and the Student Success Centre. The position will oversee the Student Code of Conduct and all related activities to maintain and develop the Code. The position will be responsible for the on-going supervision and development of the Holy Cross Chaplaincy. and will be responsible for leading the development of new initiatives to enhance Co-Curricular student experience of all students. The incumbent will lead in the development and strategic planning for the department.

Group affiliation for this position is with the Administrative, Professional, Confidential (APC) Group. The position is evaluated at a Group 8 (salary range $83,160 - $107,174). Salary scale can be viewed here.

What you'll do


Duties as the Assistant Director, Student Culture and Experience include but are not limited to:

  • Supervising full-time employees; assigning tasks and/or delegating responsibility; monitoring performance and giving feedback.
  • Coordinating meetings with representatives in charge of Residence Life, International Student Centre, Indigenous Student Advisor, Student Transitions Officer, Black Student Advisor, Student Success Centre, and the Campus Chaplaincy to ensure they are working collaboratively to better service the students of Saint Mary's. Managing the budgets, initiatives, services and programs under these areas.
  • Preparing annual reports and developing and implementing a strategic plan for Student Culture and Experience.
  • Responsible for developing and implementing the Student Code of Conduct; accepting and adjudicating complaints under the Code and recommending disciplinary and/or developmental actions as appropriate.
  • Providing guidance to Holy Cross Chaplaincy to ensure activities are reflective of the expectations of the University, the Patrick Power Foundation and the Roman Catholic Diocese.
  • Co-Chairing the Behavioral Intervention Action Committee to ensure that students of concern are identified and that a risk assessment matrix and needed responses are developed.
  • Participating in the Sexual Violence Response Team to provide advice on institutional responses related to supporting a survivor-centric approach.
  • Preparing reports, organizing meetings, developing and maintaining measurable outcomes, participating in discussions, presenting materials as required and conducting environmental scanning to stay abreast of trends in all related areas.
  • Sitting on provincial committees related to Indigenous initiatives related and initiatives related to the Truth and Reconciliation Council Report.
  • Sitting on committees related to Black/African Nova Scotian student related matters.
  • Meeting with students, representatives of student government, faculty, staff, government representatives to respond to/or initiate inquiries, requests and item follow up.
  • Responsible for ensuring that all areas have developed clear and accessible webpages and social media communications.
  • Overseeing the development of promotional materials and broader communication approaches.
  • Provide leadership on various Strategic Enrolment Management related committees and working teams.

To see the full job description, please click here or please request a hard/emailed copy from HR.

What you'll need


To be the successful Assistant Director, Student Culture and Experience, you will possess a Master's Degree in Education, Business, Arts, Intercultural Studies or International Development Studies or equivalent related field or an acceptable combination of education and experience with a minimum five (5) years of recent and related experience, which includes increasing levels of leadership, responsibility and accountability. You have excellent communication, interpersonal and team building skills with extensive cross-cultural working experience. Demonstrated supervisory experience; unionized environment would be considered an asset. Proven ability to promote collaboration and build partnerships along with marketing, planning and analytical skills; and a proficiency with Microsoft Office and database management.

We're looking for

Core Skills

Leadership Supervise Responsible Students

A little bit about us

Saint Mary’s University

Saint Mary’s University is one of Canada’s top primary undergraduate universities--known for its international collaborations, leadership in entrepreneurship, and research that benefits local and global communities. Our programs in Arts, Science, Graduate Studies and the Sobey School of Business are among Canada’s best and feature professors who are committed to the success of their students. Saint Mary’s provides our 7,000 students with a place that fosters possibility, excellent research opportunities, and distinguished graduate and professional programs combined with a caring community. Nestled in the heart of Halifax, Nova Scotia, on Canada’s east coast, Saint Mary’s University is marked by iconic buildings, green spaces and fresh ocean air. The Saint Mary’s University community is committed to a prosperous future for the world—a world without limits.

At Saint Mary's University equity and diversity are integral to excellence and enrich our community. As an institution committed to fostering an environment of inclusion and respect, we welcome applications from women, Indigenous peoples, racialized persons/visible minorities, persons with disabilities, persons of minority sexual orientation or gender identity and others who might contribute to the growth and enrichment of our community.

Are you interested?

Work With Us

Apply for this opportunity online using our online application system through Career Beacon. Please visit to reference the job posting and description and click on "Apply through CareerBeacon" to submit your application or click on "Apply Now" on CareerBeacon.

Qualified candidates should submit the following with their application:

  • Resume
  • Cover Letter
  • Three Professional References

The position will be posted on 22 December 2021 and applications should be received no later than 4:30pm on 14 January 2022. No telephone calls please.

This position offers a comprehensive benefits package which can be viewed here on the Saint Mary's University Human Resources website

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, preference will be given to applicants who identify as Black, Indigenous, or as a member of a Community of Colour. Preference will also be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents. If you require accommodations during the recruitment process, please contact Human Resources at [email protected].

Saint Mary's University promotes a Healthy Campus including a Scent-Free environment and a Smoke-Free Campus

Effective October 15, 2021 all students, staff, and faculty are required to be fully vaccinated with a Health Canada approved vaccine in accordance with the University policy available here. The successful candidate will be required to show proof of vaccination in accordance with our University policies.