The Opportunity

Halifax, NS

Mount Saint Vincent University is strongly committed to fostering diversity and inclusion within our community and encourages applications from all qualified candidates including women, persons of any sexual orientations and gender identities and/or expressions, Indigenous persons, African Canadians, other racialized groups, persons with disabilities, and other groups that would contribute to the diversification of our campus. Candidates who identify as being from any of these groups are encouraged to voluntarily self-identify in their application materials. All qualified candidates are welcome to apply; however, priority will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents.

Reporting to the Residence Life Manager, the Residence Life Advisor (RLA) will be responsible for overseeing the Residence Community Standard program, including the monitoring of conduct, behaviors and programming/educational needs of the students living on campus. This position will provide guidance, leadership, support, and direction to the Residence Dons, Residence Assistants (Ras) and the overall residence community. The RLA will work closely as a member of the Residence Life team to work together to build a community that is conducive to meeting the academic needs of both the residence students and the University.

What you'll do


General duties include:

  • Supervise the in-residence team of Dons and RAs through establishing a rapport and a supportive relationship with them while maintaining appropriate boundaries.
  • Provide on-going guidance and direction to Residence staff through meetings, updates and individual counselling.
  • Actively assess student needs and participate in the development programs - both educational and social.
  • Maintain a high profile among the students in residence so as to be recognized by them, while maintaining appropriate boundaries.
  • Follow all guidelines of the Residence Life program including guidelines for making disciplinary and counselling referrals. Identify when students may need a referral to counselling or other supports.
  • Be consistent in the enforcement of Residence Life and University policy.
  • Be well informed of University supports and associated referral processes.
  • Work with the Office of Student Experience team to provide comprehensive support for student success.
  • Serve on-call duty for after-hours (outside of 8 am - 5 pm) emergencies at least two weeks per month.

This is a part-time, live-in contract position, with duty hours generally being after 5 pm, with the occasional meeting scheduled during business hours. The incumbent may hold another job, provided it does not conflict with RLA duties.

What you'll need


We are seeking an energetic individual who is passionate about student development and creating a vibrant living-learning environment for a diverse student body. The following would prepare you for this role:

  • Undergraduate degree
  • Experience working as part of a residence life team
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • Supervisory experience
  • Program planning and delivery
  • Crisis response training and experience, including First Aid, Mental Health First Aid, sexual violence response, or other training


  • Rent-free apartment plus full meal plan for duration of contract (starting ASAP - April 23, 2023. Accommodation may be arranged through the summer in exchange for work performed during that time period.
  • $6,000 stipend for period of September - April (prorated depending on hire date)

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Mount Saint Vincent University

Recognized as a leader in distance and experiential learning, and based on a strong tradition of social responsibility, Mount Saint Vincent University takes a personalized approach to education to nurture socially responsible global citizens. Founded in 1873, the Mount has been nationally recognized for having one of the lowest student-to-professor ratios, for providing students early access to valuable research opportunities, for its legacy in the advancement of women, and for facilitating critical advancements in food security, healthy aging, literacy, and childhood development. The Mount believes that our people are our foundation and our relationships are built on respect and accountability. Please visit to learn more about us. 

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Applications should include a cover letter and resume. Application review will begin on September 6 and continue until filled.