Assistant BA Program Counsellor

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  • Full Time
  • Guelph

University of Guelph

Description: NOC Code: 1211

Assistant BA Program Counsellor

One (1) permanent, full-time position – Guelph, ON

The University of Guelph is a comprehensive university with an annual enrollment of approximately 21,500 undergraduate and graduate students, including 5,700 students enrolled in the Bachelor of Arts (BA). The BA Program works primarily within the College of Arts and the College of Social and Applied Human Sciences. The University prides itself on its learner-centred approach that provides students with an outstanding education and a promising future. As an Assistant BA Program Counsellor, you’ll play an important role in delivering on these goals.

Reporting to the BA Program Counsellor, you’ll be part of the BA Program Counselling team and, as such, provide academic advising services to BA students. This will involve providing information to students regarding regulations and procedures affecting their academic progress, as well as course selection and planning, advising them on the academic implications of any personal, medical or mental health difficulties, and referring them to the appropriate departments/units on campus when necessary (e.g., Student Wellness Services).

As an Assistant BA Program Counsellor, you’ll also advise faculty and department chairs on policies and procedures, act as a liaison between faculty and students when required, monitor student progress and approve graduation. Other key areas of responsibility include participating in semester-end academic reviews, advising on options for in-semester or post-semester appeals/academic consideration, and participating in recruitment and admissions processes.


To assume the role of Assistant BA Program Counsellor, you must be a tactful communicator and skilled decision-maker with:

Ÿ  An undergraduate degree in a related field and two (2) years of relevant experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Ÿ  Exceptional organizational and interpersonal skills.

Ÿ  A high level of diplomacy/tact when working and communicating with students, staff, faculty, and parents.

Ÿ  Proven teamwork capabilities.

Ÿ  Experience with advising/counselling, conflict resolution, or mediation.

Ÿ  Skills in prioritization, problem-solving, and decision-making.

Ÿ  Proficiency with the Microsoft Office Suite.

Ÿ  An understanding of academic programs and the overall student experience.

Ÿ  Knowledge of university policies/procedures, and experience with policy implementation and interpretation.


Ÿ  Familiarity with Colleague or other student information systems.

NOTE: This appointment is regularly performed on-campus but, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, will be initially fulfilled remotely (off-campus) until the University resumes its regular operations.

The University of Guelph ( is one of Canada’s leading research-intensive comprehensive institutions, with a record of outstanding scholarship in the arts, humanities, social sciences, life sciences, physical and engineering sciences, agriculture and veterinary sciences. This is your chance to join us in our endeavour to improve life.

To view a detailed posting of the role of Assistant BA Program Counsellor, including application instructions, please go to our website at Applications, quoting Hiring #2021-0063, must be addressed to

At the University of Guelph, fostering a culture of inclusion is an institutional imperative. The University invites and encourages applications from all qualified individuals, including from groups that are traditionally underrepresented in employment, who may contribute to further diversification of our Institution.

Job posting end date : 2021-02-24

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