UBC Forest & Conservation Sciences Department International Student Recruiter/Advisor Full Time in Vancouver, BC

UBC Forest & Conservation Sciences Department

Branch Vancouver BC CA

International Student Recruiter/Advisor
Vancouver, BC

Minimum of three years experience or the equivalent combination of education and experience. The International Student Recruiter/Advisor is responsible for…

The International Student Recruiter/Advisor is responsible for assisting the International Student Coordinator in the recruitment and retention of international (visa) students in Science, with programming to welcome all international students in Science to campus, and with general student advising. Those responsibilities include promotion of Science programs to international students abroad and locally, and providing comprehensive advising on academic and personal issues to international (visa) students studying Science at UBC Vancouver.

Organizational Status

The position reports to the Director of Science Student Services and, through that position, to the Associate Dean, Students. The incumbent works most closely with the International Student Coordinator but also with other Academic Advisors and Student Development staff and clerical staff in the Science Student Information Centre. The position requires effective liaison with peers in other faculties; with staff in the International Student Initiative, in International Student Development and Go Global; with Enrolment Services Professionals; and with faculty and staff academic advisors in departments across campus.

Work Performed

Student Retention and Development
1. Supports the International Student Coordinator in researching and analyzing the needs of international students for services and programs, and in implementing new programs and enhancements to existing programs to increase the quality of the student experience at UBC.
2. Participates in the development and implementation of orientation activities for incoming international students (degree and exchange), such as Jump Start.
3. Collaborates with the International Student Coordinator to develop relationships with international students that facilitate their successful transition to university life and studies.
4. Assesses the academic progress of international students and provides early intervention for students who are having academic difficulties.
5. Assesses services and programs and recommends changes where needed.

Academic Advising
1. Advises prospective and new students, parents, and counsellors regarding undergraduate admissions, student services and extracurricular opportunities. Has knowledge and understanding of complex requirements and policies; makes appropriate responses and offers advice based on individual assessment of each situation.
2. Advises undergraduate students with academic planning including faculty-level requirements and exploration of potential specializations. Provides interpretation of University and faculty policy.
3. Helps students develop a Learning Plan, a comprehensive approach to the design and execution of an undergraduate degree experience, including degree planning and career exploration, active learning and scholarly engagement, and campus life and community engagement.

Recruitment, Marketing and Promotion
1. Executes recruitment programs and services for international secondary and post-secondary school students, counsellors and instructors, for the purpose of increasing undergraduate enrolment of qualified international students in Science, in collaboration with UBC’s International Student Initiative program.
2. Manages the preparation of written and multimedia materials (e.g. brochures, power point presentations, web info) for international recruitment and informational purposes
3. Represents the University and the Faculty of Science at schools, colleges, and recruiting fairs internationally, nationally, and locally, and at student information events on campus. This requires in-depth knowledge of Science programs as well as the University’s admission procedures, policies and services.

1. Evaluates applications under the Broader Based Admission category. Exercises professional judgment in assessing circumstances that require special consideration.
2. Manages and participates in outreach campaigns to admitted students to help answer questions and increase their likelihood of attending UBC.

1. Contributes to the day-to-day operation of the Science Student Information Centre through regular student advising and consultation with other staff.
2. Participates in the semi-annual review of student progress and in the assessment of appeals on academic standing.
3. Develops and enhances relations with faculty and staff in numerous campus departments with respect to international initiatives.
4. Represents the Faculty on university committees and at public functions.
5. Manages special projects assigned by the Associate Dean or the Director.

Supervision Received

Reports to the Director, Science Student Services for the general operation of the unit and to the Associate Dean, Students for strategic direction. Works independently under the general direction of the Director and the International Student Coordinator. When advising students, works under the general direction of the Director, Science Student Services.

Supervision Given

May supervise student assistants who perform duties related to student development, recruitment and advising.

Consequence of Error/Judgement

Decision-making is based on a thorough knowledge of the policies and procedures of the University and the Faculty of Science. The incumbent exercises considerable judgement and must demonstrate tact and discretion. Consequence of error is high and poor judgment and/ or lack of cross-cultural sensitivity would compromise the integrity of the Science programs as well as jeopardize the reputation of the Faculty of Science and UBC.


Undergraduate degree in a relevant discipline. A Science degree is preferred. Minimum of three years experience or the equivalent combination of education and experience. A sound knowledge of University admission criteria, services and resources for international students is expected. International experience working or studying abroad is expected. Preference will be given to candidates who are fully bilingual in English and another language. Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively in writing and orally, one-on-one and in public speaking roles is essential. Must be effective at making decisions both independently and as part of a team, and be tactful and articulate when dealing with students, faculty, and staff. Excellent judgement, interpersonal and organizational skills are a must. Cross-cultural sensitivity is essential. Must be able to take initiative and exercise resourcefulness. Ability to travel extensively internationally and within Canada as required. Possession of a valid BC Driver’s Licence is required. Proficiency in using Excel, Outlook, and other standard office software is required. Knowledge of the BC and other Canadian secondary school curricula, as well as US, British-patterned, International Baccalaureate, and other major international educational systems would be an asset.

UBC hires on the basis of merit and is strongly committed to equity and diversity within its community. We especially welcome applications from visible minority group members, women, Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, persons of minority sexual orientations and gender identities, and others with the skills and knowledge to productively engage with diverse communities. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

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Employment Type: Full Time
Location: Vancouver, BC, CA
Posted on: 2016-05-19
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