Job Type






Undergraduate Student Support Specialist Vancouver

The University of British Columbia

The University of British Columbia Vancouver Canada

2 weeks ago

Staff - Union

Job Category
CUPE 2950

Job Profile
CUPE 2950 Salaried - Undergrad Student Supp 3 (Gr6)

Job Title
Undergraduate Student Support Specialist

Undergraduate Student Academic Advising | Associate Dean Students Portfolio | Faculty of Land and Food Systems

Compensation Range
$3,881.00 - $4,082.00 CAD Monthly

Posting End Date
May 16, 2023

Note: Applications will be accepted until 11:59 PM on the day prior to the Posting End Date above.

Job End Date

Please include cover letter with resume.

Job Summary

Student Services in the Faculty of Land and Food Systems (LFS) provides comprehensive support for over 1, 800 undergraduate students studying in one of four Bachelor of Science degrees: Bachelor of Science in Applied Biology, Bachelor of Science in Food, Nutrition and Health, Bachelor of Science in Global Resource Systems, and Bachelor of Science in Food and Resource Economics.

This unit ensures undergraduate students in the Faculty meet their full academic... professional and personal potential throughout the course of their academic career. LFS Student Services operates using a strengths-based approach across its academic, engagement and career advising with students and is grounded on values of empathy, collaboration, wellness, inclusivity, and an overall positive student experience.

As a member of the LFS Student Services team, this position provides front-line support, information, and assistance in the resolution of complex issues to current students, prospective students, LFS faculty and the general public regarding admission, basic course planning, student records and registration, and other routine functions supporting LFS students. Refers students to University and Faculty policies and procedures and provides guidance and interpretation to students. This position deals with a wide range of confidential and sensitive information.

This position may evolve and duties may be added or removed in response to updated operational requirements, unit, and Faculty goals. This position requires an individual who is comfortable in an atmosphere that will adapt to meet student needs, and as new technologies or opportunities for improved processes are identified.

Organizational Status

This position works as a member of the LFS Student Services team and reports directly to the Director, Student Academic Services. The incumbent will also receive direction from LFS Academic Advisors, LFS Student Engagement Officer and LFS Career Strategist. This position is expected to work independently under direction from the Director.

Must be familiar with other areas of the university such as Enrolment Services, Student Development and Support Services (Counselling Services, Centre for Student Involvement and Careers, Student Health Services, Centre for Accessibility, AMS, The Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology, etc.) as many students will need the appropriate referrals once they have come to LFS Student Services.

Work Performed

Student Support
• Provides high-level customer service and front-line assistance, reflective of the unit's values of empathy, collaboration, wellness, inclusivity, and an overall positive student experience. Screens, prioritizes and responds to a variety of in-person, email, virtual or telephone inquiries from prospective and current students, LFS Program Directors or faculty, UBC departments and units, and the general public. Asking probing questions to determine what students really need, and refers them to the most appropriate Student Services team member or campus resource.
• Knows and understands the complex regulations in the UBC Academic Calendar, online course schedules and other UBC publications. Using this knowledge, along with the Student Information Service Centre (SISC), Student Service Centre (SSC), On-line Advising Management System (OAMS), Degree Navigator (DN), and Canvas, provides accurate information to prospective and current LFS Students, other UBC students who wish to transfer to the Faculty, as well as the general public regarding admission requirements, registration, transfer credit, academic concessions, LFS degree requirements and other basic student matters. Example duties include, but are not limited to, providing advice on how to resolve course planning issues and registration conflicts, creating waitlists, moving students off wait lists as seats become available, determining why a student's registration is blocked, explaining what students need to do to remove the block, etc.
• Interprets Faculty and University policies and procedures, and provides guidance and interpretation of same to students, faculty, and staff. Assists and guides students in making informed decisions. Informs students what they need to consider when making decisions and the academic implications of their decisions.
• Using the Student Information Service Centre (SISC), exercises judgment to make decisions about whether to add or drop courses, check availability of courses, and obtain or update student information, academic records or Degree Navigator reports.
• Prepares and sends the Newslettuce, the e-newsletter circulated to undergraduate students to keep them informed of important dates and deadlines, events, opportunities and messaging. Ensures content in each edition is accurate and is distributed on a pre-determined schedule, and updates and maintains the subscription mailing lists.

• Participates in identifying processes and systems that require improvement, mapping current processes, re-designing processes, and making recommendations for change.
• Provides administrative assistance in collecting, reviewing, and tracking submissions and decisions related to academic or admission appeals, transfer credit requests, curriculum updates, minor and competitive major applications, and academic concession.
• Using SISC, collects and maintains student registration and academic data for sessional evaluations (annual review of academic records to determine promotion and academic standing), award adjudication, missing grades reports and graduation. Follows up with and notifies students, Student Services staff, faculty, or campus colleagues, and updates academic records, as required.
• On behalf of Director, Student Academic Services, reviews requests and prepares Letters of Permission (LOP), visa extension and degree completion letters, and prepares accordingly under established policies. Follows up on incomplete submissions, as needed.
• Maintains web content for the undergraduate tab of the LFS website, including the Student Services content. Ensures the Undergraduate Events Calendar is accurate and maintained, and LFS Student Services content is displayed on Faculty-wide digital signage.
• As Faculty Timetabling Rep (TRep) and Exam Rep (ERep), ensures accurate timetabling and scheduling of LFS undergraduate courses and exams. Example duties include, but are not limited to, scheduling new courses, rescheduling existing courses, and collecting and submitting final and SD exam requests.
• Assists Director, Student Academic Services with special projects. For example, data collection/extraction, determines what information to extract and where to collect and access data, and presents data in appropriate format.
• Takes, transcribes, and distributes meeting minutes, as required by the Director, Student Academic Services.
• Compiles information and prepares monthly and annual reports on LFS Student Services daily and financial operations. Ensures information is accurate and reliable.
• Maintains information in and prepares reports on the QLess virtual queueing system for LFS Student Services.
• Maintains accurate student records and files.

Other Duties
• Maintains and updates a procedures manual for the position
• Provides administrative and logistics support for LFS Student Services events and information sessions, such as Taste of LFS or UBC Welcomes You. Example duties include preparing registration lists, ordering catering, and booking rooms/equipment/virtual meetings, as needed.
• Ensures front office and shared advising spaces are well maintained, and creates a welcoming, inclusive and accessible environment for guests
• Maintains and orders office supplies
• Supports LFS Student Services team and participates in cross-training initiatives, as appropriate
• In support of the Integrated Renewal Program (IRP) at UBC, receive training, build capacity and become proficient in Workday Student, when it launches, as it will replace the Student Information Service Centre (SISC). The implementation of this campus-wide system will necessitate that, as a member of the LFS Student Services team, the incumbent will be required to adapt and implement new ways of performing the above duties so they can continue to meet objectives. May be asked to represent LFS on IRP working groups, as appropriate, and will be required to contribute to LFS Student Services team discussions and decisions on data migration, as well as contribute to the development and distribution of a communication strategy to inform and educate current students.
• Performs other duties related to the qualifications and requirements of the job, as required.

Consequence of Error/Judgement

As a member of the LFS Student Services team, the incumbent is expected to provide a high level of customer service and must exercise a great deal of judgement and initiative in handling matters of both a routine and non-routine nature, requiring the interpretation of University and Faculty policies, procedures and guidelines. Information must be accurate and provided in a respectful, timely and supportive way. Works with conflicting demands and exercises judgement in establishing priorities and carrying work through to completion in a timely manner under general supervision.

The incumbent exercises considerable judgment and sensitivity to diverse cultural backgrounds, and must demonstrate tact and discretion. Consequence of error is high and poor judgment would compromise the integrity of the four Bachelor of Science degrees in the Faculty as well as jeopardize the reputation of the Faculty of Land and Food Systems and/or UBC. Students, other members of the academic community and general public rely on advice given from LFS Student Services and base their academic decisions upon it. Students not obtaining a required or recommended course, not being able to graduate, or applicants not being able to obtain admission to the Faculty are some examples of what poor judgment could result in. Miscommunication in registration and timetabling may result in disgruntled students and faculty.

Supervision Received
This position reports directly to the Director, Student Academic Services. Work is performed in accordance with established procedures and practices. Makes independent decisions within guidelines. Requires initiative to plan and complete recurring assignments independently and good judgement to determine which of many methods are applicable. New or unusual problems outside the established guidelines and matters involving policy are referred to the Director.

Supervision Given

None, however, may provide general guidance or explain work procedures to and assist with training of new staff and/or student staff (Work Learn or co-op students) working in LFS Student Services.

Minimum Qualifications
High School graduation, plus one year post secondary diploma, plus four years of related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Preferred Qualifications

Education & Experience:
• University graduation preferred.
• Training in office procedures and practices an asset.
• Experience working in a student services oriented position/environment preferred.
• Knowledge of Faculty of Land and Food Systems degree requirements and curricula as well as UBC policies, an asset.
• Knowledge of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FIPPA) preferred.

• Ability to multi-task, prioritize and work effectively under pressure to meet deadlines. Effective organizational skills.
• Ability to communicate effectively verbally and in writing. Able to communicate complex information or decisions with sensitivity and cultural awareness
• Excellent interpersonal skills. Ability to deal with a diversity of people in a respectful, courteous, and effective manner.
• Ability to approach interactions with an awareness of sensitive issues. (e.g., issues concerning specific cultures).
• Ability to work effectively independently and in a team environment, and to bring energy, motivation and enthusiasm to the job.
• Ability to exercise tact, good judgement and discretion.
• Ability to maintain accurate records and attention to detail.
• Computer experience at an intermediate level is required (Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Outlook and Zoom). HTML and Wordpress experience an asset.
• Ability to type 55 wpm, accurately enter data, and operate a normal range of office equipment.
• Ability to be flexible to work outside of normal hours when required.
• Equity and diversity are essential to academic excellence. An open and diverse community fosters the inclusion of voices that have been underrepresented or discouraged. Candidate must be prepared to return to in-person operations in accordance with the safety plans that will be developed for the LFS Student Services team in a post-COVID era
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