Student Life Advisor
Department: School of Arts and Sciences
Duty station: Naryn, Kyrgyz Republic and Khorog, Tajikistan (please indicate the location of interest)
Deadline: Position open until filled
Summary of Position and Key Responsibilities
UCA is seeking Student Life Advisors (SLA) who will help develop, coordinate, and maintain programmes within and beyond the residence hall with the aim of providing a positive intellectual, emotional, and social living environment for students. The SLA is a peer leader to students who supervises students living in UCA’s residence halls and is often the first point of contact for students with academic, institutional, or personal questions. The main responsibility of the SLA is to provide support, encouragement, and leadership to their campus community and to help build a strong, welcoming, and inclusive campus community, while encouraging an immersive English language environment.
The SLA will serve as a supportive and helpful resource, providing academic, personal advice and guidance to students. UCA will have three SLAs per campus and each will be responsible for the design and implementation of various programmatic that can be but are not limited to the following:
- Athletics, Wellness, and Recreational Programmes;
- Student Clubs and Student Leadership Programmes, and
- Community Service Programs
- Special Events. All SLAs will support Residence Life, live in the dormitories, and will help to resolve and/or mediate roommate disputes; provide after-hours emergency assistance to residents; ensure adherence to the Residence Rules and Regulations; and assist with orientation of new residents. Student Life Advisors will be required to live in the dormitories of the UCA campus.
Main Responsibilities Include:
- Provide meaningful, education, co-curricular, experiential, and social programming to support students' growth, development, and relationship building;
- Lead in the implementation of all athletics (e.g. sports teams, fitness programs, outdoor activities etc.), student clubs (e.g. Debate Club, Model United Nations, Theater Club, Research Club etc.), student leadership (e.g. Student Association), diversity and inclusion activities, community service, and academic support (e.g. tutoring) on campus;
- Lead orientation programmes for first year students to ensure they are properly settled into campus life and are comfortable living away from home;
- Offer programmes that orient students to the university resources available to them, and those that will help students find their niche in the wider campus community;
- Assist with organizing university-wide events, floor events, training and guidance to student groups, event planning, fiscal management, procurement etc.;
- In some instances, support academic programmes;
- Create diversity and inclusion programming that could include workshops or events and encourage a daily practice of tolerance and understanding;
- Help establish a campus community to create an ethically sound student body.
Rules and Policies:
- Encourage an immersive English language environment, which will be critical for the success of students in UCA’s academic programmes;
- Educate residents on the policies and procedures of Residential Life, Student Code of Conduct, and the university overall;
- Hold residents accountable for their behavior;
- Perform as a mediator in conflicts among residents and staff.
Facilities, Amenities and Administrative Tasks:
- Keeping track of student residents;
- Document policy violations, create reports, survey analysis;
- Report maintenance and facility concerns, conduct health and safety inspections, and some dormitory walk throughs;
- Procure items for students and handle logistics queries.
- Assist residents in developing relationships with each other;
- Promote student involvement in university activities and events;
- Act as a positive role model for both fellow staff members and residents by not participating in questionable and unethical behaviors and by following the highest standards of personal conduct;
- Counsel residents regarding personal and academic concerns;
- Be visible, regularly available, and accessible to address residents' needs or concerns;
- At times required to work evenings and weekends to monitor student programming or events.
Wellness and Academic Support:
- Build one-on-one relationships with students with the goal of helping them develop as well-rounded individuals;
- Provide support related to study skills, time management, reasoning, etc.
Minimum Qualifications and Relevant Experience
- Bachelor’s Degree is required;
- At least two years’ experience tutoring or working with students in upper years of high school or the first and second year of university;
- Experience working with or leading one or more of the following programmes for students: Athletics Programmes, Student Clubs and/or Student Leadership Programmes, Academic Support Programmes, Residential Life
- Event planning and logistics experience is an asset;
- Demonstrates sensitivity to and interest in people, neutrality, respect for dignity and open-mindedness on issues;
- At least two years of on campus living at a college or university is an asset;
- Have one to three years of experience working with students, in student services and/or residence life; experience as an RA or RD is preferred;
- Self-disciplined; interested in people on an individual basis and aware of the feelings, needs, and rights of others; interested in group living and in promoting positive aspects of community life on the floor and in the hall as a whole;
- Able and willing to fulfill all management functions; committed to student growth and the concept that student life facilitate the educational and personal development; committed to a flexible work environment
Desired Skills and Qualifications
- Demonstrates initiative and is a self-starter;
- Event planning skills are highly valuable;
- Passionate about the quality of life for all residents;
- Approachable and accessible to residents;
- Discreet, will respect confidentiality guidelines at all times, and has demonstrated tact, good judgement, maturity and a high level of conduct when dealing with others;
- Good listener and possesses an ability to communicate effectively;
- Effective in helping residents to understand/resolve their problems and will refer them to a professional resource/counsellor as needed;
- Works well in a team setting;
- Convey a positive attitude towards the SLA position and its duties and responsibilities;
- Can work in a flexible work environment.
- Advanced English (written and spoken) is required;
- Fluency in Russian is required;
- Knowledge of Kyrgyz, Tajik, Shugni and/or Kazakh would be an asset.
Salary and Package
Salary and package to attract the best candidate. The Student Life Advisor is required to live on campus in the dormitories and must be available to be on-call.
How to Apply
Please send a cover letter, CV, and contact information for three references to AKDN Career Centre.
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.