Thompson Rivers University

Thompson Rivers University

Academic Advisor


Closing in 6 days

Application Restrictions

Open to both Internal and external

Job Type

Support Staff (CUPE)

Posting In effect from


Closing Application Date


Closing date for internal CUPE applicants


Applications will be reviewed commencing the “closing date for internal CUPE applicants” and may continue until the position is filled.

Internal CUPE applicants must submit their application by 4pm on the “closing date for internal CUPE applicants” for their Seniority to be recognized. Applications received after the "closing date for internal CUPE applicants" will be considered alongside external applicants.

Full/Part Time

Full Time

Support Type

Auxiliary (Over 4 Months)

Anticipated Start Date


Position End Date (If Applicable)


The Hours of work are subject to change depending upon departmental requirements


The hours of work will be Monday to Friday, 7 hours a day, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm

Schedule Description


Provides advice to students with respect to education planning, academic goals and course selection. Provides instruction on admissions and registration processes to current and prospective students through interviews, assessment, on-line and group facilitation. Provides mandatory academic advising, including course approval, for all International students in preparation for the completion of certificate, diploma and degree programs. Supports and provides advice to the university's recruitment, conversion and retention activities.


  • Develops education plans for students from culturally diverse backgrounds connecting academic standing to education or career goals, while assessing academic and work history, factoring in life, multicultural experience and financial resources.
  • Provides mandatory advising of International and Probationary Students with responsibility for final course approval.
  • Provides advice and support for developing processes for application, registration and time-tabling.
  • Identifies at risk students, either academically or personally, develops action plans, provides appropriate retention strategies and advocates on behalf of students as required.
  • Researches, verifies, and applies detailed knowledge of educational programs, services, and transfer agreements established by TRU and other post-secondary institutions for incoming and transfer students.
  • Provides advice and support to the university's recruitment, conversion and retention activities.
  • Develops, promotes and presents orientations and workshops, both in person and through web-based technology.
  • Establishes and maintains liaison and referral services with educational institutions, professional and community organizations, and other TRU departments.
  • Responds to a variety of internal requests from faculty and administration for consultation regarding new programs, courses, and institutional policies.
  • Participates on institutional committees.
  • Travel off-campus to conduct individual advising in support of TRU recruitment and applicant conversion.
  • REPORTS TO Registrar



  • Four-year Undergraduate University degree

  • Three (3) years' related work experience within a post-secondary institution or related educational environment, including one-year of Educational Planning, as defined by working on an individual basis with a student/client assessing previous education, skills, cultural background, to identify future goals, aspirations, and needs, while being accountable for the development of an individualized educational strategy for that student/client

  • Ability to communicate effectively to a culturally diverse audience, both verbally and in writing, including strong interviewing, listening and interpreting skills
  • Ability to use multiple computer software packages (i.e. Microsoft Office)
  • Effective research, analytical, problem-solving and planning skills
  • Ability to work independently, as well as part of a team
  • Ability to prepare and deliver oral presentations
  • Hold current B.C. class 5 driver's license

  • Sitting at desk and computer for periods of time
  • Regular student contact
  • Some off campus travel
  • General office conditions
  • Set up of computer/audio visual equipment and tables and chairs at off- site locations (on an infrequent basis)
  • Ability to lift loads in excess of 20 kg
  • The salary for the above position is determined by the Collective Agreement with the Canadian Union of Public Employees, Local 4879, as it presently exists.

    Pay Band

    CUPE Grade 09 $34.65

    Salary rate

    Please Note: This position may be subject to a 90% salary for the first 560 hours of employment.


    Kamloops, BC CA (Primary)

    # of Hires Needed


    Organizational Unit

    Thompson Rivers University -> Faculty of Student Development -> Academic Advising

    Diversity and Inclusion Commitment:

    Thompson Rivers University is strongly committed to hiring based on merit with a focus on fostering diversity of thought within our community. We welcome those who would contribute to the further diversification of our staff, our faculty and its scholarship including, but not limited to, women, Indigenous, Black and People of Colour, persons with disabilities and persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity. Please note that all qualified candidates are encouraged to apply, however applications from Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

    NOTE: To learn more about Thompson Rivers University or living in Kamloops or Williams Lake please visit our Careers website. External Candidates invited to interview will be required to bring a copy of their transcripts to the interview.

    Job details


    Academic Advisor


    Thompson Rivers University




    September 20, 2023

    Application deadline

    October 04, 2023

    Job type




    About the employer

    Thompson Rivers University (TRU) was established in 1970 as a public academic and Research University. Located in Kamloops, BC, Canada is the main campus of the university. Many global leaders and people in business have graduated from TRU. It has distance and online education programs with TRU Open Learning division.

    The inaugural convocation of TRU was held on March 31, 2005. The first official visit at the university was made by Prime Minister Paul Martin. On-campus, 15,500 students are studying a variety of programs.

    Programs are from these schools and faculties; Faculty of Arts, Faculty of Adventure, School of Business and Economics, School of Nursing, Faculty of Education and Social Work, Culinary Arts and Tourism, Faculty of Law, Faculty of Science, Faculty of Student Development, and School of Trades and Technology.

    The university is in the vicinity of the commercial districts and residential areas. And next door to Tournament Capital Center that is Kamloops' biggest recreational centre. Also, the University offers various outdoor adventures and cultural activities around its campus.

    With TRU's World division, they have many international partners. With 26,000 studying students on the campus or through distance and online learning, the university provide 140 on-campus programs and 60 open learning programs. It has 2000+ employees including academic faculty, staff and administration.

    TRU provides its students with academic research, extracurricular activities for community services. Most students from are from China, India and Saudi Arabia with other 70 countries.

    33,000+ Canadian Alumni and 15,000+ International Alumni have graduated from TRU's undergraduate, graduate and vocational training programs. The TRU Alum stay connected with AlumNights that happen in Vancouver and Victoria. The notable alumni of TRU are Canadian actor Lorne Cardinal, Canadian novelist and former professor at the University of British Columbia, Steven Galloway; and Kamar Burke, Canadian retired professional basketball player.

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