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Title Student Life Coordinator (Contract)
Job ID 12S-1104
Division/Department Student Services
Campus/Site Seneca @ York
Job Classification Support
Job Type Appendix D
Position Overview Student Life Coordinator
(Appendix D/Temporary Position from January 14, 2013 to January 10, 2014)

Reporting to the Manager, Student and Campus Life, the Student Life Coordinator will coordinate student life services and programs at the Seneca@York Campus, and contribute to the development of student life at the college as a whole. The incumbent is responsible to: Support college-wide student retention efforts especially focusing on supporting student transition and orientation; Facilitate, develop and deliver leadership development programming and identify campus-wide opportunities for involvement in leadership roles; Plan, organize and evaluate student life services and programs designed to meet the needs of a culturally diverse student population; Advocate and advise students regarding academic policy and supporting the Student Conduct Office in informal resolution of student conflicts; and Communicate with students about student life at the college, especially through the use of social media platforms. The incumbent will also support departmental/ divisional goal setting and assessment efforts, and front-line operations of the S@Y Student Services Office.
Responsibilities Orientation - Transition & Retention:
• Research, create and implement programming for students in transition, which may include collaboration with a variety of college programs and offices;
• Coordinate and implement full spectrum of orientation programming and activities for all new students, including “Welcome Week” each semester;
• Develop, implement and support creative strategies designed to ease the transition to college life and reduce attrition.
Student Life:
• Work with Seneca Student Federation, student groups and other key stakeholders to develop, organize and promote student life activities and events. Research and initiate strategies to engage students in co-curricular activities deliver programming and provide resources;
• Coordinate activities with student leaders to develop social and educational programs;
• Liaise with academic and service areas to plan and promote co-curricular programs that support student success;
• Liaise with York University Student Affairs staff to promote activities that are available to both student bodies;
• Support equity & diversity programming at the college.
Leadership Programming:
• Work with the Student Life team to organize Leadership Institutes and all event logistics including, registration, marketing, facilities, speakers, materials and agendas.
• Develop, facilitate and present Leadership Program workshops
• Research and initiate strategies to develop the promotion of student involvement in leadership positions and campus activities and work with student organizations, academic and service staff to focus workshops and leadership opportunities towards areas of student interest
• Administer the Leadership Program database, ensuring accurate record of student participation; Award appropriate levels of leadership certificates (in conjunction with the Markham Student Life Coordinator) and report on outcomes
Student Advocacy:
• Work with committees/academic areas to advocate for students and student issues
• Advise WSIB-sponsored students at S@Y campus, provide information for reporting purposes to WSIB (Workplace Safety Insurance Board)
• Support the Student Conduct Office by participating in informal resolution
• Play an advisory role in student appeals processes including providing students with information and referral regarding policies, procedures and resources, making contact with appropriate college personnel, and coaching to prepare for meetings, appeal s or other hearings. Accompany as an advocate where appropriate.
Communication, Planning and Operational Support:
• Communicate and promote student life activities, issues, and critical information on a college-wide basis utilizing multiple vehicles including Seneca Student Federation, WTF articles and advertising, The Senecan, poster distribution, notices on TV monitors, My.Seneca, Blackboard, Student Service website and social Media platforms (i.e. Twitter, Facebook).
• Participate with the Manager and other staff in the development, implementation and evaluation of annual priorities, goals and objectives. Assist in defining and implementing assessments related to position responsibilities and monitor results as directed
• Advise students and visitors to the Student Services Office/ campus and refer them to the appropriate follow-up services; promote the one-stop resource and referral/welcome centre.
• Assist, where required, with customer-service related operational needs
Qualifications • Post-secondary two year diploma required in a related field such as leadership, recreation, student affairs, public relations, event management/planning or social sciences.
• Three years of progressive experience in a student services function within a college or university setting, including experience working directly with students.
• Demonstrated ability to manage group dynamics, provide leadership, resolve conflicts and negotiate effectively when working with stakeholders and volunteers.
• Superb organizational skills and demonstrated ability to initiate, plan, coordinate and evaluate multi-faceted events and activities.
• Experience developing and making presentations for instructional purposes and ability to speak publicly to large audiences.
• Highly developed social media, internet and computer skills to communicate with students and staff; to access and monitor student records database; and to generate promotional and training materials, presentations, spreadsheets, proposals and reports. Basic budgeting experience is an asset.
• Excellent customer service orientation and communication skills are essential to interact with the College’s multi-cultural/racial/able staff, students and the public and to promote student life.
• Research and critical thinking skills; a comprehensive understanding of student development theory; and the ability to translate theory into practice in the design of co-curricular programming
• Completion of the Ontario Learn Student Affairs and Services Certificate is an asset.
Hourly Wage Rate Payband I: Start rate $31.56
Weekly Hours of Work 35 hours (overtime as required). Monday to Friday: 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Required Date As soon as possible
Posting Date January 21, 2013 External
Closing Date January 28, 2013
To Apply Click on “Apply Now” below. Applications must be submitted online by the closing date and must include a covering letter and resume (as one document) in Word or pdf format. 
Note: A skills assessment may be administered and proof of degrees, credentials or equivalencies from accredited regional or federal post secondary institutions and/or their international equivalents will be required at the time of interview.
Seneca College is committed to diversity and encourages applications from all qualified candidates, especially aboriginal persons, francophones, members of sexual minority groups, persons with disabilities, visible minorities and women.
We thank all applicants for their interest in this position, however only those selected for an interview will be contacted.
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