University of Waterloo

Advisor, Housing Services

Requisition ID 2021-6796
Job Category
Campus Housing
Employment Type
Time Type
Hiring Range
$43,934 - $54,918


The Advisor, Housing Services is the welcoming and compassionate face for all Housing & Residences customer service interactions. Advisors appropriately solve issues related to housing or refer customers to the right resources. Solving customer issues often includes assisting students with finding appropriate resources from on-campus residences and off-campus services, and/or advising them to attend workshops or other support services. The incumbent also handles administrative matters including: some office operations, workshops and presentations, and other projects as assigned to ensure all customers are supported appropriately.


Communicating and providing student housing service support

  • Acknowledges and responds to customer inquiries regarding the status of their residence applications, eligibility requirements and procedures

  • Problem solves one-of-a-kind scenarios and tailors communication to diverse audiences

  • Exercises sound judgement and discretion with regard to the confidentiality of student information

  • Identifies optimal ways to continuously improve Housing & Residences services/processes by collaborating with others, and develops an annual inquiry review focusing on walk-in, email and telephone inquiries from students, partners, faculty and staff

  • Acts as a conduit between customers and members of the Admissions team

  • Ensures that in-bound residence and off-campus housing questions (in-person, telephone and email) from students, parents and campus/community partners are answered appropriately – immediately, after further action, or by forwarding to appropriate the person

  • Provides customer sensitive support during wait periods and exceptional circumstances

  • Participates in special event Open House days organized by the University of Waterloo

  • Accepts and processes payments for off-campus housing listings and residence payments, as necessary


Advising on housing accommodations for students

  • Describes on-campus residence options to students in order to highlight the value of the Waterloo Residences

  • Discusses the Ontario Residential Tenancies Act regarding off-campus tenancy agreements, and explains potential issues within rental agreements

  • Provides insight and educates students on how to be good neighbours and tenants while living on-campus or off-campus

  • Advises and refers students to appropriate campus and community resources, and ensuring students are aware of further support, if necessary

  • Organizes workshops and events to ensure students are aware of student housing opportunities while at Waterloo 


Staff and volunteer oversight

  • Hires, trains and performance manages part-time and casual housing customer service staff 

  • Provides oversight of student volunteer opportunities related to Housing & Residences admissions and operations functions, including advisory boards and appeals committees

  • Provides direction and guidance for the day-to-day work of occasional and casual pay staff

  • Organizes customer service coverage for the main housing administration office during regular office hours


Collaboration with Partners

  • Develops and leverages positive and professional relationships  with campus partners by participating in committees and targeted regular interactions with stakeholders

  • Liaises between students and AccessAbility Services, the Registrar’s Office, and the Graduate Students Office (GSO) regarding the revision of student services as it relates to on-campus accommodations


Reporting and record keeping

  • Maintains accurate and timely records of on- and off-campus student accommodations

  • Tracks daily inquiries to ensure appropriate client service records are kept up-to-date while anticipating upcoming inquiry trends based on past metrics

  • Provides students with appropriate proof of residency documents, as needed

  • Runs standard queries to gather data from Student Information Systems and Housing Operations systems to identify the various stages of a student’s academic cycle

  • Generates customer inquiry reports to ensure housing staff is aware of common stakeholder questions related to student housing on a weekly and termly basis


  • Undergraduate University degree and/or College Diploma in Office Administration, or business or social service related studies
  • Customer service experience required, preferably in hospitality or accommodations services

  • Experience and understanding of university-based housing initiatives preferred

  • Demonstrated critical thinking and problem solving skills

  • Superior interpersonal and effective communication experience with a diverse range of people required

  • Understanding of tenancy related policies and guidelines an asset

  • Must possess a high degree of maturity, patience and judgment

  • Self-motivated to take initiative, resolve problems and escalate more complex issues

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills with strong attention to detail

  • Collaborative work ethic

  • Compassionate and considerate customer service ability

Equity Statement

The University of Waterloo is committed to implementing the Calls to Action framed by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. We acknowledge that we live and work on the traditional territory of the Neutral, Anishinaabeg and Haudenosaunee peoples. The University of Waterloo is situated on the Haldimand Tract, the land granted to the Six Nations that includes six miles on each side of the Grand River.


The University values the diverse and intersectional identities of its students, faculty, and staff. The University regards equity and diversity as an integral part of academic excellence and is committed to accessibility for all employees. The University of Waterloo seeks applicants who embrace our values of equity, anti-racism and inclusion.  As such, we encourage applications from candidates who have been historically disadvantaged and marginalized, including applicants who identify as First Nations, Métis and/or Inuit/Inuk, Black, racialized, a person with a disability, women and/or 2SLGBTQ+.


All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.


The University of Waterloo is committed to accessibility for persons with disabilities. If you have any application, interview, or workplace accommodation requests, please contact Human Resources at or 519-888-4567, ext. 45935.


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