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Undergraduate Advisor and Program Administrator for Actuarial Science

Department: Statistics and Actuarial Science Effective Date: May, 2008


35 hr/wk

Reports to: Statistics and Actuarial Science Department Chair

General Accountability

The position Undergraduate Advisor and Program Administrator for Actuarial Science is accountable to the Statistics and Actuarial Science Department Chair. Under the academic direction of the Associate Chair for Actuarial Science, the incumbent serves as Undergraduate Officer for the students in the Actuarial Science major and minor plans responsible for the interpretation and advisement of University and Faculty academic policies and procedures as they relate to current students. The incumbent will be responsible for academic counseling and for developing and implementing academic services for the undergraduate actuarial science plans. This position requires a high degree of knowledge of requirements for admission, academic progression, scholarship and graduation for the Actuarial Science programs, as well as an understanding of the requirements for the professional actuarial designations of the Society of Actuaries and the Canadian Institute of Actuaries

The position will develop and foster communications and relationships; being involved in recruiting high calibre applicants, cultivating students to become excellent alumni, and effective liaison with industry through the Actuarial Advisory Committee, Canadian Institute of Actuaries, and the Society of Actuaries.

Nature and Scope

This position is primarily responsible for the administrative structure and daily student advising of the UG programs in actuarial science, enrolling approximately 500 Actuarial Science majors, within the department of Statistics and Actuarial Science.  In cooperation with the Associate Chair for Actuarial Science, the UG Advisor is the central resource for planning, interpretation of UW policies and procedures relating to UG administration (including international exchange programs), and is therefore required to provide leadership in the management of course planning (on-campus and distance education), enrollment projections, UG administrative systems, and student reviews.  Daily activities include frequent individual student advising, course scheduling, preparation of documents and reports supporting various departmental and Faculty of Mathematics committees, and management of student records.  This position provides direction for long term planning and organization in partnership with the Chair of the Department and the Associate Chair for Actuarial Science.


For Statistics, the student advising and academic progression responsibilities will remain with department faculty members, however, the incumbent will provide administrative support for dissemination and accuracy of admission and degree requirements, course scheduling and student enrollment processes.

Statistical Data

The actuarial science undergraduate plans are very popular, with enrollment typically between 400 and 500 students. In addition, the actuarial science unit provides substantial service teaching to other Mathematics programs, particularly several hundred students in the Math/Bus and the Double BMath and BBA plan. The Society of Actuaries Waterloo examination centre is administered by the actuarial science unit with around 700 candidates per year.

Specific Accountabilities

The main responsibilities of the position are:

Academic advising and counseling for Actuarial Science students
Administrative support for Actuarial Science
Event planning and participation for Actuarial Science


Academic Advising and Student Counselling




Administrative Support and Event Planning and Participation:

Working Conditions