Pearson Student Support Specialist in Toronto, Ontario

Student Support Specialist


At Pearson, we’re committed to a world that’s always learning and to our talented team who makes it all possible. From bringing lectures vividly to life to turning textbooks into laptop lessons, we are always re-examining the way people learn best, whether it’s one child in our own backyard or an education community across the globe. We are bold thinkers and standout innovators who motivate each other to explore new frontiers in an environment that supports and inspires us to always be better. By pushing the boundaries of technology — and each other to surpass these boundaries — we create seeds of learning that become the catalyst for the world’s innovations, personal and global, large and small.


The Student Support Specialist's primary responsibility is to build an effective, trusting relationship with each student that ultimately promotes student persistence. This includes communicating with the student in an effective manner, setting goals, advising students on effective problem solving, assessing student risk factors and responding accordingly. The Student Support Specialistis responsible for representing the University or College brand and providing students with the institutional information, guidelines, policies and procedures regarding new and returning student enrollments. This includes providing academic course requirements, course registration, and timelines to complete all items regarding their degree program or course of study.

Additionally, this position is responsible for managing accurate student information regarding their progress throughout the degree program.


Specific duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Guide and Monitor students progress regarding issues such as student orientation, course selection and registration, course materials, billing and navigating the online courses.

  • Provide high touch support to students and act as the student’s main point of contact during their program of study.

  • Follow established communication plan guidelines and protocol.

  • Contact each new student to conduct a Learning Preparedness Assessment or similar process, including leading new student welcome/orientation calls.

  • Communicate course information and required course materials to students to ensure preparedness well in advance of course start dates.

  • Evaluate student’s abilities, interests and personality characteristics in order to provide regular guidance and support activities.

  • Timely response to student’s inquiries – if a student inquires before noon a response is required by end of the current business day, if the student inquires after noon, a response is required before noon the next business.

  • Completes all tasks as defined in the timelines assigned.

  • Proactively contact students by telephone, email and other methods to build and maintain relationships.

  • Acclimate new students to the learning environment including leading new student welcome/orientation calls and webinars.

  • Advise students on university administrative matters (registration, withdrawal, course materials, financial aid, etc.).

  • Maintain accurate and complete student enrollment records as required by university governance and all laws, policies and administrative regulations and policies, to include keeping accurate information in the CRM.

  • Follow up with students that contacted Technical Support to ensure their issue is resolved.

  • Identify and respond to at-risk behaviors by offering additional support and counseling.

  • Meet or exceed student retention program metrics each term.

  • Implement re-engagement initiatives to bring inactive students back into the program.

  • Accurately and effectively communicate student feedback to internal and external departments.

  • Escalate student retention concerns to Manager’s attention.

  • Facilitate student requests for assistance such as contacting campus based facilitators for arranging additional academic tutoring and referring students to the appropriate university services.

  • Attend all required internal and external professional meetings, telephone conferences and training workshops to maintain and improve competence.

  • Using communication tools and protocol, share relevant information with other key stakeholders.



  • Bachelor’s degree minimum, Master's degree preferred

  • 1-2 years previous Higher Education Administration or Student Services work experience desired

  • 2 years previous customer service experience in a high volume corporate or call center environment

  • Ability to work effectively across teams

  • Professional oral, written and communication skills for effective contact and presentation with stakeholders

  • The ability to multi-task, and work well under pressure with tight timelines

Supervisory Responsibilities

  • No supervisory responsibilities.

Pearson Canada is committed to providing accommodation for persons with disabilities. If you require accommodation, we will work with you to meet your needs.

Primary Location: CA-ON-Toronto

Job: Learning Delivery

Organization: North America

Employee Status: Regular Employee

Job Type: Standard

Shift: Day Job

Job Posting: Jun 29, 2018

Job Unposting: Ongoing

Schedule: Full-time Regular

Req ID: 1809674

Equal Opportunity Employer Minorities/Women/Protected Veterans/Disabled