Professional Advisor

Oswego, New York
Feb 23, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

SUNY Oswego seeks to fill the position of Professional Advisor for a new professional advisement program to supplement our existing faculty-based model. This position is a member of an advisement team, and will be housed in Academic Affairs reporting to the deans of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and School of Communication, Media and the Arts. This is a two-year pilot program, this is a 12-month temporary full-time position.

Posting Date: February 23, 2017

Review Date:  Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

Salary:  Commensurate with qualifications and experience. In addition, the State University of New York provides an excellent benefit package.  For more information on benefits for full-time United University Professions (UUP) professional staff, visit:  or

Date of Appointment: On/around April 1, 2017

Description of Responsibilities: 

The Professional Advisor (PA) will act as “primary advisor” for students in first- and second-year cohorts leading to a model where the PA stays with the same student advisees for all four years. The PA will identify and communicate with the advisement and mentoring team for all incoming students, and clarify which team members can answer which questions. Collaboration with team members will include creating the academic plan for students in DegreeWorks, communicating about course selection and registration questions/challenges, working as a team on problem solving, and providing opportunities for development of student self-advocacy skills.

The Professional Advisor will serve as liaison with student services, connecting students with needed resources, and will provide guidance to students on all academic policies, campus registration, and graduation requirements (GPA, courses outside the discipline, transfer credits, etc.).  The PA will attend Advisement Coordinators meetings, and serve as advisor for any students in cohort placed on academic probation (AP).

Additional duties will include registering incoming students; working with faculty mentors/departmental representatives at summer orientation; meeting with cohort of first-year students at least 4-5 times each year in groups and/or individually; and in subsequent years, meeting with students individually or as cohort as needed. 

In addition, will be expected to display a commitment to undergraduate and/or graduate education, and possess communication and interpersonal skills sufficient to work effectively with an increasingly diverse array of students and colleagues.

Required qualifications:

•             Master’s degree

•             Minimum of two years’ experience in academic advising

•             Demonstrated ability to work with diverse populations

•             Effective interpersonal, planning, teamwork, communication and organizational skills

•             Working knowledge of databases and computer-based administrative systems

  • Ability to work evenings as needed

Preferred qualifications:

•             Academic advising in higher education

•             Working knowledge of Banner

To Apply:  Submit a letter of application addressing qualifications, a copy of unofficial transcripts, curriculum vitae, and contact information for three professional references to:

If you have any questions about the position, please call or e-mail:

Dr. Julie Pretzat, Search Chair

Official transcripts are required prior to hiring.  Files must be complete to be considered.

Visa sponsorship not available for this position.

Description of Department: 

With a student body of nearly 8,000 students, we are large enough to offer more than 110 programs of study yet small enough for students to form quality relationships with each other and caring faculty.

We stress quality education and experience inside and outside the classroom on our scenic, 690-acre lakeside campus. Students pursue bright futures through programs in our College of Liberal Arts and Sciences; School of Business; School of Communication, Media and the Arts; and School of Education-as well as innovative interdisciplinary programs that cross traditional boundaries. Oswego opens doors to the future with internships and study-abroad opportunities that rate among the highest in the SUNY system.

Description of SUNY Oswego: Founded in 1861, SUNY Oswego is a public comprehensive college located in Central New York on the beautiful shores of Lake Ontario, 45 minutes from Syracuse. Named one of "Top Up-and-Coming Schools" in U.S. News “America’s Best Colleges” in 2010, a Kiplinger's “Best College Value” for 2015, and a "Best Northeastern College" by Princeton Review every year since the first edition in 2003, Oswego offers its 8000 undergraduate and graduate students preeminent academic programs in the arts and sciences, business, communications, and teacher education. The College’s success is built on providing students outstanding educational experiences with attention to a liberal arts and sciences foundation, practical applications, interdisciplinary approaches, independent scholarly and creative work, and skills for living in multicultural and global communities. The emphasis on faculty-mentored student research and creative projects is evidenced by Quest, a daylong symposium spotlighting original student research; a stipend program for students engaged in research and creative work; and the Global Laboratory, a STEM-based research abroad program at top-ranked universities around the world. SUNY Oswego is an unusually collegial and vibrant community and is in a time of wonderful opportunities with extensive facilities construction and renovation, a forward-looking strategic plan, and expanded outreach to regional, national, and international communities.

Additional information about SUNY Oswego can be found at

Oswego is committed to enhancing its diversity. SUNY Oswego is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and is actively engaged in recruiting, supporting, and fostering a diverse community of outstanding faculty, staff and students.  We encourage applications from qualified applicants regardless of race, color, national origin, religion, creed, age, disability, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, familial status, pregnancy, predisposing genetic characteristics, military status, domestic violence victim SUNY status, or criminal conviction. Please see our full non-discrimination policy,

In accordance with USCIS regulations, successful applicants must be legally able to work in the United States per the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986.

Requests for reasonable accommodations of a disability during the application and/or interview process should be made to the Human Resources Office by calling 315-312-2230 or emailing  

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