Professional Academic Advisor
Salary: $39,300 - $58,300
Title: Professional Academic Advisor
Category: Student Affairs and Advising
Department: CNAS UG Academic Advising Ctr
Date Posted: 01/06/2017
Position Information: Under the direction of an Advising Unit Coordinator and as part of the College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences Undergraduate Academic Advising Center (CNAS UAAC), this entry-level position maybe responsible for academic advising of undergraduate students in the Life Science majors (Biochemistry, Biological Sciences, Biology, Plant Biology, Neuroscience, Cell, Molecular, and Developmental Biology, Entomology, and Microbiology) or Physical Science (Mathematics, Statistics, Chemistry, Earth Sciences, Environmental Sciences, Physics) majors using the principles of developmental academic advising and knowledge of teaching and learning theory working to promote student development and academic success. The primary areas of responsibility include: advisement of potential and enrolled students; monitoring of each student's progress toward degree completion; informing students, academic advisors, faculty and staff members of the policies and procedures pertaining to undergraduate student affairs; referring students to appropriate support services; analyzing academic trends and working with other professional academic advisors and departments to meet student advising needs. Participates in the preparation and/or maintenance of descriptive materials for majors. Responsible for preparation and submission of catalog copy and quarterly Schedule of Classes. Facilitates processes for undergraduate course revision and program changes. Responsible for representing the CNAS UAAC at outreach and retention activities including recruitment, orientation, and advising events including, but not limited to Highlander Orientation, Academic Success Workshops, Discover/Welcome Days, and college fairs. The resulting distribution of job functions is approximately 80% academic advising (administration of enrolled student majors), 15% academic advising support, and 5% other duties as assigned. This recruitment is to fill two (2) open positions. Each position is a career position with a limited term based on grant funding with the possibility of review for continuation based on future funding. The current grant funding end date is 8/31/18.
Minimum Requirements: Knowledge of the applicable federal and state regulations governing areas related to the responsibilities of the position including the Federal Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).
Skill in independently composing letters, memos, reports and other written communication materials using correct spelling, grammar, punctuation, composition, text editing and proofreading skills. Skill in organizing tasks, documents and materials with efficiency and accuracy.
Skills in judgment and decision-making, problem solving.
Basic knowledge of advising and counseling techniques.
Knowledge of department/school/college policies, procedures, and requirements.
Ability to effectively, professionally and tactfully interact with students, professional academic advisors, faculty, staff members and visitors; including ability to work independently while maintaining cooperative working relationships with co-workers in a team environment.
Demonstrated ability to work effectively in a service environment that is subject to frequent interruptions. Skill in setting priorities that accurately reflects the relative importance of job responsibilities.
Ability to multi-task.
Strong written and verbal communication skills, including active listening.
Abilities in problem identification, reasoning, ability to develop original ideas to solve problems.
Knowledge of departmental/school/college courses and majors.
Demonstrated computer proficiency using Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Access) or other equivalent software, the internet, e-mail messaging and web-based software applications.
Preferred Qualifications: Knowledge of the applicable University of California policies and procedures governing areas related to the responsibilities of the position.
Counseling or advising experience at a 4-year institution.
Additional Information: In the Heart of Inland Southern California, UC Riverside is located on nearly 1,200 acres near Box Springs Mountain in Southern California; the park-like campus provides convenient access to the vibrant and growing Inland region. The campus is a living laboratory for the exploration of issues critical to growing communities' air, water, energy, transportation, politics, the arts, history and culture. UCR gives every student the resources to explore, engage, imagine and excel.
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