Academic Advisor -PT, hourly, non-benefited MCCC/MTA pos

Location
Greenfield, MA
Posted
Apr 03, 2017
Institution Type
Community College

About Greenfield Community College:
***PLEASE NOTE THAT THERE MAY BE NO CURRENT OPENINGS IN THIS AREA, BUT APPLICATIONS SUBMITTED HERE WILL BE KEPT ONLINE FOR ONE YEAR AND AS OPENINGS OCCUR, THEY WILL BE REVIEWED.***

Greenfield Community College is located in the beautiful and historic Pioneer Valley of western Massachusetts, between the foothills of the Berkshire Mountains and the fertile farmland of the Connecticut River watershed. GCC is a public community college of approximately 2,100 students. Known for the caring and supportive attitude of the faculty and staff, and for the broad support it enjoys from the surrounding community, the college is fully accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges. In addition to a strong Liberal Arts focus, the College offers a wide variety of innovative and successful programs including Gender and Women's Studies, Fine Arts, Nursing, Renewable Energy, and Outdoor Leadership, as well as varied learning environments, from traditional classrooms, to distance learning, peer tutoring, one-on-one faculty-student advising, workforce development, and learning communities that cater to specific needs and interests. Close to fifty percent of Greenfield Community College students transfer to four-year colleges, and it is Smith College's largest source of community college transfer students. Much of the College has just undergone a multi-million dollar renovation that sets the stage for future developments in learning. Greenfield Community College actively encourages and provides opportunities for leadership and professional development.

Job Description:

Category: Other
Department: Academic Advising
Posted: Nov 15, '13
Type: PT No Benefits
Ref_No: MCCC 13-25

GENERAL STATEMENT OF DUTIES:
Academic advising is a collaborative process in which the academic advisor and the student form a partnership to assist the student in:
  • exploring educational, career and transfer opportunities
  • clarifying educational and career goals
  • developing a course completion and registration plan to accomplish one's goals
  • thinking critically and making informed decisions about available options for meeting educational and career goals
  • informing students of non-course options that can facilitate career and educational planning and success (internships, service learning, student ambassador and student senate roles, attendance and participation in co-curricular events
  • accepting responsibility for one's actions and decisions
  • keeping copies of academic records for effective planning and transfer
Academic advising is characterized by a multidimensional relationship between the academic advisor and the student in which the academic advisor seeks to:
  • communicate clearly, honestly and respectfully
  • expand the student's knowledge of college policies, procedures, practices, requirements and resources
  • promote an understanding of a college's expectations of students in higher education
  • help the student identify educational, transfer, and career options and the steps needed to achieve goals in these areas
  • encourage the student to devote one's best efforts to achieving one's academic and career objectives
EXAMPLES OF DUTIES:
  • Help students early in their college experience to identify goals and to make appropriate academic, transfer and career plans to reach those goals
  • Recognize that college is only one part of a student's life, which also may include many responsibilities that affect a student's educational experience
  • Know the college's current policies, procedures and practices,
  • Know the four and eight semester course delivery sequences recommended for the appropriate field and be current regarding the graduation requirements for the student's major program of study
  • Be appropriately available to the student by appointment, telephone or email
  • Maintain thorough and accurate records of all significant interactions with the student and to use Advisor Notes when possible
  • Know the availability of services and resources and refer the student appropriately when his or her needs exceed the academic advisor's capacity to assist
  • Comply with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and maintain appropriate confidentiality of information regarding the student
  • Participate in advisor development opportunities to maintain current knowledge and enhance advising skills


Requirements:

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:
  • A Master's degree in a relevant content area or documentation of appropriate certifications and credentials in lieu of the Master's degree
  • Two years' experience teaching or advising or working closely with students at GCC
  • Ability to provide on-campus hours to meet with students during times recommended by the program department chair or program coordinator; ability to also communicate with students via phone, e-mail or other electronic means especially in the case of fully online students
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively and respectfully with a diverse range of students.
  • Knowledge of accurate information about transfer options and transfer institution-specific requirements in the content area
  • Current knowledge of GCC instructional policies and procedures as well as the services and programs it has available to students.
  • Familiar with advising principles as described in GCC's Institutional Statement on Academic Advising.
  • Readiness to work collaboratively with relevant advising center and department chair/program coordinator to have accurate and timely information to share with students
  • Willing and available to take part in advising professional development opportunities.
  • Ability to work effectively with MYGCC advising system and/or very computer literate and able to readily learn this system and how to use advising notes
  • Discipline-specific advising requirements may apply.Examples are provided below. Deans of each grouping can provide additional information about program-specific advising needs and expectations
  1. (for Engineering)Highly conversant in the multiple engineering concentrations.Cognizant of how GCC courses dovetail with UMass and other transfer destination requirements given different concentrations. Readiness to honor transfer agreements with UMass and other institutions in advising students.
  2. (For Business)Thorough familiarity with the many BIT certificates and programs.Highly competent to help students recognize which certificate or program best meets their needs and to plan for potential continued education into a relevant GCC associate degree program.Conversant with BIT transfer and job opportunities and how course and program choice greatly impact those opportunities.Aware of local community business resources.
  3. (For Nursing) Current license required. Check with Coordinator of Nursing (ADN or PN) for more details


Additional Information:

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:
This posting applies only to assuming more than the MCCC contractually required 18 advisees for full-time faculty.
PAY RATE: $25.06 per hour or current MCCC hourly rate
METHOD OF PAYMENT: Payment will be biweekly based on information provided on weekly timecards.
APPLICATION DEADLINE DATE: Review of applications is ongoing
METHOD OF FINAL SELECTION: Final selection will be decided by Division deans


Please upload the following documents to your Greenfield Community College Career account.

1) A short personal statement about effective advising
2) PDF scans of transcripts if not already available in the Human Resources office, and
3) At least two letters of recommendation affirming experience and effectiveness in working with students at GCC or students at other higher education institution.
Please note that only .docx, .doc, .pdf., and .txt formats are compatible with our online application system.


***Greenfield Community College is proud to value diversity in our community of faculty,staff and students and is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.

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