Academic Advisor (Family Studies and Human Services)

May 18, 2017
Administrative Jobs
Student Affairs, Academic Advising
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

General Description of Position: The Academic Advisor is responsible for providing individual advising to approximately 400 undergraduate students in various academic programs in the School of Family Studies and Human Services and for facilitating the academic development of students, assisting them with their academic goals and evaluating progress towards those goals. This person reports to the School Director.  

Specific responsibilities include:

  • Advisor is first point of contact with any student request for advising (e.g., telephone calls, e-mails, scheduled appointments, and drop-ins)
  • Provide undergraduate academic advising for students in the School of Family Studies and Human Services
  • Establish and maintain relationships with program faculty and staff to understand school expectations, maintain current knowledge of school’s degree programs, curriculum changes and requirements
  • Assist with campus visits for potential students
  • Responsible for advising new students in the School of Family Studies during orientation and enrollment throughout the summer
  • Representation at recruitment events in conjunction with campus events Maintain up-to-date student files and records of student communication
  • Develop student success and retention tracking system for all advisees
  • Assist students in developing plans of study and in tracking progress towards graduation
Information about the School and College: The K-State School of Family Studies and Human Services is dedicated to making a difference in the lives of individuals and families. The School is one of seven academic units in the College of Human Ecology and consists of nine units each with lead coordinators: Communication Sciences and Disorders, Conflict Resolution, Early Childhood Education, Family Studies and Human Services, Family Studies, Life Span Human Development, Marriage and Family Therapy, Personal Financial Planning, and Family Studies and Human Services Extension.

Information about the School:

The School is extensively involved in distance education at the bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral levels and through certificate programs. Faculty, staff and supervised students provide direct services and outreach to enhance the health and well-being of individuals and families through an early childhood laboratory school, a speech and hearing clinic, a marriage and family therapy clinic, a financial therapy clinic, and a community mediation services program. The School's facilities span five campus buildings and two campuses. Information about the College The College of Human Ecology is committed to the advancement, application, and dissemination of knowledge about the human needs of individuals, families, and communities.

It is fully committed to the University’s strategic initiative (K-State 2025) that outlines an aggressive plan to become recognized as one of the nation’s Top 50 Public Research Universities by 2025.

Diversity and Inclusion: Kansas State University embraces diversity, and promotes inclusion in every sector of the institution. The university actively seeks candidates whose commitments and contributions will advance the University's commitment to the Principles of Community which can be found at  Required Minimum Qualifications:
  • Bachelor's Degree in Education or Counseling (or relevant field)
  • One year of relevant experience
Other Requirements:
  • Strong interpersonal and teamwork skills
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Demonstrated effectiveness in working with diverse people in a variety of situations
  • Ability to work independently
  • Ability to meet deadlines, be detail-oriented and prioritize tasks
  • Adherence to strict confidentiality and other ethical standards
  • Strong personal computer skills
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Master’s degree in a related field
  • Bachelor of Science in Family Studies and Human Services or a related field
  • Familiarity with Kansas State University
  • Advising experience in a higher education setting
  • Knowledge of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)
Special Instructions to Applicants: Applicants should upload:
  • Letter of interest addressing qualifications and skills related to the position
  • Resume listing education and employment history
  • Names and contact information for three professional references (titles, mailing address, e-mail and phone)

Note: Only complete application packets will be accepted Screening of Applications Begins: Review of applications will begin immediately, with preference given to those received by 5/31/2017.

Applications will continue to be reviewed until the position is filled.

A start date of July 10, 2017 is preferred.

Salary Range / Pay Rate: $ 36,674 – $ 56,845 Annual Salary Equal Employment Opportunity: Kansas State University is an Equal Opportunity Employer of individuals with disabilities and protected veterans and actively seeks diversity among its employees. Equal Employment Opportunity is the Law.  Background Screening Statement: In connection with your application for employment, Kansas State University may procure a Background Screen on you as part of the process of considering your candidacy as an employee.