Advisor for Retention and Student Success

Fayetteville, AR
May 17, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Posting Number NC734P

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Working Title Advisor for Retention and Student Success

Position Number 16200

Department Honors College

About the University

Founded in 1871 as a land grant institution, the University of Arkansas is classified by the Carnegie Foundation among the top two percent of universities in the nation with the highest level of research activity. Ten colleges and schools serve more than 27,100 students with more than 200 academic programs. University of Arkansas students earn nationally competitive awards at an impressive rate and represent 50 states and more than 120 countries.
Located in the stunning Ozark Mountains of Northwest Arkansas, Fayetteville is home to the University of Arkansas campus, known for its spectacular views and ample green spaces. Fayetteville is considered one of the country's finest college towns, and the surrounding northwest Arkansas region is regularly ranked one of the best places to live in the U.S. Some of the nation's best outdoor amenities and most spectacular hiking trails are within a short drive of campus.
As an employer, the University of Arkansas offers a vibrant work environment and a workplace culture that promotes a healthy work-life balance. The benefits package includes university contributions to health, dental, life and disability insurance, tuition waivers for employees and their families, 12 official holidays, immediate leave accrual, and a choice of retirement programs with university contributions ranging from 5 to 10% of employee salary.

About the College/Department

In April of 2002, the University of Arkansas received one of the largest gifts in the history of American public higher education, a $300 million commitment from the Walton Family Charitable Support Foundation. The Honors College received more than one-third of this generous gift as an endowment fund for undergraduate Honors College fellowships and to provide grants in support for study abroad and undergraduate research opportunities. The fellowships and grants help honors students finance their education, travel the globe and participate in groundbreaking research. More than 3,100 undergraduate students and 700 professors work together in honors courses, research experiences, study abroad opportunities, and service learning. Together they discover, create, and serve.

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Job Type Staff

Summary of Job Duties

As a member of the Honors College retention and advising team, the Advisor provides academic mentoring and student success support for undergraduates enrolled in the Honors College and college honors programs. This position will be integral in helping the Honors College reach its strategic goals of increasing the percentage of students who engage in and complete the honors experience, focusing on coursework, international engagement, undergraduate research, graduation, and graduate and professional career planning. The Advisor will play a key role in the honors experience, bolstering satisfaction and the sense of community among honors students. Specific attention will be directed to honors students without substantial funding packages and those on the STEM and pre-medical tracks.

Other duties of this position include collaboration with university and Honors College team members in establishing and maintaining a second-year experience, teaching honors perspectives courses, working directly with honors student groups, and leading workshops and group discussions.

Minimum Qualifications: Please ensure that all relevant application materials include details addressing the minimum qualifications. Applicants not meeting the minimum qualifications will be disqualified from consideration.
  • Master's degree from an accredited institution of higher education
  • At least two years advising students at the collegiate level at college of university
  • Experience interacting directly with undergraduate students, faculty, and administrators in a university environment
  • Demonstrated strength in written and verbal communication skills
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Consistently high quality customer service demonstrated

Does this job require any license(s)/certification(s)? No

If yes, please specify

Preferred Qualifications
  • Experience working with students enrolled in an Honors College at a four-year university
  • Experience at the University of Arkansas or other higher education institution
  • Background in natural sciences, STEM, or health professions

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSAs)
  • Knowledge of higher education and advising theories including developmental advising
  • Knowledge of mentoring undergraduate students and student leaders
  • Skill in Microsoft Office Suite and other applications
  • Skill in social media technologies and etiquette
  • Ability to work with diverse populations including students, faculty, and staff
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively
  • Ability to work efficiently in a fast-paced environment
  • Ability to work flexible hours
  • Ability to self-manage and receive supervision
  • Ability to be dependable and reliable
  • Ability to set and hold advertised hours
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively

Physical activities associated with this position

For questions regarding reasonable accommodations please contact the Office of Equal Opportunity and Compliance 479-575-4019.


  • Balancing
  • Crouching
  • Driving
  • Grasping
  • Lifting
  • Pulling
  • Pushing
  • Reaching
  • Stooping


  • Feeling
  • Manipulate items with fingers, including keyboarding
  • Repetitive motion
  • Sitting
  • Standing
  • Walking


  • Hearing
  • Talking

The worker is required to have close visual acuity to perform an activity such as: preparing and analyzing data and figures; transcribing; viewing a computer terminal; extensive reading; and/or visual inspection at distances close to the eyes.

Physical Conditions None. The worker is not substantially exposed to adverse environmental conditions (such as in typical office or administrative work).

Work Schedule Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. (hours may vary based on department needs)

Overtime Eligible No

Is this position weather/event essential? If yes, the employee in this position will report to work at the scheduled time when the University is closed due to inclement conditions. No

Work Location/Building Fayetteville Campus - Gearhart Hall

Benefits Eligible Yes

Appointment Percent 100

Salary $40,000

Does this Position require a Motor Vehicle Reports Check? No

Does this position require a background check? Yes

If yes, please specify
  • Criminal background check
  • Sex offender registry check

Does this position require a substance abuse test? No

Pre-employment Screening Requirements

This position is subject to a pre-employment criminal background and sex offender registry check. A criminal conviction or arrest pending adjudication alone shall not disqualify an applicant in the absence of a relationship to the requirements of the position. Background check information will be used in a confidential, non-discriminatory manner consistent with state and federal law.

Posting Detail Information

Future Open Date 05/15/2017

Close Date 05/29/2017

Open Until Filled No

Anticipated Start Date 07/17/2017

Anticipated End Date (for temporary appointments)

Recruitment Contact Information

University of Arkansas Human Resources
ADMN 222
(479) 575-5351

All application materials must be uploaded to the U of A's employment system at Please do not send to listed recruitment contact.

Special Instructions Summary

Hiring Location 222 Administration Building Fayetteville, AR 72701.

EEO Statement

The University of Arkansas is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution. The university welcomes applications without regard to age, race/color, gender (including pregnancy), national origin, disability, religion, marital or parental status, protected veteran status, military service, genetic information, sexual orientation or gender identity. Persons must have proof of legal authority to work in the United States on the first day of employment. All applicant information is subject to public disclosure under the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act.

Internal Posting No

City, St. Fayetteville, AR

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Please indicate your highest level of education.
    • Bachelor's Degree
    • Master's Degree
    • Doctorate Degree
    • Other Advanced Degree
    • None of the Above
  2. * Please describe your experience with honors programs and high achieving students.

    (Open Ended Question)

Documents Needed to Apply
Required Documents
  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter/Letter of Application
  3. List of three Professional References (name, title, email address and contact number)
Optional Documents
  1. Proof of Veterans Status


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