Academic Advisor/Lead Coordinator for Football

Boone, North Carolina
May 24, 2017
Administrative Jobs
Student Affairs, Academic Advising
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Academic Advisor/Lead Coordinator for Football

Appalachian State University is located in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina and offers a challenging academic environment, energetic campus life and breathtaking location. Appalachian combines the best attributes of a small liberal arts college with those of a large research university. Known for its value, affordability and sustainability, Appalachian enrolls over 18,000 students and offers more than 140 undergraduate and graduate majors. Small classes and close interactions between faculty and students create a strong sense of community, which has become an Appalachian hallmark. Appalachian, located in Boone, N.C., is one of 16 universities in the University of North Carolina system.

Academic Services for Athletes connects to the University’s mission and that of the Student Learning Center, by providing holistic advising from orientation to graduation for Appalachian State University’s Division I student-athlete. The services provided allow and encourage students to develop necessary academic/life skills in areas such as time management, personal accountability, collaboration and goal setting. The program assists students in balancing demands of academics and athletics in a college environment. Academic Services for Athletes is committed to assisting students develop as leaders in the classroom, in their sport, on campus, and in the community. Academic Services for Athletes is committed to providing accuracy in the information regarding curricula and degree requirements, university policies, and compliance to NCAA required eligibility standards and by-laws.

Academic Services for Athletes is one of several programs within the Student Learning Center but has regular collaboration with the Athletics Department. The Academic Advisor reports to the Director of Academic Services for Athletes. The Student Learning Center reports to the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree from an accredited institution.
  • 1 to 3 years advising experience.
  • Experience working with students in a college setting and a demonstrated commitment to the educational development of students.
  • Advanced technology skills and experience with the ability to quickly learn technical advising tools including Banner, DegreeWorks, JumpForward.
  • Evidence of excellent verbal and written communication skills as well as outstanding organizational, interpersonal and problem solving skills.
  • Evidence of a commitment to diversity and serving the needs of a diverse population.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • 4 or more years of advising experience
  • Experience working with football student athletes
  • Ability to establish excellent rapport with students, parents and families, colleagues and the campus community.
  • Knowledge of NCAA rules and regulations
  • Supervision experience


Participate as an integral part of the Student Learning Center in providing support services to student athletes; provide academic and career advising to student athletes for specific teams on a full-time 12 month contract; serve as a mentor and resource to student athletes, and make appropriate referrals, as needed; assist with orientation for all new student athletes in their case load; demonstrates commitment to and compliance with the University’s and Department of Athletics policies and procedures as well as the Sun Belt conference and NCAA constitutions, bylaws, legislation and regulations; assist assigned sport coaches in providing academic information to prospective students and their parents and with on campus recruiting efforts; establish and maintain collegial, respectful relationships with colleagues, students, parents and families and appreciate and encourage diversity; keep current on NCAA eligibility standards, monitor student athlete eligibility, and communicate eligibility requirements with students and coaches; keep accurate records of student contacts, document student visits for accountability purposes, and maintain confidentiality; keep current on curricular and policy changes that affect advising services to student athletes; assist with data collection for reports, including Academic Progress rate, Graduation Success rate and Annual Report; attend monthly compliance meetings with team Administrators, Compliance and coaching staff; work with Eligibility Specialist to ensure accurate NCAA Eligibility Certification for all student athletes in caseload; serve as the Lead Academic Advisor for Football; supervise two (2) Graduate Assistant’s (20 hours/week) for football; coordinate bi-weekly academic meetings for the football coaching and academic staff; serve as the Assistant to Orientation for Student Athletes; maintain positive working relationships with faculty, coaches and administrators, and serve as an advocate for student athletes and serve as a liaison between the Student Learning Center and Athletics; work closely with other staff members of the Student Learning Center to meet the academic needs of students in caseload, including tutoring, learning skills and other academic support; position requires some evening and weekend work; monitor all students in the caseload who are on academic probation; all advisors are expected to stay abreast of university academic policies and procedures and the Department of Athletics policies and procedures as well; represent the Student Learning Center on various committees and University-related functions; refer students to Counseling & Psychological Services, Learning Specialist, and/or Office of Disability Services as needed; assist with special projects as deemed appropriate by the Director.

Application Procedure:

A completed application must include a cover letter, resume and contact information for 3 references.  All application materials are submitted online through

For individuals requesting accommodations in the search process, please contact Caroline Lowe at 828-262-7855.

Any offer of employment to a successful candidate will be conditioned upon the University’s receipt of a satisfactory criminal background report.

Appalachian State University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. The University does not discriminate in access to its educational programs and activities, or with respect to hiring or the terms and conditions of employment, on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity and expression, political affiliation, age, disability, veteran status, genetic information or sexual orientation.