Academic Advisor - Dean's Office/Academic Services (Multiple Positions)

Lowell, MA
Jun 13, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

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University of Massachusetts Lowell

Title of Position Being Posted
Academic Advisor - Dean's Office/Academic Services (Multiple Positions)

Dean's Office/Academic Services

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Posting Date:

Application Deadline:
Open Until Filled

For Open until Filled positions, initial review of applications will begin:

Position Status:
Job Opening

Anticipated Hiring Range:
Salary commensurate with experience

General Summary of Position:
These professional academic advising positions require an advanced, developmental, proactive problem solving approach to advisement to ensure students succeed academically and are fully engaged in their educational experience. These positions will be part of a centrally coordinated campus-wide advising team and will be housed within an academic college. One position will be dedicated to the Riverhawk Scholars program and will be housed in the Centers for Learning.
The primary responsibilities include advising a caseload of first time freshman and transfer students on program requirements and registration issues, degree planning, monitoring student progress, and identify and intervening with at-risk students. The position also involves assisting with the creation, implementation, and support of various activities and events promoting student engagement and community building. Participation in recruitment, outreach and orientation activities is also required.

Examples of responsibilities will include the following:
-General academic advising for a college based caseload of approximately 300 first time undergraduate students on program and general education requirements; registration matters; departmental, college, and university policies and procedures; academic success strategies; financial literacy; graduation requirements; and career options.
-Comprehensive advising includes evaluating student needs and assisting them in developing appropriate educational plans that include individualized 4-year graduation plans and revisions as necessary.
-Refer students to appropriate resources for assistance in overcoming learning obstacles, scholarships, job opportunities, intensive assistance with career decisions, or other essential support services.
-Monitor early warning grades, degree benchmark completion, and general student progress as well as participation in advising and mentoring activities.
-Collaborate with the Centers for Learning, The Solution Center, Career Services, Registrar, Admissions, and other campus offices to resolve barriers to success and ensure students receive timely information, support and guidance.

The University of Massachusetts Lowell is committed to increasing diversity in its faculty, staff, and student populations, as well as curriculum and support programs, while promoting an inclusive environment. We seek candidates who can contribute to that goal and encourage you to apply and to identify your strengths in this area.

Minimum Qualifications (Required):
-Bachelor's degree or higher in College Student Personnel/Higher Education Administration/ Counseling/ Psychology or related field
Minimum of 2 years of full-time (or equivalent) experience working with college students at the undergraduate level. Will consider candidates with 5+ years of significant experience advising students in other related educational settings.
-Must possess excellent written and oral communication skills
-The ability to work effectively with diverse groups
-Extensive experience with Microsoft Word and Excel

Other Considerations:
-A Master's degree in College Student Personnel/ Higher Education Administration/ Counseling/ Psychology or related field is strongly preferred Plus Minimum of 2 years academic advising experience in a developmental setting
-Experience is preferred with implementation of solutions to facilitate student academic retention, success, and graduation
-General knowledge of the principles, practices, and trends in the area of advising, student services, and individual counseling techniques
-Experience with event and program planning is a plus
-Excellent verbal and written communication skills are required
-Strong skills with computer based applications and internet resources
-Familiarity with Microsoft Office applications and especially PeopleSoft Software (SiS) preferred

Required Applicant Documents:
Cover Letter
Names and contact information of three references

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Special Instructions to Applicants:
Only Internal Professional (SEIU 888 Professional Union) Bargaining candidates will be considered during the first 10 business days of the posting. All other candidates will be considered after that period.

Initial review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. However, the position may close when an adequate number of qualified applications are received.

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The University of Massachusetts Lowell is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action, Title IX employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, sex, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, age over 40, protected veteran status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, marital status, or other protected class.


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