SEAC Academic Advisor- Advanced Education Programs (R-0394)

Hays, Kansas
Jul 18, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

POSITION DESCRIPTION:  This 12 month, full-time, non-teaching, non-tenure track on-campus (8:00-4:30) position supporting the Advanced Education Programs Department students. Collaboration with the department chair and program directors to positively promote the AEP Department and support department students.

The successful applicant will have strong interpersonal skills, possess a desire to help students achieve personal and professional goals through accomplishment of their chosen degree or endorsement plan.  A strong work ethic coupled with problem solving skills and a being a self-starter are essential.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:  This position requires a Bachelor's Degree in Education, Counseling, or a related field. One to three years of progressively responsible experience in advising or a related academic function within higher education is required. Work experience may not be substituted for the Bachelor's Degree requirement for this position.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:A Master's Degree is preferred.  The successful candidate should possess advising, communication, and situation management skills, as he or she is required to interact continually with students in a professional manner.  The ability to communicate professionally, to defuse student anxiety, and to interact with a wide range of student personalities and needs is crucial.  The advisor must be able to guide students along the pathway of the student’s major, counseling students to anticipate deadlines for enrollment, financial aid, and other critical deadlines including withdrawal dates.  The advisor will have a strong work ethic and will take the initiative to solve problems.    The ability to organize and prioritize work is essential.  


  • Serve as the first contact for AEP Programs that requires a full knowledge and understanding of AEP Programs.
  • Coordinate information and answer questions regarding all aspects of each AEP Program Comprehensive Exams and the Graduation process.
  • Advises AEP students on academic issues.
  • Maintains student files and records
  • Makes students aware of relevant Fort Hays State University policies and procedures.
  • Assists student as needed in the completion of enrollments, adds, drops, etc.
  • Assists student with admission and registration
  • Development and management of specific program web information
  • Advise and assist with AEP Department recruiting efforts


  • Knows all of the AEP Programs (Advanced Education Programs)
  • Collaborate with a diverse faculty serving students across the nation and world
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Genuine desire to help people achieve their educational goals.
  • Strong work ethic.
  • Skills in identifying and solving problems.
  • Advanced technology skills including management of department social media

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Applications will be accepted until August 10, 2017. 

BENEFITS: Competitive benefit package

REQUIRED APPLICATION DOCUMENTS:  Please submit a cover letter, resume and names and contact information for three professional references.  Submit one PDF with all of the required application documents.

APPLICATION PROCESS:  To apply for this position, please visit the FHSU Human Resource Office webpage at and click on Employment Opportunities.  Only electronic applications submitted through Human Resources will be accepted. 

If you have questions regarding the position, please contact:
Name: Dr. James Barrett, Chair, AEP Department
Phone:  (785) 628-4413

About Fort Hays State University:
Forward Thinking.  World Ready - Fort Hays State University is a highly entrepreneurial teaching focused institution with major operations on-campus, online and in China.  Providing a high-quality education at an affordable price, FHSU is ranked by the Chronicle of Higher Education as one of the top ten fastest growing universities in the U.S.  It has an enrollment in excess of 14,000 students (Approximately 5,000 on campus, 3,500 in China, and over 6,000 online) and over 380 full time faculty.  Bachelors, masters and professional doctoral degrees are offered through five colleges, the Graduate School, the Honors College, the Virtual College, and various international partnerships.   Fort Hays State University's award-winning Virtual College coordinates distance education to the U.S. Armed Services and students in over 20 countries.  The Virtual College has received many accolades, including U.S. News & World Report Online Programs rankings,, Best Buys in Education, among others.  Students at FHSU may select a major field of study from 30 departments.  FHSU is fully accredited by several national agencies, and is one of six state-assisted institutions of higher education governed by a Board of Regents appointed by the governor of the state of Kansas.  The website ranked the Fort Hays State campus as the safest in the state of Kansas.

The University has rich sports and cultural programming, all of which enjoy tremendous community support.  The Beach/Schmidt Performing Arts Center is home to the Encore Series, which hosts many travelling Broadway shows, the Hays Symphony, university and other national and world-caliber performances.  Fort Hays State University athletic events provide NCAA Division II athletic entertainment.

About Hays, Kansas:
FHSU is located in Hays, a vibrant university community of approximately 22,000, located half way between Kansas City and Denver on Interstate 70.  Hays has received numerous recent accolades such as being voted an All-American City, second best city in the state to raise children, and also the third best small college town in America.  It is the regional center for education, health care, professional services, shopping, culture, and recreation for the western half of Kansas – serving a population of nearly 400,000.  Hays boasts excellent recreational facilities including the comprehensive Center for Health Improvement, Hays Aquatic Park, the Sternberg Museum of Natural History, Smoky Hill Country Club, Hays Municipal Golf Course, an extensive recreational program, and excellent opportunities for walking, running, and biking.  Hays is within 45 minutes of two large lakes providing boating, fishing, and camping. The Hays Municipal Airport provides connecting service to Denver with several flights daily.  The community has award-winning public and private schools.  With over 60 restaurants, robust retail outlets, one of the lowest unemployment rates and commute times in the U.S., the city provides a safe, very friendly, low-cost, high-quality living environment.

Notice of Non-discrimination – Fort Hays State University is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of gender, race, religion, national origin, color, age, marital status, sexual orientation, genetic information, disability or veteran status.

Background Check: Final candidate will have consented to and successfully completed a criminal background check.

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