Academic Advisor

Fort Valley, Georgia
Sep 01, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Job Summary

The Academic Advisor is responsible for providing academic advising, guidance and support services to participants; developing and conducting financial literacy, career, study skills and other related workshops; providing subject matter tutoring; assisting participants with creating academic, degree and career plans; monitoring participant's academic progress; and, work effectively with the Upward Bound staff to meet the goals and objectives as stated in the approved grant proposal.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Advise new and continuing students on course selections, degree programs, and educational opportunities.


  • Provide general advising for walk-in or scheduled appointments; Help students understand their academic requirements, explain academic policies/procedures such as add/drop, application for graduation, and/or withdrawal from the college.


  • Advise students of admission and degree completion requirements; review with students the various degree completion options and assist students in preparing a degree completion plan; provide general student services and financial aid information.


  • Advise students on meeting readiness requirements (tests, developmental work) and/or financial aid status and probationary status.


  • Guide students in using college resources and academic planning to enhance retention and graduation.


  • Advise student financial aid applicants and recipients concerning student aid procedures, costs associated with attending a post-secondary educational institution, personal budget development, and the economic responsibilities related to student and awards.


  • Identify & evaluate students' needs; collaborate with students to set educational objectives, explore financing opportunities & job related information while evaluating ongoing academic progress & preparing students to meet graduation.



  • Interpretation & evaluation of transcripts & graduation requirements & the ability to communicate the information to students.


  • Represent the college at on & off campus events such as district, state, regional, & national committees, conferences, workshops & seminars to maintain a working knowledge of educational and financial aid programs, policies & requirements while promoting a positive image of FVSU & building a professional network.


  • Assist with smooth office functions and monitor front office traffic flow, telephone calls, e-mail communications, etc.


  • Often first contact for potential students, parents & the public; diffusing possible volatile situations with parents & students.


  • Promote student retention by demonstrating an understanding of students' areas of interest, college & community resources, scholarship opportunities, & difficult financial & personal issues surrounding students' lives.


  • Participate in all on campus, target schools, and community outreach programs and events (to include attending students' sports and recreational activities)


  • Serve as a resource for developing strategies to create & market effective enrollment & financial opportunities for new & returning students.


  • Serve as knowledge base by exchanging information regarding various federal, state, local, institutional & departmental policies & procedures with staff, faculty, & administration.


  • Assist with development, coordination and facilitation of on-going staff training & process improvement.


  • Conducts Upward Bound informational presentations at participating schools and community agencies


  • Recruit and Selection first-generation, low-income students to participate in the program; maintain an active waiting list for potential applicants.


  • Transport students to and from designated pick-up and drop-off locations


  • Perform other duties & responsibilities as assigned.



Bachelor's Degree in Education, Guidance Counseling and counseling, or psychology is required. Minimum of two years work experience working with economically disadvantaged youth. Excellent oral and written communication with proven interpersonal skills. Strong computer skills, including use of internet, digital media, and presentation software. Experience in academic advisement/education and career planning. Ability to develop and facilitate workshops in areas such as but not limited to study skills and financial literacy. Demonstrate understanding of student development needs and the mission of Upward Bound program. Counseling and/or student development theories and/or skills required. Ability to work effectively in a team environment; and work independently with little supervision.

Additional Qualifications (Preferred):

Experience working with a TRiO Program or educational opportunity programs in a higher education setting; Knowledge of FERPA and related confidentiality guidelines preferred. Experience working with students who are low-income and/or first generation college students and students from underrepresented communities.

Working conditions


The working conditions should be identified in this section - regular evening and weekend work, shift work, working outdoors, and so forth.


  • Travel required Business travel up to 15% of time
  • Evening/night/weekend work
  • Work some Saturdays from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., from October 2017 to May 2018

Physical requirements

The work requires minor physical exertion such as short periods of standing, walking long distances, some recurring bending, crouching, stooping, stretching, reaching, or similar activities. Job may require recurring lifting of lightweight objects with infrequent bending or stooping alternating with the lighter activities.


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