Sr. Academic Advisor
The Senior Academic Advisor at the College of Education provides leadership to various advising staff functions, including evaluation of advising staff training requirements, and assisting with the development and implementation of academic advising protocols/procedures. The Senior Advisor serves as a mentor to advisors and other academic support positions to help ensure students receive effective advising services. S/he engages in a variety of activities designed to achieve, maintain and improve student success and retention, and provides students with access to the information and resources necessary for the attainment of academic, professional and personal goals. The Senior Advisor acts as an advocate and referral source, and provides consistent outreach and follow-up services.
The Senior Advisor directly supervises the part-time Peer Advisors and assists in the hiring and training of new professional and peer advisors. S/he takes a lead on assigned retention and student support projects and also assists the Director and Assistant Director in assessing ongoing training needs of the advising unit and works to increase advisors��� knowledge of best practices. S/he provides leadership to various advising activities and initiatives, including those related to Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) teacher education and certification. The position is involved with all aspects of advising and includes the development, coordination and implementation of services geared to student success and retention. The Senior Advisor assists in developing retention-focused programming, overseeing online and in person initiatives that support student progress and retention. S/he presents at group advising sessions, orientations and various workshops and meets regularly with students individually to work collaboratively in developing academic plans aimed at four-year graduation. The Senior Advisor will understand Pennsylvania Department of Education guidelines/requirements and guide students through certification milestones necessary for teacher education degrees. The incumbent conducts routine academic audits and maintains accurate documentation and works collegially with faculty, staff and students to disseminate information regarding curriculum requirements, academic policy, and other related issues as they arise. The Senior Academic Advisor represents the College at various related internal and external meetings and events and supports the College���s mission. Performs other duties as assigned.
Required Education & Experience:
Master's degree and three or more year���s relevant experience. At least 1.5 years academic advising experience in a higher education academic setting. The successful candidate must demonstrate leadership/project management experience and/or training design. Required Skills & Abilities:
*Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to interact effectively with a diverse group of students, faculty and staff, and to represent the College of Education at meetings and events.
*Demonstrated experience with retention programming and services.
*Demonstrated interpersonal, oral and written communication skills, along with the ability to communicate effectively with students in group settings.
*Demonstrated project management skills with the ability to manage administrative time effectively while balancing multiple tasks and maintaining meticulous attention to detail.
*Demonstrated computer skills, and proficiency with Word, PowerPoint, Access or related software programs.
*Demonstrated ability to work with student information systems.
*Demonstrated ability to work independently as well as collaboratively in a dynamic team environment.
*Strong problem solving skills and ability to identify and resolve problems in a timely manner; gathers and analyzes information skillfully; develops alternative solutions; uses reason even when dealing with emotional topics.
*Ability to learn easily and disseminate detailed information.
*Ability to maintain a sense of perspective and positive attitude in interactions with students, faculty and staff; flexibility in times of transition.
*Ability to work nights and/or weekends, as necessary.
*Ability to travel to other Temple University campuses and off-site locations, as needed. Preferred:
*At least six months experience providing advising services to students in an education degree program that leads to PA Teacher Certification under state guidelines.
Compliance Statement: In the performance of their functions as detailed in the position description employees have an obligation to avoid ethical, legal, financial and other conflicts of interest to ensure that their actions and outside activities do not conflict with their primary employment responsibilities at the institution. Employees are also expected to understand and be in compliance with applicable laws, University and. employment policies and regulations, including NCAA regulations for areas and departments which their essential functions cause them to interact. To obtain additional information about Temple University please visit our website at www.temple.edu. Temple University's Annual Security and Fire Safety Report contains statistics, policies, and procedures related to campus safety and can be found at: http://www.temple.edu/safety/asfr/ You may request a copy of the report by calling Temple University���s Campus Safety Services at 215-204-7900.