A Guilford Guide is an innovative individual that helps create and implement a wholly reimagined integrated advising program that will set a new bar for cutting-edge excellence in higher education. Guilford Guides leverage their extensive expertise and imagination in conceiving novel approaches to provide holistic support for Guilford students. Under general supervision, a Guilford Guide will help students maximize their Guilford experience by serving as a liaison between faculty, staff, alumni, campus resources, and off-campus opportunities.
By integrating academic success, career goals, and life planning into each interaction with students, a Guilford Guide will play a vital role in ensuring that every student benefits from expert mentorship to illuminate a rewarding path toward personal discovery and achievement. This role is central to the success of The Guilford Edge, which connects four points of emphasis at Guilford College: collaborative learning, community-oriented vibrant campus life, team-based advising/coaching, and ethical leadership. The Guilford Edge will provide newly distinctive advantages in preparing Guilford graduates to adapt and thrive in leading a world of change.
PRINCIPLE DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
• Provide support, devise strategies, and coordinate resources with student advisees for academic and co-curricular success.
• Work closely with student advisees, especially during their first two years at the College, to develop a learning experience that promotes achievement of degree completion as well as attainment of defined personal, academic, and professional goals.
• Help students develop and maintain an innovative planning and networking team through systematic and frequent contact between the advisee and their team members, including but not limited to course selection, career development, and professional networking.
• Prepare and teach First Year Experience (FYE) classes for approximately 60-70 advisees in cohorts of around 20 students.
• Mentor and supervise Student Peer Leaders for FYE courses.
• Review and interpret degree audits, transcripts, placement, and other relevant data.
• Develop materials and presentations to support individual and team advising sessions.
• Refer students to appropriate specialized resources including career counseling, graduate school, financial assistance, study abroad, internships, accessibility services, and academic support.
• Stay abreast of changing institutional information including admission requirements, new programs, curriculum, deadlines, important dates, and costs in college-wide initiatives.
• Work with other Guilford Guides, campus representatives, and community partners to design a holistic advising program that promotes the mission of Guilford College while guiding students to define and achieve their academic, co-curricular, and life goals.
Minimum of a Master’s Degree in a related field required.
• Minimum of 2-3 years of experience in higher education, including teaching, academic affairs, counseling, or related field.
Master’s Degree in a related field required.
Minimum of 2-3 years of experience in higher education, including teaching, academic affairs, counseling, or related field.
● Understanding of and commitment to collaboration as central to a vibrant, interdisciplinary teaching and learning environment that prepares students for a fulfilling and successful life.
● Interest in pioneering support systems and building a culture of integrated, comprehensive advising.
● Ability to work effectively with students, faculty, staff, community partners and others from a variety of different backgrounds, experiences, and abilities and to provide culturally responsive leadership and advising.
● Exceptional interpersonal and communication skills, both verbal and written.
● Demonstrated ability to work independently and collaboratively and to maintain confidentiality.
● Demonstrated excellence in planning and organizing work; keeping adequate records and effectively communicating results; coordinating with others to complete tasks in a timely manner, and bringing workflows to a successful conclusion.
● Knowledge of student development theories and familiarity with current advising trends/best practices.
● Demonstrable proficiency with MS Word, Excel, Google email and web applications, and knowledge of Banner or similar student database software preferred.
● International and multicultural experience preferred.