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Advisor for Academic Support and Fellowship Opportunities

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Advisor for Academic Support and Fellowship Opportunities

Worcester Polytechnic Institute


Department: Academic Advising

Position Status: Administrative Exempt Positions

Basic Function:
This academic advisor position supports undergraduate students from a developmental advising approach, educates students in a flexible and creative learning environment, and is an active participant in collaborating with students, faculty and staff to promote academic success. The academic advising office reinforces the goals of WPI, in providing an “education (that) encompasses continuous striving for excellence coupled with an examination of the contexts of learning so that knowledge is won not only for its own sake but also for the sake of the human community of which the people of WPI are part”. This position is an integral member of the advising office, by helping students identify resources to support them in their academic, career, and personal goals as they interactively engage in the local and global environment.

  • Assesses student’s stage of development (academic, career, and personal) and promotes student growth by determining suitable developmental goals and tasks. Assists students in developing decision making skills relevant to educational options and possible outcomes.
  • Recruits and supports students applying for nationally competitive student scholarships and fellowships, including the Rhodes, Marshall, Truman, Goldwater, Fulbright, and Churchill Scholarships and the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship.
  • Collaborates with campus partners to develop programming pertaining to scholarship and fellowship opportunities.
  • Primary liaison in the Office of Academic Advising for promoting BS/MS opportunities and events.
  • Provides supplemental academic advising support to a caseload of first year, sophomore, junior, and senior students.
  • Supports academically at-risk students, including students who are not making satisfactory academic progress. Provides individual coaching sessions for students based on an evaluation of the student’s academic and personal background.
  • Provides options for students pertaining to course selection. Connects students with faculty advisors and resources.

  • A Master’s degree preferred. One to two years’ experience in academic advising and /or student development at the college level required.
  • An ability to communicate with students, faculty, and parents a must; needs to be able to handle sensitive situations with confidentiality.
  • Must be comfortable in a technological based educational environment. Experience working with SCT Banner or alternate database software, website development software, and multimedia tools desirable.
  • Ability to work in a team centered and collaborative environment.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate well orally and in writing and work effectively with diverse populations.
  • Experience with the application processes for scholarships and fellowships desirable.

    Posting Date: 04/30/2018

    Close Date:

    Open Until Filled: Yes

    Special Instructions to Applicants:


    EEO Information:
    WPI is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified candidates will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran status, or disability. We are seeking individuals with diverse backgrounds and experiences who will contribute to a culture of creativity and collaboration, inclusion, problem solving and change making.

    Criminal Background Check Statement:
    A pre-employment criminal records check is required.

    To apply, visit: https://careers.wpi.edu/postings/5558





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    Posted: 5/8/2018
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