Part-time Academic Advisor

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Part-time Academic Advisor

Posting Number: 20110682
Job Category: Staff

Job Description Summary:
Southwestern Michigan College is seeking a part-time Academic Advisor for the Dowagiac Campus.

The Academic Advisor will report directly to the Career Planning Center Manager and is responsible for advising and assisting students with their educational and career plans.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities and Duties:

  • Advises current and returning students and as appropriate transfer students based on their major and the published Schedule of Classes.
  • Provides effective tools and resources to students who experience difficulties maintaining a positive academic experience.
  • Teaches and assists current, returning and, transfer students in the self-registration process.
  • Regularly contacts and informs academic departments and college committees, as directed by supervisor.
  • Interprets degree audits for students as needed to verify academic progress and degree completion.
  • Utilizes complex advising strategies to assist students in finding the quickest path to graduation.
  • Initiates collaborative efforts with other advisors as a team to anticipate and respond to advising challenges and opportunities as they arise.
  • Provides career advisement for students to include: personal interest assessments, career identification and planning.
  • Interprets placement test scores, advises students of course placement and works with student to develop an educational plan based on placement, academic and life goals and career aspirations.
  • Conducts advisement, transfer and career workshops as directed by supervisor.
  • Assists in retention and persistence activities through events, phone calls, emails and written correspondence as appropriate.
  • Reviews applications for disability services, determining whether or not the student will need accommodations. An understanding of all ADA and Section 504 requirements and responsibilities as they related to students with disabilities.
  • Will support the provision of accommodations for students with disabilities.
  • Be familiar with assistive technology and secure textbooks in adapted format for students with disabilities.
  • Create accommodation memos and make available for student use.

  • All other duties as assigned.

    Required Qualifications:
    ~ Minimum of a Bachelor’s degree with at least one year of Academic Advising experience or experience directly related to the duties and responsibilities specified.

    Preferred Qualifications:
    ~ Three years of Academic Advising experience.

    ~ Knowledge of Banner Student Information System.

    Other Information:
    Knowledge Of:
    • Oral and written communication skills.
    • Procedures and practices in public relations.
    • Modern office practices, procedures and equipment.

    • Strong interpersonal, verbal, and communication skills.
    • Interviewing and advising skills.
    • Confidence in advising students and supervising them with difficult and unusual problems.
    • Ability to create Spreadsheets, PowerPoint presentations, and posters are required.

    • Dexterity of hands to operate a computer keyboard as well as seeing to read and review materials for accuracy.
    • Hearing and speaking to exchange information with students, staff and public.
    • Ability to sit or stand for extended periods of time.

    Southwestern Michigan College is a two-year college located approximately 45 minutes north of South Bend, Indiana and approximately 45 minutes from Lake Michigan’s eastern shore.

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    Job No:
    Posted: 7/3/2018
    Application Due: 8/24/2018
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