#102382 Senior Academic Counselor

La Jolla, CA
Oct 19, 2019
Administrative Jobs
Student Affairs, Counseling
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

UCSD Layoff from Career Appointment: Apply by 10/23/2019 for consideration with preference for rehire. All layoff applicants should contact their Employment Advisor.

Special Selection Applicants: Apply by 11/01/2019. Eligible Special Selection clients should contact their Disability Counselor for assistance.


Under the direction of the Dean of Academic Advising, the Senior Academic Counselor serves as a primary staff resource in all areas of student academic advising and counseling. This position independently advises students and renders decisions which may result in exceptions to established academic regulations. Interprets broadly-written academic regulations and policies, provides assessment and evaluation of students' academic progress, makes decisions on the application of coursework from other institutions, and acts on student requests for withdrawals.

Counsels students who are experiencing academic difficulty, discusses options and alternatives, offers advice regarding degree requirements, program and curriculum planning, post baccalaureate, graduate, and career options. Evaluates and acts on academic records. Reviews degree audits with students and evaluates degree audits for students who have applied for graduation. Acts as liaison to academic departments, campus-wide student support offices, faculty, interdisciplinary programs, and parents. Coordinates the logistical details for the College’s new student enrollment advising programs and systems.

Creates, edits, and posts content updates to the College’s New Student Site for new first-year and transfer students. Researches and recommends effective applications of technology to improve academic advising programs and services. Develops, coordinates, implements, and evaluates specialized advising programs and services to meet the advising needs of targeted populations, such as undeclared students, transfer students, international students, education abroad reciprocity students, first-generation students, commuter students, and on-campus residents.

  • A cover letter is required for a complete application.

  • This position is required to work occasional evenings and weekends as needed.

  • Excellent counseling and advising techniques. Knowledge of multiple majors, colleges, and schools. Strong active listening skills, interviewing, referral, and a thorough understanding of their appropriate use in an institutional setting and with knowledge of theories and principles of institutions of higher education.

  • Thorough knowledge of college/school policies, procedures, and requirements. Ability to independently analyze, interpret, apply and explain a variety of broadly defined college, departmental and campus academic policies and procedures including course articulation. Ability to meet University and department standards for attendance and embrace and follow the UCSD Principles of Community.

  • Strong skills in judgment and decision-making. Skills and abilities in problem solving and conflict resolution with the ability to exercise sound judgement, tact, cultural sensitivity, and diplomacy with a diverse population.

  • Excellent skills in evaluating academic data and academic records, making analytical decisions, and determining course of action within established policies and guidelines as appropriate.

  • Abilities in problem identification, reasoning, ability to develop original ideas to solve problems. Skills in identifying needs, concerns and problems of groups and individuals and taking immediate and appropriate action to provide support and guidance. Ability to maintain that confidentiality.

  • Proficiency using standard office computer technology for word processing, email and student tracking and monitoring systems (including MS office applications, internet technology and web based systems).

  • Ability to work as a team member integrating functions with those of other staff members. Proven ability to provide effective training and work direction to new staff members and student staff.

  • Excellent personal and interpersonal skills. Ability to communicate in a professional manner, meaningfully and effectively, both in written and oral form, to students, faculty, staff, and parents.

  • Experience in program development/event planning, implementation and assessment intended to meet the needs of target populations. Ability to organize and conduct meetings, panel discussions, programs and workshops.

  • Ability to multitask. Strong ability to work under pressure, organize and prioritize with frequent interruptions while performing multi level tasks.

  • Job offer is contingent upon a satisfactory clearance based on background check results.