Academic Advisor (Temporary) (1 year) (Benefited)

Job description

Job no: 498509
Work type: Staff
Location: San José
Categories: Unit 4 - APC - Academic Professionals of California, Education Support Professionals, Student Services, Temporary, Full Time

Job Summary

*This is a temporary, one year, benefited position.*

The Academic Advisor will work under general supervision to provide academic advising to students in the College of Engineering. The Academic Advisor will also engage in assessment of advising services and provide support for university-wide events. There will be some specialization in advising areas among the Engineering Student Success Center (ESSC) advising team members.

Key Responsibilities

  • Provide academic advising to students that facilitates student success, persistence, and degree completion in a timely manner.
  • Guide students through critical thinking process to understand academic standards and policies for degree completion. This will include, but is not exclusive to: degree requirements, major/minor/certificate/credential/general education requirements, roadmaps to graduation, graduation applications, international student issues, student concerns, course registration. Some specialization in topics might be required.
  • Connect students to appropriate resources, support services, and educational experiences. This may include, but is not exclusive to: career exploration, international student services, financial aid, accessibility education center, behavioral intervention team, university, and student life.
  • Participate in professional development activities: attend university, college, and ESSC advising meetings; participate in professional development to further advising and counseling skills.
  • Utilize assessment data related to academic advising services provided by the Student Academic Success Center, Institutional Effectiveness and Analytics, and the Engineering Student Success Center.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

  • Knowledge with university-level communication and/or ability to learn and communicate university level policies.
  • Ability to use modern communication tools (video conferencing and remote communication).
  • Ability to use statistical tools to summarize student data and extract useful information.
  • Thorough knowledge of university policies and major, GE, university, and system requirements for graduation.
  • Ability to advise students individually and in groups on routine matters where required.
  • Knowledge and sensitivity to issues faced by SJSU students generally, and College of Engineering
  • A strong command of English grammar, business writing, punctuation and spelling.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills.
  • Ability to plan and conduct workshops, assist with organization of special events or activities, and make effective presentations before groups.

Required Qualifications

  • Equivalent to graduation from a four-year college or university in one of the behavioral sciences, public or business administration or a job-related field.
  • Two years of professional experience in one of the student services program areas or in a related field. A master’s degree in a job-related field may be substituted for one year of professional experience.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in one of the behavioral sciences, public administration, or business administration.
  • Academic advising experience in engineering or STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) majors.
  • Experience in general education and articulation requirements in the California public higher education system
  • Experience with academic programs and topic of degree programs offered by the College of Engineering


Classification: Student Services Professional II
Anticipated Hiring Range: $4,304/month - $4,350/month
Hiring Range: $4,304/month - $6,120/month

San José State University offers employees a comprehensive benefits package typically worth 30-35% of your base salary. For more information on programs available, please see the Employee Benefits Summary.

Application Procedure

Click Apply Now to complete the SJSU Online Employment Application and attach the following documents:

  • Resume
  • Letter of Interest
  • Other

All applicants must apply within the specified application period: December 9, 2020 through December 23, 2020. This position is open until filled; however, applications received after screening has begun will be considered at the discretion of the university.

Contact Information

University Personnel
[email protected]

Additional Information

Satisfactory completion of a background check (including a criminal records check) is required for employment. SJSU will issue a contingent offer of employment to the selected candidate, which may be rescinded if the background check reveals disqualifying information, and/or it is discovered that the candidate knowingly withheld or falsified information. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the continued employment of a current CSU employee who was offered the position on a contingent basis.

The standard background check includes: criminal check, employment and education verification. Depending on the position, a motor vehicle and/or credit check may be required. All background checks are conducted through the university's third party vendor, Accurate Background. Some positions may also require fingerprinting. SJSU will pay all costs associated with this procedure. Evidence of required degree(s) or certification(s) will be required at time of hire.


All San José State University employees are considered mandated reporters under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and are required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.

Equal Employment Statement

San José State University (SJSU) is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer committed to nondiscrimination on the basis of age, ancestry, citizenship status, color, creed, disability, ethnicity, gender, genetic information, marital status, medical condition, national origin, race, religion or lack thereof, sex, sexual orientation, transgender, or protected veteran status consistent with applicable federal and state laws. This policy applies to all SJSU students, faculty and staff programs and activities. Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, and certain other federal and state laws, prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex in all education programs and activities operated by the university (both on and off campus).

Advertised: December 09, 2020 (9:00 AM) Pacific Standard Time
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Posted: 12/11/2020
Application Due: 1/21/2021
Work Type: Full Time