Academic Advising Professional II

Tucson, AZ
Feb 21, 2021
Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
Posting Number:



Nutritional Sciences-Ins

Department Website Link:


Main Campus


Tucson, AZ USA

Position Highlights:

The Academic Advisor II position for Nutritional Sciences will be assigned specifically to serve Arizona Online students. This position will report to the Director of Student Nutrition Advising Center (online campus) in the Nutritional Sciences Department and will provide Academic Advising for current majors as well as prospective students enrolled or interested in fully Online degree programs. NSC currently serves over 400 undergraduate students in the online campus from diverse backgrounds. As such, both the Department and The University of Arizona seek applicants with diverse perspectives and experiences who will advance and contribute to our commitment to diversity and inclusion.

Outstanding UA benefits include health, dental, and vision insurance plans; life insurance and disability programs; paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays; UA/ASU/NAU tuition reduction for the employee and qualified family members; state and optional retirement plans; access to UA recreation and cultural activities; and more!

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Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Serve as an academic advisor to approximately 150 undergraduate students in the Nutritional Sciences online degree program.
  • Serve as the students’ primary advisor throughout the transfer evaluation, course selection, and registration process, culminating in degree checks for graduation.
  • Assess students’ academic preparation and promote academic growth by determining suitable developmental tasks to assist students in attaining academic and career goals.
  • Provide guided, multi-term degree plans for each student through the course selection process. Maintain plans of study, updates advisement reports on UAccess student center, and closely tracks progress to degree of fully online learners.
  • Develop and facilitate presentations using various multimedia, coordinate large and small informational sessions and evaluate effectiveness of these programs.
  • Assist students with negotiating University and College and Department processes and procedures, including letters and petitions, schedule changes, academic probation, services related to special needs, etc.
  • Build rapport and ease transition with new incoming students through development and implementation of proactive first-semester contact plan containing multiple touchpoints for each of the six (6) start-dates of the academic calendar.
  • Drive student engagement in campus engagement opportunities, including online resources for academic preparedness, social media, webinars, and online events to enhance student feelings of community.
  • Work closely with the Arizona Online SASS team, including participating in working groups, developing marketing materials, and sharing best practices. This also includes attending bi-monthly SASS meetings and on-going training and professional development.
  • Provide valuable support to Arizona Online Enrollment Counselors in the recruitment of new students through timely pre-evaluation of transfer credits, bi-monthly meetings with an assigned enrollment counselor, training on respective degree programs and development of degree specific communication plans delivered through CRM (Slate).
  • Utilize digital tools for increased connection between students and SASS to include electronic appointment system, Trellis Advise, and the Arizona Online Launchpad in D2L as well as respond to reports produced through Analytics.
  • Actively recruit students from community colleges in Arizona, including advising prospective students on appropriate transfer coursework, attending transfer fairs, and building relationships with various staff at those institutions who work with prospective UA transfer students.
  • Work closely with faculty and graduate teaching assistants to implement an intervention model that promptly identifies students in need of academic or social support and proactively connects them to campus resources needed to achieve their goals.
  • Participate in special projects to continue to develop professionally and stay up to date on advising practices. For example, special projects might include writing manuals and guides, troubleshooting current advising procedures, gathering and analysis of student data, serving on campus-wide committees, and attending professional development workshops.
  • Plan special events to build community among enrolled students.
  • Monitor course enrollments for a current term and coordinate with department administrators to secure sufficient seats to meet student demand, if needed. Provide enrollment predictions to help plan future seating demand.
  • Additional duties as assigned.

    Knowledge,Skills & Abilities
  • Knowledge of UA systems, specifically UAccess and academic resources
  • Knowledge of University policies and procedures related to academic progression
  • Excellent communication and organizational skills
  • Skills in data collection and statistical summary
  • Technical knowledge of Microsoft Office(including Word and Excel)

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree
  • 3 years of relevant work experience

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in Nutritional Sciences, a helping profession, higher-education or related field
  • Experience using technology to communicate virtually with student



Full Time/Part Time:

Full Time

Number of Hours Worked per Week:


Job FTE:


Work Calendar:


Job Category:

Student Services

Benefits Eligible:

Yes - Full Benefits

Rate of Pay:


Compensation Type:

salary at 1.0 full-time equivalency (FTE)



Career Stream and Level:


Job Family:

Academic Advising

Job Function:

Student Services

Type of criminal background check required::

Name-based criminal background check (non-security sensitive)

Number of Vacancies:


Target Hire Date:

Expected End Date:

Contact Information for Candidates:

Sabrina Benedict-Monteverde
[email protected]

Open Date:


Open Until Filled:


Documents Needed to Apply:

Resume and Cover Letter

Special Instructions to Applicant:

Diversity Statement:

At the University of Arizona, we value our inclusive climate because we know that diversity in experiences and perspectives is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and creating an inclusive academic community. As an Hispanic-serving institution and a Native American/Alaska Native-serving institution, we translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience and expertise working with diverse students, colleagues, and constituencies. Because we seek a workforce with a wide range of perspectives and experiences, we provide equal employment opportunities to applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or genetic information. As an Employer of National Service, we also welcome alumni of AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service programs and others who will help us advance our Inclusive Excellence initiative aimed at creating a university that values student, staff and faculty engagement in addressing issues of diversity and inclusiveness.

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