Academic Advisor (*Restricted)

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Education Support Spec III

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Working Title:

Academic Advisor (*Restricted)

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Northern VA Community College


NV280-Office of Student Services

Work Location:

Multiple Locations

Hiring Range:

$50,000 - $58,000

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Full Time or Part Time:

Full Time

Work Schedule:

M-R 8:30am-8:30pm
Fridays – 8:30am-5pm
Minimum of 2-3 evenings per week, at least 1 weekend per month.

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Job Description:

The security of our students, faculty, and staff is very important at NOVA. Please take a moment to review NOVA’s Annual Security Reports
Academic Advisors are student focused, connection building, and compassionate problem solvers. An advisor works closely with potential and currently enrolled students to identify career pathways in academic and workforce programs that match their interests and skills. The advisor serves as a resource to assist individuals in overcoming non-academic barriers that may affect their ability to complete their educational goals successfully. Advisors will work with a student population that reflects the diversity of the of Virginia, with more than 40 percent of current students coming from racially and ethnically diverse backgrounds. Knowledge and understanding of specific needs of underserved populations and a commitment to helping these individuals attain educational success are critical responsibilities for this role. The work of an advisor is proactive and designed to assist the student to the completion of a credential or degree. This includes communicating regularly with students, maintaining records of student outreach and other interactions, making connections to available college and community support services, and assisting with academic interventions when necessary. Advisors will utilize a variety of technology solutions in addition in-person interactions to connect with students. The ability to utilize and learn new technology and the willingness to work in different environments is essential. The successful candidate must be caring, organized, communicative, and flexible.

Special Assignments:

May be required to perform other duties as assigned. May be required to assist the agency or state government generally in the event of an emergency declaration by the Governor.

KSA's/Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in a related field, such as counseling, human resources, social services, or adult education or related field or a combination of equivalent education and experience
  • Knowledge of barriers to educational success and a desire to help others each their educational goals
  • Experience working with racially, ethnically, economically and age diverse individuals
  • Strong interpersonal skills to help engage, provide support to, and motivate students
  • Excellent customer service skills, including the ability to effectively follow up and follow through
  • Effective oral and written communication skills
  • Effective problem-solving skills
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Proficient in use of technology, including Microsoft Office and Google docs
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively both independently as well as part of a team
  • Desire to learn and grow as professional needs arise

    Preferred Qualifications:

    • Work experience in a higher education setting or in counseling or academic coaching is preferred.
    • experience with available financial aid and scholarship information
    • experience using PeopleSoft, Navigate and other educational technologies

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      Special Instructions to Applicants:

      *This position is restricted and is funded with non-continuous or non-recurring funding and is subject to continuation based on fiscal year funds and the needs of the college.

      Background Check Statement Disclaimer:

      The selected candidate’s offer is contingent upon the successful completion of a criminal background investigation, which may include: fingerprint checks, local agency checks, employment verification, verification of education, credit checks (relevant to employment). Additionally, selected candidates may be required to complete the Commonwealth’s Statement of Economic Interest. For more information, please follow this link:

      EEO Statement:

      The Virginia Community College System, an EEO employer, welcomes applications from people of all backgrounds and recognizes the benefits of a diverse workforce. Therefore, the VCCS is committed to providing a work environment free of discrimination and harassment. Employment decisions are based on business needs, job requirements and individual qualifications. We prohibit discrimination and harassment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, sexual orientation, mental or physical disabilities, political affiliation, veteran status, gender identity, or other non-merit factors.

      ADA Statement:

      The VCCS is an EOE and Affirmative Action Employer. In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Acts (ADA and ADAAA), VCCS will provide, if requested, reasonable accommodation to applicants in need of access to the application, interviewing and selection processes.

      E-Verify Statement:

      VCCS uses E-Verify to check employee eligibility to work in the United States. You will be required to complete an I-9 form and provide documentation of your identity for employment purposes.

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      Job No:
      Posted: 4/24/2021
      Application Due: 5/6/2021
      Work Type: Full Time