Academic and Career Advisor - La Plata Campus - INTERNAL ONLY

Job description

Position SummaryThis position is open INTERNAL ONLY and closes on May 21, 2021. To submit your application for this position you must be a current eligible CSM employee in a position that is covered by the College's retirement system. Applications submitted by persons other than eligible CSM employees will not be considered for this position. All applications submitted for this position must be submitted by 11:59 pm EST on May 21, 2021

The individual in this position provides academic advisement and registration for students, which requires ascertaining student's goals and assisting in the planning for student attainment of those goals. They serve as a liaison to academic departments, college committees, and community organizations as directed. An advisor must be knowledgeable in the breadth of college offerings for both credit and continuing education program course work. The individual provides information to prospective students regarding the College of Southern Maryland.

The work schedule for this position is 40 hours per week, Monday through Friday; some weekends and evenings may be required. Flexibility is required.

College of Southern Maryland conducts background checks in order to ensure the safety and well-being of the College's staff and students. The final candidate for this position will be subject to the following background checks: Criminal History Check and National Sex Offender Registry Check.

Please note that the performance appraisal files of internal applicants will be available for review by the Search Committee responsible for making a hiring recommendation.

The College of Southern Maryland is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
Specific Duties and Responsibilities

  • Serves as liaison to academic departments, college committees, and community organizations as directed by supervisor
  • Assigned to an academic department to track program changes, maintain contact with department chair and faculty, give input to department program changes that may adversely affect student progress and reports back to the Advising, Career, and Enrollment group
  • Provides information to prospective students regarding the College of Southern Maryland
  • Ensures students are taking correct courses for transfer in specific programs and particular institutions
  • 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
  • Monitors student progress of academically deficient students requiring ongoing contact with student and instructors
  • Provides referrals to other campus and community resources regarding student issues both academic and personal
  • Conducts advisement workshops
  • Facilitates StartSmart orientations and First Advising Sessions
  • Mentors a College Success Skills class during the fall and spring semesters
  • Processes course waivers, prerequisite waivers, prerequisite override documentation, academic clemency requests, portfolio assessment applications, and drop/add forms as required
  • Assists students with academic based computerized systems (i.e. ARTSYS)
  • Informs students of articulation agreements applicable to desired programs
  • Assists students in interpretation of transfer requirements for articulation agreements and transfer options in general, if applicable
  • Completes/updates program evaluations for students as needed
  • Assists students in completing graduation applications and verifies data
  • Maintains tracking systems of student contact and classifications for reporting purposes, such as academic and career assistance, workshops and classroom visits, orientation and others as directed by supervisor
  • Collaborates with and coordinates site activities with the Career Services Departments at other campuses as appropriate to insure comprehensive services across campuses
  • Makes in-class academic presentations
  • Provides career advisement and registration for students, which requires ascertaining student's goals and assisting in the planning for students attainment of these goals
  • Provides job readiness assistance to co-op students; maintains contact with co-op faculty advisors; registers students for co-op classes
  • Provides contact for students who are undecided about career or college goals
  • Provides career advisement for students to include: personal interest assessments, career identification and planning, job readiness assessments, job coaching, and job search training
  • Organizes, develops, and promotes career related events both on campus and to the community, school system, and students including collaborating with marketing, outside employers, agencies and school systems
  • Serves on task forces related to improving the delivery of student services
  • Serve on committees that directly impact the vision of the department
  • Other duties as assigned by the Director of Advising and Career Services

Additional Duties:
Performs other related work as required. Minimum Education and Training
  • BS or BA degree required with two years experience in career development, education, advising or related field
  • Knowledge and experience in assisting students in a college setting in academic and/or career development
  • Abilities to lead group workshops
  • Excellent communication skills, written and oral
  • Ability to work with a diverse population with wide variety of needs
  • Knowledge of community resources accessible to customers
  • Ability to work with limited supervision
  • Experience with computer data entry and Microsoft office suite
  • Position requires high level of confidentiality
Minimum Qualifications and Standards RequiredKnowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
  • Knowledge of assisting students in a college setting in academic and/or career development.
  • Knowledge of community resources.
  • Oral and written communication skills.
  • Problem-solving skills.
  • Ability to work with a diverse population with a wide variety of needs.
  • Ability to work with limited supervision.

Physical Requirements:

The work is sedentary work which requires exerting up to 10 pounds of force occasionally and/or negligible amount of force frequently or constantly. Additionally, the following physical abilities are required:
  • Fingering: Picking, pinching, typing, or otherwise working, primarily with fingers rather than with the whole hand as in handling.
  • Hearing ability: sufficient to hold a conversation with other individuals both in person and over a telephone; and to hear recording on transcription device.
  • Speaking ability: sufficient to communicate effectively with other individuals in person and over a telephone.
  • Mental Acuity: Ability to make rational decisions through sound logic and deductive processes.
  • Talking: Expressing or exchanging ideas by means of the spoken word including those activities in which they must convey detailed or important spoken instructions to other workers accurately, loudly, or quickly.
  • Walking: Moving about on foot to accomplish tasks, particularly for long distances or moving from one work site to another.
  • Visual Acuity: Have close visual acuity to perform an activity such as: preparing and analyzing data and figures; transcribing; viewing a computer terminal; and/or extensive reading.




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Job No:
Posted: 5/7/2021
Application Due: 8/5/2021
Work Type: Full Time