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Academic Advisor (Student Services Professional II)

San Diego State University
San Diego

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Job Details

Job no: 501307
Work type: Staff
Location: San Diego
Categories: Unit 4 - APC - Academic Professionals of California, Temporary, Full Time, Student Services

Position Summary

The College of Sciences Student Success Center aims to enhance the educational experience and facilitate graduation for all students in the sciences. We work toward these goals by aiming to improve access to information, resources, academic advising, and to provide structure and support to our departmental advisers. The College of Sciences Student Success Center serves as the physical hub for our partnerships with study abroad, on and off-campus internships, undergraduate research, and other undergraduate programs in the College of Sciences.

The College of Sciences Student Success Center focuses on lower division pre-major advising, exploratory major selection advising (other majors considering a science major, and science majors considering a different science major), science career-related resources and advising, resources for preparation for graduate school in the sciences, and managing graduation, retention, and other student success initiatives. Moreover, the center is responsible for the identification of students with academic problems, and reaching out to intervene or provide appropriate referrals for these students as necessary.

The purpose and objectives of this position are as follows:

  • Provide academic advising to undergraduate College of Science (CoS) students
  • Implement initiatives to improve communications to students, through in-person presentations and web-based technology.
  • Facilitate student success through program/workshop development and/or implementation.
  • Provide support for students experiencing concerns regarding academic advisement, course selection, and degree evaluation
  • Provide information to prospective students about science majors and the CoS
  • Provide guidance and personal counseling related to self-awareness, personal growth, and academic probation that facilitates the continuation of students towards degree goals
  • Work closely with Pre-Professional Health Advising Office to provide guidance to pre-professional students that depend on our curriculum
  • Provide support for, and supervision of the CoS Student Success Center undergraduate peer mentors in order to ensure that CoS students get the appropriate advising necessary to efficiently progress through the major and graduate in a timely manner.
  • Work with and meet regularly with individual CoS departmental faculty advisers/chairs to ensure advising that is consistent with departmental messaging and curricular nuances.

For more information regarding the College of Science, click here.

This is a full-time (1.0 time-base), benefits-eligible, temporary position expected to end on or before May 31, 2022, with the possibility of reappointment. This position is designated exempt under FLSA and is not eligible for overtime compensation. Standard SDSU work hours are Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., but may vary based on operational needs.

Education and Experience

Experience: Possession of these knowledge and abilities is typically demonstrated through the equivalent of two years of professional experience in one of the student services program areas or in a related field; experience should give evidence of competence and indicate the potential for further growth. A master’s degree in a job‑related field may be substituted for one year of the professional experience.

Education: 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. Additional specialized experience during which the applicant has acquired and successfully applied the knowledge and abilities shown above may be substituted for the required education on a year‑for‑year basis.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite
  • Experiences in the sciences
  • Experience working in a college or university’s admissions, advising, evaluations, registrar, or other student service related office.
  • Experience working with diverse student populations
  • Experience presenting to diverse audiences of varying size.
  • Experience in writing reports
  • Experience updating websites

Compensation and Benefits

Starting salary upon appointment not expected to exceed $ 4,304 per month. CSU Classification Salary Range: $4,304 - $6,120 per month. Salary placement is determined by the education, experience, and qualifications the candidate brings to the position, internal equity, and the hiring department’s fiscal resources.

San Diego State University offers a rich benefits package that constitutes a major portion of total compensation. For more information regarding SDSU benefits, please click here.

Supplemental Information

Initial review of the required application materials, including cover letters and resumes, will begin on July 6, 2021. To receive full consideration, apply by July 5, 2021.

The person holding this position is considered a ‘mandated reporter’ under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.

San Diego State University is not a sponsoring agency for staff or management positions (e.g., H-1B visa). Applicants must currently be authorized to work in the United States on a full-time basis. Offers of employment are contingent upon the presentation of documents that demonstrate a person's identity and authorization to work in the United States, which are consistent with the provisions of the Immigration Reform and Control Act.

A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered a position with the CSU. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current CSU employees who apply for the position.

SDSU is a smoke-free campus. For more information, please click here.

SDSU is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against persons on the basis of race, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity and expression, marital status, age, disability, pregnancy, medical condition, or covered veteran status.

Applicants with disabilities and applicants who require assistance completing an application may contact Jasleen Aguilar at [email protected]

Advertised: Jun 18, 2021 (3:00 AM) Pacific Daylight Time
Applications close: Open until filled


Since it was founded in 1897, San Diego State University has grown to offer bachelor's degrees in 89 areas, master's degrees in 78 areas and doctorates in 21 areas. SDSU's approximately 32,000 students participate in an academic curriculum distinguished by direct contact with faculty and an increasing international emphasis that prepares them for a global future.

SDSU's annual economic impact to the state of California is $6.5 billion, according to an impact report done by the California State University in 2010.

Of SDSU's 280,000-plus alumni, approximately 60 percent live in San Diego. They comprise more than half the region's engineers, teachers, entrepreneurs and the local workforce for a host of other industries.

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Research: Since 2000, SDSU faculty and staff have attracted more than $1.7 billion in grants and contracts for research and programs ranging from cardiovascular disease to marine biology.

Diversity: SDSU ranks No. 19 in the nation for racial diversity and among the top universities for economic diversity. SDSU was ranked No. 11 in the nation and No. 4 in California for bachelor's degrees awarded to Hispanics by Hispanic Outlook for Higher Education

International Study: SDSU offers 350 international education programs in 50 countries. Nearly 12,000 students have studied abroad in the past 12 years.

Community Service: SDSU is a recognized leader in innovative efforts to improve urban K-12 education. The City Heights Educational Collaborative and Compact for Success both positively impact the academic achievement of elementary, middle and high school students in the local area.

Sustainability: Sustainability is an every-day part of the university culture at San Diego State University. Students, faculty and staff all participate in a myriad of ways, from festivals, to research to academic programs. In spring 2014, SDSU opens its first LEED Platinum Certified building — the 206,000 square-foot Aztec Student Union.

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