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Academic Advising Professional I

University of Arizona
Tucson, AZ
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Animal&Biomedical Sciences-Ins

Department Website Link:


Main Campus


Animal & Comparative Biomedical Sciences, 1117 E Lowell St., Tucson, AZ 85721 USA

Position Highlights:

The School of Animal and Comparative Biomedical Sciences (ACBS) in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) is seeking a well-organized and highly motivated person for the position of Academic Advisor I for Veterinary Science majors and minors and Pre-Vet students. In this position, you would have the opportunity to work with undergraduates majoring and minoring in Veterinary Science and support them through their undergraduate career.

Academic advisors serve as frontline contacts for undergraduate students for developmental academic advising to drive engagement and empower students to achieve their academic and career goals. Advisors play a vital role in maximizing undergraduate student retention.

The School of Animal and Comparative Biomedical Sciences focuses on research to improve the lives of humans and animals through the excellence of our people, our innovative multidisciplinary research, and our teaching and Extension programs. We will strive to transfer the knowledge from our programs, from basic research to applied, in ways that will advance and improve human and animal health and welfare sustainably throughout the state of Arizona, region, and the world.

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:

Student Advisement

  • Assess individual students’ stage of development (academic and career) and promotes their growth by determining suitable developmental tasks.
  • Advise students on matters ranging from developing academic plans to academic policy, career options and student engagement opportunities.
  • Advises and assists student with preparing and applying to Veterinary Medicine Programs.
  • Refer students to appropriate departmental offices, faculty, and support services for help with academic, personal, and career counseling, academic skills development, and financial aid support.
  • Evaluate use of transfer credit and determine whether or not degree requirements have been met.
  • Support students in establishing realistic and attainable academic and career goals.
  • Assist undergraduate students in determining educational plans, choosing courses, and exploring majors, minors, and career options.
  • Identify educational and career options appropriate for each student and assist student with evaluating each option, including possible outcomes and their implications.
  • Counsel students on options to satisfy degree requirements.
  • Monitor students’ academic progress, determine satisfactory progress toward degree, and assist students in completion.
  • Identify current and potential needs or problem areas (ex. Study skills, tutoring).
  • Advise students with academic difficulty on development of an academic action plan, and refer students to appropriate campus resources for assistance as needed.
  • Using University systems, maintain student files, records, and advisor’s notes.
  • Maintain knowledge of regulations and policies that impact students’ educational options.
  • Refers to policies and practices for guidance but determines best course of action to achieve results.
  • Other duties as assigned (typically less than 5% of time).

Service to Department(s) or School(s)

  • Works with department to identify curriculum problems and develops and recommends solutions.
  • Actsas liaison between faculty members and students to interpret policies andpractices and determine the best course of action for all parties.
  • Serves on departmental committees, such as curriculum and scholarships.
  • Assist and attend department events related to students.

Service to College and University

  • Attends monthly and bi-monthly meetings to stay up-to-date on policy and processes across campus and the College.
  • Assists with Transfer and Freshmen Orientation, including evaluating incoming students' credits, representing their majors to incoming families and students, and making referrals to appropriate resources.
  • Assist and attend College Level Event related to Students.

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities

  • Proactive, open, and responsive interpersonal skills.
  • Problem solving and creative thinking skills.
  • Effective organization skills.
  • Evidence of collaborative work with others.
  • Ability to new learn new policies, procedures, and technological systems.
  • Knowledge of advising practices and principles.
  • Knowledge of General Education curriculum requirements at the University of Arizona.
  • Proficiency with University of Arizona Student Information Systems (UAccess).
  • Ability to develop basic printed materials and website content to assist advising and recruitment efforts.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree required.
  • 1 year of relevant work experience required.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree (completed or in progress)
  • Experience in the area of Veterinary Science or Animal Science
  • Previous experience serving undergraduate students in academic advising or other student-related services at the University of Arizona or similar higher education institution
  • Experience using UAccess Analytics
  • Demonstrated successful experience working with post secondary students



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:

$43,000-$45,000 DOE

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:

Christina Garcia
[email protected]

Open Date:


Open Until Filled:


Documents Needed to Apply:

Resume, Cover Letter, and One Additional Document

Special Instructions to Applicant:

In the Additional Document slot, please submit an advising philosophy statement.

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.


As Arizona’s First University, founded in 1885, the University of Arizona now serves nearly 46,000 students, from undergraduates to doctoral candidates. A public land grant university, we work together to expand human potential, explore new horizons, and enrich life for all.

We constantly strive to be a best-in-class place to learn, research, and work. We educate innovative, adaptive learners and problem solvers who are prepared to lead meaningful lives and improve society in the Fourth Industrial Revolution Economy. Our Strategic Plan details how we intend to drive social, cultural, and economic impact, in Arizona and across the world.

As a Research I university and member of the Association of American Universities, the University of Arizona hosts two medical schools as well as the only veterinary college in Arizona. More than 16,500 faculty, staff, and graduate students produce over $687 million in research annually, ranking us among the top 20 public research universities in the nation.

Transdisciplinary research excellence – the true seamless integration across disciplinary university-community boundaries – is an undergirding philosophy deeply rooted in our history. Notably, our BIO5 Institute brings together scientists from agriculture, medicine, pharmacy, basic science, and engineering to treat disease, feed humanity, and preserve livable environments.

We strive for excellence in all our 200-plus undergraduate majors and 150 graduate programs. Our faculty are renowned for ground-breaking research in astronomy and planetary sciences; climate, environment, and solar energy; cancer and biotechnology; optical sciences; electrical and computer engineering; and management information systems. Research us yourself on our interactive FactBook.

As Arizona public employees, we enjoy comprehensive benefits. Among these are a choice of retirement plans, high-quality medical insurance subsidized at 85% of cost; and dental, vision, short- and long-term disability, and life insurance plans. An unusually generous qualified tuition reduction program is one of the benefits our employees, their spouses or domestic partners, and children value most.

Who We Are

Our core values proclaim who our Wildcat community is and what we stand for:

Integrity: Be honest, respectful, and just.

Compassion: Choose to care.

Exploration: Be insatiably curious.

Adaptation: Stay open-minded and eager for what’s next.

Inclusion: Harness the power of diversity.

Determination: Bear down! (Yes, there’s a story here.)

Where We Are

Our Main and Health Sciences campuses are located near downtown Tucson. In addition, we operate a College of Applied Science & Technology in southeastern Arizona, a Biomedical Campus in Phoenix, a Veterinary College north of Tucson, and extension offices in every Arizona county. Despite a metro population of 1 million people, Tucson retains the feel of a small town where everyone knows one another. Ringed by mountains, blessed with abundant sunshine, and recognized as a bicycle-friendly city, Tucson is ideal for outdoor exploration. The second largest city in Arizona also offers cultural, artistic, and social amenities to feed your insatiable curiosity. Emblematic of the desert Southwest, the Sonoran Desert is a region steeped in Native American and Latina/o culture.

Diversity Profile

Our Commitment to Inclusive Excellence

The University of Arizona sits on the homeland of the Tohono O’odham, the Desert People. In 1775, the Spanish Presidio San Agustín de Tucsón displaced the Native people from the floodplain of the Santa Cruz River. With Mexican Independence in 1821, Tucson became part of the Mexican state of Sonora, and might still be so but for the 1853 Gadsden Purchase.

The University of Arizona takes advantage of our unique location and history through initiatives from cross-border collaborative research in arid lands and water management to workshops for women entrepreneurs in Sonora.

The Native Peoples Technical Assistance Office serves as a liaison between Native nations and the research arm of the university, focused on building capacity and research support for tribal community development.

The university of Arizona is proud to be a federally designated Hispanic Serving Institution and one of 9 US institutions to receive the inaugural Seal of Excelencia for demonstrating positive Latina/o student outcomes. We rank No. 1 for the number of doctoral degrees awarded to Native American students, and No. 9 for the number awarded to Latina/o students.

Student success, particularly educational equity for historically underserved groups, is an institutional priority. We have more than 10,000 First Cats (first-generation college students). The Strategic Alternative Learning Techniques (SALT) Center is nationally recognized for its innovative and successful academic support programs for students with learning and attention challenges.

The University of Arizona has many student cultural clubs and organizations. View the list on the Equity, Inclusion, and Title IX website.

These are some of our cutting-edge centers and programs:

Arizona Hispanic Center of Excellence (AZ-HCOE) works to increase the number of Latina/o physicians, enhance health research serving Latinas/os, and improve the cultural competency of health care services in Latina/o communities.

Binational Migration Institute (BMI) is an association of US and Mexican scholars researching the consequences of immigration enforcement policies on Latina/o communities.

Institute for LGBT Studies develops curriculum, promotes research, and presents public programming addressing the histories, politics, and cultures of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.

Institute for the Study of Religion and Culture (ISRC) serves as a research and outreach center focused on the role of religion in international politics.

Native American Research and Training Center (NARTC) conducts health-related research and training projects to help improve quality of life for Native Americans.

Native Nations Institute (NNI) conducts policy analysis and research dedicated to building capable Native nations.

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