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Director of Academic Advising & Retention

Lamar State College-Port Arthur
Port Arthur, TX

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Security Sensitive Statement:

This position is security sensitive and subject to Texas Education Code 51.215, which authorizes the employer to obtain criminal history record information.

Position Title:

Director of Academic Advising & Retention

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Special Instructions To Applicants:

Applications received AFTER July 30, 2021 will be reviewed only if interviews have not been scheduled. Applications received after that time will only be considered if the position was not filled from initial applicant pool. Official Transcripts will be required upon hire. Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of completing an electronic application. The application must be competed in full detail (including work history) for your qualifications to be considered. Failure to complete the application completely may result in you not being considered for the vacant position. Your application for the position will not be complete until you receive an online confirmation number at the end of the process of applying for a position. The Voluntary Demographics Information requested is for compliance with certain record keeping requirements and is confidential and will not be a factor in any hiring decisions. Refusal to provide this information will not subject you to any adverse treatment. Lamar State College – Port Arthur is an E-Verify employer. In compliance with House Bill 558 passed during the 76th Legislative session, Lamar State College-Port Arthur requires that all male U.S. citizens from 18 to 26 years of age provide proof of registration with the Selective Service System or exemption from such registration, prior to employment.

Job Summary:

The Director of Academic Advising & Retention reports to the Dean of Student Services and is responsible for improving the quality of academic advising by providing information, advice and assistance to students, directs the activities of the advising department.

Communicate with the campus regarding student experiences and concerns. Stay abreast of the research, theories, legislation policies, technology, and developments that affect services provided by the Advising Department. Support and assist advisors in management of special projects, i.e. Scholarship Program, New Student Orientation, Scholarship Program, Disability Services, International Students, and other campus programs. Institutional planning duties for the advising office. Participate in Student Services Departmental staff meetings. Supervise and educate Academic Advisors, Faculty Advisors, Scholarship Coordinator and Coordinator of Disability Services. Assign users for advising in Banner. Provide access to continuing and advanced education and appropriate professional development opportunities to improve the leadership ability, competence, and skills of all employees. Participate in local, state, and/or national professional associations. Participates in the graduation ceremony and supports other campus events and activities.

Minimum Qualifications:

Requires a Master’s degree in education, guidance, counseling, student development, or related discipline. Requires three years experience providing effective academic advising to students in higher education.

  1. Must have an understanding of student development, student learning, career development, and other relevant theories in education, social sciences, and humanities.
  2. Must be a multi-task oriented individual with an appreciation for working within deadlines.
  3. Must have working knowledge of personal computer and various software.
  4. Able to communicate effectively including public speaking.
  5. Able to supervise.
  6. Able to deal with students, faculty and staff in professional manner.
  7. Able to demonstrate sensitivity to the needs of students from diverse backgrounds.
  8. Able to plan, schedule, and manage projects and assignments.
  9. Able to establish effective working relationships with others.
  10. Able to follow established college policies and procedures.
Requires frequent sitting, walking, and seeing. Requires frequent standing, lifting, pushing, pulling, and carrying objects up to 50 pounds; operating a personal computer, calculator, and various office equipment. Requires infrequent stooping, bending, sorting, and filing.

Preferred Qualifications:

Preference given to candidates with three or more years of advising experience in public two year colleges. Familiarity with TSIA and other Texas Higher Education requirements.


$57,000 - Plus excellent benefits.

Work Hours:

Full time

Essential Job Functions:

Provide an advising program that is efficient and effective. Interpret institutional, general education, and major requirements, policies, and procedures.

Essential Job Functions:

Coordinate Advising office and employees, including selection, training, supervision, evaluation, and work flow distribution.

Essential Job Functions:

Academic advising of technical and academic students on the selection of appropriate courses and other educational experiences.

Essential Job Functions:

Texas Success Initiative Assessment compliance duties.

Essential Job Functions:

Evaluate advising staff to assure accurate advising, registration, and TSIA compliance for students.

Essential Job Functions:

Provide information and data for Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, IPEDS report, and other agencies.

Essential Job Functions:

Collaborate with colleagues and departments across the campus and community to promote student learning, growth, development, persistence, and success.

Essential Job Functions:

Provide accurate and timely information and interprets institutional, general education, and major requirements, policies, and procedures.

Essential Job Functions:

Supervise Academic Advisor, Scholarship Coordinator and Disability Services Coordinator positions.

Essential Job Functions:

Develop and provide training and materials for Academic Advisors, and members of the faculty staff with advising responsibilities for continuing students.

Essential Job Functions:

Direct students with educational, career, or personal concerns, or skill/learning deficiencies, to other resources and programs, on the campus and/or refers them to educational, institutional, and community resources and services.

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Promote student retention and persistence. Identifies environmental conditions that may positively or negatively influence student academic achievement and propose interventions that may neutralize negative conditions.

Essential Job Functions:

Generate reports to track registration and course selection progress throughout the year.

Essential Job Functions:

Identify at-risk students in consultation with the Academic Division and the Admission Office and develop and implement a monitoring system along with intrusive intervention plans these at-risk populations.

Essential Job Functions:

Provide a minimum of two training sessions for Academic Advisors and any employee with advising responsibilities prior to registration each semester and collaborates to develop an advising/retention strategy and schedule for the registration period.

Essential Job Functions:

Plan the New Student Orientation, assist with Campus Open Houses, and other events as assigned.

Essential Job Functions:

Refer students with mental health issues to counseling centers. Refer students with learning challenges to resources on campus.

Essential Job Functions:

Other duties as assigned.


Working at Lamar State College-Port Arthur

Lamar State College - Port Arthur, a member of The Texas State University System, is an open-access, comprehensive public two-year college offering quality and affordable instruction leading to associate degrees and a variety of certificates. The College embraces the premise that education is an ongoing process that enhances career potential, broadens intellectual horizons, and enriches life.

Located in Port Arthur, an industrial and cultural center of Southeast Texas, the college offers freshman- and sophomore-level work in numerous academic and technical/vocational fields. The campus sits between the 1,000 and 1,800 blocks of Procter Street and Lakeshore Drive.

The city has modern public schools, churches, shopping districts and recreation areas serving a community of approximately 70,000 persons. Principal area industries are oil refining, chemical production, shipping and shipbuilding. The metropolitan area, known as the Golden Triangle, includes the cities of Beaumont, Orange, Vidor, Port Neches, Nederland, Groves and Bridge City. All lie within 25 miles of Port Arthur and form the heart of the upper Texas Gulf Coast where approximately 350,000 live.

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