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Academic Advisor II (Student Success Coach)

Valdosta State University
Valdosta State University

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Job Title: Academic Advisor II (Student Success Coach)
Location: Valdosta State University
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Full/Part Time: Full-Time
Job ID: 268579
About Us

As a comprehensive institution of the University System of Georgia, Valdosta State University (VSU) is a welcoming, aware, and vibrant community founded on and dedicated to serving our communities' rich and diverse heritages. Through excellence in teaching, basic and applied research, and service, VSU provides rigorous programs and opportunities that enrich our students, our university, and our region. As such, the VSU mission consists of three interrelated parts that includes a student mission, university mission and regional mission. The university is equally dedicated to the core values of community, including a commitment to practice civility, integrity and citizenship. As members of this community and proud Blazers we strive to uphold these core values for the advancement of the University, as stated in the Blazer Creed and reflected in our commitment to the University System of Georgia's Core Values.

Blazer Creed

Valdosta State University is a learning environment based on trust and mutual respect in which open dialogue, vigorous debate, and the free exchange of ideas are welcome. The University is equally dedicated to the core values of community, including a commitment to practice civility, integrity, and citizenship. As members of this community, and proud Blazers, we will strive to uphold these core values for the advancement of the University.

Civility - A Blazer shows courtesy and compassion as well as respect for the dignity of every human being.

Integrity - Each Blazer is responsible for his or her own actions, and our community is stronger when we contemplate the context of our decisions and uphold the principles of trust and honesty.

Citizenship - Every Blazer has an interest in the well-being of the community, and, therefore, a duty to stay informed, to make positive contributions, and to offer support to those who need help.

As a Blazer, we pledge to uphold the core principles of Civility, Integrity, and Citizenship.

University System of Georgia (USG) Statement of Core Values

Every member of the USG community is required to adhere to the USG Statement of Core Values, Integrity, Excellence, Accountability, and Respect that form and guide the daily work of the organization.

  1. Integrity - We will be honest, fair, impartial, and unbiased in our dealings both with and on behalf of the USG.

  2. Excellence - We will perform our duties to foster a culture of excellence and high quality in everything we do.

  3. Accountability - We firmly believe that education in the form of scholarship, research, teaching, service, and developing others is a public trust. We will live up to this trust through safeguarding our resources and being good stewards of the human, intellectual, physical, and fiscal resources given to our care.

  4. Respect - We recognize the inherent dignity and rights of every person, and we will do our utmost to fulfill our resulting responsibility to treat each person with fairness, compassion, and decency.

Job Summary

Coordinates and participates in special academic advising programs and services.


A Typical Allocation of Duties for Any Advisor II May Include:

Coordinate special programs and services - 15%
Coordinate and participate in special academic advising programs and services.

Develop and implement programs and materials - 15%
Develop and implement academic advising polices, programs, and materials.

Advising - 35%
Advise students with regards to their educational, career, personal and social development needs. Refer students to academic and personal resources as appropriate. Assist students in selecting courses.

Interpret polices - 10%
Clarify and interpret academic policies and degree requirements.

Student files - 10%
Maintain and update student files and records. Ensure compliance with FERPA regulations.

Monitor student progress - 15%
Monitor student academic progress and provide developmental programming focused on student academic needs. Advise, monitor, and work closely with students on academic probation and those returning from academic suspension.

Supervisor Expectations for this Specific Position Include:

  • Provide support and guidance for students identified through various means as being at risk in terms of retention, progression, and graduation either on an individual basis or in group settings and may include teaching a 1-3 credit course that satisfies a core curriculum requirement.

  • Work individually or with a team to develop and implement programming to promote student success on topics such as time management, study skills, and academic planning.

  • Work individually or with a team to monitor and respond to early alerts submitted by faculty and intervene as needed.

  • Work closely with faculty and staff to ensure a coordinated approach to student success. This may include attending meetings, serving on department, division, or university-wide committees, and collaborating with various campus stakeholders on interventions when necessary.

  • Maintain accurate and timely records of student interactions, including notes from coaching sessions, interventions and referrals made.

  • Stay current on best practices and research in student success and retention.

  • Create a welcoming and inclusive environment for students, maintaining awareness of their diverse needs and backgrounds.

  • Communicate regularly and effectively with students, faculty, and staff. This includes responding to emails and inquiries in a timely manner, providing clear and concise information.

  • Participate in the evaluation of programs and other intervention strategies used.

  • Adhere to University policy regarding ethical conduct.

  • Maintain confidentiality with regards to staff and student interactions, respecting privacy and ensuring that work is completed in an ethical and professional manner.

Required Qualifications

Required Experience
Bachelor's degree and three (3) years of related work experience.

The successful applicant must meet the minimum requirements upon the first date of employment.

Proposed Salary


Conditions of Employment

Employment is contingent upon successful completion of a background check. Position May Require Credit Check (if using P-Card, working with Cash, etc.).

Position Requires completion of VSU's Annual Compliance Training course (such as State Business Transactions, Drug Free Workplace, Anti-Harassment Policy, Introduction to Information Security, Workers Compensation, Motor Vehicle Policy, USG Ethics Policy, Conflict of Interest/ Outside Activities Policy, Leave Procedures for Faculty and Staff, Georgia Open Records Act, Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), and Contracts 101. Supervisory positions require training in FMLA and Worker's Compensation.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Valdosta State University is an equal opportunity educational institution. It is not the intent of the institution to discriminate against any applicant for admission or any student or employee of the institution based on the age, sex, race, religion, color, national origin, disability, or sexual orientation of the individual.

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