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Academic Advisor

The University of Georgia
Athens Area

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Working Title:

Academic Advisor


Franklin-Deans Academic Serv

About the University of Georgia:

Since our founding in 1785, the University of Georgia has operated as Georgia’s oldest, most comprehensive, and most diversified institution of higher education ( The proof is in our more than 235 years of academic and professional achievements and our continual commitment to higher education. UGA is currently ranked among the top 20 public universities in U.S. News & World Report. The University’s main campus is located in Athens, approximately 65 miles northeast of Atlanta, with extended campuses in Atlanta, Griffin, Gwinnett, and Tifton. UGA employs approximately 3,000 faculty and more than 7,700 full-time staff. The University’s enrollment exceeds 40,000 students including over 30,000 undergraduates and over 10,000 graduate and professional students. Academic programs reside in 18 schools and colleges, as well as a medical partnership with Augusta University housed on the UGA Health Sciences Campus in Athens.

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Benefits Eligibility:

Benefits Eligible

Full/Part time:

Full Time

Additional Schedule Information:

Monday-Friday 8am-5pm

Advertised Salary:

Commensurate with Experience

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Open until filled:


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Location of Vacancy:

Athens Area

EEO Policy Statement:

The University of Georgia is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, genetic information, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation or protected veteran status. Persons needing accommodations or assistance with the accessibility of materials related to this search are encouraged to contact Central HR (

Classification Title:

Academic Services Professional





Minimum Qualifications:

Requires at least a baccalaureate degree in the field. Please contact your Human Resources office for an evaluation of education/experience in lieu of the required minimum qualifications.

Preferred Qualifications:

Master’s degree and at least one arts & sciences degree are preferred

Position Summary:

The primary responsibility of the Academic Advisor is to meet with assigned students, provide each student with accurate information about the student’s intended degree program, make recommendations about course selection for upcoming semesters, generate advising forms detailing these recommendations, and maintain notes about these meetings.Advisors also assist students with referrals to departments within Franklin, other colleges at UGA, study abroad programs, tutoring and other forms of academic assistance, etc. Advisors at this level are expected to have full knowledge of resources that support students’ personal, professional, and academic development during their time in college and to refer students to appropriate individuals and offices as needed.An Academic Advisor will maintain consistent contact with their students, maintain accurate student records, and respond in a timely manner to questions from their students.Regular attendance at weekly staff meetings is mandatory and workshop and retreat attendance is also an expected part of the position. All advisors will be available and able to work throughout June, July, and early August orientation sessions for incoming first-year and transfer students.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and/or Competencies:

  • Appreciation for the value of a liberal arts and sciences education.
  • Cultural sensitivity, understanding of diverse student needs, and commitment to creating a respectful and inclusive environment.
  • Ability to establish and maintain collaborative relationships with students.
  • Ability to exercise sound reasoning and good judgment.
  • Effective decision making and problem solving skills.
  • Ability to maintain a calm demeanor in situations of stress.
  • Ability to work both independently and with a team, and to effectively negotiate and manage conflict.
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal and listening skills.
  • Ability to handle sensitive situations and documentation in a caring and confidential manner.
  • Ability to demonstrate diplomacy and tact.

Physical Demands:

Sit at a computer for extended periods of time.
Light lifting.

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Is having a P-Card an essential function of this position? :


Does this position have direct interaction or care of children under the age of 18 or direct patient care?:


Does this position have Security Access (e.g., public safety, IT security, personnel records, patient records, or access to chemicals and medications):


Credit and P-Card policy:

Be advised a credit check will be required for all positions with financial responsibilities. For additional information about the credit check criteria, visit the UGA Credit Background Check website.

Background Investigation Policy:

Offers of employment are contingent upon completion of a background investigation including, a criminal background check demonstrating your eligibility for employment with the University of Georgia; confirmation of the credentials and employment history reflected in your application materials (including reference checks) as they relate to the job-based requirements of the position applied for; and, if applicable, a satisfactory credit check. You may also be subject to a pre-employment drug test for positions with high-risk responsibilities, if applicable. Please visit the UGA Background Check website.


Advising Students

  • Prepare advising forms and meet with students every semester to recommend courses for the upcoming semester(s).
  • Clear assigned advisees for registration every semester.
  • Maintain regular and effective communication with students and answer questions via email, phone, and videoconferencing.
  • Update and maintain student advising notes and records using SAGE and DegreeWorks Planner.
  • Provide information about and referrals to campus resources to address student needs.
  • Answer questions regarding Double Dawgs programs.
  • Direct students to appropriate contacts for other UGA majors, minors, and certificates.
  • Assist students with academic difficulties, providing resources and contacts as necessary.
  • Provide information regarding student appeals of academic requirements.
  • Evaluate student requests to overload hours.
  • Answer questions regarding career and graduate school opportunities.
  • Maintain up-to-date knowledge of major, university, and college-wide degree requirements.

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Administrative Time
Answer student and staff emails, schedule meetings and networking opportunities and work on projects to benefit the advising office. A high level of independent work is expected.

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Student Walk in TimesAnswer student questions during open office hours

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Staff MeetingsRegularly attend weekly staff meetings for updates, any scheduled committee meetings, and others as needed

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Professional DevelopmentAttend any classes related to academic advising or related materials. This can include, but is not limited to, the Certificate in Academic Advising.

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Contact Details:

For questions concerning this position or recruitment progression, please refer to the Recruitment Contact listed below.

Recruitment Contact Name:

Jonathon Hanna

Recruitment Contact Email:


The University of Georgia, a land-grant and sea-grant university with statewide commitments and responsibilities, is the state’s oldest and most comprehensive institution of higher education. Founded in 1785, it is the birthplace of public higher education in America.

Today, UGA enrolls more than 40,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students. The main campus has 460 buildings on 767 acres of land. The total acreage of UGA in 30 Georgia counties is 41,539. UGA has 18 colleges and schools, which include Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, Arts and Sciences, Business, Ecology, Education, Engineering, Environment and Design, Family and Consumer Sciences, Forestry and Natural Resources, Graduate School, Journalism and Mass Communication, Law, Pharmacy, Public Health, Public and International Affairs, Social Work, Veterinary Medicine, and the Honors College. It offers 24 baccalaureate degrees in more than 140 fields; 33 master’s degrees in 144 fields; 8 educational specialist degrees; four doctoral degrees in 99 areas; professional degrees in law, pharmacy and veterinary medicine; and more than 170 study-abroad and exchange programs. UGA Libraries rank among the nation’s best research libraries and contain a total of 5.3 million volumes and one of nation’s largest map collections. The university has had 25 recipients of the prestigious Rhodes Scholarship, making it one of the nation’s top Rhodes producers among public universities. UGA is home of the Peabody Awards, presented annually for distinguished achievement and meritorious public service for television, podcast/radio, and digital media. It also is home of Georgia’s State Botanical Garden, state Museum of Art and State Museum of Natural History. Additionally, UGA has one of the largest and most comprehensive public service and outreach programs conducted by an American educational institution.

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