Academic Adviser

United States, North America
Jun 06, 2014
Administrative Jobs
Student Affairs, Academic Advising
About The Unit: The Office of the Dean of Students in the College has broad responsibility for the success of all College students. The Dean of Students reports to the Academic Dean of the College. The staff of academic advisers, senior advisers and deans provide: academic advising; counseling to students around academic and personal issues, and long term planning; referrals for students to other campus resources; advice on applications to prestigious scholarships, as well as preparation for graduate and professional school. The Dean of Students staff needs to understand University policies and the College curriculum, and will also interact with faculty, parents and staff from other offices. Senior staff members (deans and senior advisers) lead office initiatives and committees, provide evaluations of transfer credit, liaison with the registrar's office and ITS, work with the Collegiate Masters and faculty program chairs in the majors on curricular revisions and the Catalog. The Deans are responsible for handling disciplinary issues and student status changes.

Unit Job Summary: Academic Adviser: Assignment involves a case load of students, with whom they work until the student's graduation. Meets with students regularly to provide advice on: course selection, choice of major/minor, planning academic program, progress towards meeting graduation requirements, study abroad planning, career planning and preparation. Provide students with advice about personal problems, and regularly make referrals to professionals elsewhere in the University. Participate in office committees and other College initiatives, and serve as liaisons to the academic programs of study. Must be knowledgeable about the curriculum, University policies, multiple systems for tracking student information and University resources for students. An academic adviser's appointment is 9.5 months, and spans the regular academic year.

Unit Education: Bachelor's degree with a five year minimum gap between date of graduation and hire as College adviser required. Advanced degree preferred.

Unit Experience: A minimum of two years of relevant experience required. Five years of relevant experience preferred.

Unit Job Function Competencies: Demonstrated ability to establish good working relationships with people of different backgrounds required. Demonstrated ability to work under pressure, and manage effectively competing demands required. Demonstrated ability to master large amounts of information and integrate changes as they arise required. Strong listening and communication skills required. Interpersonal skills required. Verbal and written communication skills required. Ability to work independently and as a member of a team required. Organizational skills required. Problem-solving skills required. Ability to manage stressful situations required. Ability to maintain confidentiality required. Ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously, set priorities, and meet deadlines required. Familiarity with higher education structures required. Initiative and experience in dealing with people required. Familiarity with University organization, both academic and administrative preferred. Strong commitment to young adults and the values and goals of a liberal arts education preferred.