1. BASIC FUNCTION: This Advising Dean in the Center for Student Advising will have a specialty in scientific subjects taught within the Columbia Fu Foundation of Engineering and Applied Science and the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. This position is responsible for advising undergraduate students across all class years in both Columbia College and the Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science. Responsibilities include student advising, making connections for advisees to other campus-based advising services (resource referral), with a focus on faculty referrals, in particular, supporting the Center’s programming and operational efforts, and overseeing the academic progress of advisees. As a member of a team of advisers within the Center for Student Advising, the Advising Dean works together with the others to establish fruitful connections with science and engineering departments, guide daily operations, coordinate the administration of programs, and oversee staff efforts that meet these goals. Partner with the assistant dean to meet the needs of students and foster connections between students and departments.
2. CHARACTERISTIC DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
A. Student advising duties include counseling students about academic policies, programs, and options, assisting students in the development of meaningful educational plans, and supporting students by helping them to identify and assess alternatives and the impact of their decisions. An Advising Dean supports students as they develop greater responsibility for their educational goals, evaluate post-graduate options, and transition to life after college.
B. Resource referral duties include maintaining a comprehensive knowledge about all academic policies and procedures, core requirements, pre-professional information, and all non-major specific information. An Advising Dean will work collaboratively with faculty, academic departments, the Center for Career Education, other campus resources and other departments within the Division of Student Affairs to provide students with necessary scholastic, co-curricular and personal resources.
C. Programming duties include supporting the programming efforts of the Center for Student Advising and large scale Student Affairs programs such as the Summer Advising sessions, Pre-First Year Summer Program, New Student Orientation Program, Family Weekend, Days on Campus, Class Day and specialty programming for the Scholars Program and Opportunity Programs. This Advising Dean will work closely with the Columbia University Scholars Program and the Academic Success Programs to foster a sense of community among students, to connect students with faculty, to develop programs that facilitate faculty/student connections, and to help students receive the academic support they need to be successful and meet their academic and personal goals. An Advising Dean assists in training new staff members. In addition, an Advising Dean may participate in Center, College and Division of Student Affairs committees and work groups that develop and support the student advising structure for the two schools.
D. Oversight of academic progress duties include maintaining current records on advisees (i.e., academic plans, leaves of absence, readmission, summer study, academic disciplinary reports, student petitions, requests for incompletes, graduation clearance, etc.). An Advising Dean communicates with faculty and other advising resources as appropriate.
E. An Advising Dean will partner with relevant offices within Student Affairs to address crisis situations with one of his/her advisees. This will include substantive involvement in the Student Affairs divisional emergency on-call team.
F. This Advising Dean will be assigned a specialty function within the sciences and engineering within the Center for Student Advising for which s/he is responsible for developing expertise and serving as a resource to other advisors. This specialty will include programmatic and operational focus.
G. Leadership duties include working with other advisers to review and assess advising policies and practices, and develop training and professional development opportunities for new and existing staff. An Advising Dean may be assigned to mentor an Advising Counselor. This includes assisting w/ training on policy and procedures, as well as, offering day to day guidance on all student advising issues.
H. Performs other related duties as assigned.
3. SUPERVISION RECEIVED AND/OR EXERCISED: An Advising Dean reports directly to Associate Dean. S/he may be assigned to mentor an Advising Counselor.
4. RESPONSIBILITIES FOR BUDGET/ASSETS: This individual will be cognizant of the Center for Student Advising programming budgets. Each employee is expected to learn the Division of Student Affairs and Center for Student Advising guidelines before committing funds to any event, initiative, or project.
5. MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: Bachelors degree or equivalent required. Advanced degree is essential. A PhD in a field of science taught within the Faculty of Arts & Sciences or The Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science is preferred. Three to five years experience working with college students in one or more of the following areas is required: academic advising; college teaching; career counseling; academic support programs; residential life or general student affairs administration. Excellent written, oral communication and interpersonal skills are essential. Evening and weekend work may be required both for special programs, individual student, student group, and team outreach and to maintain a level of excellence in work responsibilities.
All interested applicants must apply at:
SALARY: Commensurate with Experience
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