Wytheville Community College is seeking a student-focused, connection-building, and compassionate problem-solvers to join our team as Academic Advisors. An advisor works closely with potential and currently enrolled students to identify career pathways in academic and workforce programs that match their interests and skills. The advisor serves as a resource to assist individuals in overcoming non-academic barriers that may affect their ability to complete their educational goals successfully. Advisors will work with a student population that reflects the diversity of Virginia, with more than 40 percent of current students coming from racially and ethnically diverse backgrounds. Knowledge and understanding of specific needs of underserved populations and a commitment to helping these individuals attain educational success are critical responsibilities for this role. The work of an advisor is proactive and designed to assist the student to the completion of a credential or degree. This includes communicating regularly with students, maintaining records of student outreach and other interactions, making connections to available college and community support services, and assisting with academic interventions when necessary. Advisors will utilize a variety of technology solutions in addition in-person interactions to connect with students. The ability to utilize and learn new technology and the willingness to work in different environments is essential. The successful candidate must be caring, organized, communicative, and flexible. This position is a grant-funded position and continued employment will be determined by grant funds.
The Academic Advisor must have skills and abilities in the following areas: Bachelor's degree in related field or a combination of equivalent education and experience; Knowledge of barriers to educational success and a desire to help others reach their educational goals; Experience working with racially, ethnically, economically and age diverse individuals; Strong interpersonal skills to help engage, provide support to, and motivate students; Excellent customer service skills, including the ability to effectively follow up and follow through; Effective oral and written communication skills; Effective problem-solving skills; Excellent organizational skills; Proficient in use of technology, including Microsoft Office and Google docs; and Demonstrated ability to work effectively both independently as well as part of a team.
Internal Number: 34061
About Wytheville Community College
Virginia's Community College's educate 240,000 credit students annually and over 170,000 non-credit students at 23 Community Colleges with over 40 campus locations throughout the Commonwealth. Our mission is to provide comprehensive higher education and workforce training programs and services of superior quality. These programs are financially and geographically accessible to meet the individual, business, and community needs of the Commonwealth.