Academic Advisor (Undergraduate/International) Webster University
Position Number: S1051
Job Description Summary: International Academic Advisors provide high quality academic advising to Webster University international students. Advisors assist students in the creation of educational plans that promote student success, align with the student's academic and career goals, and follow academic curriculum requirements. Advisors are expected to understand, interpret, and communicate academic policy and procedure, to both students, and colleagues across the institution. Proactive advising approaches focused on student retention and completion are integral and advisors may engage in intrusive advising and continuous follow-up to at-risk students. By building relationships with academic units and other academic/student development partners, advisors can guide and refer students to appropriate resources. Advisors obtain and share knowledge across multiple disciplines. Advisors are responsible to their students, their institution, their professional practice, for involving others, to higher education, and to themselves.
The mission of the Academic Advising Center is to empower students to achieve their academic and professional goals while providing comprehensive advising tools and resources to the global Webster University community.
Essential Duties and responsibilities:
Maintain general knowledge of international students including basic visa requirements and enrollment policies.
Develop relationships and meet with colleagues also focused on international student success
Develop broad skills that apply to all Webster University programs, but may be assigned to a specific program or school/college
Assist students in developing educational plans that are consistent with academic and professional goals of student
Provide students with accurate information about academic progression and degree requirements
Teach advisees skills and knowledge to promote student retention and success
Assist students in overcoming educational concerns
Help students access campus resources that will increase academic success
Refer students to appropriate campus resources
Evaluate student progress
Evaluate and determine the transfer of credits
Review, collect, and utilize data about student academic and educational needs, performance, retention, completion, and concerns
Acquire and share knowledge across multiple academic disciplines
Understand, interpret, and communicate academic policy and procedure
Collaborate with faculty and other service units across campus
Orient new students to the university
Engage in career advising
Secondary duties and responsibilities:
Participate in events and recruitment activities
Serve on university committees
Utilize a variety of technology systems to assist in delivering advising
Serve as a resource for other advisors, faculty, and university colleagues
Contribute to the vision of Webster University and the Academic Advising Center
Understand and attention to student development and relevant theories
Engage in appropriate professional development activities
Demonstrate respect for all individuals
Minimum Qualifications Masters degree in higher education, student affairs, counseling, education, or other relevant field
Preferred Qualifications Experience working with international students Experience in higher education, preferably advising or student affairs Excellent use of modern/current technology Strong interpersonal and relational skills Skills in problem solving
Webster University is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to maintaining a culturally and academically diverse faculty and staff of the highest caliber. Accordingly, Webster University provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, national origin, ethnicity, age, protected veteran or disabled status, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.
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With its home campus in St. Louis, Missouri, USA, Webster University comprises an action-oriented global network of faculty, staff, students and alumni who forge powerful bonds with each other and with their communities around the globe. Founded in 1915, Webster is a private non-profit university with students studying at campus locations in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa and in a robust learning environment online. The university is committed to ensuring high-quality learning experiences that transform students for global citizenship and individual excellence.