Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA) is the second largest community college in the United States and the largest public educational institution in Virginia. NOVA has more than 71,000 students and 2,600 faculty and staff members. As one of the most internationally diverse colleges in the United States, with a student body consisting of individuals from more than 180 countries, NOVA is committed to creating a diverse, inclusive, and equitable Virginia by fostering excellence in higher education. As an Achieving the Dream âœLeader College,â NOVA is committed to the principles of access, opportunity, student success, and excellence by meeting the educational and training needs of the region and its people with excellent and affordable courses and programs, offered by an inspired and committed diverse faculty and support staff.
With six unique locations throughout our region, each conveniently located within 40 miles of Washington D.C, we have Northern Virginia covered. NOVAâ™s Alexandria Campus is located seven miles from the nationâ™s capital, just across the Potomac River from Washington DC; the Annandale Campus, with its urban feel and suburban appeal, is ranked as the most diverse in Virginia and boasts a thriving Koreatown; the Loudoun Campus is located in a comfortable suburb steeped in colonial history; the Manassas Campus is located next to Manassas Battlefield Park, site of the first major battle of the Civil War; the Woodbridge Campus is home to municipal parks, state parks, and national wildlife refuges; and the Medical Education Campus, located in Springfield, is a uniquely specialized campus that stands apart from what most community colleges can offer, with the area boasting an abundance of hiking and biking trails, and parks with nature and wildlife areas.
NOVA offers an opportunity to make a difference with outstanding career opportunities and competitive total rewards benefits, including a comprehensive health and dental insurance program, generous paid leave, deferred compensation plans, paid parental leave, state employee discounts, and a solid and secure retirement system. NOVA embraces opportunities to create a college community that is a welcoming and inclusive place to learn and work. We do this by fostering a sense of belonging and ensuring equity while maintaining an open, civil, and safe environment for our students, faculty, staff, and guests. In so doing, NOVA fulfills its mission to offer world-class teaching and learning to the Commonwealth of Virginia.
General Description: Academic advisors provide guidance to NOVA students about academic, transfer, career/workforce, and student development issues, needs or experiences.
Duties and Tasks: Provide academic planning and advising guidance to current, returning, and prospective NOVA students in-person, via phone, virtual face-to-face meeting, chat, and email. Manage a caseload of students to support the achievement of the studentsâ™ goals including, but not limited to, ensuring proper program placement, successful enrollment, course completion, retention, graduation, transfer and/or job placement. Conduct assessments of studentsâ™ needs to make referrals to supports and services. Facilitate programs and workshops to support academic planning and advising.
Essential Functions: Provide academic planning and advising guidance to current, returning, and prospective NOVA students in-person, via phone, virtual face-to-face meeting, chat, and email. Manage a caseload of students to support the achievement of the studentsâ™ goals including, but not limited to, ensuring proper program placement, successful enrollment, course completion, retention, graduation, transfer and/or job placement. Conduct assessments of studentsâ™ needs to make referrals to supports and services. Facilitate programs and workshops to support academic planning and advising.
Knowledge Knowledge of academic planning, course scheduling, transfer, career and student development advising. Knowledge of college readiness research, persistence/retention and completion research and best practices for traditional and non-traditional students. Knowledge or awareness of trends in higher education, with a particular emphasis on community college trends.
Skills Skill in providing academic, career, and/or personal counseling to adolescents and adults. Clearly articulated oral and written communication. Skill in written communication, including the development of letters, memos, presentations, and course materials. Skill in oral communication, including large and small group presentations and/or class lectures. Skill in case management, including tracking of student caseload and the collection and reporting of data. Proficiently skilled in computer usage, including Microsoft Office, e-mail, PeopleSoft Student Information System, Adobe Acrobat Reader, and researching information online.
Abilities Ability to independently plan and coordinate a variety of programs and projects. Ability to understand and interpret campus and program policies and regulations. Ability to maintain a professional demeanor respectful of diversity and multiculturalism. Ability to maintain confidentiality. Ability to maintain a professional approach to working with students, families, faculty, and staff. Ability to respond creatively and flexibly to changing needs and conditions. Ability to work occasionally at and travel regularly to various NOVA campuses. Ability to collaborate effectively with college personnel, including administrators, counselors, and staff. Ability to work in a fast-paced environment with a diverse student population. Ability to work evenings and occasional weekend hours.
Minimum Qualifications: Bachelorâ™s degree in Human Services, Education, Psychology, Sociology or other related field. several years of experience in college setting in an advising capacity. Must be able to travel to all NOVA campuses (this is not a remote position). Position requires weekly evening and occasional weekend hours.
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.