The Academic & Career Advisor provides high quality direct academic advising and career development service to designated student and alumni populations within an active, student-centered office. Responsible for articulation of a vision, planning and program implementation regarding fundamental academic and career developmental programming and service delivery; contribution to overall office management as part of an active team member.
Programs and services are to reflect institutional mission, vision, and strategic direction; support student recruitment, retention and successful graduation. Be responsive to the student population; be accomplished with attention to high standards, quality, collaboration and fiscal soundness. Cultivation of employer and alumni relationships.
Provide academic and career advising to undergraduate students as well as career advising for graduate and alumni populations within the assigned departmental cohort
Maintain a strong knowledge base of academic advising and career counseling principles and methodology
Monitor student academic and career engagement and success
Execute academic and career interventions as part of a working group
Advise undergraduate students about course selection and co-curricular opportunities inside and outside of their major
Maintain high-level knowledge of academic and career related issues including but not limited to: academic and career goal planning, developmental advising/counseling, major choice, resume/cover letter writing, networking, interviewing, internship/job/graduate school search, and participating in extracurricular activities/events/programs
Support the delivery and ongoing use of skills, personality, and career related assessments
Support students development of problem solving, decision making, and critical thinking skills
Present to prospective students, orientation programs, classes, workshops
Maintain high-level presentation skills for both in-person and virtual engagements
Develop and execute purposeful and engaging programs/workshops for targeted audiences of diverse sizes and populations
Outreach Planning with Faculty & Staff
Consult and build strategic relationships within the divisions of Academic Affairs and Student Affairs, including but not limited to academic support services, the Dean of Students, and assigned departments and schools
Build programming in conjunction with faculty and student organizations
Establish protocol for regular class presentations and/or programming/events/workshops on career and academic related issues
Stay current of professional advances, techniques and best practices in the fields of academic advising and career development
Assist in developing marketing materials on academic and career related topics that are relevant to assigned majors and programming initiatives
Assist with collaborative marketing of student partnering offices such as Office of Campus Activities, Center for Cultural Engagement, Global Education, International Student Scholar Services, various student organizations, departmental contacts, etc.
Assist in the creation and maintaining of advising resources (web pages, social media, workshops, print materials, etc.)
Utilize a variety of technologies in order to provide the required services as well as track student progress including the ability to properly use the information found in:
Office of Institutional Research
EAB advising system
Handshake job and internship posting system
Identify, recommend, and utilize new technology as it becomes available
A Masters degree with a minimum of two (2) years of higher education experience (graduate work, internship experience is accepted) working in an academic or career advising office. Experience must include: offering academic and/or career counseling and development, group academic- or career-related presentations and programming. Experience with personality and skills assessment instruments preferred.
Technical Qualifications or Specialized Certification:
National Certified Counselor certification helpful. Thorough working knowledge of MS Office Suite and Google Apps. Working knowledge of presentation software such as Prezi and PowerPoint. Experience working with advising and degree audit software as well as tracking technology such as EAB; use of job/internship posting databases such as Symplicity, CSO Research, Handshake or the willingness and ability to learn within three (3) months of hire.
Other Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Needed:
Strong knowledge of the academic advising and career services professions, especially integrated academic and career counseling and development methodology. Strong counseling skills. Strong knowledge and ability to utilize key career and academic interest instrumentation is preferred. Skilled in planning, organizing and effecting events. Able to learn and utilize current ethical and legal standards governing handling of student records, employment processes and counseling. Ability to translate knowledge and competencies into action and achievement. Strong service orientation and ability to relate effectively with diverse individuals and groups at all levels of an organization. Ability to work collegially and collaboratively. Demonstrated ability to be productive, deliver high quality work, take initiative, used good judgment and solve problems. Strong interpersonal skills. Able to communicate effectively by using a wide variety of in-person and online tools and mediums. Strong ability to handle multiple tasks simultaneously and handle heavy workloads under pressure and within deadlines.