At Frederick Community College we proudly serve the educational needs of our students, help develop the economic vitality of our local communities, and enrich the lives of Frederick County residents. Each year, more than 16, 000 students take a diverse scope of courses at Frederick Community College, located in Frederick, Maryland. Our vast range of courses includes quality instruction in more than 85 degree and certificate programs as well as workforce training and continuing education to meet the needs and interests of our community members. FCC proudly embraces and showcases academics, arts, athletics and more to provide pathways to success for all students. Each year we provide direct service to thousands of residents and indirect services to countless more. We credit our ability to deliver these services to the strength and commitment of our people. We invite you to explore all that we have to offer!
Relocation Provided?: No
Position Summary: The Academic Advisor is responsible for managing an assigned caseload of students and providing comprehensive academic advising that supports the guided pathways principles. This position delivers effective and holistic advising support services across multiple academic disciplines, acting as an essential resource and single point of contact for students from enrollment through completion of their educational goals. Using the guided pathways principles, the Academic Advisor will assist with clarifying students educational path through the development of academic plans, guiding students while on the path by monitoring academic progress and key performance metrics, and providing the necessary supports and resources to help students stay on the path. This position must work effectively with a wide range of constituencies in a diverse community.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities: The following are the functions essential to performing this job:
1. Provide holistic academic advising services to students across multiple disciplines, including interpretation of placement tests, degree audit and curricular requirements, transfer requirements, career guidance, academic policies, and the application of College academic probation policies.
2. Assist students in the development of academic plans to include choosing a program of study, planning course sequences with degree audits, and clarifying educational goals and pathways that support student success, retention, and completion.
3. Provide guidance and assistance with planning schedules and registering for courses.
4. Ensure students understand content and structure of FCC programming including graduation and/or transfer requirements for specific programs of study as assigned.
5. Serve as the point of contact to inform students about alternatives, limitations and possible consequences of academic decisions (e.g. adding, dropping and withdrawing from courses; change of program, major selection, and/or transfer institutions).
6. Educate and advise students on current and future course planning and registration processes, referring them to relevant campus resources to meet their needs.
7. Participate in advising programs with specific and targeted populations including, but not limited to, first-year advising and registration sessions, new student, open campus student orientations, at-risk, dual enrollment, athletes, returning, veterans, and adult students.
8. Promote student success by identifying and referring at risk students to the appropriate resources and track follow-through for data collection and reporting.
9. Develop partnerships with academic program managers and department chairs to establish advising structures that promote student success and increase retention and program completion efforts.
10. Evaluate individual students academic progress; including monitoring and responding to Student Success Alerts by assigned program/discipline.
11. Proactively conduct student outreach to students (current and returning) during specific times within each semester, monitoring progress toward educational goals.
12. Manage all aspects of scheduling for student appointments in caseload, document interactions, and complete additional administrative tasks as needed.
13. Apply best practices for providing advising services and the integration of technology.
14. Participate in comprehensive trainings and team meetings to identify innovative ways to conduct academic advising, transfer advising, satisfactory academic progress (SAP), and work in support of goal completion.
15. Work with the Executive Director on the continuous improvement of services provided to a diverse student population.
16. Supports various enrollment, retention, and completion initiatives of the College.
17. Perform other duties as assigned.
Salary: $61,316 annually
FCC offers a generous benefits package which includes medical insurance, dental and vision plans, waiver of FCC tuition for employee and eligible dependents, tuition reimbursement, generous leave benefits, retirement plans, and more! Frederick Community College prohibits discrimination against any person on the basis of age, ancestry, citizenship status, color, creed, ethnicity, gender identity and expression, genetic information, marital status, mental or physical disability, national origin, race, religious affiliation, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status in its activities, admissions, educational programs, and employment. Frederick Community College, an equal opportunity employer, values campus diversity in students and staff and encourages members from historically under-represented groups to apply.
Frederick Community College (FCC) is a public college accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE). FCC is distinguished by its quality and affordability, making it attainable and valuable for local students. Accredited programs, comprehensive instruction, and affordable costs of attendance have made FCC the learning destination for more than 200,000 students since 1957.