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Academic Advisor

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Work type: Full Time Administrative
Location: Valparaiso, IN
Categories: Academic Advising/Academic Support

General Description of Position: Provide developmental academic advising for new and continuing students using a case management approach. Assist students in defining personal and academic career goals, interpreting and understanding placement scores, program curriculum and pre-requisites, and developing basic skills to register for courses, as appropriate. The Academic Advisor will refer students to appropriate internal and external resources that foster student success. 
Major Responsibilities:

Demonstrate strong commitment to student development and success through advocacy, positive attitude, adaptability, approachability, problem solving, and support Demonstrate developmental academic advising that assists students in clarifying personal and academic career goals through the use of appropriate student development, human development, and student learning theories Assist students in interpreting and understanding placement scores, program curricula, and pre-requisites, etc. Assist students in gaining a basic understanding of the College's registration process and processes that need to be completed prior to the beginning of each semester Maintain current knowledge of the institution's academic programs, curriculum, practices and academic and student policies Coordinate with other Student Affairs and Academic Affairs areas to ensure accuracy of advising materials distributed to students, faculty, and staff Possess a working knowledge of the various types of student financial assistance programs Manage academic advising case load in a manner that promotes retention, persistence, and student success through proactive interactions and interventions Assist students in the development of an Individualized Academic Plan Monitor student progress through regular meetings, communications, interventions, assessments, and data collection Maintain academic advising records in compliance with College and the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) DocuSign Envelope ID: 8B927F69-2124-4048-A79B-14648C4F4924 Develop and maintain appropriate relationships with students, faculty, and staff Utilize a communication plan to engage the college community in the academic advising process Engage in behaviors that create an inclusive environment in which all people are valued, supported, and respected Actively participate in professional development opportunities and professional organizations, as well as college-wide committees, etc. The above list of duties should not be contrasted as an exhaustive list. Other duties logically associated with the position may be assigned. 

Minimum Qualifications:

Bachelor's degree in education, psychology, counseling, social work, or related fields.

Minimum of three (3) years of experience in academic advising, admissions, career counseling or related higher education area is required or one (1) year of experience with a Master's degree. Experience working with and being committed to diverse communication is required. Excellent communication and time management skills, as well as the ability to demonstrate initiative and working in a team environment is required. Working knowledge of word processing, spreadsheet, email, and database applications including student records management systems and online social media tools. Administrative and organizational skills along with strong customer service attributes are necessary. 

Preferred Qualifications: Master's degree in college student personnel, higher education, counseling psychology, or related discipline is preferred. Minimum of one to two years of relevant experience demonstrating leadership qualities is preferred. Community College experience or credential preferred.
Other Requirements:

Selected candidate for employment will be subject to pre-employment background checks, including criminal history check, and any offer of employment will be contingent upon that outcome. Position requires sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, and ethnic backgrounds of the College students and employees. Fully supports the College’s mission and strategic plan initiatives.

Special Instructions to Applicants: Attach a cover letter, resume, and 3 references (names, address, phone number, emails). Copies of transcripts may be required at time of interview. Original hard copies of transcripts will be required at time of hire. 


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