Academic Advisor, Senior
Full-Time at Northern Arizona University, Gateway Student Success Center
posted on June 23, 2012
• Three positions open on one or more of the following teams:
• Training and Specialized Programs: specializes in Freshman Outreach, Academic Probation Outreach, Departmental Training and Presentations.
• Specialized Programs: specializes in Premedical advising, Pre-Law advising, Graduate School Prep.
• Advising Processes Team: Specializes in Priority Enrollment, Early Enrollment Advising, course capacity management and student transition coordination.
• Participates as a member of a work team in providing academic and career information and advising of academic requirements, university programs and services to prospective, incoming, and current students with a focus on incoming freshmen, first year students, and students undecided about a major.
• Advises students on career and academic issues; identifies educational options appropriate for each student and assists with the analysis of each option, including possible outcomes and their implications.
• Provides advisement in keeping with the student's interests, values, abilities and major or exploratory interests.
• Provides unofficial evaluation of transfer transcripts from other academic institutions for Liberal Studies equivalencies and possible application to NAU degree programs.
• Monitors academic progress of students toward degree; identifies current and potential needs or problem areas (e.g. study skills, tutoring) and refers students to appropriate campus resources for assistance.
• Conducts various advising, workshops for target populations.
• Facilitates and participates in various outreach activities including Daily Campus Visits, Discover NAU programs, and Career and Graduate School fairs.
• Presents, participates, and/or facilitates various campus activities and events as well as attends and/or serves on committees as part of the campus community.
• Encourages students to engage in opportunities across campus relevant to their needs. Provides information about various student groups as well as appropriate referrals.
• Interprets and explains college and university policies and procedures.
• Participates in freshman and transfer orientation advising sessions and presents academic information to new students and parents during these orientations.
• Checks various forms for accuracy such as program/plan declarations, petitions, overload petitions; assists students in their completion.
• Enrolls students, signs petitions as an advisor, and removes holds when appropriate.
• Works with students to explore careers, assist with resume development and job seeking skills.
• Maintains student files, databases, and records in accordance with federal guidelines (FERPA). Documents student interactions according to academic unit requirements.
• Supports data collection and analysis as required by the academic unit.
• Provides a comprehensive and informed presence to the university community and serves as a liaison and resource for assigned area of specialization.
• Works in conjunction with team on various projects as assigned.
• Communicates pertinent student information via face to face, e-mail, phone, and web referral.
• Works with specific student populations with unique advising needs.
• Demonstrates professional behaviors and attitudes that support the University's mission and goals.
• Assess the student's stage of development and promote growth by assisting students in establishing realistic and attainable academic and career goals.
• Distinguishing Characteristics and Responsibilities for Career and Academic Advisor Seniors:
• Participates in Senior Team meetings as needed and in the coordination of various Senior Team projects.
• Responsible for training new members to the team.
• Supervises Graduate Assistant assigned to team.
• Oversees assigned programs which have campus wide implications and also coordinates internal processes unique to the GSSC programs.
• Development of time-line for program implementation.
• Development/coordination of program training elements.
• Coordinates with various departments.
• Serves as liaison to an assigned college/department.
• Assists in the collection, development, and reporting of program evaluation data.
• Master's degree in Social Science, Counseling, Education or related field AND one year of personnel, college relations or student advisement experience; OR,
• Bachelor's degree in Social Science, Counseling, Education or related field AND three years of personnel, college relations or student advisement experience; OR
• Seven years of personnel, college relations or student advisement experience; OR
• Any equivalent combination of experience, training and/or education.
Knowledge Skills and Abilities
• Knowledge of career/life planning and job search processes.
• Skill in interviewing and advising.
• Strong verbal/written communication and presentation skills.
• Planning and program development/implementation/evaluation abilities.
• Skill in public relations and presentations.
• Computer skills: Word, Access, Excel, PowerPoint, Publisher, internet.
• Attention to detail.
• Demonstrated skill in collaboration, ability to multi-task, time-management, team work and initiative.
• Ability to interact effectively with faculty, students, colleagues and community members of diverse cultural backgrounds, age ranges, and experience levels.
• Ability to work effectively with people from a variety of culturally diverse backgrounds.
• Demonstrated supervisory/evaluation experience.
• Strong interpersonal skills.
• Ability to work with technology specific to advising, i.e. PeopleSoft.
• Interviews for this position are not eligible for travel reimbursement.
Northern Arizona University requires satisfactory results for the following: a criminal background investigation, an employment history verification and a degree verification (in some cases) prior to employment. You may also be required to complete a fingerprint background check.
Additionally, as an employer in the state of Arizona, NAU is required to participate in the federal E-Verify program that assists employers with verifying new employees' right to work in the United States.
This is a Classified Staff (CLS) position. NAU offers an excellent benefit package including generous health, dental and vision insurance; participation in the Arizona State Retirement System; paid vacation and 10 holidays per year; and tuition reduction for employees and qualified family members. More information on benefits at NAU is available at www.nau.edu/hr. Classified Staff employees are in a probationary status for their first six months at NAU.
Employees offered a position on or after July 20, 2011, will be eligible for state health plans (including NAU's BCBS Plan) after 90 days of employment. If you accept an offer on or after July 20, 2011, you will begin participating in the Arizona State Retirement System, and the long-term disability coverage that accompanies it, on the first of the pay period following 6 months after your start date. More information is available at: http://hr.nau.edu/node/10159.
July 5, 2012 at midnight.