Academic Advisor, Senior
Full-Time at Northern Arizona University, COE: Division of Student Svcs
posted on August 18, 2012
***• This position is available to NAU Employees ONLY ****
• Coordinates a special program such as peer advising or career placement; designs program structure and adjusts it to accommodate changing conditions; serves as program liaison with campus divisions, the community and other institutions; monitors and evaluates program effectiveness; trains and monitors staff who assist with the program.
• Speaks to various organizations, students and prospective students about the special program for recruitment and orientation purposes; prepares materials to promote and support the program and designs presentation format to address concerns of diverse groups; identifies target markets for recruitment; advises students regarding eligibility and procedures.
• Assesses individual student's stages of development (academic, career and personal) and promotes student growth by determining suitable developmental tasks; assists student in establishing realistic and attainable academic and career goals.
• Advises students on academic, career and personal issues; identifies the educational and career options appropriate for each student and assists with the analysis of each option, including possible outcomes and their implications. If needed, refers student to counseling services. Provides student with broad and new comprehensive knowledge of university curriculum and course content and assists with decision-making.
• Teaches decision-making strategies and problem-solving skills to students by modeling and example.
• Assists student in identifying factors that contribute to lack of academic progress; helps student examine alternatives when goals are unattainable; applies appropriate retention strategies to support students' efforts.
• Advises students in academic difficulty to develop academic action plan; reviews petitions for readmittance; interviews readmittees; recommends readmittance or denial and monitors students' progress.
• Approves and certifies student's programs of study for fulfillment of graduation requirements; approves and verifies proposed changes to programs and assists students in their completion; determines if all requirements such as general education, major, grade point average and total units have been met.
• Monitors academic progress of students; analyzes progress reports from instructors; determines eligibility and satisfactory progress toward degree; identifies current and potential needs or problem areas (e.g., study skills, tutoring) and refers students to appropriate campus resources for assistance; communicates findings to coaches and administrators.
• Checks and approves various forms for accuracy such as grade changes, overload petitions, curriculum changes; assists students in preparing various petitions.
• Provides information and statistical data, such as detailed enrollment statistics in the special program; analyzes data and writes reports as requested; maintains academic files.
• Develops and coordinates various seminars, orientations, workshops or other activities.
• Assists in preparation of class schedule and university catalog.
• Serves on various committees to give input in the development, refinement and updating of university/college academic procedures.
• Evaluates academic credentials for transfer of credit or graduation requirements.
• Assists in training of new staff.
• Master's degree in field related to area of assignment AND one year experience in teaching and/or advisement; OR
• Bachelor's degree in Education, Counseling or field related to area of assignment AND three years experience in teaching and/or advisement; OR,
• Any equivalent combination of experience, training and/or education.
Knowledge Skills and Abilities
• Knowledge of student development theory.
• Knowledge of university and college curriculum content and requirements.
• Knowledge of advising practices and principles.
• Skill in public relations.
• Skill in interviewing and advising.
• Ability to effectively communicate.
• The ability to work effectively with people from a variety of culturally diverse backgrounds.
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.
$35,557 - $42,000.
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.
August 30, 2012 at midnight.