Assistant Director for Advising and Training

University of North Carolina, Wilmington
North Carolina, United States
Salary Not Specified
Jan 14, 2021
Employment Type
Full Time

Posting Details

Working Title
Assistant Director for Advising and Training
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Location of Workplace
Main UNCW Campus
University College - 30120
Academic Affairs - 30000 Division
Brief Summary of Work for this Position

The Assistant Director for Advising and Training in University College within Undergraduate Studies at the University of North Carolina Wilmington is part of a collaborative team promoting student success through advising practices, initial, and ongoing training for academic advisors.

Reporting to the Associate Director of University College, the Assistant Director serves as the primary leader for academic advising and training throughout University College. In addition to managing a caseload of University College students (~80) the Assistant Director for Advising and Training, works collaboratively with all colleagues within University College with specific focus on developing systems and operations to provide high quality academic advising services to students.

The Assistant Director for Advising and Training assumes responsibility for the planning, development and implementation of University College Advising Practices and Training (initial and ongoing) for all academic advisors (professional and faculty advisors).  Through management of a professional advising staff and leadership to faculty advisors throughout the College, the Assistant Director ensures students receive high quality academic advising that leads to students successfully achieving their academic goals.  

Moreover, the Assistant Director for Advising and Training collaborates with the Associate Director and the Assistant Director for Curricular Outreach and Engagement to achieve identified priorities and serve as a management team to meet the day-to-day operations of University College. In support of the University’s strategic plan, each member of this team will intersect with the University College Business Office to seek guidance and support for operationalizing academic advising, student engagement, and curricular practices across the unit. 

Minimum Education and Experience Requirements

Master’s Degree required. Minimum of 5-years of related work experience in a university/college setting with at least 3 years of academic advising experience or other closely aligned work. Experience working in a centralized advising model focused on first-year and new transfer students required.

Applicants must:

  • Possess strong communication, interpersonal, organizational skills as well as, demonstrated professionalism in effective judgment and professional integrity
  • Ability to manage time effectively in a busy environment
  • Demonstrated commitment to and execution of customer service
  • Experience with and a passion for working with and advising students from diverse backgrounds in both face-to-face and distance education (e.g., online) environments
  • Ability to utilize and learn various advising and software applications, learning platforms, Microsoft Office Suite, Starfish, Zoom and technology-based advising delivery systems and be knowledgeable of best practices and theoretical foundations in the field of adult learning, student development, supplemental instruction, advising, and student services, as well as, all relevant federal, state, and local laws, university regulations, and programs/policies required for compliance

Preferred Education, Knowledge, Skills & Experience

In addition to the minimum education and experience requirements above, preference will be given to applicants who have:

  • Experience working in a University College setting or closely related setting
  • Demonstrated experience of effectively working in a complex and evolving matrix organization
  • Experience working with early career students (first time freshmen and transfer students)
  • Experience working with pre-professional programs and military programs
  • Experience with planning and coordinating student support services and programs; working positively and effectively as a contributing member of a team
  • Possess a proven track record for effective advising, coaching, and communication skills within a diverse student population
  • Experience with supervision, management, and evaluation of employees within an evolving and complex organization.
  • Ability to demonstrate successful outcomes through measures such as academic progress, persistence, retention, and completion
  • Possess strong commitment to students and the overall mission of the University College to help students progress successfully through college
  • Possess strong commitment to and advocacy of the liberal arts tradition through advising practices and curriculum & first-year program development
  • Program development, implementation and evaluation experience, strong attention to detail

Primary Purpose of Organizational Unit

Undergraduate Studies is the central division for implementing the mission of the University of North Carolina Wilmington. Through effective academic policies, practices and programs, it provides leadership for excellence in teaching, scholarship and creative work as well as service to local, regional and global communities. The division allocates resources to recruit and retain faculty scholars and to create a learning environment that encourages students. As part of the University’s commitment to excellence in undergraduate education, the University College was created to provide academic advising and support to UNCW students from the time of their admission until they declare their major, which is usually in their sophomore year. The primary focus of the University College is to ensure that students: make a successful transition to UNCW, are retained in good academic standing, and identify and declare an appropriate major. Through its advisors and academic support programs, the University College works with students in their formative semesters to assist them in developing their interests, skills and talents to the fullest extent

College/School Information

University Information

The University of North Carolina Wilmington, the state’s coastal university, is dedicated to the integration of teaching, mentoring, research and service. Widely acknowledged for its world-class faculty and staff and continuously recognized at a national level for scholarly excellence and affordability, UNCW offers a powerful academic experience that stimulates creative inquiry and critical thinking and a community rich in diversity, inclusion and global perspectives.

A public institution with nearly 18,000 students, UNCW offers a full range of baccalaureate- and graduate-level programs, as well as doctoral degrees in educational leadership, marine biology, nursing practice and psychology; and many distance learning options, including clinical research, an accelerated RN-to- BSN program, an Executive M.B.A. program structured for working professionals, and the nation’s only bachelor’s degree program focused on coastal engineering.

The university’s efforts to advance research and scholarly activities have earned UNCW the elevated designation of “Doctoral Universities: High Research Activity” institution (R2 University) by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education.

UNCW has been part of the University of North Carolina System since 1969.

EEO Statement

At the University of North Carolina at Wilmington ( UNCW ), our culture reflects our values of inclusion, diversity, globalization, ethics and integrity and innovation and we are committed to providing equality of educational and employment opportunity for all persons without regard to race, sex (such as gender, gender identity, marital status, childbirth, and pregnancy), age, color, national origin (including ethnicity), religion, disability, sexual orientation, political affiliation, veteran status, military service member status, genetic information, or relationship to other university constituents – except where sex, age, or ability represent bona fide educational or occupational qualifications or where marital status is a statutorily established eligibility criterion for State funded employee benefit programs. UNCW believes that embracing the unique contributions of our faculty, staff and students is critical to our success and paramount in being recognized for our global mindset.

Special Notes to Applicants

Months Per Year
12 Months
Type of Position
Anticipated Ending Date if Time-Limited Positions

Job Posting Date
Posting Close Date
Applicant Documents
Required Documents
  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter
  3. List of 3 Professional References
Optional Documents Posting Specific Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. Do you currently hold a Masters Degree?
    • Yes
    • No
  2. Do you have a minimum of five years working at a college or university?
    • Yes
    • No
  3. How did you learn of this opportunity with UNC Wilmington (2021)?
    • UNCW Website
    • UNCW Facebook Page
    • UNCW Linkedin Page
    • UNCW Twitter Account
    • UNCW Employee Referral
    • Chronicle of Higher Education
    • Craigslist
    • Diverse Issues in Higher Education
    • Glassdoor
    • Higher Ed Jobs
    • Hispanic Outlook
    • Indeed
    • Inside Higher Ed
    • North Carolina Job Network
    • Women In Higher Education
    • Other

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