Academic Advisor

Virginia Tech
Virginia, United States
Salary Not Specified
Jun 17, 2021
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

Job Description

The Academic Advisor position in University Studies is a 12-month administrative professional. The primary responsibility of this position will be monitoring as well as mentoring a caseload of scholarship students from a variety of majors (HUB Mentees) to meet their scholarship requirements as defined by Financial Aid towards student success (retention and persistence). This Academic Advisor in University Studies oversees programming for at-risk University Studies students on academic warning, probation, and suspension, including collaborating with campus offices to improve student academic success. Beyond mentoring and working with probationary students, this advisor also maintains a roster of University Studies advisees, and meets with transitional advisees (current Virginia Tech students seeking a change of major to discuss courses, keep track of requirements, explore majors and programs, and create educational plans.) The ideal candidate will utilize academic advising skills, mentoring skills, and communication skills to improve student success. The Academic Advisor will teach a first-year experience course as needed, monitor students' academic progress, assist with Orientation advising for University Studies and Transitional students, and deliver accurate information to students about majors, minors, and course options. In addition to assisting students in developing comprehensive educational plans, a University Studies Academic Advisor assists in planning, implementing and evaluating unit programs and services, making recommendations and supporting changes required for improvement. The Academic Advisor will participate in an extensive training program and ongoing professional development including providing limited services during some weekend and evening hours as well as performing other duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications

Master's degree from an accredited college or university in Higher Education, Academic Advising, Counseling, Educational Leadership, or an academic discipline which would support the advising function. Knowledge and demonstrated ability to apply student development theory and practices to foster student learning. Knowledge of higher education delivery systems and student retention strategies. Basic computer literacy and knowledge of Microsoft Office programs. Ability to communicate effectively in verbal and written form. Ability to effectively relate to students of diverse ages and backgrounds

Preferred Qualifications

Academic advising experience in a higher education setting; familiarity with working with at-risk populations specifically students on probation, returning from suspension and/or academic warning; familiarity with student information systems; experience working with first and second year students preferred. Demonstrated ability to use predictive analytics, degree audit, and retention planning tools to build strategic responses in academic advising. Teaching experience in a college setting. Knowledge of assessment strategies appropriate to academic advising.

Appointment Type


Review Date

July 6, 2021

Additional Information

The successful Candidate will be required to have a criminal conviction check

About Virginia Tech

Dedicated to its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), Virginia Tech pushes the boundaries of knowledge by taking a hands-on, transdisciplinary approach to preparing scholars to be leaders and problem-solvers. A comprehensive land-grant institution that enhances the quality of life in Virginia and throughout the world, Virginia Tech is an inclusive community dedicated to knowledge, discovery, and creativity. The university offers more than 280 majors to a diverse enrollment of more than 36,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students in eight undergraduate colleges , a school of medicine , a veterinary medicine college, Graduate School , and Honors College . The university has a significant presence across Virginia, including the Innovation Campus in Northern Virginia; the Health Sciences and Technology Campus in Roanoke; sites in Newport News and Richmond; and numerous Extension offices and research centers . A leading global research institution, Virginia Tech conducts more than $500 million in research annually.

Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, or applicants on the basis of age, color, disability, sex (including pregnancy), gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, or veteran status, or otherwise discriminate against employees or applicants who inquire about, discuss, or disclose their compensation or the compensation of other employees or applicants, or on any other basis protected by law.

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Advertised: June 17, 2021
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