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Academic Advisor, Part Time

Grand Rapids Community College
Michigan, United States
Competitive Salary
Closing date
Aug 28, 2021

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Education, Counsellor Education
Employment Level
Employment Type
Part Time
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Job Details

Date: June 25, 2021

Position Title: Academic Advisor, Part Time

Department: Academic Advising & Transfer Center

Job ID: 1168       

Work Hours/ Schedule: 20-28 hours/ week, up to 52 weeks/ year; Fall, Winter and/or Summer Semesters

Compensation: $36.33 per hour (reflects Fall 2021 negotiated salary)

Start Date: Fall 2021

Reports to: Dean of Student Success and Retention

Posting Close Date: July 24, 2021



The Academic Advising & Transfer Center advisor works with students for many reasons to support their academic success.  This position provides academic and career advising in an appointment, group, online, and open capacities and maintains documentation of these interactions. This position performs workshops for students and participates with orientation and admissions events. The chosen candidate must interact effectively in a fast-paced, high traffic environment and work well with a diverse population of students, faculty and staff.


Essential Job Functions

  • Provide academic advising, assessment, and other case management assistance to an assigned caseload of students while assisting any others that come to the department for assistance.
  • Help students manage, resolve, and/or cope with educational and career decision making processes, as well as managing personal/social matters.
  • Build case management relationships with students, individually and collectively, that will assist them in developing an educational pathway to graduation, identifying issues and implementing sound decision-making skills, as well as setting individual educational goals while generating and evaluating alternatives.
  • Provide and teach students to gather and organize accurate and relevant information necessary to their education, career, and personal development.
  • Refer students to offices/services within the college and community agencies/services when appropriate.
  • Utilize various technology resources required for the job (including, but not limited to, Google Suite, PeopleSoft, Navigate, Image Now, Degree Works, all Microsoft Office products).
  • Assist with maintenance and confidentiality of student files and records.
  • Check voicemail, email and telephone requests daily, taking action on student and staff requests.
  • Understanding of confidentiality as related to FERPA guidelines.
  • Understanding of the mission of community colleges.
  • Knowledge of occupational credit and non-credit programs offered at GRCC.
  • Contribute to the growth and development of the department/program and the college, by participating in team-based committee work, departmental/program planning, and other discipline and college related activities as requested.
  • Engage in on-going professional development activities.
  • Maintain expertise in the advising field.
  • Support the initiatives of Student Success and Retention.
  • Regular attendance during normal scheduled hours is required. Being present is essential for serving customers and performing the essential functions of this position.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


Marginal Job Functions

  • Support the initiatives of Student Success and Retention.




  • Master’s degree in a relevant field required.
  • Spanish language fluency preferred.


Work Experience

  • Prior experience working in a higher educational setting that provides academic advising and/or related services is preferred.


Equipment Use/Knowledge/Skills/Abilities

  • Excellent organizational skills and the ability to prioritize and complete tasks in a timely manner.
  • Must be proficient in verbal, written, and interpersonal communication skills.
  • Project a professional image including punctuality and good attendance record.
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively with and respect diverse populations.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and demonstrated ability to work as part of a team.
  • Proficient computer skills in Microsoft Office (MS Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint) preferred.
  • PeopleSoft, Google Suite, SARS, Image Now, and Degree Works are preferred.


Physical Demands

  • Sitting or standing for long periods
  • Long periods at a computer discerning detail from less than a few feet away


Mental Demands

  • Maintain a clear focus on customer service.
  • Maintain emotional control under stress related to short deadlines and multiple projects.
  • Must be exacting in work and pay close attention to detail.


Working Conditions

  • Ability to work in a high traffic, indoor office environment.



Grand Rapids Community College is only accepting online applications for this position at Submit a cover letter and resume in one document. The opportunity to apply for this position will close on July 24, 2021 at 11:59PM. Individuals with diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Grand Rapids Community College is an equal opportunity employer. Visa sponsorship is not available.

Grand Rapids Community College creates an inclusive learning and working environment that recognizes the value and dignity of each person. It is the policy and practice of GRCC to provide equal educational and employment opportunities regardless of age, race, color, religion, marital status, sex/gender, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, height, weight, national origin, disability, political affiliation, familial status, veteran status or genetics in all programs, activities, services, employment and advancement including admissions to, access to, treatment in, or compensation in employment as required by state and federal law. GRCC is committed to reviewing all aspects of GRCC programs, activities, services and employment, including recruitment, selection, retention and promotion to identify and eliminate barriers in order to prevent discrimination on the basis of the listed protected characteristics.  The college will not tolerate any form of retaliation against any person for bringing charges of discrimination or participating in an investigation. Further information may be obtained from the EEO Office or the Office of General Counsel, 143 Bostwick Avenue NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503-3295.

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