At Unity, sustainability isn’t a buzzword. It’s the foundation of
our entire approach and has been for more than 50 years.
We apply sustainability principles to everything we do, from our
properties around the State of Maine, to our online degrees offered
to students everywhere, to our enrichment experiences and
entrepreneurial endeavors at locations from northern Maine to
Arizona to Brazil.
Engage with Unity College and you’ll start to ask tough questions,
challenge the status quo, and envision new possibilities. If taking
the lead in creating a more sustainable future sounds like the
future you want, we can make it happen.
The Distance Education Advisor will oversee retention,
registration, academic planning, and advising for students in the
Distance Education Strategic Educational Business Unit (DE SEBU).
Their primary responsibility is to provide academic advising while
meeting retention goals and functions as the primary contact for a
set of students.
The Advisor provides student support through academic planning,
communication, and outreach to students, as well as providing
resources and tools for success. The Distance Education Advisor
maintains accurate records and must also have knowledge of
financial aid and billing processes as well as attend regular
trainings. Advisors will also support the Concierge recruitment
efforts as needed.
Review student files to make sure that students are on track
Ensure satisfactory academic progress through graduation.
Oversee the advising processes and register assigned
Ensure positive student experience and academic success.
Serve as the primary contact for the day-to-day relationships
around retention and advising.
Commitment to helping students achieve their academic and
career goals through connecting them to appropriate campus
resources as needed.
Carry a portfolio of a minimum of 150 registered students at
any one time.
Cross-train to provide support and backfill for Distance
Education Concierges during high demand periods.
Register students for upcoming terms to ensure they stay on
track for graduation.
Reach out to students regularly through phone calls, emails,
and effective technologies as part of the student support
Work with Unity College student support resources on behalf of
students as necessary.
Work with Distance Education staff and leaders to develop
strategies for effective advising and retention efforts.
Ensure students are successful in their courses by providing
them with resources and tools to succeed.
Create and maintain academic plans for students through
Collaborate with the program faculty, Vice President of
Distance Education and other Distance Education Academic staff on
student learning issues and scheduling needs.
Meet or exceed retention goals, which are set annually.
Please see the attached job description for a full list of roles
The ideal candidate will possess a bachelor’s degree in a related
field or comparable work experience and have
Experience in college student advising; ideally experience in
advising online programs.
Valid Maine Driver’s License with a good driving record.
Excellent initiative and organizational skills with ability to
work both autonomously and in a team.
Great time management skills.
Excellent oral and written communication skills with strong
Ability and willingness to work with students from diverse
political/socioeconomic backgrounds and a wide range of physical
and academic abilities.
Good skills in word processing, spreadsheets and computerized
Personal commitment to the environmental focus and mission of
Ability to function effectively within a matrix organizational
structure, maintaining open lines of communication while being
discreet, courteous and well poised.
As our distance education team rapidly grows, we have also acquired
space at Pineland Farms in New Gloucester, Maine where our
enterprise and distance education teams will be located. This
position will be located at 49 Farm View Drive, New Gloucester,
Unity College offers a generous benefits package which includes
medical, dental, vision, short term disability, long term
disability, life insurance, PTO, and a company match on our 403b
retirement plan. Waiting periods will apply.
Interested and qualified candidates should click on the “Apply Now”
button and submit a resume and cover letter.
At Unity College, we don’t just accept difference — we celebrate
it, we support it, and we thrive on it for the benefit of our
employees, our students, and our community. Unity College is proud
to be an equal opportunity workplace and is an affirmative action