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Senior Advisor, BA/BFA Dual-Degree

The New School
New York, United States
Salary Not specified
Closing date
Aug 30, 2021

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Position Type
Administrative, Student Affairs, Academic Advising & Academic Support Services
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Full Time
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The New School is committed to creating and maintaining an environment that promises diversity and tolerance in all areas of employment, education and access to its educational, artistic or cultural programs and activities. The New School does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, color, creed, sex or gender (including actual or perceived gender identity or expression or transgender status), sexual orientation, sexual and other reproductive health decisions, pregnancy, religion, religious practices, mental or physical disability, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, veteran status, marital or partnership status, or any other legally protected status.

The Senior Advisor, BA/BFA Dual-Degree Program (BA/BFA) will provide leadership in the design, development, implementation, and assessment of a comprehensive student-centered program and service that supports student’s progression through the BA/BFA curriculum and increases the engagement in curricular and co-curricular experiences.  Reporting to the Director of Academic Advising & Career Development, the Senior Advisor serves as the institutional lead in identifying, translating, and applying university policies and best practices in academic and career advising, and community development related to the unique needs, and aspirations. The Senior Advisor will also provide vision and leadership for The New School to forge innovative pathways for interdisciplinary studies that will result in the scaling of the BA/BFA Program and the implementation of a sustainable campus-wide commitment to BA/BFA students success across the university.
The Senior Advisor will provide leadership and direction to BA/BFA support staff, such as Parsons Dean’s Office, Lang’s Dean’s Office, Jazz Dean’s Office and the Office of the Provost through long-term curricular planning and strategic oversight to fulfill university and program goals for an academically accomplished and diverse dual-degree student population. 

The New School is strongly committed to diversity and inclusion in the workplace and particularly seeks applications from members of underrepresented groups, as well as candidates who share this commitment.

  • Lead the creation of a shared vision with Parsons School of Design, Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts, and the School of Jazz and Contemporary Music leaders and with other leaders in Academic Advising and Career Development. 
  • Lead BA/BFA Working Group in collaboration with the Office of the Provost to make necessary curricular changes; revamping academic advising and professional and career development; with the goal of enhancing overall satisfaction and retention of BA/BFA students.
  • Establishes retention and persistence initiatives and oversee implementation utilizing data-driven strategies. 
  • Collaborate with the Senior Director for Strategic Planning and Assessment to set retention and persistence goals; support relevant advisors, school administrators, and faculty in evaluating outcomes.
  • Create and implement early alerts to establish ways to enhance retention of each of these distinct student populations. 
  • Partner with Admissions, Financial Aid, Registrar, and the college deans offices to forecast the ways in which any proposed changes to policies, procedures, and processes may impact BA/BFA Programs.
  • Participate in the Faculty Advisory Board on Undergraduate Advising. 

Minimum Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree and 5 years experience in higher education, with a focus on student retention and persistence. 
  • Experience with diverse approaches to gathering, analyzing, and presenting data. 
  • Strong presentation, written, and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to work on multiple projects, both independently and as part of a team.
  • Has an understanding of trends, best practices, and current literature related to student retention, persistence, and curriculum of dual-degree programs.
  • Demonstrated project management and time management skills, with the ability to manage details of multiple projects 
  • Demonstrated ability to adhere to the highest standards of professionalism 
  • Ability to work easily and effectively with staff and faculty colleagues across the University
  • Demonstrated ability to engage in active listening, be a team player, and reinforce boundaries with students 
  • Flexibility and adaptability 
  • Excellent communication skills, organizational skills, and attention to detail
  • Ability to work occasional evenings and weekends in support of programs, initiatives, activities, conferences, and/or trainings
  • Demonstrated intercultural competence; a continuing commitment to advance equity, inclusion, and social justice practices in support of a diverse community

 Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in higher education, college student affairs, counseling, social work, or a social science field. 
  • Previous experience working with dual-degree programs preferred
  • Experience with  Microsoft Office; G-Suite, Zoom
  • Knowledge of Banner, Canva, Canvas, DegreeWorks, Perceptive, Starfish, and Tableau are desirable but not required


In addition to a dynamic and progressive work environment, The New School offers a competitive benefits package, including medical and dental insurance, retirement plans, flexible spending accounts and a tuition waiver. We encourage a healthy work/life balance and offer employee assistance services, health and well-being programs and over four weeks of vacation time per year.

Apply with us and discover the rewards and opportunities in working for a world-class, urban university.

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