Main Campus - Boston, MA
Academic Advisor Job Summary:
Simmons University is looking for an Academic Advisor (“Advisor”) to join the Undergraduate Advising team. Reporting to the Assistant Director of Undergraduate Advising, the Advisor will be responsible for advising a caseload of first-year students, overseeing the First to FINish program which is a first-generation retention program, oversee our incoming student placement exam process, and represent the department on staff counsel. As a member of the Office of Undergraduate Advising, the Academic Advisor will strive to support the University's core values by creating innovative ideas to promote the office, prepare students for life's work, and cross boundaries to create opportunities.
The ideal candidate will possess strong time management, customer service, problem solving, interpersonal skills, technology savvy, and desire to support first-generation students. As a University committed to diversity, equity and inclusion, we seek candidates with a demonstrated ability to work with individuals across a broad range of social and personal identities and perspectives.
- Serve as the primary academic advisor for a caseload of
- Monitor and advise students in your caseload to ensure
satisfactory grades and GPA requirements, students understand
academic policies, as well as course
- Establishes and maintains ongoing contact with students through
a variety of communication methods, including telephone, email,
online workshops, e-newsletters, blogs, Zoom, and social media
- Understand the institution's interpretation of FERPA rules for
the release of student information to faculty, parents, students,
- Stay abreast of changing institutional information including
new programs, course changes, important dates, costs, and updates
in university-wide initiatives and policies;
- Contribute to the organization and delivery of general
programming for undergraduate students;
- Become a Strengths Champion and utilize Strengths when advising
at-risk students and students within their caseload
- Actively connect students to faculty and academic departments,
support services, and programming, to help students make the most
of their experience
- Attend weekly departmental staff meetings as well as weekly
Community of Practice (COP) meetings for all PLAN
- Collaborate with the Associate Director as a Starfish
Administrator to conduct training, run reports, data entry, utilize
new tools to measure the effectiveness and use of
- Utilize Starfish to submit student notes from each advising
session and manage flag alerts for at-risk student populations and
students within your first-year advising caseload;
- Manage the First to FINish program designed as a retention and
mentor program to support first generation students
- Collaborate with campus departments such as Admissions, Student
Life, Registrar's Office, and Student Financial Services to support
- Facilitate social and educational events throughout the
academic year for first generation students as part of First to
- Conduct summer outreach to potential mentors and student
mentees for the First to FINish program with all matches completed
by the first week of the fall semester
- Assign projects to department student workers (office
assistants) as need to assist with projects related to the First to
FINish program or the placement exam process
- Manage the placement exam process for incoming students who
need to take the math placement or a language placement
- Assist in the implementation of advising and registration for
incoming and returner undergraduate students during each
orientation session, fall and spring registration months, drop-in
advising, as well as June Advising Month for new
- Develop and facilitate support and skill building workshops for
- Represent the department on Staff Counsel a campus wide
committee for staff
- Participate in departmental and campus wide committees as
- Other duties as assigned.
- Bachelor's degree plus previous experience involving student
contact in a student services role;
- Master's degree in a related field preferred.
- Experience utilizing Starfish or similar early alert tools is a
- Prior experience utilizing Clifton Strengths a plus
- Prior experience supporting first-generation students a
- Experience in connecting and building rapport with
- Excellent oral and written communication skills;
- Ability to successfully resolve student issues from request
- Experience with Google mail a plus.
Required Application Materials:
- Cover Letter
Instructions to Applicants: Please upload all applicable application materials (e.g. resume/cv, cover letter, writing sample, teaching philosophy, etc.) in the "Resume/CV" box on page 2 ("My Experience") of this application. Documents can be uploaded individually or as a combined document (e.g. PDF).
Simmons University is committed to inclusive excellence in all aspects of an individual's community experience. As a university committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion, Simmons encourages applications from all under-represented groups. Simmons is committed to creating, developing, promoting, and enhancing inclusive hiring practices-at all levels, for all positions-ensuring diverse talent pools and the delivery of a consistent positive candidate experience. Simmons is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to continuing to develop a more diverse faculty, staff, student body, and curriculum.
To apply, visit https://simmons.wd1.myworkdayjobs.com/en-US/Simmons-Careers/job/Main-Campus---Boston-MA/Academic-Advisor_R07661
Located in Boston’s historic Fenway area, Simmons College is a small, private, non-sectarian College which has educated students for enriching careers and purposeful lives since 1899. Working at Simmons means joining a collaborative, diverse and mission-driven community of educators and professionals.
We prepare students to be leaders for themselves, their communities and the world. Our faculty and staff members lead by example - sharing a commitment to excellence and putting the students first.