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Dean's Office Engineering
At VCU, we Make it Real through learning, research, creativity,
service and discovery — the hallmarks of the VCU experience. A
premier, urban, public research university nationally recognized as
one of the best employers for diversity, VCU is a great place to
work. It’s a place of opportunity, where your success is supported
and your career can thrive. VCU offers employees a generous leave
package, career paths for advancement, competitive pay, and an
opportunity to do mission-driven work.
Position Primary Purpose and General Responsibilities
The VCU College of Engineering has brought innovative, real-world
engineering education to Central Virginia. Comprised of five
different departments (biomedical engineering, chemical and life
science engineering, computer science, electrical and computer
engineering, and mechanical and nuclear engineering), the VCU
College of Engineering enrolls more than 1,700 undergraduate and
300 graduate students in several degree programs supported by
approximately 550 full time, part-time, and student employees. Over
the past several years, the research expenditures have quadrupled
and lead to the generation of meaningful research results at the
forefront of technology. Collaborations in the VCU College of
Engineering include VCU schools, colleges, and centers, and other
university and industry partners.
The College of Engineering is seeking multiple individuals for the
positions of Academic Advisor. These positions provide specialized
academic advising services to students and collaborate with
University colleagues and public stakeholders, such as students,
family members, and prospective students. By integrating
interpersonal and communication skills with advanced knowledge of
curricula, policies (departmental, college, and University),
resources, and student development, the advisors will help students
identify and set academic and developmental goals, and make
progress toward those goals. The advisors will assist in the
development of advising programs and initiatives that facilitate
student engagement, success, and retention, provide advising data
and collaborate with academic and other University operational
units on matters that impact student recruitment, success, and
Minimum Hiring Standards
These positions require individuals who possesses a complex set of
technical and interpersonal skills including:
- Knowledgeable of theory and application of effective advising
- Previous experience working with college students in an
academic advising capacity, preferably working with STEM
- The ability to learn and understand curriculum requirements of
assigned and other engineering departments.
- The ability to think critically and troubleshoot/problem-solve
complex academic issues to bring to a swift resolution.
- Is organized and a self-starter and can prioritize work
- Effective communication skills, both orally and written.
- Master’s degree in Higher Education Administration, College
Student Personnel, or related area or equivalent combination of
education and years of experience that equates to a Master’s
- The College of Engineering supports a diverse faculty, staff,
and student environment. The candidate will demonstrate experience
that shows their commitment to fostering such an environment
Preferred Hiring Standards
- Engineering or technical background preferred.
Required Licenses/ Certifications
Anticipated Hiring Range
Application Process/Additional Information
Monroe Park Campus
Normal Work Days/Hours
Job Open Date
Posting will close on or before
Open Until Filled
Is this a restricted position?
Is this position eligible to participate in alternative work
Posting Specific Questions
Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).
Optional & Required Documents
How many years of experience do you have working with college
students in an academic advising capacity?
- 1-3 years
- 3-5 years
- 5+ years
Do you have experience advising STEM majors in an academic
Briefly explain your understanding of theory and application
of effective advising techniques.
(Open Ended Question)
Do you have background experience in engineering or a
- Cover Letter/Letter of Application
- Other Document