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Professional Advisor

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Benefits of Being a Lindenwood Employee:
  • Upon hire, employer-paid tuition benefits for bachelor’s (employee, spouse, and dependent) and master’s degree programs (employee and spouse only).
  • Tuition discounts for doctoral programs (employee only).
  • Comprehensive benefits plan: medical, dental, vision, life insurance, disability insurance, and retirement options.
  • Paid holidays: MLK Jr. day, Good Friday, Memorial Day, Juneteenth, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving break (Wednesday – Friday), and winter break (Dec. 23 – Jan. 1).
  • Free lunch Fridays: LU employees are eligible for a free meal on Fridays at the Evans Commons Dining Hall or Spellman Dining Hall; Chick-fil-A and Qdoba included.
  • Professional development opportunities through the Lindenwood Learning Academy .

Job Title: Professional Advisor

Division: Academic Affairs

Evaluation Group: Staff

FLSA Status: Exempt

Reports To: Director, Professional Advising

Positions Supervised: N/A

Job Summary

The professional advisor is responsible for advising students in the specifics of a Lindenwood University degree, as well as providing advice on career options and continued educational studies.

Essential Job Functions and Performance Indicators

The intent of this job description is to provide a representation of the types of duties and level of responsibility that will be required of positions given this title. This job description shall not be construed as a declaration of the total of the specific duties and responsibilities of any particular position. Employees may be directed to perform job-related tasks other than those specifically presented in this description.

Job Responsibilities and Execution
  • Assists students in their growth and development by constructing applicable educational plans consistent with their abilities and interests
  • Arranges schedules and recommends courses for students
  • Determines, based upon prerequisites and degree program requirements, the adequacy of students’ academic progression
  • Maintains knowledge of university policies and how student issues may affect their standing; conveys to students the implications of known performance deficiencies
  • Conducts student appointments to plan for the coming semester and to review/revise long-range academic program schedules
  • Directs students towards self-help tools and services
  • Monitors student schedules and keeps appropriate personnel informed of progress within planned program
  • Provides mentoring and direction on career options, graduate school or general university questions and issues
  • Refers students to institutional resources when academic, behavioral, attendance or other personal problems require intervention
  • Participates in the assessment process and recommends action for improvement based on data and student success and persistence
  • Utilizes the retention management system for student communication and early intervention
Service Excellence
  • Supports the mission of the university and serves as an ambassador of the Q2 culture of service excellence
  • Models, supports and holds others accountable to the university’s values – integrity, dedication, excellence, creativity and teamwork
  • Proactively contacts and is available for student advisees on a regular basis
Communication, Teamwork and Collaboration
  • Assists in the training/orientation of faculty regarding student advising duties and procedures
  • Consults regularly with faculty throughout students’ program progression
  • Interprets and provides rationale for institutional policies, procedures and requirements
  • Collaborates with admissions related to new student and advising events
  • Coordinates continuing enrollment efforts and student persistence with Student and Academic Support Services
  • Shares student cohort, risk, and retention data along with advising best practices with college faculty
Job may require other duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications – An equivalent combination of education, training and experience will be considered. Additional requirements may be designated by position.
  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Master’s degree preferred
  • Prior advising and/or higher education experience preferred
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities – May be representative, but not all inclusive, of the knowledge, skills and abilities necessary to perform this job competently.
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively with individuals from diverse communities and cultures
  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision
  • Ability to effectively preserve confidentiality and exercise discretion
  • Ability to quickly form rapport with both students and co-workers
  • Knowledge of student advising processes and applicable course catalogs
  • Computer literacy and proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite
  • Knowledge of and/or willingness to learn and use process improvement methodologies
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Excellent customer service skills
Work Environment – Environmental or atmospheric conditions commonly associated with the performance of this job’s functions.
  • General office setting
  • Occasional evening and weekend work possible
  • Occasional travel between St. Charles and extension sites
Physical Abilities – The physical demands described below are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform this job’s essential functions. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.
  • Ability to work effectively at a computer for up to eight hours daily
  • Ability to sit for extended periods of time
  • Regular attendance is a necessary and essential function
Equal Opportunity Employer

Lindenwood University is an Equal Opportunity employer. The University complies with appropriate federal, state, and local laws and provides equal employment opportunities and access to educational programs without regard to race, color, religion, gender, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran status, disability, or any other protected status to all qualified applicants and employees. Lindenwood University is committed to a policy of non-discrimination and dedicated to providing a positive discrimination-free educational work environment.


Lindenwood University

Founded in 1832, Lindenwood is a dynamic four-year institution dedicated to excellence in higher education. Our historic campus is situated in the heart of Saint Charles, Mo., a growing community of more than 65,000 just west of St. Louis.

Lindenwood University is known nationally and internationally for innovation, entrepreneurship, and extraordinary dedication to students. We believe that education is the way to personal freedom and responsibility, which are the keystones of any democracy. We have a heritage that dates back nearly 200 years. In that time, we have learned how to educate in a way that helps each student become an enlightened, principled citizen of a global community.

Lindenwood is an independent institution firmly rooted in Judeo-Christian values. Those values include belief in an ordered, purposeful universe, the dignity of work, the worth and integrity of the individual, the obligations and privileges of citizenship, and the primacy of truth.

Lindenwood is a great place to work, and we would love for you to join us as we strive daily to accomplish our University mission: REAL EXPERIENCE. REAL SUCCESS. Enhancing lives through quality education and professional preparatory experiences.

Lindenwood University is home to over 800 full- and part-time faculty and over 400 staff members that work together to provide more than 100 degree programs to students from every state and over 70 countries through values-centered education that lead to development of the whole person.

Our faculty, staff, and administration are committed to an integrative curriculum that focuses on the talents, interests, and future of our students. 

Lindenwood values its employees and provides MANY employee perks including great tuition benefits!

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