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Academic Advisor

University of Arkansas at Fort Smith
Arkansas, United States
Salary Not Specified
Date posted
Feb 23, 2024

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Type of Position:Professional Staff - Academic Affairs

Workstudy Position:


Job Type:Regular

Work Shift:

Sponsorship Available:


Institution Name: University of Arkansas at Fort Smith

University of Arkansas – Fort Smith

The University of Arkansas - Fort Smith is a dynamic, mid-sized public university that’s redefining higher education. We’re on a mission to provide transformative, hands-on learning experiences for students of all backgrounds and aspirations. Our multi-faceted approach to education offers a wealth of opportunities, with over 70 academic programs, including certificates, associate, bachelor’s, and master’s degrees. We’re committed to building a diverse community that mirrors Arkansas’s rich tapestry, reflecting our dedication to serving the state’s varied population while enhancing the quality of our institution.

As an employer, the University of Arkansas offers a vibrant work environment and a workplace culture that promotes a healthy work-life balance. The benefits package includes university contributions to health, dental, life, and disability insurance, tuition waivers for employees and their families, 12 official holidays, immediate leave accrual, and a choice of retirement programs with university contributions ranging from 5 to 10 percent of employee salary.

Fort Smith, Arkansas

Nestled along the Arkansas River, this vibrant city offers a perfect blend of history, culture, and natural beauty. Immerse yourself in the rich heritage of the Old West at the Fort Smith National Historic Site, explore the eclectic local art scene, or take a scenic stroll along the picturesque riverfront trails. With a welcoming community, diverse dining options, and a thriving downtown, Fort Smith is the ideal destination for history enthusiasts and those seeking modern amenities.

Thank you for your interest in joining our university. Below you will find details for the position including any supplementary documentation and/or questions you should review before submitting your application. For general application assistance or if you have questions about a job posting, please contact Human Resources at (479) 788-7080.

If you have a disability and need assistance with the hiring process please contact Human Resources at 479-788-7080. Applicants are required to submit a request for each position to which they have applied.

Department:ROAR First Year Advising

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Summary of Job Duties:​The Academic Advisor is responsible for assisting with academic and career advising; registration; graduation application process; special events; and recruitment and retention functions. ​ The position reports to ​Director of the ROAR First-Year Advising Center​.


Required Education and/or Work Experience: ​ ​ Minimum qualifications include a bachelor’s degree . ​ ​

Preferred Education and/or Work Experience: ​ Experience in academic advising, career planning, admissions, financial aid, or new student programs preferred. Banner experience a plus. ​

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: To perform the job successfully, the following competencies are required for the essential functions of this position:
  • ​ ​ ​ Excellent oral and written communication skills.

  • ​ Demonstrate strong attention to detail.

  • ​ Ability to disseminate educational and career information to groups and individuals.

  • ​ Must be able to work in a quality-focused service environment with excellent organizational skills, customer service and in a professional manner. ​

Essential Job Duties:
  • ​ ​ Assist students with major and course selection, while providing career development and long-term planning assistance .

  • ​ Responsible for reports, student communications and special projects as assigned.

  • ​ Maintain student records.

  • ​ Promote retention through innovative programming and referrals .

  • ​ Review academic standing of students for possible intervention, support and referrals.

  • ​ Participate in New Student Orientation, Student Success and Retention functions, Enrollment Management functions, Graduation, and other activities as needed. Some programs may require attendance beyond regular working hours of 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. 

  • ​ Provide customer service and promote the public image of the University to all students and the community in a friendly accurate manner.

  • ​ Assess the general needs of students and visitors.

  • ​ Assist students with use of and interpretation of career research software.

  • ​ Serve as a student advocate.

  • ​ Promote and maintain a working knowledge of current career exploration and employment trends by participating in professional workshops and organizations.

  • ​ Assist with special events and retention functions to ensure student success.

  • ​ Responsible for maintaining a positive work atmosphere by acting and communicating in a manner to foster teamwork.

  • ​ Requires consistent on-time attendance.

  • ​ Other duties as assigned.

Additional Information:

Working Relationships: ​ Academic Advisors work in a team environment interacting with other professional advisors, faculty, staff and campus administrators to serve as a student advocate. ​

Special Job Dimensions: ​ ​ Work performed primarily in an office setting . While performing the duties of this job, the employee regularly exhibits digital dexterity when entering data into computer . The employee frequently sits for extended periods of time, and occasionally stands and walks. Vision demands include close, relatively detailed vision when focusing on a computer screen. Employee regularly talks and hears . Employee occasionally lifts items up to 50 pounds. ​ Routine work schedule Monday through Friday, 8:00am to 5:00pm with occasional overtime and travel required ​

Background Check Requirements. ​ Criminal Background Check and Motor Vehicle Registry (MVR) Check. ​

Salary Information:


Required Documents to Apply:

Cover Letter/Letter of Application, List of three Professional References (name, email, business title), Resume, Unofficial/Official Transcript(s)

Optional Documents:

Proof of Veteran Status

Special Instructions to Applicants:For full consideration, please apply by March 8, 2024.

Recruitment Contact Information:

Human Resources 479-788-7080

All application materials must be uploaded to the University of Arkansas System Career Site

Please do not send to listed recruitment contact.

Pre-employment Screening Requirements:

This position may be subject to a pre-employment criminal background check, sex offender registry check, financial history background check, and/or drug screening. A criminal conviction or arrest pending adjudication and/or adverse financial history alone shall not disqualify an applicant in the absence of a relationship to the requirements of the position. Background checks and drug screening information will be used in a confidential, non-discriminatory manner consistent with state and federal law.

The University of Arkansas is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution. The University does not discriminate in its education programs or activities (including in admission and employment) on the basis of age, race, color, national origin, disability, religion, marital or parental status, protected veteran status, military service, genetic information, or sex (including pregnancy, sexual orientation, and gender identity). Federal law prohibits the University from discriminating on these bases. Questions or concerns about the application of Title IX, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex, may be sent to the University's Title IX Coordinator and to the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights.

Persons must have proof of legal authority to work in the United States on the first day of employment.

All applicant information is subject to public disclosure under the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act.

Constant Physical Activity:Hearing, Manipulate items with fingers, including keyboarding, Sitting, Talking

Frequent Physical Activity:Standing, Walking

Occasional Physical Activity:N/A

Benefits Eligible:Yes



The University of Arkansas – Fort Smith offers a rich, vibrant learning environment for nearly 6,000 students each semester. UAFS aims to build its reputation as a regional destination for high-quality, affordable education, where diverse groups of aspirational students and faculty thrive and excel.

For more than 90 years, the university has been a mainstay of Fort Smith with a history as unique as each student who ever enrolled.

Through dynamic academic programs, innovative research opportunities, and transformational centers of intellectual and economic development, UAFS will advance its community and become an institution renowned for educating and inspiring the ambitious students who call it home.


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