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Type of Position:Professional Staff - Academic Affairs

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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:CAS Advising Center

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Summary of Job Duties:Position Summary: The Academic Advisor assists with academic and career advising and planning, registration, graduation application processes, special events, and recruitment and retention functions. The position reports to the College of Arts and Sciences Advising Center director.


Required Education and/or Work Experience: Bachelor's degree. Two years of experience in higher education administration working directly with students.

Preferred Education and/or Work Experience: Candidates with professional work experience in academic advising, career planning, enrollment, instructional technology, student records, admissions, or financial aid. Banner experience.

Essential Job Duties and Responsibilities:

Under the guidance of the advising director, academic advisors have the following responsibilities:
  • Completes a range of advising, recruitment, and retention tasks
  • Assist students with major, course selection, and graduation requirements while providing career counseling and academic advising assistance
  • Completes graduation applications
  • Implements assessment of academic advising system that makes efficient use of the EAB tools (SAP academic plans, advising rosters, registration for special groups, add/drops, course substitutions, financial aid warning, ROAR First-Year Advising Center advising transition check-ins, transfer check-ins, and special populations throughout the semester for a more holistic advising experience, etc.)
  • Maintains an effective communication system with students
  • Creates alerts in Navigate and records advising notes in Navigate
  • Maintains student records (increasingly electronically)
  • Reviews students' academic standing for possible intervention, support, and referrals.
  • Be aware of the unique advising and career counseling needs of diverse subpopulations of students
  • Manages faculty advising rosters and assigns/reassigns students to faculty advisors.
  • Conducts online advising with distance learners
  • Promotes and maintains a working knowledge of current career exploration and employment trends
  • Assists with special events and retention functions to ensure student success
  • Assists with data collection for the Academic Advising Center and assists the College with assessment, research, reports, and special projects
  • Provides updated copies of faculty advising rosters to department heads/chairs
  • Notifies department heads/chairs of all transfer students by major in CAS in the fall and spring semesters
  • Works with the advising director to maintain a social media presence for CASAC
  • Understands the legal guidelines of advising (privacy regulations and confidentiality)
  • Prepares bi-weekly reports of activities for the Advising Director and Associate Dean
  • Advises students who are returning from probation and suspension in their assigned majors
  • Advises transfer and readmitted students in their assigned majors
  • Participates in professional development activities
Other Job Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Other duties as assigned.
Responsible for maintaining a positive work atmosphere by acting and communicating to foster teamwork and provide leadership to subordinates. Requires consistent on-time attendance.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

To perform the job successfully, the following competencies are required for the essential functions of this position:
  • Strong attention to detail.
  • Ability to disseminate educational and career information to groups and individuals.
  • Ability to work in a quality-focused service environment with excellent organizational skills, customer service, and professionalism.
Additional Information:

Working Relationships: They work collaboratively with the Office of Admissions, the ROAR First Year Advising Center, the Center for Student Success and Retention, and the UAFS Academic Advising Council to ensure that students have a comprehensive, professional, and personalized advising experience. Advisors also work with academic support services across campus that assist students in developing time management skills, writing and reading skills, and other skills-based attributes.

List Employees Supervised: NA

Special Job Dimensions: NA

Background Check 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. Background checks and drug screening information will be confidential, non-discriminatory, and consistent with state and federal law. 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.

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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:

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:Criminal Background Check

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, Sitting, Talking, Walking

Frequent Physical Activity:Hearing, Reaching

Occasional Physical Activity:Standing

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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