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Academic Advisor

Cecil College
Maryland, United States
$50,000.00 - $52,000.00
Posted date
Sep 29, 2021

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Position Type
Administrative, Academic Affairs, Academic Administration, Student Affairs, Academic Advising & Academic Support Services
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Employment Type
Full Time
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About Us:

Founded in 1968 to meet the post-secondary and continuing education needs of Cecil County residents, Cecil College has been serving the community and shaping its future for more than 50 years. The College is governed by a Board of Trustees appointed by the governor. The College’s fifth president, Dr. Mary Way Bolt, reports directly to the Board of Trustees.

Cecil College is centrally located in Maryland’s most northeastern county, just one half mile from Interstate 95. It is easily accessible from Philadelphia and Baltimore, as well as from Wilmington, Delaware.

With a diverse student population, Cecil College enrolls approximately 2,500 credit students and 3,400 non-credit students. Cecil offers associate degrees, certificate programs and non-credit classes. Cecil offers a variety of associate degree and certificate programs.

Through its open admissions policy, Cecil College provides learning opportunities for all who have the desire and ability to benefit from its courses and programs, regardless of age, gender, ethnic origin, sexual orientation, disability, or socioeconomic status.



The Academic Advisor is responsible for providing advising services consistent with the mission, vision, and core values of Cecil College. Responsibilities include assisting students with educational and career goals by way of individual and group advisement sessions; working in collaboration with faculty to maximize curricular connections and opportunities for educational advancement; building and sustaining quality relationships with advisees; and helping to facilitate the transition into a four-year baccalaureate program and beyond.

Due to the need of interaction with students, employees and college community this position requires in-person presence. This position is eligible for telework however positions with back-up duties require consistent on-site presence; telework may be available to certain roles on a limited basis to best meet the needs of the department.


  1. Provide individual academic advising sessions to degree and non-degree seeking students that are included on the list of designated advisees.
  2. Provide follow-up advising sessions with designated advisees to ensure that students register in a timely manner for each semester.
  3. Communicate academic standards and policies to students to assist them in a proactive manner throughout their enrollment.
  4. Collaborations with representatives from the credit faculty and continuing education to ensure that a current knowledge base of program requirements and changes is maintained.
  5. Advance the College’s Completion efforts by assisting students to identify a clear pathway to graduation, transfer, and subsequent employment.
  6. Provide advisee follow-up in response to faculty feedback provided through the Academic Monitoring system.
  7. Provide routine coverage in the advising area to assist students in meeting their educational, transfer, and career goals.
  8. Participate and support annual programs that serve the advising needs of students to include student orientation, open houses, information nights, college visits and retention workshops.
  9. Plan and coordinate College Transfer Day.
  10. Access student information using the Jenzabar EX software and participate in training sessions related to upgrades of the Jenzabar EX software.
  11. Maintain advising files on student advisees.
  12. Attend advising staff meetings and work on divisional projects as necessary.
  13. Represent advising concerns to the Director of Advising.


  1. Participates on internal and external committees, as requested.
  2. Handles other related duties as assigned.



Education: MA/MS required in psychology, education, sociology, or related field.

Experience: Three years experience in a student services environment. Preference will be given to individuals who have worked in a community college setting.

Skills/Training: Professional experiences should reflect responsibilities associated with the management of tasks, projects and special assignments. The position requirements include the ability to coordinate multiple administrative tasks and assist students individually simultaneously. Additionally, evidence of the ability to interpret academic policy and procedures is needed. Preferred experiences will include scoring and interpreting career assessment tools.

Proficiencies: Evidence of strong verbal and written communication skills; organizational and accuracy skills are a must. Experience working with software applications such as Word, Excel, Access, and an integrated student information system.

Scheduling: Varied work schedule during critical periods sometimes requiring evening, Saturday, and Sunday work hours dependent on the needs of special events.

Physical Demands: None

Other Requirements: Requires ability to work under pressure to meet deadlines and handle high volumes of student advising demands


For best consideration, please apply by October 13, 2021.

*We are committed to ensuring equal opportunity and non-discrimination in all hiring and employment practices. Cecil College will not discriminate against any individual by reason of race, color, national origin, ancestry, age, religion, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, genetic status, genetic information, veteran status or any other status protected by federal, state or local law.
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