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Academic Advisor (Three Open Positions)

University of Arkansas at Fort Smith
Arkansas, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted date
Oct 25, 2021

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Education, Counsellor Education, Administrative, Student Affairs, Academic Advising & Academic Support Services
Employment Type
Full Time
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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, Fayetteville

Founded in 1871, the University of Arkansas is a land grant institution, classified by the Carnegie Foundation among the nation’s top 2 percent of universities with the highest level of research activity. The University of Arkansas works to advance Arkansas and build a better world through education, research and outreach by providing transformational opportunities and skills, promoting an inclusive and diverse culture and climate, and nurturing creativity, discovery and the spread of new ideas and innovations.

The University of Arkansas campus is located in Fayetteville, a welcoming community ranked as one of the best places to live in the U.S. The growing region surrounding Fayetteville is home to numerous Fortune 500 companies and one of the nation’s strongest economies. Northwest Arkansas is also quickly gaining a national reputation for its focus on the arts and overall quality of life.

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% of employee salary.

Below you will find the details for the position including any supplementary documentation and questions, you should review before applying for the opening.

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Department:Fulbright College Advising Center

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Summary of Job Duties:Reporting to the Director of the Fulbright College Advising Center, the Academic Advisor will be responsible for providing traditional academic advising support for an assigned caseload of up to 550 undergraduate students. The academic advisor will assist students as they work to clarify educational and career goals, develop and implement plans to achieve those goals, make decisions that align with academic policy, and utilize campus resources/processes.

In addition to traditional academic advising, this position will be responsible for a number of related duties. The advisor will participate in a small number of coordinated proactive advising programs aimed at aggressively supporting targeted cohorts of advisees (for example, students who have applied for graduation or students that did not enroll as expected). The advisor will create and continually improve a significant number of documents and online tools to be used in the advising process. The advisor will engage in a variety of activities related to New Student Orientation through the year and especially in the month of June and, to a lesser degree, other college events. Finally, the advisor will be expected to engage (both proactively and as assigned) in service activities that facilitate the day-to-day operation of the center and/or contribute to the profession of academic advising.

Regular, reliable, and non-disruptive attendance is an essential job duty, as is the ability to create and maintain collegial, harmonious working relationships with others.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution of higher education conferred by the time of appointment

  • Demonstrated ability to advise diverse student populations

  • At least one year of full-time experience in one of the following fields:

    1. Academic advising or coaching

    2. Career advising or coaching

    3. College, high school, or middle school teaching or counseling

    4. Social worker or other mental health care professional working directly with clients

    5. Related higher education experience working directly with students (two years of work as a graduate assistant or adjunct teacher is equivalent to one year full-time)

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree completed or in progress from an accredited institution of higher education (should be completed within six months of start date)

  • At least two years of full-time experience in one (or a combination) of the following fields:
    1. Academic advising or coaching
    2. Career advising or coaching
    3. College, high school, or middle school teaching or counseling
    4. Social worker or other mental health care professional working directly with clients
    5. Related higher education experience working directly with students (two years of work as a graduate assistant or adjunct teacher is equivalent to one year full-time)

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

  • Ability to create trust through equitable and inclusive communication

  • Ability to have adaptability of communication strategies to varying stakeholders

  • Ability to convey the purpose of a liberal arts education to varying stake holders

  • Ability to integrate interpersonal skills in a fast-paced environment

  • Ability to work both independently and as part of a collaborative team

  • Ability to assess own professional development and identify desired areas of growth

Salary Information:


Required Documents to Apply:

Cover Letter/Letter of Application, List of three Professional References (name, email, business title), Other (see special instructions for details), Resume

Optional Documents:

Proof of Veteran Status

Recruitment Contact Information:

University of Arkansas Human Resources ADMN 222 (479) 575-5351

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

Please do not send to listed recruitment contact.

Additional Information:

Additional Application Documentation

A statement on your beliefs about education and how academic advising can contribute to equitable and inclusive practices in higher education. Please note that the statement on education is a separate document from the cover letter.

Pre-employment Screening Requirements:Criminal Background Check, Sex Offender Registry

The University of Arkansas is committed to providing a safe campus community. We conduct background checks for applicants being considered for employment. Background checks include a criminal background check and a sex offender registry check. For certain positions, there may also be a financial (credit) background check, a Motor Vehicle Registry (MVR) check, and/or drug screening. Required checks are identified in the position listing. A criminal conviction or arrest pending adjudication or adverse financial history information alone shall not disqualify an applicant in the absence of a relationship to the requirements of the position. Background check information will be used in a confidential, non-discriminatory manner consistent with state and federal law.

The University of Arkansas seeks to attract, develop and retain high quality faculty, staff and administrators that consistently display practices and behaviors to advance a culture and climate that embeds inclusion, diversity, equity, and access. For more information on diversity and inclusion on campus, please visit: Division of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

The University of Arkansas is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution. The university welcomes applications without regard to race/color, sex, gender, pregnancy, age, national origin, disability, religion, marital or parental status, protected veteran or military status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or any other characteristic protected under applicable federal or state law.

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:N/A

Frequent Physical Activity:N/A

Occasional Physical Activity:Manipulate items with fingers, including keyboarding, Repetitive Motion, Talking

Benefits Eligible:Yes
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