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Academic Advisor

Employer
University of Bridgeport
Location
Connecticut, United States
Salary
Salary Not Specified
Posted date
Nov 5, 2021

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Education, Counsellor Education, Administrative, Student Affairs, Academic Advising & Academic Support Services, Counseling, Disabled Student Services
Employment Type
Full Time
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The University of Bridgeport is seeking candidates for the position of Academic Advisor. Reporting to the Director of Academic Advising, t he Academic Advisor serves as the primary guide to ensure that students meet their educational goals and successfully complete their path to graduation by monitoring and promoting academic progress and success, advising students on university policies and procedures, program and degree requirements, and providing a high level of service to remove barriers inside and outside the classroom.

PRIMARY JOB DUTIES:
  • Maintains a caseload of assigned Advising Center participants for individual advising, counseling, and personal development activities by conducting needs assessments of participants and coordinating the development and implementation of action and educational plans for each participant, monitoring, evaluating, and reporting on assigned participants’ academic progress, intervening with appropriate support services when necessary, and referring to appropriate on- and off-campus support services as needed.
  • Provides prescriptive and developmental advisement to students in accordance with University academic policies and procedures.
  • Assists assigned students in the development of academic schedules appropriate for the stated educational goals.
  • Assists students seeking academic information; assists pre-majors in the selection of academic majors.
  • Assists students with registering for courses and provides support for financial aid and bursar inquiries. Directs students to the appropriate offices as needed.
  • Directs students to resources within the University, such as the Career Center, Academic Resource Center, Health Services, Counseling and Disability Services as appropriate.
  • Ensures the effectiveness of the advising process by maintaining advising notes for all assigned advisees. Compiles, completes, and documents intake interviews and skill area assessments, and maintains accuracy of files with clear and updated materials on contacts each semester.
  • Represents the Advising Center by establishing and maintaining working relationships with University staff and faculty by serving on committees, providing workshops, and participating in staff meetings and trainings.
  • Facilitates awareness of Advising Center by promoting the department’s services through informational presentations to faculty, staff, and prospective students.
  • Assists with the creation, implementation, and execution of departmental and University policies and procedures, and with the collection of data for reporting and assessment purposes.
  • Remains current and competent in student advisement through self-directed professional reading, develops professional contacts with colleagues, and attends training and/or courses required by the Director.
  • Contributes to a work environment that encourages the respect for, knowledge of, and development of skills to engage with individuals of other cultures or backgrounds.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.
QUALIFICATIONS FOR POSITION:
  • A Master’s degree in psychology, education, higher education, counseling, or related field is required.
  • A minimum of one year of academic advising experience is preferred, where knowledge of federal, state, and higher education policies and procedures has been gained, or one year of university employment in which a thorough knowledge of academic programs and support services was acquired.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, interpersonal skills (particularly in working with a diverse student population), organizational and management skills are required.
  • Experience making public presentations.
  • Some evening and weekend hours may be required (incumbents must be willing and able to be flexible with their working hours).
PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS INCLUDE:
  • Experience and knowledge of diagnostic and career assessment materials and knowledge of learning strategies and accommodations for diverse populations, including academically disadvantaged students is preferred.
  • A working knowledge of computer applications is required; previous experience working with Colleague and WebAdvisor preferred.
  • Teaching experience is preferred.
NOTE: The above description is intended to describe the general nature and level of work to be performed by the Academic Advisor . It is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities of the position. You will devote your full time and best efforts to the performance of your various job duties and will observe any and all policies, rules and regulations that the University may now have or shall hereafter establish.

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