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Academic Advisor

University of Arkansas at Fort Smith
Arkansas, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted date
Dec 6, 2021

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Position Type
Administrative, Student Affairs, Academic Advising & Academic Support Services, Admissions, Enrollment, Retention & Registrar, Career Services, Other Student Affairs
Employment Type
Full Time
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Type of Position:Professional Staff - Academic Affairs

Workstudy Position:


Job Type:Regular

Work Shift: Day Shift (United States of America)

Sponsorship Available:


Institution Name: University of Arkansas at Fort Smith

The University of Arkansas - Fort Smith is a vibrant mid-sized public university dedicated to breaking the higher education mold by bringing truly transformative, hands-on experiences to every student. From high school seniors to senior professionals, first-generation students to second-chancers, our goal is to provide a high-quality, future-focused education that honors each student's unique, personal situations and goals. Our tiered approach to learning offers students access to more than 80-degree plans and programs including certificate, associate, bachelor's, and master's degrees. We seek to recruit and retain a diverse workforce as a reflection of our commitment to serve the diverse population of Arkansas, to maintain the excellence of the university, and to offer our students richly varied disciplines, and perspectives.

Located on the Arkansas-Oklahoma border and situated in a region of lakes, Fort Smith is the second-largest city in Arkansas and features a vast array of cultural activities, shopping, dining, and entertainment, including a thriving downtown entertainment district. Parks, trails, and water recreation are all within the city limits, and true outdoor enthusiasts will find the area’s lakes, streams, and mountains offer adventure only minutes away from campus. Fort Smith was recently named by Forbes as the number one city in America for the cost of living, and a top city in the nation for the highest-paying tech jobs. The city is within easy driving distance of Tulsa, Kansas City, Dallas, Little Rock, and Memphis.

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

Department's Website:

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.


Minimum Qualifications:
  • Bachelor’s degree.
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Experience in academic advising, career planning, admissions, financial aid, or new student programs preferred.
  • Banner experience a plus.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
  • 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.
Summary of 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.
  • Review academic standing of students for possible intervention, support, and referrals.
  • Participate in New Student Orientation and Enrollment Management functions, activities, and programs.
  • 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 the 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.
Salary Information:

$35,000 - $37,000, Commensurate with education and experience

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

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

Recruitment Contact Information:

HR 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 welcomes applications without regard to age, race, gender (including pregnancy), national origin, disability, religion, marital or parental status, protected veteran status, military service, genetic information, sexual orientation or gender identity. 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:

Frequent Physical Activity:

Occasional Physical Activity:

Benefits Eligible:Yes
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