- Educational Background : Bachelor of Art or Science degree
required in Education, Social Work, Human Services or related
field. Masters degree in related fields mentioned preferred.
- Experience : Minimum of four years professional experience in
academic advising, student support or working with students
required, preferably in a community college setting. Minimum of two
years focusing on transfer processes preferred. Experience in a
community college preferred.
- S pecial Skills : Ability to work with a diverse student
population to provide a variety of academic advising, career and
transfer advising with knowledge and understanding of student
development theory and practice required. Ability to identify
academic needs and offer solutions with professional oral and
written communications skills, and human relations skills.
Excellent organizational skills to maintain accurate records
required. Ability work respectfully with confidential information
and make referrals as appropriate. Work with Starfish, Retention
Solution Software, or other platforms, strongly preferred. MS
Office and database management skills required. Familiarity with
computerized student information systems required, Ellucian
General Functions .
Under the direction of the Director, the Senior Professional
Academic Advisor: Transfer (SPAA-T) serves as the primary resource
for enrolled students on matters of transfer to other educational
institutions. The SPAA- T provides academic and transfer advisement
and counseling services as appropriate. The SPAA-T assists students
in reaching their goals by helping them gain knowledge of self, as
well as awareness of College and community resources to meet their
specific needs. The SPAA-T will be responsible for working with a
designated caseload of identified students enrolled in a variety of
programs. The SPAA-T is responsible for working with these students
at their initial registration at the College, informing students of
academic support services and strategies available, tracking
academic progress, and explaining options to students who are
struggling. The SPAA-T will work closely with Academic Success and
Access Programs, Community Standards and Counseling, and other
existing support services and offices when developing referral
plans for student success. The SPAA-T will collaborate with Student
Affairs to encourage student engagement in activities. The SPAA-T
will coordinate with Director and campus offices to promote
transfer services and activities to the community and external
public and work closely with other Institutions on any matters
involving transfers of students.
A. Academic Advisement
B. Transfer Services
- Assist students with career and transfer planning.
- Provide academic advisement to students about academic
requirements and selection of courses.
- Maintain accurate records on each advisee in appropriate
systems; evaluate students at the conclusion of each semester to
determine status and academic recovery plans (if
- Interact with the Colleges early alert system (Starfish) for
- Perform and interpret degree audits (e.g., working knowledge of
transfer credits, etc.)
- Understand graduation requirements.
- Possess a basic knowledge of financial aid processes,
guidelines (SAP) and programs.
- Make referrals as necessary to career and transfer services,
Academic Success and Access Programs (including Disability
Services), Community Standards and Counseling, and other existing
support services and offices.
- Understand the institutions interpretation of FERPA rules and
the release of student information to faculty, parents, students,
- Disseminate information on institutional policies and
- Work collaboratively within Student Affairs to engage students
and encourage participation in both curricular and co-curricular
- Provide interpretation of the Colleges Academic Standards and
advise students affected by them.
- Work collaboratively with faculty advisors to support
- Maintain systematic and frequent contact with advisees.
C. Other duties as assigned.
- Coordinate transfer activities and events for students and
promote them to the College community and external public in
collaboration with Director.
- Provide transfer information to faculty, and colleagues.
- Serve as primary point of contact with institutions regarding
transfer issues and building transfer relationships.
- Coordinate with campus offices and centers to market and
promote transfer opportunities (e.g., articulation agreements,
joint admissions, etc.) to students.
- Coordinate office presentations for faculty on pertinent topics
around transfer such as planning, scholarships search, advisement
of transferring students and others as needed.
- Provide resources for training on transfer advisement to AACTS
staff, faculty and staff advisors.
- Maintain accurate information on website related to transfer
processes and joint admission.
- When Director is unable, represent AACTS in articulation
- Where applicable, serve as the AACTS subject matter expert on
transfer services during New Student Orientation, Admission
visitation and other large-scale programming.
In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, this job
description contains only qualifications that are required, with or
without a reasonable accommodation.
- Ability to use computer for extended periods of time.
- Will work primarily at the Canandaigua campus, and may travel
to the campus centers at scheduled times.
- The set work schedule varies daily and includes scheduled
daytime, evening and weekend hours at 37.5 hours a week.