Academic Advisor I
St. Louis, MO
Columbia College is committed to creating an inclusive employee
experience for all regardless of race, color, national origin,
gender, religion, sexual orientation, age or disability. The
college maintains a safe place for open discourse; supports
activities that promote diversity and inclusion; and overall,
fosters a sense of community that welcomes everyone.
The Academic Advisor I is a student's primary academic counselor.
They monitor students’ progress towards their academic goals and
make recommendations to keep them on track while complying with
Columbia College policies. For some locations, this position
requires travel to several locations in a circuit on a regular
- Provide sound academic advice to students based on their
academic catalog and classes they need to complete their
- Coordinate with the main campus evaluations department to
ensure students receive appropriate transfer credits where
- Assist students with appeals/waivers for transfer credit they
feel they deserve.
- Prior to receiving official documentation, estimate potential
transfer hours on an unofficial basis for prospective
- Maintain student records, particularly degree checklists/audits
and the academic advisement support form.
- Access and distribute degree audits for students that are
updated by the evaluations department.
- Track students through their degree program, placing a special
emphasis on new students and students nearing graduation.
- Give post-graduation guidance to students when requested by the
- Ensure timely completion of Declaration of Candidacy
- Participate in the recognition of student success at your
location (i.e.: Dean’s list, honor societies, etc)
- Coordinate Student Orientation.
- Assist the Director in course management:
- Determine alternative courses for students in canceled
- Direct students to undersubscribed classes.
- Prepare reports to assist with course schedule
- Assist in location conversion and retention:
- Follow-up on students missing from the first week of class and
with new students during weeks one and six.
- Call all new students during their first semester and schedule
an advisement meeting to map out subsequent semesters.
- Call new students who fail to register.
- Practice superior customer service.
- Fulfill additional responsibilities as assigned.
This job description is not meant to be all-inclusive of every
duty and responsibility required by the employee in the
- Must be able to travel to attend external or internal
conferences, meetings or training sessions.
- Must be able to travel locally on a regular schedule.
- Some evening or weekend work may be required.
Eligibility for employee benefits and perks is determined by
employment status. For more information please see
The offer of employment and assignment to duties is contingent upon
a satisfactory criminal background check. The information may
include, but is not limited to, academic, residential, achievement,
performance, attendance, disciplinary, employment history, credit
history, driving history, and criminal history of public
Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until
the position is filled.
Columbia College is an equal opportunity employer.
In compliance with the Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA) and
the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus
crime Statistics Act (Clery Act), the Department of Campus Safety
for Columbia College has provided the Annual Security and Fire
Safety Report and crime statistics for the main campus and venues
Columbia College is required to distribute this information to all
current and prospective employees and students. Please follow the
link below for the full report or contact Human Resources at
573-875-7495 for a printed copy.