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Advising Specialist, Blount Center

Santa Fe College
Florida, United States
$40,336.00 - $40,336.00
Posted Date
Apr 21, 2022

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Position Type
Administrative, Student Affairs, Academic Advising & Academic Support Services
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time
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Application Deadline:               Friday, May 06, 2022

Salary & Benefits:                     Salary is $40,336.58. Compensation package is comprised of many college paid benefits including health and life insurance, retirement, leave time, and tuition waivers for Santa Fe College and the University of Florida.

Classification:                            Full-time, Technical/Professional, Pay Grade PT3, Exempt.

Location:                                    Blount Hall, 401 NW 6th St, Gainesville, FL 32601.


Overview:  Santa Fe College (SF) has been recognized as one of the top-rated community college in the United States.  Santa Fe College is a student-centered institution with a commitment to open access, academic excellence, and cultural and ethnic diversity.  Santa Fe College is a comprehensive public college that offers a range of Bachelor’s degrees, Associate in Arts, Associate in Science and Associate in Applied Science degree options, as well as Certificate and Non-Degree programs.  A high quality of life, temperate climate, proximity to the University of Florida, diverse cultural events, and plentiful recreational opportunities make SF and Gainesville an ideal community to work and live.  SF enrolls over 16,000 students each semester, retains and completes over 60% of students every academic year, while over 10% transfer into the University system.

The Academic Advisement department at the Blount Center provides information, guidance, and advisement to Associate in Arts (AA), Exploratory and Developmental Education students. The Advising Specialist is responsible for providing direction, information, personal attention, care and support to students in the development and planning of their educational pursuits at Santa Fe College (SF).

The Advising Specialist prepares students to achieve their professional and educational goals by helping students explore academic options, develop academic plans for success, register for coursework and make timely progress to persist toward degree completion. The Advising Specialist must possess a student-centered advisement philosophy and demonstrate the ability to work well with students, faculty and staff at all levels within a diverse, multi-cultural, collaborative and creative environment. 


Responsibilities and duties include:

  • Assist in all Advisement efforts, including academic advisement, as well as technological innovations to enhance, expand and improve advisement such as distance advising.
  • Assist incoming students with placement, academic and career path guidance, and initial course selection.
  • Work primarily with center students, responding to at-risk reporting with appropriate student outreach and follow-up.
  • Participate in advisement initiatives including presenting to small and large groups of students during workshops, class presentations, as well as assisting with special events such as 5th Avenue Arts Festival and Porters Community Back to School event which may be conducted during evenings and weekends.
  • Serve as a liaison between the Blount Center’s Academic Advisement and academic departments at SF, the University of Florida, and the Disabilities Resource Center.
  • Build partnerships and collaborate with areas across campus to provide referrals to appropriate campus resources (i.e. tutoring, counseling, career services, Financial Aid, SF’s Food Pantry) and community resources, helping to achieve advisement objectives.
  • Engage the student population through various activities with Student Life at the Blount Center.
  • Serve on college-wide committees on behalf of the Blount Center’s Academic Advisement.
  • Assist with the implementation and execution of student success initiatives, which includes the introduction of an early alert system for academically at-risk students, as well as progressive advisement.
  • Interpret and follow detailed state and college regulations, policies, and procedures.
  • Assist with customer service and faculty support including locking and unlocking buildings and classrooms when needed.
  • Strictly honor the privacy and security of student records and other sensitive information according to appropriate state, federal and college regulations, policies, and procedures.
  • Provide service excellence through courteous, informed, accessible and professional engagement.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Reports to: Interim Director, Blount Center



Required: A Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field with two (2) years of related work experience in academic advisement, student affairs, student services, counseling, mentoring and/or a related area is required.   


Additional Requirements: A criminal background check will be conducted.


Preferred:  A Master’s degree in Student Personnel, Educational Leadership, Counseling and/or a relevant field is preferred, as is experience with college academic advising.  Bilingual applicants are strongly preferred.  


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:   

  • Ability to work successfully in a multi-cultural environment.
  • Able to effectively handle confidential and proprietary information.
  • Communication – able to effectively communicate in a professional, diplomatic, empathetic, and tactful manner using preferred method and level as applicable to the job.
  • Organization & Time Management – able to plan, schedule, and organize tasks related to the job to achieve goals
  • Systems & Software - proficient level of knowledge of Microsoft Office and/or relevant position software programs.
  • Team Orientation & Interpersonal – highly motivated team player with ability to develop and maintain collaborative relationships with all levels within and external to the organization.
  • Multi-task - Ability to expeditiously organize, coordinate, manage, prioritize and perform multiple tasks simultaneously, to swiftly assess a situation, determine a logical course of action, and apply the appropriate response.


Application Process:  All applicants must submit a completed online SF Employment Application, a letter of intent, an up-to-date resume, advising philosophy, as well as college transcripts to be considered for this position. Unofficial transcripts are only accepted for review purposes, official transcripts are required prior to any offer of employment being made.


Santa Fe College is committed to an environment that embraces diversity, respects the rights of all individuals, is open and accessible, and is free of harassment and discrimination based on, but not limited to, ethnicity, race, creed, color, religion, age, disability, sex (including pregnancy, gender identity and sexual orientation), marital status, national origin, genetic information, political opinions or affiliations, and veteran status in all its programs, activities and employment.


Inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies or concerns about discrimination or harassment, including concerns about sexual harassment or sexual violence under Title IX, should be directed to:
Santa Fe College reserves the right to extend deadlines and/or not to offer advertised positions.


Preference will be given to eligible veterans and spouses of veterans.

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