Professional Academic Advisor

Virginia Tech
Virginia, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted Date
May 26, 2022

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Science, Technology & Mathematics, Computer Sciences & Technology, Administrative, Student Affairs, Academic Advising & Academic Support Services
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

Job Description

The Department of Computer Science (CS) Professional Academic Advisor is a full-time
Administrative and Professional Faculty, calendar-year position that will guide undergraduate
students in identifying and achieving their academic and professional goals. As an integral member
of the Department of Computer Science and the College of Engineering (COE), the Professional
Academic Advisor fulfills a fundamental role in the development of our students, and their efforts
directly impact our strategic goals related to student persistence, retention, and graduation. The CS
Professional Academic Advisor is a subject matter expert in students and student services, an
educator, a champion for student success, a curator of ideas, a leader, and an innovator.

This role is fully student-facing and supports both current and prospective Computer Science and
College of Engineering students. The major areas of responsibility for this role include academic
advising for undergraduate students in all Computer Science majors (60%); Engagement, Outreach
and Service (20%); Special Projects and Project Lead (10%); Professional Development/Ongoing
Training (5%); Administration and General Undergraduate Program Support & Other Duties as
Assigned (5%). Limited work in the evenings and on weekends to support student events is required.

We encourage applications from persons identifying with underrepresented groups, including but
not limited to Black, Indigenous, people of color, underrepresented persons in STEM, persons who
identify as nonbinary, and all members of the LGBTQ+ community. Additionally, individuals who
have experience with support programs for students and/or knowledge of issues specific to
under-represented minorities and under-served student populations are highly sought.

In addition to your resume, cover letter, and list of references, please submit a one-page personal statement of your academic advising philosophy.

Required Qualifications

Master's degree from an accredited institution or a Bachelor’s degree with significant advising experience

Experience working in a student-focused setting (i.e. academic advising, classroom instruction, counseling, etc)

Working knowledge of academic advising pillars, competencies, and standards

Good communication/presentation skills

Good organizational and project management skills

Demonstrated accuracy and attention to detail

Strong computer skills in electronic file management, word processing, database management, and spreadsheets

Ability to work with sensitive information and maintain a high level of confidentiality and discretion in accordance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)

Experience learning and working in a dynamic environment as a part of a team and individually

Ability and willingness to be flexible in task assignments and adapt to changing situations

Demonstrated enjoyment of working with students

Demonstrated experience working effectively with a diverse population, with sensitivity to cultural and ethnic differences, including students, faculty, staff, parents, alumni, and prospective students and their families.

Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively and present information clearly in large groups settings, and/or a demonstrated desire to build greater communication and presentation skills

In addition to the above required qualifications, the successful candidate should have a demonstrated history of collaboration and the ability to be a collegial departmental, college, and university member

Preferred Qualifications

Master's degree from an accredited institution, in related areas such as in counseling, adult education, higher education, student development, Computer Science or Engineering, Previous professional student-focused experience in a higher education setting (e.g. academic advising, career advising, student affairs, etc.)

Knowledge of mechanisms of student retention, student development theories, career development strategies, and recruitment strategies

Experience using student information systems such as Banner and Navigate

Demonstrated experience working with and carrying out academic advising pillars, competencies, and standards.

Appointment Type


Salary Information

$52-55K, commensurate with experience

Review Date

June 15, 2022

Additional Information

The successful candidate will be required to have a criminal conviction check.

About Virginia Tech

Dedicated to its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), Virginia Tech pushes the boundaries of knowledge by taking a hands-on, transdisciplinary approach to preparing scholars to be leaders and problem-solvers. A comprehensive land-grant institution that enhances the quality of life in Virginia and throughout the world, Virginia Tech is an inclusive community dedicated to knowledge, discovery, and creativity. The university offers more than 280 majors to a diverse enrollment of more than 36,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students in eight undergraduate colleges , a school of medicine , a veterinary medicine college, Graduate School , and Honors College . The university has a significant presence across Virginia, including the Innovation Campus in Northern Virginia; the Health Sciences and Technology Campus in Roanoke; sites in Newport News and Richmond; and numerous Extension offices and research centers . A leading global research institution, Virginia Tech conducts more than $500 million in research annually.

Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, or applicants on the basis of age, color, disability, sex (including pregnancy), gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, or military status, or otherwise discriminate against employees or applicants who inquire about, discuss, or disclose their compensation or the compensation of other employees or applicants, or on any other basis protected by law.

If you are an individual with a disability and desire an accommodation, please contact Cole Tankersley at during regular business hours at least 10 business days prior to the event.

Advertised: May 26, 2022
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