Director of Advising (budget Grade SL-4)

SUNY Canton
New York, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted Date
Jun 1, 2022

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Position Type
Administrative, Academic Affairs, Academic Administration, Other Academic Affairs, Student Affairs, Academic Advising & Academic Support Services, Other Student Affairs, Student Activities & Services
Employment Type
Full Time


Director of Advising (budget Grade SL-4)




Commensurate with credentials and experience

Description of Duties

SUNY Canton seeks a Director of Advising and First year Programs. This position involves academic advising of students at all stages (potential, new first-time freshmen, continuing and transfer students) as a complement to the faculty advising model. The director oversees the administration of the First Year Experience course, FYEP 101 for 1 credit and is a resource on advising and retention best practices and campus policies for the campus at large (faculty/staff and students). The Advising Center has primary responsibility for new student advising, including explanation of degree requirements and course scheduling which takes primarily between semesters – summer months and December/January. This position supervises one full time academic advisor and 3-4 temporary part time advisors and works collaboratively with FYE instructors, Ready Center staff, academic support services, dean’s offices, Admissions and the Registrar’s Office.

  • Meet individually with students to discuss transitional issues; parse academic policy to provide students with information related to their specific questions, familiarizes students with academic policies and procedures, assist with course schedule changes
  • Be a student advocate with other campus offices as needed
  • Utilize intrusive advising practices with undecided, academic recovery and underprepared students
  • Document student meetings using Starfish and communicate with the student network as needed; be a key participant in the administration of Starfish and the implementation of additional capabilities
  • Use Banner, Banner self-service, DegreeWorks and texting technology in daily work with students and the campus.
  • Use enrollment trends to determine staffing needs for new student advising and sections of FYEP 101.
  • Hire, coordinate and acclimate new student advisors and FYEP instructors.
  • Provide and/or coordinate content experts to deliver professional development opportunities to faculty and staff advisors across campus; spearhead the ongoing development of advising curriculum and materials.
  • Be a campus resource on advising and student retention issues, actively participate in campus governance and groups that advance student retention and completion initiatives (such as curriculum committee, enrollment management, retention committee or faculty assembly)
  • Refer students to other campus resources as necessary or appropriate
  • Participate in recruitment events such as Open House and Admitted student days, as well as FYEP events, that require occasional evening and weekend commitment.
  • Work closely and collaboratively with the staff of Career Services and International Programs.

  • Bachelor’s degree.
  • Classroom teaching experience.
  • Demonstrated strong interest in working with college students from diverse backgrounds
  • Excellent verbal, written, and computer skills.
  • Well-developed interpersonal skills and demonstrated success in building positive relationships with students, faculty and staff are essential.
  • Master's degree in Education, Higher Education Administration, Counseling, Social Work, Guidance, or a related field.
  • Working knowledge of college or university academic information and learning management software.
  • Demonstrated experience working in academic advising or student support services at the college or university level.
  • Ability to adapt to a dynamic work environment that seeks to improve delivery of services and student success
Prior to a final offer of employment, the selected candidate will be required to submit to a background check including, but not limited to, employment verification, educational and other credential verification, and criminal background check.

Closing Date for Receipt of Applications

Review begins immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

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SUNY Canton, a unit of the State University of New York, is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer. SUNY Canton is building a culturally diverse and pluralistic faculty and strongly encourages applications from minority and women candidates.

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