Academic Advisor - 17591BR
The Academic Advisor helps create an advising environment where differences are valued and each person is supported. Students work with their academic advisor and are also connected to faculty advisors/mentors in their chosen area of studies. This position also collaborates with campus partners on key advising initiatives.
Academic Advisors bring a positive, collaborative attitude to the CASS team, and help maintain a supportive atmosphere both within their division and in College Advising & Student Services as a whole.
This position reports to the divisional Senior Advisor in College Advising & Student Services, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
- Serves as initial point of advising contact for students in partnership with undergraduate coordinator or other faculty advisor/mentor in the academic unit. Connects students with faculty to explore shared area-specific interests and opportunities.
- Focuses additional efforts on students in higher risk categories.
- Connects with students in at-risk groups at the direction of senior advisor using comprehensive outreach/communication plan as guide.
- Works with students who are in “notice” status to complete academic action plan.
- Serves individual students at all advising functions related to new student orientations.
- Ensures students engage in the shared completion of a detailed semester-by-semester graduation plan.
- Covers long range progression plans and has ongoing discussions with students regarding opportunities for support and engagement, including career possibilities, and other opportunities such as study abroad, research, internships, and clubs.
- Tracks students in targeted concern groups who have not engaged in advising services.
- Completes periodic follow up contacts by various means to encourage students to connect each semester.
- Reviews student feedback regarding satisfaction of advising services and determines with CASS team the best approach for any needed targeted improvements.
- Effectively communicates and explains policies and procedures to students and stakeholders.
- Collaborates with faculty on matters relating to University undergraduate policy and procedures, including student petitions, the curricular and program change process, and the Academic Catalog. Offers feedback as appropriate from a student/advisor perspective.
- At request of unit, attends undergraduate faculty meetings, admissions and awards committee meetings.
- Collaborates with faculty regarding use of systems related to advising.
- Working with senior advisors, collaborates with campus partners, including liaisons with Undergraduate Advising Center advisors, to facilitate students’ progression from exploration to chosen pathway, giving attention to support services throughout their undergraduate academic career.
- As a member of the CASS team, works with the University Career Center to connect students to a variety of resources available to assist students in the career readiness process.
- Assists with training as needed to new faculty undergraduate coordinators and advisors on the basics of advising, policy, and procedures.
- Works with College departments to offer feedback from a student/advisor perspective and provide reports, as departments develop innovative curriculum paths that allow for a more seamless completion of the major. May assist with curriculum process as needed.
- Bachelor’s degree with one year relevant experience.
- One year minimum experience working directly with students in a college or university setting as evidenced by application materials.
- One year minimum of work experience that demonstrates ability to perform detailed work, prioritize multiple tasks, and meet deadlines as evidenced by application materials.
- Demonstrated strong communication and organizational skills as evidenced by letter of application and work history.
- Master's degree.
- Degree in the liberal arts and sciences.
- Demonstrated academic advising experience with students in a college or university setting.
- Demonstrated experience with and commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts.
- Knowledge of KU and the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences' requirements, policies, and procedures.
- Demonstrated experience with relevant computerized student information and communication systems, including but not limited to, Excel, Access, and Tableau.
Additional Candidate Instructions
- A cover letter addressing how required and preferred qualifications are met.
- Resume or curriculum vitae.
- Contact information for three professional references.