The University of Southern Mississippi is currently accepting applications for the position of Academic Advisor.
730 East Beach Boulevard
Long Beach, Mississippi, 39560
35,568.00 – 35,568.00
Posting Close Date
Open Until Filled
Special Instructions to Applicants
The University of Southern Mississippi seeks a new advisor to hire
for the centralized Advisement Center at Gulf Park. Please upload:
1. Current Resume
2. Cover letter highlighting your
interest and fit for this position
3. Names & contact information
for three references who can speak to your potential as an advisor
application materials must be submitted in the online system; emailed materials
are not considered. Application reviews will begin once the posting closes.
The Academic Advisor works as part of a network
of advisors on campus, inside and outside the Gulf Park Advisement Center, who
cultivate student success by 1) assisting students in their transition to the
University, 2) facilitating students’ efforts to plan their path to degree, 3)
promoting engagement in an appropriate major for their interests and strengths,
and 4) connecting students with key campus resources. This position
supports a caseload of undergraduate students within a specific set of majors for
whom they serve as a primary advisor. In addition to working with students in
their caseload, advisors will also respond to walk-in student needs
collaboratively with other advisors in the Gulf Park Advisement Center. The
position of advisor is a full-time (40 hour/week) position and limited evenings
and weekend hours are expected.
Primary Duties and Responsibilities
1. Work collaboratively and effectively with other advisors, staff, and faculty across the University, utilizing evidence- based best practices for advising to increase student and advisor success; Attend workshops, presenting at office meetings, and/or holding membership in strategic professional organizations (e.g., NACADA).
2. Meet and collaboratively engage with students to advise them in matters pertaining to academic curricula, requirements and majors, facilitating academic progression toward degree completion; proactively reach out to students at regular intervals to ensure they are meeting expectations; refer students to resources on campus and specific staff and faculty as appropriate and be proactive to ensure student issues are addressed efficiently and effectively; respond to student questions, including walk-ins, emails, phone, and videoconferencing, with a helpful attitude, correct information, and timeliness; take an active role to resolve student problems.
3. Act as a liaison between students and faculty/staff in units across campus to facilitate communication and address issues as they arise, including communicating with faculty in the programs covered by the advisor’s caseload of majors; communicate effectively both verbally and in writing, including email and advisement notes.
4. Provide unbiased guidance to undeclared students and those considering changing majors; work in partnership with Career Services to assist students in making informed choices about both courses of study and future goals.
5. Engage in continuous professional development and training to improve advising skills, including recognizing and supporting the needs of diverse student populations.
6. Perform other duties as assigned.
Bachelor’s Degree in Business, Psychology, Counseling or
other relevant field from an accredited college or university.
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities
- Commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion
communication skills (oral and written)
to professional development and growth
to work independently to manage caseloads, demonstrating strong
organizational skills, attention to detail, time management, and
of academic policies/procedures and major/degree plans according to the
advisor’s area, in addition to student resources throughout the University
in using problem-solving skills and initiative to assist individual
students with particular issues and identify methods to improve office
processes and systems
to work effectively as a team member and develop collaborative and
productive professional relationships in pursuit of shared goals.
- Skill in working
with diverse students to foster an inclusive community that recognizes the
value of all people, regardless of ethnicity, race, gender, religion, national
origin, sexual orientation, ability, or socioeconomic status.
- Experience in and understanding of the importance of working with students from diverse populations.
- Excellent organizational skills; high attention to detail; independent; self-motivated; able to work in a fast-paced, changing environment.
- Excellent interpersonal skills; ability to communicate with many individuals at all levels throughout the internal college environment as well as external business and community partners, representing his/her self in a professional and courteous manner.
- Ability to multi-task, work under deadlines, and prioritize projects to meet deadlines with high levels of efficiency.
- Master’s Degree from an accredited college or university
- Prior experience with advisement, student coaching, or other student academic support work, especially with diverse student populations
- Educational background in a field related to higher education, student services, or counseling
About The University of Southern Mississippi
The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) is a comprehensive public research institution delivering transformative programs on campuses in Hattiesburg and Long Beach, at teaching and research sites across the Mississippi Gulf Coast, as well as online. Founded in 1910, USM is one of only 131 universities in the nation to earn the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education’s “R1: Doctoral Universities – Very high research activity” designation, and its robust research enterprise includes experts in ocean science and engineering, polymer science and engineering, and large event venue safety and security, among others. USM is also one of only 37 institutions in the nation accredited in theatre, art and design, dance and music. As an economic driver, USM generates an annual economic impact of more than $600 million across the state. USM welcomes a diverse student body of more than 14,000, representing 71 countries, all 50 states, and every county in Mississippi. USM students have collected four Truman Scholarships and 37 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships, while also leading Mississippi with 27 Goldwater Scholarships, an honor that recognizes the next generation of great research scientists. Home to the Golden Eagles, USM competes in 17 Division I sports sponsored by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). For more information, visit www.usm.edu.
As an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity employer/Americans with Disabilities Act institution, The University of Southern Mississippi encourages minorities, women, veterans and persons with disabilities to apply.