Academic Advisor, Graduate Nursing

  • Freelance
  • Anywhere
  • Freelance
  • Anywhere

Located in Boston’s historic Fenway area, Simmons has a strong tradition of empowering women and challenging traditional gender roles. Simmons University was one of the first higher education institutions to prepare women to become leaders and has evolved to become a university offering a women’s undergraduate program and graduate programs open to all.

You’re joining our community at an especially exciting time as one of our strategic goals is to become the most inclusive campus in New England. You’ll find that people who work here are truly committed to our mission of preparing students to become champions of social justice and leaders in their professions and their communities. This commitment and pride make for a dynamic workplace.

Job Summary:

Simmons University is looking for an Academic Advisor to join the College of Natural, Behavioral, and Health Sciences (“CNBHS”) Graduate Advising team to support graduate nursing advising within the College, including both online and on-campus programming.  Reporting to the Director(s) of Advanced Practice, the Academic Advisor plays a critical role in ensuring student success in the program. The Academic Advisor is responsible for building supportive and personalized relationships with students, managing expectations of program requirements, and providing opportunities to help students stay connected to the Simmons community. 

The Academic Advisor oversees student enrollment and registration, maintains accurate student data, and counsels students on course registration, leaves of absence, academic ineligibility, plans of study, policy question, as well as other needs.

You can find more information about the College of Natural, Behavioral, and Health Sciences here.

Core Responsibilities:

  • Advise students on University policies, handbooks, procedures, program requirements, practicum requirements, and all other academic matters

  • Provide students with preemptive guidance on acclimating to their new graduate program lifestyle and building supportive personal environments and best practices to facilitate their student success 

  • Track and report on student progress to key stakeholders within the designated CNBHS graduate program teams

  • Participate in department meetings regarding complex student issues

  • Serve as the main point of contact for all disputes and various other administrative needs of the students

  • Serve on the admissions committee as a file reviewer and provide support for the admissions process.

  • Participate in department and program related events for assigned programs (ie: Immersions, Town Halls, Award Ceremonies, etc)

  • Other duties as assigned


  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university required;

  • Minimum two more years of academic advising or equivalent experience (i.e. roles requiring extensive student contact, or positions that entail a high level of customer service management);

  • Experience advising and/or teaching, or general familiarity, with online programs a plus;

  • Proven ability in developing strong relationships through a variety of means (including remote engagement) and experience in professional coaching/advising others required; 

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills;

  • The ideal candidate will possess strong time management, customer service, problem solving and interpersonal skills, will be adaptable to new and rapidly changing situations, will be creative and innovative and demonstrate the ability to work independently and with a team. Ability to successfully resolve student issues from request through resolution;

  • Comfort with online webinar technology using audio, video and shared desktop applications (i.e. Adobe Connect, Zoom, Webex, GoToMeeting, Skype);

  • Strong proficiency with Microsoft Office, Google Suite, and presentation software, with a particular emphasis on spreadsheets and data entry/analysis;

  • The ability to effectively work with multiple databases and student platforms; and

  • Must have a strong commitment to education.

This Boston-based position is on a 40-hour work week schedule which will require flexible hours, including occasional nights and weekends.  This role is eligible for a partial remote work schedule.

Required Application Materials:

  • Resume/CV

  • Cover Letter

Salary Grade


Instructions to Applicants: Please upload all applicable application materials (e.g. resume/cv, cover letter, writing sample, teaching philosophy, etc.) in the Application Materials box on page 2 (“My Experience”) of this application. Documents can be uploaded individually or as a combined document (e.g. PDF).

Simmons University is committed to inclusive excellence in all aspects of an individual’s community experience. As a university committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion, Simmons encourages applications from all under-represented groups. Simmons is committed to creating, developing, promoting, and enhancing inclusive hiring practices-at all levels, for all positions-ensuring diverse talent pools and the delivery of a consistent positive candidate experience. Simmons is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to continuing to develop a more diverse faculty, staff, student body, and curriculum.