Academic Advisor – Main Campus

  • Freelance
  • Anywhere
  • Freelance
  • Anywhere


  • JOB SUMMARY: 

    The Advisor is responsible for
    establishing a supportive relationship with their students.   The Advisor provides advising and counseling services to all undergraduate and
    graduate students at the Main Campus in Waterbury.  Academic Advising is essential in coaching and counseling the students from the
    transition into school through to graduation. It is imperative that the advisors are able to build a strong, professional relationship with
    students and remain in constant contact with students through verbal and electronic means of communication. The Advisor will monitor, track,
    and report on retention initiatives and work with faculty and staff in an effort to increase retention.  Our Advisors are proactive guides
    and academic coaches.  The Advisor works closely with all offices on campus including Admissions, Student Finance, Academics, and the
    Registrar to provide a high level of service to students. A strong understanding of technology is a priority. 

    ESSENTIAL
    FUNCTIONS:

    • Provides students with guidance related to academic progress, course selection, registration, degree selection,
      and work/life/study issues.
    • Coaches and advises students on strategies for success, and the ability to overcome challenges, and
      provides access to appropriate resources. 
    • Maintains contact with students to discuss degree program requirements, course selection,
      and change of major, petition process, and designate a minor.
    • Proactively and creatively works independently and as a member of the
      Academic Advising team to identify barriers to students’ academic success and develop solutions that improve retention;
    • Introduce
      students to and train them on the use of university systems, (e.g. Web Registration and Blackboard, Post University Mobile
      App)
    • Interacts with faculty and other relevant offices to update and report on retention concerns and at-risk students. Advocate for
      student needs across all departments of the university. 
    • Actively and independently manage the assigned student
      caseload. 
    • Works closely with other University offices including The Registrar’s Office, the Office of Student Finance, Student
      Services, Athletics, Academic Affairs, and Admissions to assist students with University procedures.
    • Communicate and enforce school
      policies/procedures when working with students, faculty, and staff.
    • Assists Registrar in auditing credits for
      graduation.
    • Maintain accurate documentation of student records electronically
    • Analyzes retention data to identify key points
      of student attrition; makes recommendations to increase student persistence.
    • Help student-athletes to understand NCAA eligibility
      requirements.
    • Complete electronic transfer credit evaluations for students entering the University.
    • Facilitate connections
      with other departments in the enrollment team to ensure student file completion and a clear pathway to graduation.
    • Attend University
      events to support University’s goals and mission. (Open Houses, Graduation, Accepted Student’s Day, New Student Orientation) *This may
      include evenings and weekends.

    ADDITIONAL RESPONSIBILITIES:

    • Reviews office systems and suggest
      improvements.
    • Supervises work-study students.
    • Provides student tracking reports to university management.
    • Performs
      other duties as assigned.

    QUALIFICATIONS: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to
    perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability
    required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

    KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES:

    • Bachelor’s degree preferred. 
    • Must be able to work weekends and
      late-night hours 
    • Spanish language skills preferred
    • Excellent face-to-face, phone, and email communication skills; maintains
      a positive attitude.
    • Good organization skills and ability to keep consistent contact with full student caseload
    • One to two
      years of experience in an academic or counseling environment is preferred.
    • Ability to use and quickly learn existing and new
      technologies, including but not limited to Blackboard, Campus Nexus, Microsoft Office Suite, social media, etc.        
    • Problem
      solver; a solutions-oriented person.
    • Self-starter – shows initiative and is able to work both independently and as a team member to
      achieve organizational goals. Energetic, goal-oriented, and must have a strong interest in working in a fast-paced environment that requires
      multi-tasking. 
    • Dedicated to student success with a sense of purpose; responsive to students and colleagues
    • Works well in a
      team environment; enjoys working as a contributing member of the Advising team and can maintain a professional, positive working
      relationship with other offices.
    • Ability to adapt to new ideas and see them as opportunities to improve the student
      experience.



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