Academic Advisor

  • Full Time
  • Anywhere
  • Full Time
  • Anywhere
Rivier University invites applications for the full-time position of Academic Advisor. Reporting to the Director of Global
Engagement, the Graduate Academic Advisor (AA) is a critical member of the Office of Global Engagement, providing support and advising
CS/CIS graduate international students. The Academic Advisor leads the advising efforts and work in collaboration with the International
Students Support Assistant (ISSA). The AA is responsible in promoting retention and graduation of Rivier University’s graduate
students.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Provides a welcoming support to incoming students
    through pre-arrival communication pertaining course registration and payment instructions. 
  • Participates in International Student
    Orientation and provides holistic approach to advising newest students.
  • Works with individual students for classes registration each
    semester, including requests to add, drop, or withdraw from courses and overall tracking of students’ enrollment in collaboration with ISSA,
    the Department of Math and Computer Science’s Dean and Chair of the Graduate CS/CIS Programs.
  • Ensures that enrollments are SEVIS
    compliant.
  • Maintains Excel spreadsheets recording grades, scheduled courses, and degree completion dates for all students to create
    curriculum projections for upcoming semesters.
  • Submits a comprehensive report of graduating students for the OGE Director in
    preparation of Optional Practical Training audit and timely advisement.
  • Responsible in providing pro-active communications with all
    new and potential students regarding course information, registration, academic policies and participating in new student
    orientation.
  • Monitors student problems and schedules appointments with faculty and administration regarding academic concerns, holds
    for lack of payment, dropped registration, informs student directly about updated protocols instituted at university.
  • Coordinates
    all academic advising plans and schedules proactively with the Program Director and ISSA ensure timely course registration is
    completed.
  • Serves as a back-up DSO as needed.

Qualifications:

  • Associate degree or equivalent
    experience with two to three years in higher education.
  • Enthusiasm about working with international students, academic advising and
    knowledge of other complex software platforms and social media engagement.
  • Must be a US citizen or a legal permanent resident of the
    United States of America.
  • Bachelor’s degree preferred.
  • Professional experience as a support professional in the field of
    international education and/or student affairs (Education Abroad, International Student Services, Multi-cultural Affairs)
    preferred.

Knowledge and Skills:

  • Knowledge of general office procedures and
    practices.
  • Understanding of FERPA and HIPAA Guidelines.
  • Ability to communicate effectively in written and oral
    form.
  • Strong organizational and time management skills.
  • Flexibility and adaptability in an emerging and changing
    environment.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality and manage confidential information.
  • Computer skills and proficiency with a
    variety of computer applications including word-processing, and reporting platforms, as well as online calendaring and email (MS Word,
    Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, CAMS and Canvas).
  • Effective problem-solving skills and demonstrated ability to take
    initiative.
  • Experience working in or with diverse constituencies.
  • Excellent interpersonal, presentation, written and oral
    communication skills.
  • Thorough knowledge of basic concepts, principles and procedures in building and maintaining internal relations
    on campus.
  • Evidence of strong organizational abilities and the ability to effectively prioritize and manage multiple tasks in a
    fast-paced, high-volume, environment.
  • Knowledge of SEVIS regulations a plus.

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