Academic & Career Advisor, Academic Center for Excellence

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  • Internship
  • Anywhere

Overview of Academic and Career Advisor

The Academic Center for Excellence at Purdue University Northwest is seeking an Academic and Career Advisor. The primary purpose of the Academic and Career Advisor is to provide individual, appreciative, and transformational advising to students on matters such as selection of major, course selection and sequencing, and academic performance. Our Academic Center for Excellence leads several important university initiatives that have a role in student retention and success: Academic Advising, Academic Recovery Program, Supplemental Instruction (SI), Tutoring, Series of Success Workshops and more. May have to work evening & weekend hours.

Duties and Responsibilities of Academic and Career Advisor

  • Advises and provides guidance to student processes and responsibilities necessary to satisfy academic requirements to declare a major, and successfully transition into that major in order to graduate
  • Proactively reaches out to targeted populations, and maintains current and accurate records documenting individual student progress toward degree requirements
  • Works closely with faculty, administration, student outreach services, and other Purdue University Northwest staff in implementing, evaluating and improving student retention
  • Assists students identified as academically at risk and participates in the development and implementation of intervention efforts by the University
  • Participates in the evaluation of the effectiveness of programs, courses, advising materials, policies and procedures
  • Refers students to appropriate offices, learning resources and personnel as needed
  • Provides a positive environment which assists students in their personal and academic growth and development
  • Teach the First Year Experience course, GS 19100
  • Contribute to the planning and assessment of GS 19100 curriculum
  • Maintain accurate grade keeping records for the assigned GS 19100 section(s)
  • Provides in depth career exploration/counseling to students unsure of their professional paths
  • Reviews and critiques students’ professional documents (resumes, cover letters, LinkedIn, etc.)
  • Conducts mock-interviews to assist in improving students’ skills
  • Encourages experiential learning and aids in finding internships
  • Assists and explains job application process

Benefits of Academic and Career Advisor

  • Full benefits – Medical, Dental, Vision, Short Term Disability, Retirement, Life Insurance and more
  • Accrue 15 days’ vacation your first year, then 22 days’ vacation your 2nd year plus rollover
  • University contribution of 10% to retirement (3 year waiting period)
  • University contributions to Health Savings Account –
    • Plus a chance to earn more through participating in University Wellness Initiatives
  • 10 paid holidays
  • Employee Wellness Programs
  • Paid Parental Leave after one year of service
  • Tuition remission for you, your spouse and dependent children at any Purdue campus

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Purdue University Northwest (PNW) is a premier metropolitan university dedicated to empowering transformational change in our students and in our community. We offer two campuses serving approximately 8,800 undergraduate and graduate students. At PNW, we value academic excellence, support growth, and celebrate diversity.

PNW sits between Chicago’s skyscrapers and Lake Michigan’s sandy shores.  You can have all the perks of a world-class city just a short drive away or enjoy the natural beauty of the Indiana Dunes National Park and Lake Michigan just 15 miles away.

Education of Academic and Career Advisor

  • Master’s degree in higher education, student affairs, or related field (e.g., social work, counseling, education

Experience of Academic and Career Advisor

  • Three years of professional work experience required 
  • Professional work experience within a public higher education setting in an academic advising and/or retention-related position preferred

Core Competencies of Academic and Career Advisor

  • Ability to learn, understand, interpret and relay the full range of student services available, including enrollment services, academic policies & procedures of PNW and associated federal & state regulations
  • Ability to prioritize and meet deadlines
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment
  • Possess excellent written, verbal, organizational, and time management skills
  • Adapt to changes and willingness to learn new things
  • Initiate & maintain professional relationships with diverse groups & sensitivity to the needs of students
  • Strong interpersonal and human relations skills and the ability to maintain confidentiality is essential
  • Bilingual Skills preferred

Additional Information

Professional references will be verified prior to any offer of employment. Employment is contingent upon completion of successful background check along with a motor vehicle records check if applicable.

Purdue University Northwest is an EEO/AA employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce.  All individuals, including minorities, women, individuals with disabilities, and protected veterans are encouraged to apply.

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