Director of Academic Advising

  • Freelance
  • Anywhere
  • Freelance
  • Anywhere

Reporting to the Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs and the Executive Director of the Owen
Center for Teaching and Learning, the Director of Academic Advising is responsible for the development and implementation of holistic,
proactive advising services. The Director of Advising supports student success through collaboration with Academic Affairs and other
university and community constituents.

SUPERVISION RECEIVED: The position reports directly to the Assistant Vice President for
Academic Affairs/Executive Director of the Owen Center for Teaching and Learning. SUPERVISION EXERCISED: The Director of Advising leads and
has direct supervision over the Academic Advising Coordinator and student employees. The Director of Advising also supervises faculty
teaching in the AIM Hei advising program.


  • Provides
    direct counsel and advice to students on issues related to their academic performance and personal functioning, helping students develop
    effective learning strategies

  • Assists with course registration, course and degree planning, class scheduling, and
    transitions associated with a student’s change of major.

  • Collaborates with the HYPE Career Ready® Office to
    support experiential learning opportunities for all students. 

  • Oversees student support services related to student
    academic advising and retention. 

  • Serves as a point of contact for academic advising best practices. 

  • Develops an effective advising model and approach that supports strong faculty-student mentoring and engagement.

  • Researches, develops, and conducts regular professional development programs for faculty advisors in collaboration with the Director of
    Faculty Development and Instructional Technology. 

  • Monitors student progress and eligibility related to the 4 Year

  • Supports on-campus recruitment and yield efforts in collaboration with the Office of Admissions.

  • Analyzes student retention and success data to identify potential barriers to student success and collaborates with faculty and staff to
    implement strategies to eliminate or reduce those barriers. 

  • Collaborate with offices inside and outside the Owen CTL
    to support campus wide student success and retention initiatives. 

  • Works with community college partners and the
    Office of Admissions to promote transfer and CCP enrollment and degree completion. 

  • Collaborates with the Office of
    Student Engagement and Office of Admissions to support student scheduling at Orientations.

  • Forecasts needed course seats
    and sections and collaborates with Academic Departments to assist with course scheduling to ensure student progress towards graduation.

  • Maintains accurate records in all advising matters;

  • Participates in, assesses, and continuously improves the
    AIM Hei proactive advising program. 

  • Assists with the development, implementation, and assessment of annual goals and
    objectives for Academic Advising and the Owen CTL as a whole.

  • Other duties as assigned


  • Expressed and demonstrated respect and sensitivity to and understanding of the needs
    of a diverse student body. 

  • Experience, knowledge, and appreciation for a professional liberal arts mission within a
    small campus community. 

  • Community-engaged learning approach (or interest in developing) that builds connections
    through local partnerships and service learning and volunteerism. 

  • A strong commitment to student-centered active
    learning and student engagement activities.

  • Willingness to participate in campus responsibilities and activities during
    the day, evenings, and /or weekends at both on-campus and off-campus locations. 

  • Ability and flexibility to accept
    instructional assignments during the day, evenings, and /or weekends. 

  • Flexibility and willingness to accept summer
    teaching assignments. 

  • Commitment and a demonstrated record of academic excellence with professional and personal

  • A work ethic that promotes teamwork, enhances creativity and motivation, and builds consensus in a
    high-energy and high-task environment. 

  • A positive attitude and a sense of humor along with willingness to contribute
    ideas and take initiative. 

  • Intellectual dynamism – demonstrates mental sharpness, capability, and

  • Self-knowledge – gains insight from successes and mistakes.

  • Personal learning –
    seeks feedback and counsel to improve managerial behavior.

  • Peer relationships – encourages collaboration and
    cooperation across the organization.

  • Teamwork – performs most effectively as a hard-working member of a team.

  • Constituency focus – completes work to meet constituencies’ expectations and requirements.

  • Community focus – brings a spirit of enthusiasm and energy to the campus and town

  • In addition, the ideal
    candidate will model Heidelberg University’s core values of integrity, honesty, humility, transparency, respectfulness, diversity,
    caring, loyalty, and accountability in all work.



  1. Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution and
    related experience in higher education administration or appropriate academic discipline,

  2. A minimum of three (3) years of
    academic advising, academic support services, or student success work including supervisory and leadership-level responsibilities.


(A) Advanced degree in relevant academic field preferred.

(B) Increasingly
responsible administrative experience in an advising leadership role in a directly related field (e.g., higher education administration,
education, or counseling).

Necessary Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Knowledge and evidence of
    success using formalized academic assessment of learning outcomes for program improvement and student success. 

  • Outstanding, relevant interpersonal, written and verbal communication and problem-solving skills. 

  • Ability to work both independently as well as cooperatively in a team setting.

  • Ability to manage multiple tasks and
    balance competing priorities.

  • Ability to interact professionally and effectively with staff and all offices across campus
    to deliver high quality customer service.

TOOLS AND EQUIPMENT USED: Various instructional technology including, but
not limited to Google Suite, learning management systems such as Canvas, video conferencing, etc.