Professional Advisor, First Professional Degree

  • Temporary
  • Anywhere
  • Temporary
  • Anywhere

Company Description:

As the second-largest independent Catholic university in New England, and one of the fastest-growing in the U.S., Sacred Heart University is a national leader in shaping higher education for the 21st century. SHU offers nearly 90 undergraduate, graduate, doctoral and certificate programs on its Fairfield, Conn., campus. Sacred Heart also has satellites in Connecticut, Luxembourg and Ireland and offers online programs. More than 9,000 students attend the University’s nine colleges and schools: Arts & Sciences; Communication, Media & the Arts; Social Work; Computer Science & Engineering; Health Professions; the Isabelle Farrington College of Education and Human Development; the Jack Welch College of Business & Technology; the Dr. Susan L. Davis, R.N., & Richard J. Henley College of Nursing; and St. Vincent’s College. Sacred Heart stands out from other Catholic institutions as it was established and led by laity. The contemporary Catholic university is rooted in the rich Catholic intellectual tradition and the liberal arts, and at the same time cultivates students to be forward thinkers who enact change-in their own lives, professions and in their communities. The Princeton Review includes SHU in its Best 387 Colleges-2022 Edition, “Best Northeastern” and Best Business Schools-2021 Edition. Sacred Heart is home to the award-winning, NPR-affiliated radio station, WSHU, a Division I athletics program and an impressive performing arts program that includes choir, band, dance and theatre.

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Job Description:

Advise and meet with undergraduate nursing students in the First Professional Degree and Second Degree Accelerated Programs individually and in groups regarding the development and implementation of their academic plan as well as to support academic success and retention.

Responsibilities Include:

  • Advise and meet with undergraduate nursing students individually and in groups regarding the development and implementation of their academic plan.
  • Monitor nursing advisees’ academic plan.
  • Review and approve each nursing advisee’s plan of study each semester and facilitate registration.
  • Ensure nursing advisees are following the plan of student.
  • Complete the graduation audit for the BSN degree for each advisee.
  • Document accurately nursing student advisement meetings and documents in EStar.
  • Respond in a timely manner to nursing student inquiries.
  • Communicate regularly with nursing advisees regarding important academic deadlines.
  • Meet with nursing advisees upon request for support for study skills, stress reduction, time-management skills, and other related supporting skills.
  • Identify nursing students who may require additional support services in DHCON and/or SHU.
  • Coordinate and collaborate with student support offices and facilitate referrals for nursing students as appropriate.
  • Report any concerns to the FPD/SDA Program Director or Assistant Program Directors in the DHCON.
  • Adjust the plan of study for nursing advisees related academic standings decisions and LOAs.
  • Hold registration sessions with program faculty and nursing students each semester.
  • Hold weekly/monthly themed sessions for nursing students for study skills and organizational skills.
  • Prepare documents and presentations necessary for nursing student support and registration sessions.


Statement of Personal & Organizational Responsibility for Diversity and Inclusion

Actively promote a collegial environment and consciously apply our mission and values to create a culture of inclusion and belonging; a safe space where all may thrive and succeed. Participate in developmental activities to increase understanding and awareness of issues related to diversity, equity and inclusion; apply that understanding to guide your approach to all aspects of your job and the community as a whole. Demonstrate that we are “Stronger Together” as described in the Office for Diversity & Inclusion’s Mission and Vision statements.

Knowledge and Skills Needed:

  • Bachelor’s degree required; Master’s degree preferred
  • Experience in academic advising or counseling preferred
  • Knowledge of nursing curriculum a plus
  • Knowledge of learning styles, learning strategies and academic success strategies preferred
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to work effectively as a team member
  • Expertise in Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel

Additional Information:

Flexible working hours to accommodate department needs

Application Instructions:

Please apply online, faxes and emails will not be accepted. A cover letter is appreciated.

Sacred Heart University is a space that respects and embraces differences, recognizes the unique contributions that individuals can make, and creates a community that maximizes the potential of all faculty and staff. As an equal opportunity employer, we encourage applications from qualified candidates who reflect the wider world in which we live.

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