Student Success Advisor

  • Freelance
  • Anywhere
  • Freelance
  • Anywhere

Work Schedule:

Monday-Friday 8am-5pm; some evening and weekend work.


The Student Success Advisor serves as a supportive and knowledgeable point of contact for first-year and
transfer students and as the academic advisor for a select group of students. This position works collaboratively with a variety of
programs, faculty and staff throughout the university. This position also promotes academic success and engagement and empowers students to
pursue degree completion. This position reports to the Associate Director.

Essential Functions and

  • Maintain an advising caseload proportionate to number of advisors and incoming students, currently
    estimated at 150-200 per Student Success advisor, to provide professional advising and degree planning to students assigned to the Center
    for Student Success.
  • Variable work hours to include evening and weekend hours to meet student needs and during peak days/weeks for
    the Center.
  • Advise first-year and transfer students during registration periods.
  • Assist with new student
  • Serves as a resource regarding advising and planning for PLU faculty and staff.
  • Teach in the
    Student Success Course program as invited by FYEP.
  • Help implement use of the advising syllabus.
  • Support and interface
    with the SCN as reflected by student needs.
  • Utilize the advising as teaching framework (helping students make meaning of
    the entire curriculum).
  • Complete a series of consistent touch points with advisees each semester in order to assist in their
    transition (by connecting students with needed supports) and prepare them to select a major or a general academic interest area by the end
    of their first academic year..
  • Create academic success plans for students in financial aid or GPA difficulty
    at PLU including providing alternative strategies and academic options.
  • Understand, utilize, and collaborate with
    university offices and appropriately refer students to resources (learning support, mental health, physical health).
  • Promotes
    timely degree completion through major exploration and multi-year planning.
  • Creates and maintains records to keep track and support
    student progress and success.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Skills, and

  • Excellent interpersonal communication skills and willingness to interact with students using a variety of
    methods (in-person, remote, working with faculty/staff who work with the student).
  • A history of working with or a demonstrated
    commitment to students in all their diversity including race, gender, sexual orientation, disability and/or other issues of
  • High level of initiative and organizational ability.
  • Good understanding of liberal arts education and
    PLU’s general education structure along with knowledge of all majors/minors and the degree-planning necessary to graduate
    from PLU in a timely manner.
  • General understanding of student development theory and practice.
  • Willingness to
    work in an ever-changing environment.
  • Proficiency in word processing, spreadsheet, database applications and
    current PLU web-based apps.

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree.
  • Finalist applicants must satisfactorily complete pre-employment background checks.

Work Conditions:

  • Office work.

Other Information:

PLU is a small, private university where caring means
more than kindness and consideration — it means a bold commitment to expanding well-being, opportunity, and justice.
Because PLU is a community committed to the creation and advancement of knowledge through diversity and inclusion, the university
actively recruits a diverse faculty, staff, and student body. PLU is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes applications from
members of historically underrepresented and minoritized groups, women, veterans, persons with disabilities, and others who would bring
broadly diverse perspectives, experiences, and backgrounds in educational, research or other work activities.
PLU offers an
excellent benefits package including tuition remission for employees and their dependents, generous retirement plan, medical, dental, paid
vacation and sick leave, major holidays off (including Christmas/New Year’s break and extra time off during the summer), and many
other great university benefits. PLU is a qualifying employer under the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program as a 501©(3)
tax-exempt organization.
For general application questions or if you need accommodations at any point in the application and/or
interview process, please contact the Human Resources Office at 253-535-7185 or

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