The Academic Advisor joins the Office of Student Affairs in the School of Public Health and Health Professions (SPHHP), a group tasked with overseeing student services and promoting student success. The selected candidate will work closely with the department chairs, faculty and staff in:
Fostering and supporting holistic student development from admission through graduation, promoting a supportive and engaged learning environment;
Collaborating with the assistant director of student affairs on orientation sessions for new students, including pre-arrival communication and support based on best practices;
Articulating and implementing a student advisement plan;
Advising students on how to best complete their degree programs, paying special attention to the UB undergraduate curriculum and the degree requirements for the undergraduate programs in SPHHP;
Coordinating with department chairs and staff on determination and communication of students’ performance and academic status;
Actively connecting with university-wide academic affairs units to maintain the school’s compliance with UB policies and procedures;
Conveying and interpreting academic policies to students and school administrators;
Use of PeopleSoft systems for course scheduling and advisement, as well as other UB IT systems.
Use of EAB’s Student Success Collaborative (SSC) early alert system platform in support of student success and retention efforts;
Serves as a member of the SPHHP Student Success & Recruitment Committee; executes retention and student success strategies across the SPHHP undergraduate population.
Additionally, each of the vacancies requires specialized duties:
Responsible for SPHHP affiliation agreement execution, maintenance, and oversight
Responsible for leading the SPHHP Retention & Success Committee & efforts related to enhancing undergraduate success & retention at the school level
Responsible for assisting the Director with administrative functions of the academic advising office (e.g., exception processing, major change process)
Provides leadership (in concert with the Director) to OASA initiatives involving orientation, open house, group advising, and others
About the School:
UB’s School of Public Health and Health Professions offers programs at every degree level and is the home to five departments; biostatistics, community health and health behavior, epidemiology and environmental health, exercise and nutrition sciences, and rehabilitation science. It is one of only a few schools across the country that includes health-related professions as an integral component of the public health educational and research system. Faculty and students engage in research and community activities designed to improve the health of populations, communities, and individuals. The SPHHP is located on the South Campus of University at Buffalo. For more information about the school, visit http://sphhp.buffalo.edu/.
About The University at Buffalo:
The University at Buffalo (UB) #ubuffalo is one of America’s leading public research universities and a flagship of the State University of New York system, recognized for our excellence and our impact. UB is a premier, research-intensive public university dedicated to academic excellence. Our research, creative activity and people positively impact the world. Like the city we call home, UB is distinguished by a culture of resilient optimism, resourceful thinking and pragmatic dreaming that enables us to reach others every day. Visit our website to learn more about the University at Buffalo.
About the Buffalo/Niagara region:
Buffalo is the second-largest city in New York State and is located on the shores of Lake Erie, upriver of the majestic Niagara Falls. Buffalo – the City of Good Neighbors – is undergoing a renaissance with a rapidly growing economy, vital academic health sciences center, and affordable cost of living. The Western New York educational system is excellent. Buffalo-Niagara is a region of 1.2 million people, world-class art galleries and museums, a comprehensive city-wide system of parks and green space, a vibrant theater and music community, and major and minor league sports teams.
University at Buffalo is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and, in keeping with our commitment, welcomes all to apply including veterans and individuals with disabilities.
Bachelor’s Degree with 2 years of experience in undergraduate or graduate advisement are required, as is the ability to work with students, faculty, staff, and academic leadership who come from diverse backgrounds.
Master’s Degree, preferably in higher education, student personnel services, student counseling, or related area.
Excellent written and verbal communication skills, public presentation skills, and strong computer skills.
The ability to build rapport with prospective students and other stakeholders – such as parents and families, and staff in other university departments – is also required.
Work during evening and weekends may be necessary in order to meet professional obligations.