The College of Arts and Sciences at the University at Buffalo is seeking a Senior Academic Advisor to provide academic advisement for undergraduates. This position provides the instrumental support a student needs in respect to academic planning, program and course selection. The incumbent will aid students in interpreting academic rules and regulations, such as prerequisites or other course requirements.
This position also serves as a liaison between the advisement office and assigned academic departments. The incumbent will be responsible for developing outreach, retention and persistence programs as well as assessing student degree progress in relation to campus initiatives. Additionally, the incumbent will instruct students on topics related to academic success, actively participate in both the recruitment and orientation of all students to the College, and work to improve academic services provided by the office.
The duties include but are not limited to:
Advisement: Regularly meet with students by appointment or as walk-ins, and through indirect means such as mail, telephone, and email as appropriate to provide high quality advisement.
Liaison to designated CAS departments: Collaborate with Directors of Undergraduate Studies, staff advisors, and faculty advisors to improve communication with advising office and to promote consistent advisement across the College.
Outreach and retention programs: Target specific student populations (e.g., high-achieving students, new freshmen, students in academic difficulty) to assist them in reaching their academic and career goals.
Administrative: Manage tasks to document and track advisement interactions, support assessment of academic advisement programs, and consistently assess student’s degree progress.
Teaching: Instruct Academic Success and other workshops/presentations to new students.
Leadership: Take an active role in planning and shaping the programs offered by the office, and represent the office’s interests on campus committees and working groups as necessary.
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.
Master’s Degree required.
One year of full-time experience in a college/university setting working with undergraduate students in academic advising, other academic support programs, teaching, student life or recruitment activities.
An advanced degree in higher education, student personnel services, student counseling, or a related area.
Three years of full-time experience in a college/university setting working with undergraduate students in academic advising, other academic support programs, teaching, student life or recruitment activities.
An understanding of student development theory; broad knowledge of and appreciation for a liberal arts education; strong organizational and communication skills (oral and written); an understanding of the needs of a diverse student population; experience interpreting and applying academic policies; knowledge of Microsoft Office software.