The School of Architecture and Planning at the University at Buffalo – The State University of New York invites applications for an academic advisor.
The School of Architecture and Planning, with approximately 50 full-time faculty members and 680 students, is home to the Department of Architecture and the Department of Urban and Regional Planning. Undergraduate programs include the Bachelor of Science in Architecture and Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Design degrees. Graduate programs include nationally accredited Master of Architecture and Master of Urban Planning degrees, as well as a Master of Science in Real Estate Development, a Master of Science in Architecture, an Advanced Certificate in Historic Preservation, a PhD in Urban and Regional Planning, and a variety of dual and combined degrees. The School of Architecture and Planning is the only public research entity in the northeast that offers accredited M.Arch. and MUP degrees, and the faculty continually rank in the top five in research productivity among all AAU schools of architecture and planning.
The school has a strong history of working with civic and industry partners in Buffalo and Western New York. "The City of Good Neighbors," Buffalo is the second largest urban area in New York State – a cultural center with excellent museums and theaters, and is among the most affordable cities in the U.S. In addition, the surrounding environment provides convenient access to sailing, boating, and fishing, as well as skiing, hiking, and the beauty of Niagara Falls.
The Academic Advisor joins the academic leadership team of the School of Architecture and Planning, 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 director of first-year experience 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 B.S. in Architecture and the B.A in Environmental Design programs;
- 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.
The school strongly values diversity and inclusivity, and, therefore, seeks applicants from under-represented and marginalized groups (based on race, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age, disability status, veteran status, and nationality). The 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.
A Bachelor’s degree and 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. 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.
Experience in higher education or college student personnel administration, student affairs, academic advising or related fields is preferred.