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Job ID: 118967

Academic Advisor
Bryant University

Date Posted Jan. 30, 2019
Title Academic Advisor
University Bryant University
Smithfield, RI, United States
Department UNDG-Undergraduate Advising
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Professional Staff
  • Student Services
    Counseling Services

Position Summary
This position reports to the Director of Undergraduate Advising and is accountable for providing academic advising services for undergraduate students.

Remaining consistent with Bryant University’s mission statement that, "The Bryant experience promotes academic excellence and cultivates the leadership skill, qualities of character, and diverse perspectives required to succeed…", academic advising provides students with an opportunity to build a relationship with their advisor for the purpose of planning their educational career; learning how to access campus resources and services available to them; and, empowering them to "claim their education".

Working within the philosophy of advising as teaching, professional academic advisors will:

- Experience working with International student populations including ESL and AEL populations.
- Partner with the First-Year Gateway Program to assist with student learning and transition.
- Support students in their pursuit of academic excellence, by developing an educational plan consistent with their life goals and objectives.
- Advise students on course selection and degree completion, in compliance with the Academic Standards of Progress.
- Provide students with strategies for utilizing the available resources and services on campus.
- Help students navigate university policies and procedures to ensure a broad understanding of academic expectations.
- Assist with academic planning for co-curricular opportunities such as internship and study abroad experiences.
- Work with students in determining their academic and career path through the MyPath@Bryant program.

Principal Accountabilities
Academic Advisor responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Academic Advising: Facilitate understanding and purpose of higher education for advisees; assist students with academic goal setting; teach students how to monitor their progress; help students develop decision making skills; make student referrals to campus resources as necessary; advise on course selection and long-term academic planning; work with students who have academic difficulties and helping them to access appropriate resources on campus; maintain close working relationships with faculty and with colleagues within the Amica Center for Career Education, Counseling Services, the Academic Center for Excellence and the Center for Diversity and Inclusion to discuss issues related to the academic success of students.
  • International Student and Program Management: Assist with managing the International Business student population, curriculum, and program. Serve as a primary communicator between the International Business population and faculty as well as attend weekly International Business committee meetings.
  • Study Abroad Advising: Advise students who are interested in the opportunity to study abroad; assist students with course planning and curriculum integration for a semester or more abroad; and advise on transferability of credits for courses taken within a selected customized study abroad programs.
  • Strategic Planning and Faculty Engagement: Experience with various advising models to meet the needs of diverse student populations. Must have the ability to interface and coordinate with faculty around student development and student needs.
  • Registration and Records: Assist in scheduling, preparing and presenting programs for registration and orientation for all incoming students as well as pre-registration for all continuing students; maintaining appropriate student records within the University’s database; assist in the review of final grades, and analyzing the academic parameters achieved to determine honors, probation, or dismissal status; and certifying graduates.
  • Transfer Credits: Assist in the approval of applications for transfer credit, including evaluating transcripts of transfer students for acceptability of courses and credits from other institutions.

This position is best filled by an individual with a Master’s degree in a related field, and demonstrated knowledge of academic advising. Ability to utilize computerized registration and degree audit applications is required; SCT Banner, Advisor/Tutor Trac experience is desirable. Advising experience with the following student populations preferred: international students, student-athletes, learning disabled students or students in academic difficulty. Excellent interpersonal and communications skills are required to effectively advise students, and interact with faculty and staff. Experience interpreting and administering academic policies is preferred.

Working Environment
Regular attendance at assigned job site and the ability to work collaboratively with co-workers and constituents are essential functions of this position.

Physical Capacities
Certain requirements are subject to possible modification to accommodate individuals with disabilities.

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