Utah State University

  • Academic Advisor Senior- RN to BSN

    City Logan Campus
    Posted Date 2 months ago(12/3/2019 2:47 PM)
    Requisition ID
    # of Openings
    Job Locations
    Category (Portal Searching)
    Student Programs & Services
    Position Type
    Regular Full-Time
    Job Classification
    E Eccles Jones Coll of Ed & Hum Svs
    Nursing & Health Professions
    Advertised Salary
    Commensurate with experience, plus excellent benefits
  • Overview

    The Nursing Department currently has a full time opening for an Academic Advisor – Senior for the 100% online RN to BSN completion program.

    The chosen candidate will advise students in matters such as pre-registration, general education, major requirements, and articulation of transfer credit. The position will also help build a positive culture around the nursing programs, including engagement through student activities and opportunities.   The position will be a critical part of the department providing input into both student and program needs. The advisor can expect to spend 80% of their time advising students, 10% student recruitment activities and events, 5% providing input to and involvement in departmental decisions, and 5% consulting and communicating with the Logan BSN and Statewide campus advisors. There may be an estimated 100-150 Associate Degree-prepared nursing students to advise. Communication with many these students may require video conferencing and/or phone calling rather than face-to-face, as students from throughout Utah will apply to the program.  This position will be located on the Logan campus.


     Typical Functions


    • Provides advising services in person, by phone, or by email.
    • Coordinate advising services throughout the state by serving as liaison to the regional campuses to assure consistency of advising for USU Nursing programs at all locations.
    • Work closely with the Nursing department to recruit and retain high quality students.
    • Provides accurate information related to RN to BSN completion program curriculum, admission and graduation requirements, and University/Department policies and procedures.
    • Creates semester-by-semester graduation plan in DegreeWorks and monitors students’ progress toward their declared major.
    • Provides information and strategies to utilize available campus resources and services.
    • Assists students in making responsible and informed decisions impacting academic progress and developing an academic plan.
    • Encourages and guides students as they define and develop realistic goals.
    • Assists students to understand the purpose of higher education and the impact on life goals.
    • Makes appropriate referrals to other University and non-university resources.
    • Maintains records and documentation of advising interactions.
    • Reviews/assists Department on curriculum, catalog, course and website changes and disseminate information to advisors.
    • Regularly attend nursing faculty meetings and host statewide advising meetings.
    • Works with department administrators to proactively identify academically at-risk students and develop programming to connect those students with appropriate resources to facilitate student success.
    • Promotes environments that provide meaningful opportunities for student learning, development, and engagement.
    • Understands appropriate technologies and integrates them into programs and services and consistently uses such tools to be proactive in monitoring student progress and serving the student.
    • Researches and shares advising-related best practices for the College, University, and advising community on student development topics.
    • Performs miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.


    Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

    • Ability to work independently and communicate institutional policies, procedures, and language to the general population.
    • Knowledge and understanding of the needs of a specialized population.
    • Ability to research, implement, and share advising-related best practices for the College, University, and advising community on student development topics.
    • Ability to motivate students in 1:1 or group advising settings.
    • Ability to use professional judgement in ambiguous situations.
    • Verbal and written communication skills and effective public speaking skills including ability to communicate professionally with individuals as well as groups.
    • Ability to work in a fast paced environment with multiple demands and changing needs with verification of working collaboratively within a team environment.
    • Ability to learn and maintain current knowledge of complex program requirements, policies, and procedures.
    • Ability to work with diverse student backgrounds.
    • Ability to develop and/or deliver programs.
    • Knowledge of and proficiency in a variety of current and emerging technology platforms.
    • Maintain confidentiality.


    Minimum Qualifications 

    • A bachelor’s degree plus two years of relevant experience is required
    • Demonstrated ability to be sensitive to and understand the needs of a diverse student population.
    • Effective oral, written and interpersonal communication skills.
    • Ability to work on one’s own with minimal supervision.
    • Ability to maintain high degree of confidentiality, sensitivity and discretion.


    Preferred Qualifications

    • Experience as an academic advisor.
    • Excellent computer skills including experience with Microsoft Office.
    • Understanding of University systems including, DegreeWorks and Banner.
    • Understanding of university educational processes.

    Required Documents

    Along with the online application, please attach:

    1. Resume to be uploaded at the beginning of your application in the Candidate Profile under “Resume/CV”

    2. Cover letter to be typed/pasted at the end of your application


    **Document size may not exceed 10 MB.**

    Advertised Salary

    Commensurate with experience, plus excellent benefits


    Employees work indoors and are protected from weather and/or contaminants, but not, necessarily, occasional temperature changes.  The employee is regularly required to sit and often uses repetitive hand motions.

    University Highlights

    Utah State University (USU) was founded in 1888 and is honored to be Utah’s land-grant and space-grant university. USU is a Carnegie RU/H (Research University/High Research Activity) institution with approximately 28,000 students (25,000 undergraduates and 3,000 graduate students) on the Logan main campus, four regional campuses, two USU Eastern campuses, and 28 centers throughout the state. USU offers 162 undergraduate majors, 153 graduate programs, and a variety of innovative stackable associate and certificate credentials. The 2018 rankings from Washington Monthly ranked USU as one of the top 30 national Universities and the 5th best public national university in the nation. As one of the two premier research institutions in Utah, USU is proud to provide a high-quality education at an affordable price. Additional information about Utah State University can be found at: https://www.usu.edu/about/at-a-glance/.


    A core characteristic of USU is engagement with communities and people in economic development, improvements to quality of life, and human capital. Through the practical application of knowledge, the University and its faculty engage and share expertise with the state, nation, and world, preserving the historical land-grant tradition of partnering with communities to address critical societal issues in the interest of the public good.


    The USU main campus is located in beautiful Logan, Utah; a city of about 50,000 situated in a picturesque mountain valley about 80 miles north of Salt Lake City. Outstanding recreational opportunities abound in the nearby mountains and proximate region. Additional information about Logan can be found at: http://www.loganutah.org/visitors/about_logan/index.php.


    USU recognizes and values the importance of diversity and inclusion in enriching the employment experience of its employees and in supporting the university’s academic mission of learning, discovery, and engagement (https://www.usu.edu/president/missionstatement/). USU is an AA/EO employer and does not discriminate based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, genetic information, sexual orientation or gender identity/expression, disability, status as a protected veteran, or any other status protected by University policy or local, state, or federal law. Learn more at https://equity.usu.edu/. USU is sensitive to the needs of dual career couples and provides a Dual Career Assistance program. Additional information can be found at: http://www.usu.edu/provost/faculty-life/dual-career-assistance.cfm.



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