Utah State University

Academic Advisor or Academic Advisor Senior

City Logan Campus
Posted Date 2 months ago(10/11/2022 4:00 PM)
Requisition ID
2022-5766
# of Openings
1
Job Locations
US-UT-Logan
Category (Portal Searching)
Student Programs & Services
Position Type
Benefited Full-Time
Job Classification
Exempt
Percent of Time or Hours per Week
100%
College
Quinney College of Natural Resourcs
Department
Dean-Quinney College of Natural Res
Advertised Salary
$35,000 - $56,000, Commensurate with experience and qualifications plus excellent benefits

Overview

The Quinney College of Natural Resources is seeking an Academic Advisor or Academic Advisor Senior to guide and mentor prospective and current undergraduates in our college. We hope to fill this position with someone who can be a strong, positive, and creative student advocate and also can communicate well with faculty and other stakeholders. The person in this position will help students decide on a major, develop and follow semester-by-semester academic plans and class schedules, apply for graduation, and assist in the resolution of individual academic problems. The Academic Advisor Senior position is distinguished from the Academic Advisor in at least one of three ways: 1) incumbent will work to improve and implement the core advising methods and/or practices; 2) incumbent will research best practices and share that information with advisors in their unit and/or the advising community; or 3) incumbent may coordinate advising services throughout the USU system.

 

For more position-specific information, please see the position summary here

 

For full consideration, please apply before November 28th, 2022.

Responsibilities

Typical Functions:

  • Provides advising services in person, by phone, or by email.
  • Provides accurate information related to curriculum, graduation requirements, and university 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.
  • Maintains confidentiality.
  • Assists students in making responsible and informed decisions impacting academic progress.
  • 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.
  • Discusses the benefits of building a learning community, network, and support system among peers, professors, and mentors.
  • Makes appropriate referrals to other University and non-university resources.
  • Maintains records and documentation of advising interactions.
  • Performs miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.

Academic Advisor Senior Additional Functions:

  • 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.
  • May coordinate advising services throughout the state by serving as liaison to the regional campuses.

Qualifications

Minimum Qualification Academic Advisor:

  • Bachelor’s degree.
  • Strong interpersonal, organizational, problem-solving, and written communication skills.
  • Excellent attention to detail.

Minimum Qualifications Academic Advisor Senior:

  • Bachelor’s degree plus two years of relevant experience is required.
  • Strong interpersonal, organizational, problem-solving, and written communication skills.
  • Excellent attention to detail.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in related field or working toward the degree.
  • Experience advising undergraduate-level students
  • Knowledge of academic advising and current student persistence/retention practices
  • Knowledge of student analytics programs
  • Excellent computer skills, including experience with Word, Excel.
  • Knowledge of Utah State University (USU) systems (e.g., Banner, eGrad, and Degree Works).
  • Experience with university-level professional advising, student orientation and recruitment.
  • Familiarity with natural resources issues.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities—Academic Advisor

  • Verbal and written communication skills and effective public speaking skills including ability to communicate with individuals as well as groups.
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment with multiple demands and changing needs.
  • Ability to work collaboratively within a team environment.
  • Ability to work with students in 1:1 or group advising settings.
  • 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.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities—Academic Advisor Senior

  • 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 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.

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. Names and contact information for three professional references to be provided at the beginning of your application in the candidate profile. 
  3. Cover letter to be typed/pasted at the end of your application 

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

Advertised Salary

$35,000 - $56,000, Commensurate with experience and qualifications plus excellent benefits

ADA

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.

College/Department Highlights

The S. J. & Jessie E. Quinney College of Natural Resources is nationally and internationally recognized for its research, extension, and teaching on natural and socio-environmental ecosystems. It is a high-impact college at Utah State University with almost $11M in research funding annually, 61 tenure-track faculty in three departments, and close partnerships with federal and state natural resource agencies.

University Highlights

Utah State University (USU) was founded in 1888 and is Utah’s land-grant and space-grant university. USU is one of only 146 research institutions in the U.S. classified as R1 “very high research activity” by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. As one of the two premier research institutions in Utah, USU provides a high-quality education at an affordable price. With its main campus in Logan, the university serves approximately 27,500 students, including 24,255 undergraduates and 3,171 graduate students. USU Online has served students from all 50 states and 55 countries for 25 years.

 

USU’s statewide system features three residential campuses, 30 total campus locations, and 23 Extension education centers. The university employs 903 full-time faculty members, 124 executive administrators, and 1,649 full-time support staff. USU offers 115 undergraduate majors, as well as 91 master’s and 42 doctoral degrees. Learn more about USU.

 

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.

 

USU is sensitive to the needs of dual career couples and provides a Dual Career Assistance program to support careers for partners who are also seeking employment.

 

USU endeavors to provide reasonable accommodations to ensure equal access in all aspects of employment to qualified persons with disabilities. To request a reasonable accommodation for a disability, please contact the university’s ADA Coordinator in the Human Resource office at 435-797-0122 or submit a request at hr@usu.edu.

 

USU Land Acknowledgment

Please visit our website to learn about Utah State’s land acknowledgment of the eight tribes of Utah.

 

Notice of Non-discrimination

In its programs and activities, including in admissions and employment, Utah State University does not discriminate or tolerate discrimination, including harassment, based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, status as a protected veteran, or any other status protected by University policy, Title IX, or any other federal, state, or local law.

The following individuals have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the application of Title IX and its implementing regulations and/or USU’s non-discrimination policies:

 

Executive Director of the Office of Equity Matthew Pinner, discrimination@usu.edu, Distance Education Rm. 401, 435-797-1266

Title IX Coordinator Matthew Pinner, titleix@usu.edu, Distance Education Rm. 404, 435-797-1266

Mailing address: 5100 Old Main Hill, Logan, Ut 84322

For further information regarding non-discrimination, please visit https://equity.usu.edu/, or contact:

U.S. Department of Education, Office of Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 800-421-3481, OCR@ed.gov

U.S. Department of Education, Denver Regional Office, 303-844-5695, OCR.Denver@ed.gov

 

*updated 11/2022

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