Utah State University

Academic Advisor

City Logan Campus
Posted Date 2 weeks ago(6/4/2024 4:24 PM)
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Student Programs & Services
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Benefited Full-Time
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E Eccles Jones Coll of Ed & Hum Svs
Special Educ & Rehabil Counseling
Advertised Salary
Commensurate with education and experience, plus excellent benefits.
Telework Eligible


The Department of Special Education and Rehabilitation Counseling seeks an Academic Advisor to guide and mentor prospective and current students in our department. We hope to fill this position with someone who can be a strong, positive, and creative student advocate and also communicate well with faculty and other stakeholders. The person in this position will advise and assist students in the development of academic plans and class schedules as well as attend to student academic inquiries, assist in the resolution of individual academic problems, and engage in proactive advising programs. The individual will be trained to provide academic advising to students and deliver advising programming to assist students in meeting their academic and career goals using the Appreciative Advising framework. 


  • Provide advising services in person, by phone, virtually, or by email.
  • Provide accurate information related to curriculum, graduation requirements, and university policies and procedures.
  • Create semester-by-semester graduation plan in DegreeWorks and monitors students' progress toward their declared major.
  • Provide information and strategies to utilize available campus resources and services.
  • Coordinate student teaching experiences
  • Communicate regularly with school district partners to support student teaching and practicum placements
  • Maintain confidentiality.
  • Assist students in making responsible and informed decisions impacting academic progress.
  • Encourage and guide students as they define and develop realistic goals.
  • Assist students in understanding the purpose of higher education and the impact on life goals.
  • Discuss the benefits of building a learning community, network, and support system among peers, professors, and mentors.
  • Make appropriate referrals to other University and non-university resources.
  • Maintain records and documentation of advising interactions.
  • Assist with college and department recruitment at on- and on-campus recruitment events.
  • Coordinate student teaching placements, data collection and evaluation.
  • Manage scholarship database and applications.
  • Attend undergraduate and faculty meetings and participate in ad hoc committees.
  • Perform miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.


Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree
  • 1 year of experience in advising or a student service-related area.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master's degree in advising, counseling, higher-education, or related field.
  • 2-3 years of experience in advising or a student service-related area.
  • Experience working with individuals in a mentoring capacity.
  • Broad knowledge of USU academic programs, general education requirements, graduation requirements, and student services.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Verbal and written communication skills and effective public speaking skills including ability to communicate with individuals as well as groups. 
  • Able to work in a fast-paced environment with multiple demands and changing needs. 
  • Able to work collaboratively within a team environment. 
  • Able to work with students in 1:1 or group advising settings. 
  • Able to learn and maintain current knowledge of complex program requirements, policies, and procedures. 
  • Able to work with diverse student backgrounds. 
  • Able to develop and/or deliver programs. 
  • Knowledge of and proficiency in a variety of current and emerging technology platforms.  

Fundamental Abilities

  • Within the scope and complexity of each position’s responsibilities, each applicant is expected to possess and demonstrate the following abilities: 
  • Communication: Communicates effectively both verbally and in writing.  
  • Problem solving: Analyzes information and evaluates results to select the best solution and solve problems.
  • Self-reflection: Measures performance of self; makes improvements and takes appropriate corrective action. 
  • Critical Thinking: Comes to well-reasoned conclusions, solutions, and approaches to problems. 
  • Team Building: Works to create a team-based environment. Consistently demonstrates cooperative behavior with colleagues, supervisors, and students. 
  • Active Listening: Gives full attention when others are speaking; listens to understand, asks questions as appropriate, and does not interrupt. 
  • Service Orientation: Actively seeks opportunities to help others. 
  • Conflict Resolution: Acts professionally when encountering students/parents who, at times, may be frustrated. 

Required Documents

Along with the online application, please attach:

  1. Resume/CV to be uploaded at the beginning of your application in the Candidate Profile under “Resume/CV"
  2. Name and contact information for 3 professional references to be entered into Candidate Profile
  3. Cover letter to be typed/pasted at the end of your application

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

Advertised Salary

Commensurate with education and 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.

College/Department Highlights

The Emma Eccles Jones College of Education and Human Services is committed to inclusive excellence in research, teaching, and service activities across a wide array of education and human service fields.  The college is home to eight academic departments with approximately 200 faculty who are engaged in innovative research and high-quality graduate and undergraduate education. The college’s programs and outreach missions are strengthened by an on-campus elementary laboratory school and five stand-alone centers, including the Sorenson Legacy Foundation Center for Clinical Excellence. Faculty, students, and staff within the college also engage with a broad range of community partners to both provide opportunities for community-engaged research and learning and enhance the quality of education and human service programs throughout the state of Utah.

University Highlights

Founded in 1888, Utah State University is Utah’s premier land-grant, public service university, with a strong commitment to excellence, access, and inclusion, empowering people to lead successful lives of involvement, innovation, and impact. Utah State provides high-quality education to 27,500-plus students locations throughout the state, including at three residential campuses, eight statewide campuses, and 23 education centers. USU Online educates students from all 50 states and 55 countries. For over 25 years, USU Extension has served and engaged Utahns in all of Utah’s counties. As an R1 research institution, Utah State is dedicated to advancing knowledge through research and scholarly activities, providing a high-quality undergraduate and graduate education at an affordable price.


Utah State is committed to cultivating a community of inclusive excellence where all perspectives, values, cultures, and identities are acknowledged, welcomed, and valued. We seek to recruit, hire, and retain people from all walks of life who will champion excellence in education, research, discovery, outreach, and service. We believe that promoting a strong sense of community and belonging empowers and engages all members of USU to thrive and be successful. Forbes recognized our commitment to employees when they named Utah State the best employer in Utah in 2023. Learn more about USU. 


The university provides a Dual Career Assistance Program to support careers for partners who are also seeking employment. Additionally, USU is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodations for individuals with disabilities. To request a reasonable accommodation for a disability, contact the university’s ADA Coordinator in the Office of Human Resources at (435) 797-0122 or hr@usu.edu. 


About the Region

U.S. News and World Report ranked Utah first for its strong economy, fiscal stability, education, and health care. Outstanding outdoor recreational opportunities abound throughout the state, including five national parks, 43 state parks and recreation areas, and 15 alpine ski resorts. The home of USU’s main campus, Logan, is a city of 54,000-plus people in a picturesque mountain valley 80 miles north of Salt Lake City. The Logan metro area claimed the top spot in the Milken Institute’s 2022 ranking for best-performing small cities in the nation. 


*updated 04/2024

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 Cody Carmichael, 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

*updated 09/2023


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