Academic Advisor for Online Students, College of Nursing

  • University of Cincinnati
  • Cincinnati, OH, USA
  • Sep 28, 2021
Full time Advising/Counseling/Support Continuing, Distance & Online Education

Job Description


Academic Advisor for Online Students, College of Nursing

Founded in 1819, the University of Cincinnati embarks upon its third century – building on the past and defining the future by leading urban, public universities into a new era of innovation and impact through its strategic direction, Next Lives Here. Underscoring the power of creativity, ingenuity, invention and inclusion, what’s Next will accelerate our unrivaled momentum, evidenced by eight straight years of record enrollment and rankings that include placement among America’s top 100 public universities by U.S. News & World Report. Home to a diverse student body of nearly 47,000 and more than 4,200 distinguished faculty, the university combines its Research 1 (Very High Research Activity) Carnegie Classification with a physical setting that The New York Times recently acclaimed as “the most ambitious campus design program in the country.

About the College of Nursing
Help us create tomorrow's nurse leaders. Join a team ranked BEST over a dozen times! UC Nurses, We See Leaders!

The College of Nursing, at the University of Cincinnati (UC), is looking for an advisor to join our innovative and top-ranked team leading the transformation of healthcare and academic advising of online learners.

Build your portfolio by working at a tier one research institution that utilizes the latest in educational innovations, such as our iPad Initiative, Telehealth Technology and Inter-professional Collaboratory. Take advantage of our generous tuition reimbursement program to further your career, save money with our substantial benefit programs and partake in our many employee discounts. If you want a career where you can make a difference in the lives of your students, and ultimately the patients that they will serve, this position is for you!

About the Job
Academic Advisors will assist our distance learning students enrolled in RN-BSN program to achieve their goals of earning their BSN. As a member of an advising team in which students are placed at the center of all that we do, Academic Advisors work collaboratively with faculty and staff to identify and address the issues that students face while pursuing their degree with unique schedules in an online program.

Advisors work in tandem with the Program Director and Faculty to determine an academic plan and map progress toward the completion of an advanced degree in the College of Nursing. Advisors are responsible for the development, implementation, and assessment of academic and non-academic programming for RN-BSN students navigating the digital learning world, focusing on overall student success and satisfaction.

Job Overview
Advise current and prospective students about how to meet their educational, professional, and personal goals.

Essential Functions

  • Provide academic advising to facilitate students’ successful and timely educational planning and degree completion in alignment with their educational and career goals.  
  • Serve as advisor for a designated caseload of students through proactive outreach, support, and education. Develop a rapport of trust and accessibility with assigned students. Ensure accurate advice and quality support, contributing to persistence and a positive student experience.
  • Monitor student progress and develop graduation plans in partnership with individual students. Provide information regarding curriculum, policies, procedures, opportunities, and guidelines for academic programs.
  • Evaluate student information and utilize data to facilitate enrollment and registration. Maintain advising and enrollment records. In partnership with faculty, assess advanced standing credit, substitute courses to meet graduation requirements, and create degree audit exceptions. Facilitate and complete student degree certification.
  • Evaluate student needs and provide appropriate resource referral to career, academic, counseling, and student life resources and opportunities.  
  • Support students through educational transition processes (ex. orientation, exploration, transfer, transition, and graduation.)
  • Recommend actions related to academic alert, probation, suspension, and dismissal of students. Identify opportunities for high-performing student engagement and goal attainment.
  • Utilize current advising and student success technologies for outreach to students. Perform other duties related to student success. 
  • Support student needs with sound equity and inclusion practices for student success.
  • Engage ongoing professional development and training to maintain up-to-date knowledge about advising concepts, practices, policies, technologies, and student success needs at the university and in higher education.
  • Function as a member of an advising or student success team to ensure the proper workflow and outcomes of the unit. Collaborate with UC advising community colleagues to advance quality advising practice.
  • Attend related meetings and functions.
  • Perform related duties based on departmental need.


Preferred and Required Qualifications

Required Education
Bachelor’s Degree

Required Experience
Zero (0) to one (1) year of student service or related experience.

Additional Qualifications Considered

  • Communication Skills
    • Academic Advisors are responsible for communicating with current students in one-on-one and group settings.  Strong interpersonal communication skills as well as verbal communication skills are required.  Academic Advisors are responsible for representing the College of Nursing and the Office of Student Affairs within the college on College and University Committees.  Occasionally, they will be asked to present in such a setting.
    • It is imperative that Academic Advisors possess strong written communication skills.  They will be expected to communicate with current and prospective students through letters and e-mails in a professional and articulate manner. 
  • Computer Literacy
    • It is imperative that Academic Advisors be computer literate.  Academic Advisors must be proficient in basic software packages (Microsoft:  Word, Excel, Power Point, Teams, Outlook) as well as other tools used at University of Cincinnati: Slate, Catalyst, Inspire, Canvas, and WebEx. As technology continues to improve the efficiency of the academic setting, Academic Advisors must be willing and capable of learning new technology.  Comfort with and proficient use of social media is necessary. Innovation with technology is highly encouraged within this role of Academic Advisor.
  • Previous experience in nursing or health related field is preferred.
  • Knowledge of best practices for supporting adult learners and graduate students is preferred.
  • A Masters degree is preferred.
  • Undergraduate student service and/or leadership may be considered.

Physical Requirements/Work Environment

  • Office environment/no specific unusual physical or environmental demands.


Application Details

Application Process
Please apply online at In addition to the application, you must provide a cover letter describing interest in the position and your experience along with an updated resume in order for your application to be reviewed.


The University of Cincinnati, as a multi-national and culturally diverse university, is committed to providing an inclusive, equitable and diverse place of learning and employment. As part of a complete job application you will be asked to include a Contribution to Diversity and Inclusion statement.

As a UC employee, and an employee of an Ohio public institution, if hired you will not contribute to the federal Social Security system, other than contributions to Medicare. Instead, UC employees have the option to contribute to a state retirement plan (OPERS, STRS) or an alternative retirement plan (ARP).

The University of Cincinnati is an Affirmative Action / Equal Opportunity Employer / Minority / Female / Disability / Veteran.


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Application Deadline

Open until filled