Academic Advisor

  • Raritan Valley Community College
  • Branchburg, NJ, USA
  • Mar 12, 2022
Full time Advising/Counseling/Support

Job Description


Raritan Valley Community College

Academic Advisor

Ranked by and as the #1 community college in New Jersey, Raritan Valley Community College has been serving as an academic and cultural center for Somerset and Hunterdon County residents for 50 years. The College has been nationally recognized for its service to the community, environmental stewardship, and commitment to diversity. It is home to a Planetarium, Science Education Institute and 3M Observatory, a 1,000-seat Theatre, an Honors College for high achieving students and much more.

The College offers more than 90 associate degrees and certificates, as well as career training, small business assistance through the Small Business Development Center, professional development, and adult and youth personal enrichment courses. RVCC is located at 118 Lamington Road in Branchburg, NJ. For further information, visit

Job Description:

Raritan Valley Community College has an anticipated opening for an Academic Advisor. 

Responsible for advising new, returning, incoming transfer and continuing students regarding academic planning, course selection, career exploration, choice of major, transfer options, and other areas as needed.  Focus on student retention and supporting students in overcoming barriers that might hinder their path to graduation. 

Duties and Responsibilities: 

Advise students on academic planning, course selection, career exploration, choice of major, academic standards, educational strategies, transfer information and other areas as needed.

Work as part of a team to support the strategic goals of both the Advising & Counseling Office and RVCC, including ensuring all students have an academic and career plan.

Actively participate in student orientation programming/events.

Support the activities of Admissions and Recruitment.

Serve as a liaison to specific academic departments and serve on College-wide committees as needed.

Maintain accurate and current knowledge of degree and certificate programs of study, academic policies and operations, and College rules and procedures while maintaining security of student records and correspondence with appropriately strict confidentiality.

Make informed professional judgments regarding student referral to personal counselors, financial aid, career planning and other campus services.

Perform other related duties, as assigned.


Preferred and Required Qualifications


  • Bachelor's degree in Education, Psychology, Sociology, Human Services or related field. 
  • Minimum 3 years of experience working directly with college students, preferably in a Student Services setting.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to present to large groups. High degree of reliability and flexibility; ability to work in a fast-paced, multi-cultural environment.
  • Strong commitment to the mission of a comprehensive community college.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master's degree in Counseling, Education, or Higher Education Administration.
  • 5 or more years higher education experience; including 3 years in a Student Services setting.
  • Prior work experience in community college.
  • Prior mental health experience.
  • Fluency in a second language.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of computerized record maintenance and management system, preferably BANNER.

Additional Information:

Work Hours:

  • Monday-Thursday from 8:30-6:00pm and Friday 8:30-5:00pm with additional hours during peak times. Ability to work at least one night until 6:00pm. 

Physical Requirements:

  • Requires sitting, standing, bending, walking, and climbing.
  • Lift and carry items weighing up to 20 pounds for a distance of up to 50 feet.
  • Requires handling equipment weighing up to 20 pounds while pushing, pulling, lifting, twisting, and reaching while lifting.


Application Details

Application Instructions:

As a New Jersey First Act Employer, new employees must establish a primary residence in New Jersey within one year unless an exemption applies.

RVCC's starting salary is commensurate with educational qualifications and experience. We also offer an attractive benefits package.

For consideration of the above position, please submit your cover letter and resume online:

We regret that we are unable to respond to each and every resume received. Only those candidates of interest will be contacted directly.

Raritan Valley Community College is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Plan Employer. We will implement the policy to assure that the employment opportunities offered at the institution are available to all persons.

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