Academic Advisor

  • Missouri Western State University
  • Saint Joseph, MO, USA
  • Sep 21, 2023
Full time Advising/Counseling/Support

Job Description


Position Title: Academic Advisor


Job Description:
The Academic Advisor advises undecided, high risk, new freshmen, undecided transfer students, and other special student populations; serves as a unit liaison for registration days or similar functions.

  • Advises undecided, high risk, new freshmen, undecided transfer students, and other special populations.
  • Monitors and advises students to ensure satisfactory grades and GPA requirements, students understand academic policies, as well as course planning/registration.
  • Develops workshops for a variety of student groups; prepares and makes presentations for Registration Days, Griffon Edge and other on -campus groups.
  • Maintains professional contacts and an awareness of best practices and standards in the advising field; stays current with relevant research.
  • Stays abreast of changing institutional information including new programs, course changes, important dates, costs, and updates in university-wide initiatives and policies.
  • Understands the institution's interpretation of FERPA rules for the release of student information to faculty, parents, students, etc.
  • Available to meet with students in person or virtually via Zoom throughout the year, through scheduled 1-on-1 appointments, group advising sessions, or drop-in advising.
  • Establishes and maintains ongoing contact with students through a variety of communication methods, including telephone, email, Zoom, and social media platforms.
  • Advises during new student registration programs.
  • Documents advisement on Goldlink, Schedule Planner, and Griffon GPS.
  • Serves on campus committees, as needed.
  • Performs other duties of a similar nature or level.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
  • Knowledge of advising theory and best practices in academic advisement
  • Understands the challenges of entering freshman and transfer students and effective retention strategies
  • Teaching techniques and strategies
  • Effective advising techniques with special populations
  • Ability to research and write reports
  • Strong organizational skills (maintaining accurate files), and communication skills (verbal and written)
  • Ability to work collaboratively with campus constituents
  • Computer application skills
  • Knowledge of Banner preferred
  • Knowledge of Schedule Planner, Griffon GPS, and Goldlink preferred
Required Qualifications
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Previous experience involving student contact in a student services role
Preferred Qualifications
  • Master's degree in Education, Advising or related field
  • Two years postsecondary education advisement experience


Physical Demands
Sedentary Work: Exerting up to 10 pounds
FLSA Exempt


Additional Demands


Hours of Work
37.5 hours per week
Monday-Friday 8:00 am - 4:30 pm

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