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Academic Advisor/ Retention Specialist
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Alabama State University | Montgomery, AL
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Job Description

Job Description Benefits Supplemental Questions

Alabama State University, Academic Affairs, invites applications for the position of Academic Advisor/Retention Specialist. The successful candidate will provide and coordinate academic advisement services that promote retention, maintain accurate, well organized advising/retention programs records, and create a warm, friendly and helpful environment for advising students.

Duties and Responsibilities:

* Develop and maintain accurate knowledge of the university's Policies, Programs and Procedures, Student Handbook, Undergraduate Catalog, Academic Advisement Center's Reference Guide, and interpret these for students as needed
* Develop and maintain accurate knowledge of general and specific curricular and core requirements for students as a caseload
* Review and analyze available data on students to assess their individual needs and potential, in order to assist them with their program
* Stimulate an awareness of options in academic majors, and assist students in making suitable choices
* Collect, through the use of test, high school records and interviews, information on students that are pertinent to the advising process
* Assist students in gaining knowledge of various academic programs, and guide them in selecting a program of study compatible with their career interest/goals
* Design and implement referral counseling on and off campus for students who are troubled, who need redirection, or who find themselves in crisis situations
* Provide students with tentative course selection during Advisement week, and assist them in planning a course schedule each term that fulfills the requirements of their program of study
* Develop and implement retention engagement activities for assigned students
* Consistent collaborations with the University Registrar/Advising Council
* Approve students' proposed course schedule/course additions each term
* Confer with dean and/or appropriate department chair regarding courses or schedule adjustments
* Implement an Early Alert Program each term and work with at-risk students
* Collect date for the preparation of retention/attrition reports
* Consult with students experiencing academic difficulty; assist them in identifying reasons for their academic difficulty and advise them to repeat course(s) that will enable them to bring their academic performance up to an acceptable level and direct them to student support programs
* Support workshops, seminars and programs to facilitate academic tests to assure appropriate student placement
* Update students' advisement folders each semester
* Attend one professional conference on academic advising during the year
* Be familiar with and implementation of advising and retention best practices
* Perform other related duties assigned by the Director of Student Advising and Retention/Assist VP of Enrollment Management

Minimum Qualifications:A Master's degree in Psychology or Education, 3 years of experience working with college students in admissions and/or advising, 2 years of student record maintenance, reporting, and mentoring within a university academic environment are required.

Supplemental Information:

Alabama State University is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer.

Federal law requires identity and employment eligibility verifications on Form I-9 within three (3) business days of employment.

Must be able to pass drug screen and background check.

About Alabama State University

Alabama State University offers bachelor's and master's degrees in a variety of areas. There is also an associate degree in early childhood education, and a doctoral decree in Educational Leadership, Policy, and Law. The University has a College of Education, a College of Business Administration, a School of Music, a School of Health Sciences, a School of Arts & Sciences, and the University College, which is home to the Honors Program, the Writing Center, and the History/Geography Center. The University also has Biomedical Research and Training Programs, which are multidisciplinary honors programs. Undergraduate majors are offered in business, communications, various humanities and sciences, including computer sciences and several foreign languages, health, education, and visual and theatre arts. Graduate degree programs reflect the school's history as a teacher's college; almost all the degrees offered are Master of Education. A Master of Arts is offered in History, and a Master of Science in Accountancy and in Biology. The College of Education is accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education. The College of Education also houses the Central Alabama Regional Inservice Center, which provides educational development and learning to teachers, principal, and superintendents in Alabama school districts. Academics at Alabama State is dispersed among the departments of Aerospace Studies, Library & Learning Resources, Education, Business Administration, Arts & Sciences, Health Sciences, and Music.