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Employment Type:
Full time
Job Category:
Academic Advisor, Academic Advising (1516-215)
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Job Description

With a renewed institutional investment in and commitment to academic advising and student success, academic advisors will be integral to the student experience. They will be part of a team of advisors that support the holistic development of "the world's most inspired artists in music, theater, and dance so they may fully realize their creative and career potential."

Under the broad supervision of the Director of Academic Advising (DAA), serve as the academic advisor to undergraduate students with an emphasis towards entering students, undeclared students, academically at risk students and targeted populations. Further, advisors will support students in the development of their personal, academic and professional goals and help them to navigate the college experience while taking advantage of the breadth of opportunities Berklee offers.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

* To serve as the academic advisor to an assigned caseload of students at the college. Serve as an integral role in providing resources and training to assist the Student Academic Mentors (SAM's).
* Work in close conjunction with the Assistant Director of Academic Advising for faculty and SAM's trainings.
* Serve as the primary intervention contact at the college for Early Alerts.
* Provide support and follow through with faculty, students, and staff to identify and execute needed Early Alert interventions.
* Review student academic contracts from the following offices: Registrar's Office, Office of Student Success and Financial Aid and Scholarship. In conjunction with these offices, support these students through guidance and academic advising towards good academic standing and maintenance of such.
* Deliver academic support by working closely in conjunction with offices within Student Enrollment and Engagement as well as Academic Affairs.
* Work closely with entering, undeclared and returning students around course selection and assist with registration and check-in procedures.
* Provide outreach and guidance to students who are under registered for classes and/or undeclared in a major.
* Serve as a referral source for student's requesting/requiring academic support to other academic and support services around the college.
* Provide academic support and assist in planning for students, through daily drop-in hours and/or individual appointments and e-mail.
* Assist in developing and presenting academic advising workshops, especially during peak periods of the semester such as, Orientation and Registrat
* Work closely with Academic Affairs, especially with the Liberal Arts Department, for developing and cultivating relationships with LENS faculty.
* Assist the DAA to develop and execute outreach initiatives to students and make advising more accessible by: advising on the web, webinar, assist in add/drop events, coordinating advising related events, and developing workshops, ex: study skills and time management.
* Serve as the liaison to major departments for declared major students.
* Coordinate various programs and initiatives aimed at providing academic support and information to all students.
* Provide information regarding academic policies and procedures.
* Maintain advising notes in systems and/or other student contact platforms.
* Potential to supervise and work with student employee staff.

Additional Duties and Responsibilities

* Some evening, weekend, and holiday hours required
* Follow through with other duties or projects as assigned by the Director of Academic Advising.

Required Skills

* Must have excellent critical thinking and problem solving skills with the ability to maintain a collaborative spirit
* The ability to work well with a diverse student body, faculty and staff, and respect others' differences
* The ability to function well as a member of a team as well as the ability to work independently toward department goals
* Must possess strong organizational skills. Attention to detail a must
* Commitment to providing exceptional advising to all admitted students and an understanding of the diversity of student populations with special academic and social needs
* Understanding of student development and transition issues among undergraduates
* Ability to plan and accomplish goals
* Possess and demonstrate sound judgment
* Effective written and oral communication skills
* Creativity and flexibility is required
* Demonstrates and practices a clear understanding of FERPA

Required Experience

* Bachelor's degree required. Master's preferred.
* Minimum of two years experience in a higher education setting
* Background in music, theater or dance and/or experience working in the arts in higher education is desirable.
* Experience with student databases and degree audit systems


The above information on this position description has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by individuals within this classification. It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities, and qualifications required of employees assigned to this job. Requirements are subject to possible modification to reasonably accommodate qualified individuals with disabilities. This document does not create an employment contract, implied or otherwise, other than an "at will" employment relationship.

External and internal applicants, as well as position incumbents who become disabled as defined under the Americans With Disabilities Act, must be able to perform the essential job functions (as listed) either unaided or with the assistance of a reasonable accommodation to be determined by management on a case-by-case basis.

* Application Instructions Specific to this Position *

Currently enrolled Berklee students may not apply for staff or faculty positions.

Applicants who are both interested and qualified should submit the following materials:

* Cover letter that addresses the applicant's capabilities and experiences.
* A resume or CV.

Incomplete applications will not be considered. The position will remain open for applications until filled.

Berklee College of Music is committed to increasing the diversity of the college community and the curriculum. Candidates who can contribute to that goal are encouraged to apply and to identify their strengths in this area.

Additional perks:

Berklee provides a diverse and inclusive work environment

We all share a universal love for listening to, and creating music

We work on Macs

Great benefits

About Berklee College of Music

Berklee College of Music was founded on the revolutionary principle that the best way to prepare students for careers in music was through the study and practice of contemporary music. For over 60 years, the college has evolved constantly to reflect the state of the art of music and the music business. With over a dozen performance and nonperformance majors, a diverse and talented student body representing over 70 countries, and a music industry "who's who" of alumni, Berklee is the world's premier learning lab for the music of today - and tomorrow.