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Academic Advisor Graduate and Professional Studies
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Gwynedd-Mercy College | Gwynedd Valley, PA
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Job Description

EOE StatementGwynedd Mercy University is committed to maintaining a positive learning, working, and living environment that is free from unlawful discrimination and harassment. Gwynedd Mercy University does not discriminate against any applicant for admission to or employment at the University because of race, religion, age, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, color, marital status, veteran status, genetic characteristics, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law ('Protected Classes'). This includes, but is not limited to, admissions, financial aid, educational services, and student programs and activities, as well as to all terms and conditions of employment including, but not limited to, recruitment, selection, hiring, placement, transfer, promotion, training, compensation, benefits, discipline, and termination. The University will not tolerate unlawful acts of discrimination or harassment based upon Protected Classes, or related retaliation against or by any employee or student. Description


Under general supervision, this position provides academic advisement and support for new and continuing adult students throughout their academic program. This position is responsible for serving as a liaison between the student and the institution with regard to university policies and procedures. Must be able to work a varied work schedule to accommodate the needs of the adult student.


Builds positive, supportive relationships with students to facilitate retention and persistence to degree completion. Conducts undergraduate and graduate academic advisement in order to: a) advise students of degree completion requirements; b) review with students the various degree completion options and assist students in preparing a degree completion plan; c) provide general student services and academic support information. Requires a complete understanding of program requirements, available courses, national standardized exams, portfolios, and other options.

* Acts as a liaison between the school and the students with respect to degree options, requirements and progress, and also provides students with access to information on school policy, practices and rules.
* Ensures new students are oriented to university policies and services. This includes coordinating and leading student orientation for new cohorts.
* Coordinates elective and supplemental curriculum information.
* Performs graduation reviews by assessing audit reports to determine and ensure that students have fulfilled all degree requirements necessary to complete their degree, following established guidelines and procedures.
* Responds in a timely manner (no more than 1 business day) to individual student problems, concerns, and questions.
* Ensures timely and accurate data entry and management is entered into necessary university systems.
* Assists in the preparation of adult studies calendars to ensure appropriate courses are offered and students are being correctly placed. Monitors cohort size and notifies appropriate person to ensure operational effectiveness.
* Attend and assist with university events, such as graduation, University assembly, and other required events.
* Participate in development, evaluation, and implementation of policies and procedures as appropriate.
* Other job related duties may be assigned.

Position Requirements

QUALIFICATIONS To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.


A Master's degree in psychology, counseling, student development, business, education, or related field preferred. Experience working with adult learners in undergraduate and graduate accelerated degree programs, online learning environments, and degree completion programs.

Technical Skills

Must be proficient in Microsoft-office suite and student database management systems preferred.

Language Skills

Must have excellent oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills to interact and communicate effectively with students and adult program personnel with regard to GMercyU policies, procedures, guidelines, and standards.

Mathematical Skills

Ability to apply mathematical concepts to practical situations. Ability to work with statistical information.

Reasoning Ability

Must be results oriented and able to organize, prioritize, and manage multiple activities.

Interpersonal Skills

The ability to communicate effectively, prioritize work flow, work well with minimum supervision, and accept responsibility for total task completion is required.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand; walk; sit; use hands to handle or feel; and reach with hands and arms. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 10 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision and ability to adjust focus.

Full-Time/Part-TimeFull-Time Shift -not applicable- Number of Openings1 Exempt/Non-ExemptNon-Exempt LocationGwynedd Mercy University About the OrganizationGwynedd Mercy University is a Catholic university with a strong foundation in the liberal arts. Our academic distinction lies in the intersection of excellent programs in health care, education, and business administration, which prepares students to become leaders in the region's powerful and growing life-sciences industry. Our enrollment of nearly 2,500 students and prime location within minutes of Philadelphia means that we're large enough to offer a vibrant campus life but small enough that professors can develop mentoring relationships with students. We educate students in the Mercy tradition of service to society, preparing graduates who not only find jobs but also create lives and careers with deep meaning.

Founded in 1948 by the Sisters of Mercy, the University offers more than 40 associate's, bachelor's and master's degree programs on a full- and part-time basis. In the 2008 edition of the U.S.News and World Report's America's Best Colleges, Gwynedd Mercy University ranks among the top master's-level universities in the north.

Gwynedd Mercy University students enjoy a vibrant, collegiate campus life highlighted by its 19 NCAA Division III men's and women's sports teams and opportunities to pursue interests through 24 clubs and activities. The University has four residence halls with a variety of living options, a gym and access to indoor track and outside basketball and tennis courts. There are four eateries on campus where students can grab a coffee on the run, get pizza and sandwiches or sit down to all-you-can eat meals. The University is situated on 160 beautiful acres close to a variety of shops and eateries and just a short ride away to the city excitement of Philadelphia.