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College of Arts and Sciences Academic Advisor
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Seattle University | Seattle, WA
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Job Description

College of Arts and Sciences Academic Advisor

FLSA Status: Exempt

Months Per Year: 12

Hours Per Week: 37.5

Position Description

Under the Direction of the Assistant Dean for Student Academic Affairs, the College of Arts and Sciences is hiring an Academic Advisor. This academic advisor works as part of a larger advising team to assist students with educational planning processes; guide students in resolving challenges to educational progress, provide information to students about opportunities, resources, and university practices and in support of college faculty advisors. This advisor will work directly with students enrolled the Bachelor of Humanities for Teaching (BAHT), the Bachelor of Humanities for Leadership (BAHL), and Bachelor

of Humanities (BAH) programs (currently housed in the Matteo Ricci College) and a small peer advising program associated with these programs. This advisor will also advise students from a variety of A&S departments and programs. This advisor will interact with students individually in scheduled and drop-in appointments, in small groups, online, and through events and programs. This position will assist the Assistant Dean with program development, assessment, and evaluation and participate in university and college wide academic advising efforts and initiatives.

Function 1: Academic Advising

* Engages students with intentional processes of educational and career planning, based on thoughtful discernment of goals and carried out through regular review and revision. The processes may include exploring/declaring/changing/adding majors, minors, tracks and career paths and developing course and degree plans that incorporate co-curricular activities.
* Helps students understand degree requirements, assists them with appropriate course selection and planning during quarterly registration periods; guides students to reflect on their progress and reviews final degree requirements.
* Attends to the various planning needs of individual students including but not limited to international students, student athletes, student veterans, and students on financial aid, and prospective students who are considering enrollment at Seattle University.
* Assists students in their academic and personal adjustment to Seattle University and with issues that could affect their educational progress. This assistance may include intrusive advising services for students who are academically at risk and monitoring early warning processes to identify struggling students and arranging academic and personal interventions as appropriate.
* Guides students through problem-solving on a wide variety of concerns, ranging from registration to personal and life issues, and refers them to resources for academic development and personal support.
* Informs students about available resources and options for university engagement; collaborates with relevant offices and promotes participation in such co-curricular activities as studying abroad, community engagement, leadership development, research, and internships.

Function 2: College and University programming

* Hire, train and supervise a small number of Peer Advisors directly associated with assigned advising load with BAHT, BAHL, and BAH programs.
* Assists College of Arts and Sciences faculty advisors to meet the academic advising expectations set by the college. Participates in offering quarterly faculty advisor training sessions, circulates updates regarding classes, requirements, policies or procedures via email or announcements, and develops informational materials for use by faculty advisors.
* Serves as a liaison to specific academic departments, attends departmental meetings and faculty advisor trainings.
* Acts as a liaison to other campus departments.
* Participates in events for prospective and current students and families; creates and conducts presentations.
* Develops and produces written (print and online) resources as requested.
* Participates in program and service development and implementation.
* Participates in university-wide academic advising efforts and initiatives, including data collection.

Function 3: Professional and Team Development

* Participates in internal and external professional development and training opportunities.
* Participates in departmental meetings and activities.
* Serves on committees as requested.


* Bachelor's degree in a liberal arts major or related field and two years previous experience working in an educational environment with responsibility for program coordination and academic advising or an equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to successfully perform the essential duties of the job.
* Effective communication and interpersonal skills with excellent listening, writing and speaking skills.
* Experience working with students of diverse backgrounds.
* Experience working with at risk students.
* Prepared to work in a fast- paced environment of constant change and variety.
* Effective decision making and problem solving skills.
* Demonstrated commitment to diversity and the university's mission, vision, and values.
* Proficiency in MS Office Software such as Excel, Word, Outlook and PowerPoint.
* All positions at Seattle University require a criminal history background check.

Preferred qualifications

* Master's degree and three years of experience in higher education or related area involving extensive student contact and interpreting, communicating, and applying academic policies.
* Familiarity with specialization, concentration and endorsement requirements for completion of degree programs.
* Knowledge of program development, program evaluation, and student development.
* Previous experience and skills in the use of student data management systems.
* An understanding of and appreciation for student services in a Jesuit institution of higher education.

Seattle University, founded in 1891, is a Jesuit Catholic university located on 50 acres in Seattle's Capitol Hill neighborhood. More than 7,400 students are enrolled in undergraduate and graduate programs within nine schools and colleges. U.S. News and World Report's "Best Colleges 2017" ranks Seattle University 8th in the West among universities that offer a full range of masters and undergraduate programs. Seattle University is an equal opportunity employer.

In support of its pursuit of academic and scholarly excellence, Seattle University is committed to creating a diverse community of students, faculty and staff that is dedicated to the fundamental principles of equal opportunity and treatment in education and employment regardless of age, color, disability, gender identity, national origin, political ideology, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status. The university encourages applications from, and nominations of, individuals whose differing backgrounds, beliefs, ideas and life experiences will further enrich the diversity of its educational community.

Application Instructions

Applicants are also strongly encouraged to attach an electronic cover letter and resume when applying. Persons who need assistance with the recruitment process may contact the Office of Human Resources at: 206-296-5870. Job postings are open until filled, unless otherwise specified.

About Seattle University

Located in Seattle, Washington, Seattle Pacific University is a premier Christian institution of the liberal arts, sciences, and professions serving more than 4,000 students. SPU is fully committed to engaging the culture and changing the world by graduating people of competence and character, becoming people of wisdom, and modeling grace-filled community. Founded in 1891 by the Free Methodist Church, SPU offers 61 undergraduate majors, 15 master's degree specializations, and five doctoral programs.