The full-time advisor for the Social and Behavioral Sciences B.A. (SOBS) Program, embedded within the Department of Sociology, Anthropology, Social Work, and Criminal Justice, provides a critical service to the large major student population (200-250 first and second majors). Major-specific advising integrating regular course selection with career path goals is a vital component of our student success and satisfaction. The full-time advisor will continue to work closely with the SOBS Program Director, Department Chair and SOBS-contributing faculty members. The advisor will provide referrals to other campus offices including encouraging internship opportunities provided by the Career Center. SOBS serves transitioning students from other professional programs and majors, and the advisor position has been vital to maintaining retention and and degree completion. This position will continue to be a resource for all faculty advisors in the department as new advising schemes and platforms are implemented. This position provides critical outreach to students who receive early alerts and coordinates communication initiatives with all SOBS majors within the department.
Duties and Responsibilities:
• Mentor and advise SOBS students based on knowledge of major requirements, proficiencies, University Core, College Core, and GPA requirements for satisfactory progress. To be a resource for all faculty and students in the department on effective advising practices and to serve as contact for transfer students from within Seton Hall University and from outside the University interested in SOBS. Advisement is based on a working knowledge of SOBS curricula, admission and completion requirements of all majors (in case of interest in changing their major) and an expertise in navigating student audits in Banner. • Identify all SOBS students with a GPA of a 2.0 or below, advise them and provide them with academic resources to support their improvement. Identifies resources for SOBS students on campus and with SOBS program faculty, the SOBS Director, and Department Chair, develops and facilitates workshops on academic and career development. • Receive and follow up with early warnings from instructors with students and faculty for SOBS majors. Follow up early warning notices with academic and career advisement to identify resources for students and effectively facilitate connecting students to those services. • Participate in the Open House recruiting events, and Orientations, as well as Freshman Preview and the Scholarship Reception to ensure accurate and complete information is provided at said events. Schedule departmental events that will be academic in nature including intentional advising workshops for all majors within the department. • Communicate with SOBS students through email, Blackboard and Compass, as necessary. To create communication plans and work with the Student Services IT manager as necessary for timely completion. • Serve on Department, College and University committees relevant to general advising practices and as a representative of the SOBS Program in consultation with the SOBS Director and Department Chair.
Master's degree in Sociology, Anthropology or other social science. Minimum of 1-2 years of experience mentoring/advising students.
Experience working with students in a higher educational setting and an ability to learn the SOBS curricula are crucial for successful completion of daily tasks. Advisor must be able to analyze student data and generate reports and degree audits. Maintaining accurate student records and student privacy is essential. Advisor must effectively assess student-related problems and identity appropriate resources for resolution. Advisor will demonstrate proficiency in Banner, Compass, and Microsoft Office as well as ability to use various media equipment for workshops and presentations. Advisor is expected to have both excellent written and oral communication skills for reports and correspondences with students, parents, faculty and administrators. The advisor should also possess interpersonal skills and sensitivity to diverse student needs and challenges.
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Special Instructions to Applicants:
Seton Hall University is committed to programs of Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) and the principles of affirmative action.
Seton Hall University is a major Catholic university. In a diverse and collaborative environment it focuses on academic and ethical development. Seton Hall students are prepared to be leaders in their professional and community lives in a global society and are challenged by outstanding faculty, an evolving technologically advanced setting and values-centered curricula.