The College of Agriculture, Health, and Natural Resources (CAHNR) Office of Academic Programs (OAP) seeks a full-time, professional staff Academic Advisor (Academic Advisor 1, P3). OAP seeks a highly motivated, independent, and team-oriented individual who can support students, faculty, and our academic partners with creative ideas. Candidates should possess outstanding interpersonal skills and a can-do attitude. The position entails advising undergraduate students and assisting faculty/departmental advisors with complex College-level advising of University rules and regulation concerns, assisting with activities and events coordinated by the Office of Academic Programs, and developing/implementing special programs as needed. The incumbent is expected to work both flexibly and collegially with a dynamic team of professional advising and administrative staff, as well as with faculty and students across the College and the University. It is also an expectation that the incumbent advance CAHNR’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion in every aspect of their work.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Include, but are not limited to
Serve as a resource for students, faculty, parents, and others with questions about programs or academic policies.
Advise current, readmitted, and prospective students regarding coursework and graduation requirements; audit student records to determine progress toward meeting academic requirements.
Advise students regarding policies and procedures, including selection or change of major or minor, waiver of requirements/deadlines, and related matters.
Review and make recommendations regarding dismissal and provide additional counseling to students on academic probation and those with academic difficulties.
Provide academic advising and procedural assistance to faculty advisors and departmental groups as requested.
Participate in the admissions process for the Ratcliffe Hicks School of Agriculture (RHSA), and in making admissions decisions regarding the transfer of major within or into the College and School.
Assist in planning and implementing scheduling and registration activities, orientation programs, commencement, etc.
Assist colleagues in composing and maintaining the Office’s websites, social media, and other communications materials.
Develop and participate in student recruitment and retention activities, including coordination of high school visits, career development events, open houses, and admissions events. A special focus on recruitment and retention of traditionally underrepresented groups and first-generation students is a goal of our College.
Provide leadership for various special programs.
Participate in planning and instruction of Ratcliffe Hicks School of Agriculture First Year Experience course.
Carry out special assignments and projects as required.
Bachelor’s degree in related field and three years of position-related experience in advising and/or counseling students or in providing academic support, OR Master’s degree in a related field and one year of related experience in advising and/or counseling students or in providing academic support.
Ability and knowledge to support STEM undergraduate students, including first-generation college students and students from traditionally underrepresented backgrounds.
Experience working with people from diverse academic, socio-economic, and cultural backgrounds.
Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work in a team setting.
Ability to independently solve problems by regularly exercising judgment regarding administrative detail and procedures.
Communicate effectively through both oral and written means.
Ability to build rapport with students, families, and other campus partners.
Ability to organize and efficiently handle multiple tasks simultaneously.
Proficiency using Microsoft Office and common social media platforms.
Ability to work on occasional nights and weekends and travel occasionally for work purposes.
Advanced degree in higher education, counseling, a STEM field, or related discipline.
Advising experience in postsecondary/higher education institution(s).
Three to five years or more of experience advising students.
Experience in the interpretation of academic policies, regulations, and procedures.
Knowledge of relevant academic programs including STEM programs or majors relating to Agriculture, Health, and Natural Resources.
Experience/familiarity with Agricultural Education and Agri-science Programs.
Knowledge of online student records software, such as PeopleSoft (StudentAdmin).
Experience with coordinating academic events.
Salary will be competitive and commensurate with qualifications. For information on the College, please visit our website at www.grow.uconn.edu.
TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT
Employment of the successful candidate is contingent upon the successful completion of a pre-employment criminal background check.
The University of Connecticut is committed to building and supporting a multicultural and diverse community of students, faculty and staff. The diversity of students, faculty and staff continues to increase, as does the number of honors students, valedictorians and salutatorians who consistently make UConn their top choice. More than 100 research centers and institutes serve the University’s teaching, research, diversity, and outreach missions, leading to UConn’s ranking as one of the nation’s top research universities. UConn’s faculty and staff are the critical link to fostering and expanding our vibrant, multicultural and diverse University community. As an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity employer, UConn encourages applications from women, veterans, people with disabilities and members of traditionally underrepresented populations.