The George Mason University, School of Business, invites applications for an Academic Advisor. The Academic Advisor engages students in interpreting and applying George Mason University and the School of Business programs and services, requirements, policies and procedures. As well as, evaluating students' academic progress; providing guidance in determining students' academic interests and objectives; and aiding them to develop long-range academic and career plans. The Academic Advisor position is a full-time staff position with full benefits.
George Mason University has a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its faculty and staff, and strongly encourages candidates to apply who will enrich Mason's academic and culturally inclusive environment. Mason is the most diverse public university in Virginia and 12th nationally, based on the U.S. News & World Report 2022 Best Colleges list. Washington, D.C. is ranked the 30th most racially and ethnically diverse city nationally amongst cities with a population of at least 300,000 people according to the U.S. News & World Report 2018 Diversity Ranking.
The Academic Advisor has responsibilities in the following areas:
Provide academic advising during the day and limited evening engagements in the environments of individual consultations, group events or presentations, and tabling, for both current and aspiring business students on such topics as major or minor choice, curriculum selection, study skills, scholarship and club opportunities, and other academic-related areas;
Plan and implement academic-related events and perform outreach to business students for retention efforts;
Develop online programs and workshops on academic planning, orientation, and academic status for academic development;
Develop, disseminate, and maintain resources to assist students with academic planning and development of academic/career/professional knowledge and skills;
Coordinate complex activities to support student academic planning; and
Understand and implement proper use of rules and procedures concerning confidentiality.
Educational Program Development and Planning:
Create and manage student services program operations, establish goals, develop and implement methods to evaluate and assess program effectiveness, and modify policies and procedures to enhance the overall efficiency of the office;
Support the creation and implementation of global pathway programs for business students;
Create and implement new programs to engage students in the School of Business Living Community (LC) and serve as a liaison;
Create and implement new initiatives, programs, and services to better enhance the overall experience of BUS students; and
Represent the School of Business as a liaison to University offices or by serving on various committees across the University to maximize student retention programming efforts.
Input individual student contact information into Salesforce database to provide immediate access for other advisors and consistent advising information for students;
Write appropriate notes summarizing important information concerning the contact;
Utilize the Navigate database to create and/or participate in campaigns for targeted outreach to select students;
Manage availability within the Navigate to enhance the student experience for scheduling appointments;
Utilize Patriot Success database to assist with Mason's retention efforts;
Utilize Banner INB student information system to review student transcripts, records, course registration history, and entering course overrides; and
Research and respond to student inquiries by email.
Provide feedback for updates to School of Business online materials to reflect changes in policies and programs;
Maintain student records utilizing Salesforce;
Maintain open professional communication with faculty and administrators to share information and align academic services with the school's mission;
Provide input on student request decisions and participate in appeals committee as asked;
Provide accurate interpretations of policies and procedures for students, parents and faculty;
Assist with processing of graduation audits, notify students of discrepancies and follow up with them on options; and
Assist with updates to orientation materials each semester.
Special Events and Projects:
Create and manage special events and projects as assigned by leadership in the Office of Student Success and Academic Services; and
Assist the Assistant Director of Student Success & Academic Services with programming initiatives for global pathway students and students within the School of Business Honors Program.
Bachelor's degree, or an equivalent combination of education and experience;
Academic Advising experience;
Ability to develop, implement and manage academic programs and services;
Excellent organizational, communication and presentation skills;
Experience with Microsoft Word, Excel, Access and PowerPoint; WordPress; and in the use of the Internet; and
Ability to manage multiple tasks and work independently.
Master's degree or equivalent education and experience; and
Demonstrated full-time work experience in academe and working knowledge of student record databases.
Salary: Commensurate with education and experience.
Location: Fairfax, VA
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George Mason University is an innovative, entrepreneurial institution with national distinction in both academics and research. Mason holds a top U.S. News and World Report
George Mason University is a public, comprehensive, research university established by the Commonwealth of Virginia located in Northern Virginia, outside of Washington, D.C. Mason was initially founded as a branch of the University of Virginia in 1949, and became an independent institution in 1972. George Mason University is an innovative and inclusive academic community committed to creating a more just, free, and prosperous world.
George Mason University has 37,000 students from all 50 states and 130 countries and a residential population of more than 6,000 students. Mason is a vibrant and dynamic community of scholars. 80% of our students are employed within six months of graduation. Nearly two-thirds of the 140,000 Mason alumni live and work in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area.
Mason is a young university that, in just a short time, has made impressive strides in size, stature and influence. Today, as Virginia’s largest public research university, we are setting the benchmark for a bold, progressive education that serves the needs of our students and communities. To that end, we have 10 schools and colleges devoted to a variety of study.
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George Mason, for whom our university is named, was one of the greatest of the founding fathers of the United States. Mason drafted the Virginia Declaration of Rights, which became a model for the first 10 amendments to the U.S. Constitution, known as the Bill of Rights.
We Are in Virginia. But We Serve the World.
Mason is committed to creating a more just, free and prosperous world. Located in one of the most important political, economic and intellectual hubs in the world, we accept our responsibility to serve others: to help our students succeed, enrich the life of our community, and contribute to solving some of the most complex global problems of our time.
Washington, D.C.: Land of Opportunity.
Mason’s main campus is in Fairfax, Virginia, just 15 miles outside of Washington, D.C. The nation’s capital is easily accessible by car or public transportation.
At Mason, you can enjoy the best of both worlds: a beautiful wooded residential campus and outstanding college experience, as well as numerous internship and recreational opportunities that only a world-class urban setting like D.C. can offer.
You can intern with National Geographic or the Justice Department, visit the numerous museums with your Art History classmates, take a selfie in front of Lincoln Memorial, catch a Nationals baseball game, kayak along the Potomac, or check out the many neighborhoods where you’ll discover lots of great shopping, places to eat, art galleries, music venues, and much more. You can attend events and hear nationally recognized speakers. You’ll run out of time before you run out of things to do.
There’s more to explore. Students participate in a field trip to the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., organized by the Office of International Programs and Services.
In just a short drive, you can be hiking in the Shenandoah Mountains or walking the boardwalk in either Ocean City, Maryland, or Virginia Beach, Virginia.
Our closest airports are Dulles International Airport and Ronald Reagan National Airport, and Mason is easily accessible by public transportation. Free shuttle buses help you get to the nearest Metro station in Vienna, Virginia, just a short distance from our Fairfax Campus. The Arlington Campus is within walking distance of the Virginia Square-GMU stop on the Orange Line.
Enriching Work Environment.
We will invest in recruiting, retaining, and developing talented and diverse faculty and academic and professional staff. We will create a vibrant campus life in which all members can grow and thrive.
Diversity is one of our core values; everyone is welcome here. Mason was recently named the most diverse university in Virginia by U.S. News & World Report.
We bring together a multitude of people and ideas in everything that we do. Our culture of inclusion, our multidisciplinary approach, and our global perspective makes us more effective educators and scholars.
While at Mason, you’ll be making your own decisions and forming your own view of the world. Engaging with diverse groups of individuals, including students, faculty, and staff, will enrich this experience. You will learn from them, and they will learn from you.
We have a variety of communities here, and you're sure to find a group of people who are like you. The great thing is you'll also be embraced by communities of people who are not like you. At Mason, you'll be in a place where the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.
Interacting with people from a variety of backgrounds will:
•Widen your outlook of the world,
•Show you how to work and collaborate with people of differing views,
•Expose you to new perspectives from people with disparate life experiences, and
•Give you the social skills to interact with all kinds of people.
Diversity also enhances learning and creative thinking by prompting the study of new material and the awareness of fresh viewpoints. The power of many perspectives will boost your capacity to explore original ideas and solutions. Seeing issues in a new way heightens your creativity and problem-solving abilities.
Another benefit: As our nation becomes more diverse, students who learn in a diverse environment will be more competitive in an increasingly global economy. You’ll enhance your critical thinking skills and improve your ability to develop nuanced solutions to real-world problems.
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