The George Mason University, Department of Environmental Science and Policy, invites well qualified applicants to apply for our position as Undergraduate Academic Advisor. 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 Science is committed to advancing access, justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion (A-JEDI) throughout our STEM community, including within our hiring and retention practices. At Mason Science, our values include fostering an organizational culture that promotes anti-racism, belonging, respect, and civility. We believe that a diversity of opinions, cultures, and perspectives is what provides vibrancy, innovation and growth to an academic community. By prioritizing inclusive excellence in academics, teaching, research, and global engagement, we strive to attract a diverse pool of faculty and staff who exemplify the Mason Science mission and vision.
About the Position:
The Department of Environmental Science and Policy is dedicated to delivering academic programs to graduate and undergraduate students and performing scholarly activity in the areas of environmental science, environmental policy, conservation science and policy, water and watershed science and policy, and ecological health and sustainability. We also serve the university, local, state, national, and international communities with our expertise and our teaching programs.
The Undergraduate Academic Advisor (UAA) will provide academic advising and student affairs support for undergraduate students in the department. This educational specialist must be familiar with all academic programs (majors, minors and certificates) offered by the department and all academic policies that pertain to the undergraduate student population. The incumbent must be able to work closely with departmental advisors and coordinators and seamlessly augment the advising power of the department and must also be familiar with the university's student services in order to effectively direct students to the appropriate offices or individuals within or outside of the department and College. An ability to work effectively with students from the prospective stage through the alumni stage is essential. Familiarity with advising is a critical aspect of this position. The UAA is part of a team that seeks to be proactive with respect to activities that can improve the student experience in the department.
Provide academic advice and guidance to prospective and current undergraduate ESP students from admission to graduation in support of the students' academic and career goals:
Support and engage students in the process of developing clear and attainable educational goals;
Effectively interpret, implement, and communicate Mason degree requirements, deadlines, policies and procedures;
Maintain confidentiality in accordance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) laws;
Facilitate new student orientation advising sessions for freshmen and transfer students;
Maintain student records to reflect current academic standing with regard to the undergraduate degree requirements;
Keep current on continually changing curriculum requirements;
Learn new advising technologies as required by the college and university;
Work closely with the Registrar's Office to ensure accuracy of degree audits;
Support undergraduate program and department operations as needed;
Represent the ESP department at admissions fairs, student orientations, and advising events;
Communicate student needs, concerns, and requests to the Undergraduate Coordinator and Director;
Collaborate with offices across campus to support students' academic programs (e.g., Office of Global Education and Career Services);
Provide administrative support to Undergraduate Coordinator as needed;
Support the ESP's social-media-based outreach actively and advertise undergraduate students' success to attract potential students;
Support students' experiential earning by identifying internship opportunities and creating database systems for these opportunities;
Attend and assist in all aspects of the development of and participation in the following student events including, but not limited to:
New and transfer student orientations;
Open houses; and
Special events held by the department, college and/or the university; and
Create and lead undergraduate and Accelerated Master's program outreach events and advertise undergraduates' successes to recruit future students.
Bachelor's degree in a relevant field or equivalent combination of education and related experience. 1-2 years of relevant work experience preferred. Graduate work in a relevant field preferred;
Demonstrated experience in academic advising, student career counseling, or providing student support within a higher education setting;
Excellent written and oral communication skills;
Demonstrated interpersonal and presentation skills;
Detail-oriented, organized, and ability to multitask;
Ability to work independently, and as a member of a team; and
Demonstrated experience with Microsoft Office suite (Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint).
Preferably Degree in Environmental Science, Environmental Studies or a related field;
Knowledge of university academic policies and procedures; and
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.
We prepa...re Mason students for the demands of work, social responsibility, and life in an ever-changing global society. University Life's mission statement is core to our work. We support every student at Mason, from orientation through graduation.
George Mason: Patriotism Personified.
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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