The University of Southern Californiaâs Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences is seeking to hire an experienced undergraduate academic advisor to join our new First-Year Advising (FYA) team. The FYA Assistant Director will be responsible for advancing USC Dornsifeâs efforts in ensuring studentsâ successful transition to college and persistence to graduation. The Assistant Director will work alongside an existing group of advising colleagues to holistically address the academic, developmental, personal, and social needs of first-year students enrolling in USC Dornsife.
Key Responsibilities for the Assistant Director include:
Develop and implement high-touch, developmental advising to incoming first-year students in the Dornsife College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences.
Exercise diverse and inclusive advising practices to ensure access for all Dornsife students, fostering a culture of academic success.
Work closely with Dornsife leadership, faculty, academic advising team, and student services colleagues in developing and delivering intentional models of first-year advising, programming, and retention that balance intellectual exploration, disciplinary specialization, career preparation, and inclusive pedagogy.
Provide holistic advising and support to first-year undergraduate students including, curricular requirements, co-curricular development, academic requirements and expectations.
Function as first point of contact for all first-year academic questions, concerns, policies, and other pertinent information
Assist students in development of goals and evaluation of progress toward goals
Assist students in understanding their academic preparation, course plans, and developing action plans for academic success.
Review individualized schedules and reports regarding academic course selection
Work directly with departmental advisors to ensure appropriate transition from first-year advising to continuing student advising.
Assist students in selecting appropriate degree programs and majors/minors, and building short term plans
Strategically refer to campus resources.
Develop, implement and participate in campus events including: Orientation, Welcome Experiences, First Year Experiences, etc.
Supervision and training of graduate student interns.
Participate in assigned administrative tasks.
Other duties as assigned.
Successful candidates will have strong communication and organization skills, as well as have demonstrated a genuine interest academic advising and commitment to student advocacy.
Bachelorâs degree. Combined experience/education as substitute for minimum education
Minimum of 5 yearsâ experience providing academic advising in a higher education setting. Combined experience/education as a substitute for minimum qualifications.
Minimum Field of Expertise: Student personnel administration, academic advising
Masterâs or Doctorate degree in Student Affairs, Higher Education, Counseling or Related field.
7 yearsâ experience providing academic advising in a higher education setting.
Experience working with first-year students.
Knowledge of USC programs, services and software.
Ability to work in a fast-paced and team-oriented environment
Possess the flexibility in the face of changing priorities
Resume and cover letter required (may be uploaded as one file). Please do not submit your application without these documents.
Salary range: $75,000-$82,000 - will commensurate with experience and additional skills.
Minimum Education: Bachelor's degreeAdditional Education RequirementsCombined experience/education as substitute for minimum educationMinimum Experience: 5 yearsAddtional Experience RequirementsCombined experience/education as substitute for minimum work experienceMinimum Skills: Directly related experience in leading the delivery of student services.Preferred Education: Master's degree OrDoctoratePreferred Experience: 7 yearsPreferred Skills: Proven ability with assessment and analysis, budget control and development, conceptualization and design, conflict resolution, counseling, creative writing and editing, curriculum development, and interpretation of policies.Efficient communication skills and the ability to conduct interviews.Understanding of applicable laws, policies and principles.Proven leadership ability and the ability to network, organize and plan.Experience with problem identification and resolution project management, public speaking, scheduling, statistical analysis and teaching and training.
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