The Academic Advisor is part of the broad team of professional academic advising staff at the University, as well as the specific team of advising staff in the assigned college or advising department. Under the direction of the immediate supervisor and in accordance with university academic advising strategies, Academic Advisors provide essential support and service to students and contribute to the university’s goals of promoting student learning, development, and success, as well as student persistence and timely graduation.
The primary responsibilities of the Academic Advisor are to provide comprehensive academic advising and degree planning guidance to an assigned group and diverse population of undergraduate students. Additionally, this staff member will participate and assist with both university and college recruitment and retention efforts, serve on university and college committees, and participate in university and college-specific training and development.
Essential Duties, Tasks and Responsibilities
Advise current and prospective students within an assigned college/academic program on course planning, major selection, degree requirements, university policies and procedures, and career planning related to students’ academic goals and registration procedures
Utilize current and emerging technology and available data to complete essential academic advising duties, processes, and communication with students to support and foster retention, persistence, and success (e.g. CSS/MyBGSU, EAB/SSC, early alert, DARS, Schedule Planner, Pathway Planner, Canvas, SharePoint, Query, etc.)
Review student academic progress and performance and advise students on specific actions regarding academic and career goals, including development of degree completion pathways
Refer students to appropriate BGSU and non-BGSU support offices and/or organizations as needed to support student success
May conduct group advising sessions with designated advising groups or segments of students
Participate and/or assist in planning and implementing New Student Orientation, Welcome and other advising activities, as well other events on- and off-campus to advise prospective students of college specific requirements (Events may include Falcon Friday, Preview Day, Presidents’ Day, regional college events, etc., and other specialized events within a college/department. May include evenings and/or weekends)
May be responsible for developing programming efforts and intervention strategies for targeted and identified populations of at-risk students
May be responsible for advising a specific population/cohort of students, requiring additional specialized knowledge and skills
Additional college and/or academic program specific duties and responsibilities as assigned
Maintain/Manage advising caseload and work-lists through the utilization of online/digital and analog administrative programs and processes
Maintain and update student files and records in accordance with federal, state and university regulations
May conduct, complete and report audits related to student academic progress toward degree completion, eligibility, and fulfillment of requirements to achieve graduation clearance (may include NCAA, Financial Aid, ROTC and other scholarship programs)
Additional college and/or academic program specific duties and responsibilities as assigned
Develop and maintain contact with faculty, staff, and administration as needed to support effective academic advising practice
Represent college and advising office on college and/or university wide committees as well as at least one University Advising Commission
Participate and successfully complete initial and on-going training and professional development at the university and departmental level. Topics may be related to academic advising practice and philosophy; university and college policies, procedures and resources; desktop/web-based software and systems; and other related skills and abilities to enhance professional practice and support student success
May, under the direction of the immediate supervisor and based on the needs of the college or department, be responsible for the preparation, instruction and assessment of 1-2 credit hour introductory and/or academic recovery course per semester which may be designed to introduce students to a specific or variety of academic programs and careers, assist students in their transition to the university, and/or develop strategies and skills for academic success.
Other and additional college and/or academic program specific duties and responsibilities as assigned
Knowledge, Skills or Abilities
Understanding of the functions of an institution of higher education, including academic and student affairs
Knowledge of all degree programs offered at BGSU
Knowledge of University academic policies and procedures as well as support services
An understanding of student learning outcomes associated with the completion of general education curriculum and baccalaureate/liberal arts degree
Knowledge of computer applications including but not limited to: Microsoft Office, Microsoft Outlook, People Soft/CSS, an ability to learn and adopt other technologies, and comfort level to use computer database, word processing, spreadsheet programs and web-based applications
Effective written and oral communication skills
Active listening skills
Strong organizational skills
Ability to interact well with students, parents, faculty, administrators and other members of the campus and community
Knowledge of developmental advising strategies
Knowledge of or ability to learn student development theories and career development theory
Compassionate and caring attitude toward working with students
Effective in working with diverse populations
Full-time administrative staff position. Salary is commensurate with education and experience. Administrative pay grade 354. Full benefits package available.
Deadline to apply: The search committee will review applications until the position is filled, ; however, for best consideration, applications should be provided by ‘April 18, 2023’.
Why work at BGSU?
Full-time BGSU employees enjoy an array of exceptional benefits, including:
Quality, affordable health insurance: Various coverage options available for health, vision and dental starting the first day of the month following your date of employment.
Generous paid time off: Vacation, holidays, sick days and more.
Excellent work life balance resources: Our Employee Assistance Program offers confidential support to employees and their eligible family members, along with ancillary programs covering identity theft, elder care, legal services and more.
Tuition fee waivers: For eligible employees, spouses and dependent children.
Professional development opportunities: For skills training, supervisor and leadership programs, performance management, online courses and online tools for employee growth and development.
Parental leave: Up to five weeks of paid parental leave for full-time employees with at least 12 months of continuous service.
Retirement: BGSU offers several options for meeting your retirement goals with a current employer contribution of up to 14% depending on the retirement program selected. Read Moreabout the option that best fits your needs.
For a complete job description & to apply for this position visit https://www.schooljobs.com/careers/bgsu or contact the Office of Human Resources at (419) 372-8421. BGSU. AA/EEO/Disabilities/Veterans. In compliance with the ADA Amendments Act (ADAAA), if you have a disability and would like to request an accommodation in order to apply for a position with Bowling Green State University, please call 419-372-8421.
The following Degree is required:
Masters Degree required. Masters Degree in an advising academic discipline, Counseling, Communication, College Student Personnel, Student Affairs in Higher Education preferred
The following Experience is required:
1 years of direct advising experience or experience in another college functional area with direct student contact
Bowling Green State University is a nationally ranked public university committed to redefining student success in a high-achieving, innovative environment. In 2021, Forbes ranked BGSU as the No. 3 midsize employer in the United States, highlighting the University’s commitment to its faculty and staff. Serving as the core of the University’s academic community, more than 800 full-time faculty members are engaged in teaching, research and creative activities, with over 2,000 full-time staff members to support the operations and education of over 20,000 students. Bowling Green State University provides experiences that enhance lives. Students are prepared for lifelong career growth, lives of engaged citizenship and leadership in a global society. U.S. News and World Report names BGSU as one of the top public universities nationwide with a strong commitment to first-year programs that lead to success. Within our transformative learning community, we build a welcoming, safe and diverse environment where the creative ideas and achievements of all can benefit others throughout Ohio, the nation and the world.