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Academic Advisor I/II

Categories: North Central Region 6


Chemical and Biological Engineering


Iowa State University

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Position Description

The Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering (CBE) at Iowa State University (ISU) is seeking applicants for an Academic Adviser I or II. The Academic Advisor plays a key role in recruiting, retaining, and enhancing the academic experience of undergraduate and graduate students.

Duties include assisting students with scheduling, registration, degree audits and course selection, and referring students to appropriate resources necessary for retention and academic success. This position assists students with study abroad and job opportunities. This position also assists with recruitment activities such as providing information to prospective students and their parents during individual and group visit days; participating in student orientation sessions; and ensuring proper placement in courses.

In addition to the above responsibilities, the Academic Adviser II position also devises new and more effective approaches to advising students for academic success; plans, develops, and teaches orientation courses; coordinates learning community programs; serves on university, college and departmental committees; and provides career counseling.

The successful candidate will possess exceptional written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills; excellent problem solving skills in order to navigate a variety of procedures, policies, and methods; the ability to collaborate with a diverse group of people from faculty and staff to undergraduate students and their family members; the ability to effectively work with computer applications; the ability to prioritize and multi-task, all with extreme attention to detail to meet deadlines; and the ability to use tact and diplomacy in handling difficult or confidential situations. The candidate will also possess a strong commitment to student success, display a dedication to serving students, and demonstrate the ability to work independently, as well as, part of a team.
All employees are expected to interact collegially and maintain the highest standards of integrity and ethical behavior. Additionally, all CBE employees must abide by all departmental policies and procedures, rules and advising expectations outlined by Iowa State University, and FERPA guidelines with respect for the professional, confidential nature of advising undergraduate students.



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Institution Information

Iowa State University is classified as a Carnegie Foundation Doctoral/Research University-Extensive, a member of the Association of American Universities (AAU), and ranked by U.S. News and World Report as one of the top public universities in the nation. More than 36,000 students are enrolled and are served by over 6,200 faculty and staff.

Iowa State University is a global and culturally diverse university committed to providing an inclusive, equitable, and diverse environment for both learning and employment. We know that diversity in experience and perspective is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and building an inclusive academic community. At Iowa State, we translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience working with diverse students, colleagues, and constituents. The university has an expectation that all employees will demonstrate a contribution to diversity and inclusion as embodied in Iowa State University’s Principles of Community.

Ames, Iowa is a progressive community of 60,000, located approximately 30 minutes north of Des Moines, and recently voted one of the best college towns in the nation.

Iowa State University is an equal opportunity employer committed to excellence through diversity and strongly encourages applications from all qualified applicants, including women, underrepresented populations, and veterans. ISUis responsive to the needs of dual career couples, is dedicated to work-life balance through an array of policies, and is an NSF ADVANCE institution.

All employees are expected to exhibit and convey good citizenship within the program, the department, college, university activities, collegial interactions, and maintain the highest standards of integrity and ethical behavior.

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Contact Information

Michelle Stotts


Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree and 2 years of related experience
  • Academic Adviser II: Bachelor’s degree and 5 years of related experience; OR a Master’s degree and 3 years of related experience.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience teaching or advising undergraduate or graduate students.
  • Experience or training that demonstrates knowledge of developmental needs of college students.
  • Education or experience that demonstrates an understanding of higher education assessment and administration.
  • Experience with university-level advising and retention issues/programs.
  • Experience recruiting students.
  • Experience working with individuals from diverse cultural and educational backgrounds.