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Academic Advisor III

Categories: Mid Atlantic Region 2


Professional Personnel Development Center


Pennsylvania State University

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Position Description

The Professional Personnel Development Center for Career and Technical Education, Workforce Education and Development Program is seeking an Academic Adviser 3. The successful candidate will provide professional guidance and academic support services to adult students pursuing Pennsylvania Vocational Instructional I, Vocational Instructional II, and Cooperative Education teaching certificates. The candidate will do so by assessing individual student needs; communicating requirements for the state certificates; monitoring student success in meeting occupational experience and performance requirements; approving transfer credits; maintaining confidential records; compiling data for state and university reports; and participating on a team committed to developing professional career and technical education. Success in this position requires effective knowledge of: requirements for Vocational Instructional I, Vocational Instructional II, and Cooperative Education Pennsylvania teaching certificates; missions, policies, practices, and culture of contemporary Career and Technical Education in Pennsylvania; workplace performance improvement; professional academic advising strategies; and Penn State policies and resources including Registrar, Bursar, Financial Aid, LionPATH, and StarFish. Additionally, this position requires self-direction to provide advising services; maintain up-to-date records of student contact and progress; and evaluate and improve advising procedures. Effective time management is essential to meet with students each semester on campus and at high schools or career and technology centers throughout central Pennsylvania. This position reports to the Associate Director of the PPDC and will work both individually and as part of a team. Successful performance of daily job duties requires cooperation and collaboration with the PPDC Associate Director, administrative support staff, the Competency Based Teacher Education Coordinator, and the Field Resource Persons. The successful candidate will be expected to provide direct service to students and to evaluate and make recommendations that improve center procedures. Additional responsibilities include: counseling individual students experiencing academic difficulties; identifying common obstacles to student success and recommending solutions; developing remediation plans with students who fail the Occupational Competency Assessment; creating work systems/procedures and documents that improve the quality of academic advising services; and teaching students to be responsible for their academic progress. Successful communication in this position requires: oral communication including active listening skills, tact, assertiveness, empathy, and deescalating hostility; writing e-mails; translating regulations and requirements to verbiage and formats that facilitate student progress; and making presentations to groups.



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Required Qualifications

  • Typically requires a Master's degree or higher plus two years of related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Preferred qualifications include a Master's degree in Workforce Education, Counseling, Student Personnel, Guidance, Adult Education, or a related field and experience in Career and Technical Education, academic advising, and/or career counseling.