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Academic Advisor, Student Athletes

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Humboldt State University


Humboldt State University  

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Academic Advisor, Student Athletes
Humboldt State University
Review: December 1, 2015
(Job #15-92)
Academic Advisor (Student Athletes), Student Services Professional II (SSP II)
$3,746—$5,325/ month.
Appointments are typically made at the beginning of the salary range. This is a full-time, benefited, 12 month probationary position in the Academic and Career Advising Center, located in Athletics.Position Summary: The person in this position acts as primary academic advisor to first and second year student-athletes of all majors, including first-generation, low-income, racially and ethnically diverse students. This person must have an understanding of NCAA Progress Toward Degree standards so as to monitor student-athlete academic performance and persistence including course selections and units attempted/completed. This person also provides support for various Academic & Career Advising Center activities and cooperative endeavors such as serving as a walk-in advisor in the Center, participation in orientation, faculty advisor training, withdrawal counseling, major and career exploration activities and various retention and student success initiatives. Other collaborative learning opportunities include the oversight and coordination of the Thunderboldts Learning Academy in conjunction with existing campus resources through the Learning Center and Library.

Duties: As primary academic advisor for first and second year student-athletes, this position will plan, promote and participate in activities to encourage students to successfully complete their degree; review academic progress towards all-university requirements, promote priority registration, help build class schedules with attention to practice or travel schedules, explain academic policies and procedures, including NCAA eligibility requirements for student athletes, assess and adapt services or programs to the needs of academically and culturally diverse students, advise students on academic probation and help them return to good academic standing; act as mentor and advocate. Monitor student-athlete academic performance and persistence, collaborate with the Associate Athletic Director for Compliance and the Office of the Registrar to ensure that student-athletes are in compliance with the NCAA's Progress-Toward Degree requirements. Develop intervention strategies and resources for student-athletes that are in jeopardy of losing academic eligibility, including mid-semester faculty evaluations, and referral to department/campus learning support services. There may be periods when intervention efforts are urgent and will need to be prioritized over other duties. Additionally, the advisor will provide transition support for student-athletes who become ineligible under NCAA guidelines or are no longer able to participate in athletic competition. Act as supplementary advisor and resource to all undergraduates which includes meeting with undergraduates to review all-university requirements; major exploration and four year academic plans, advise on academic policies and procedures, counsel withdrawing students, and referral to campus resources that support student success. In addition, the person in this position will perform administrative and advising duties in support of retention and student success initiatives campus wide and will develop strong working relationships with faculty, coaches, colleagues and academic department staff.

Application Information
Application Procedure: Applicants must submit a letter of interest, HSU Employment Application (, resume and contact information for at least three professional references to Human Resources, 1 Harpst Street, Arcata, CA 95521-8299 or via e-mail to mailto: Applications that do not include the HSU Employment Application will not be considered.Application Deadline: This position is open until filled. The first review of applications will begin December 1, 2015.

Institution Information
HSU is committed to enriching its educational environment and its culture through the diversity of its staff, faculty, and administration. Persons with interest and experience in helping organizations set and achieve goals relative to diversity and inclusion are especially encouraged to apply.

Additional Information
Human Resources
Siemens Hall - Room 211
Arcata, CA 95521-8299
(707) 826-3626
Fax: (707) 826-3625
It is the responsibility of the applicant to provide complete and accurate employment information. Incorrect or improperly completed applications will not be considered for vacancies. Any reference in this announcement to required periods of experience or education is full-time activity. Part-time experience or education - or activities only part of which are qualifying- -will receive proportionate credit. In accordance with applicable Collective Bargaining Agreements, preference may be given to the campus applicants covered by these agreements. However, positions are open to all interested applicants, both on and off campus.Evidence of required degree(s), certification(s), or license(s) will be required prior to the appointment date. The successful candidate for a position at HSU is required to be fingerprinted through the Humboldt State University Police Department or their local law enforcement agency. The results of the fingerprint process must be received by the university prior to the candidate’s appointment. The cost of the fingerprinting is borne by the university.Humboldt State University is committed to achieving the goals of equal opportunity and endeavors to employ faculty and staff of the highest quality reflecting the ethnic and cultural diversity of the state. Additional information about Humboldt State University can be found at State University is a Title IX/Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. We consider qualified applicants for employment without regard to race,religion, color, national origin, ancestry, age, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, disability, marital status, protected veteran status, or any other legally protected status.The person holding this position is considered a ‘mandated reporter’ under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment. Copyright ©2015 Inc. All rights reserved.

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Required Qualifications 
Minimum Qualifications:
Education & Experience: Bachelor's degree or equivalent and two years demonstrated professional experience in a college level student services program. Master's degree may be substituted for one year of experience in a university setting.
Required Knowledge, Skills & Abilities: The successful candidate will demonstrate a supportive, encouraging approach to students, demonstrate a strong commitment to student success, to diversity and social and environmental justice. The person must have excellent interpersonal communication skills to effectively communicate with diverse populations, be able to write well and give presentations. The person will pay strong attention to detail and have the ability to prioritize his/her time to the most urgent needs of the students, demonstrate sound and mature judgment and be flexible to changing situations. The person who fills this position must have cultural competence, the ability to understand, interpret, and communicate complex policies and procedures clearly, thoroughly, and tactfully. The successful candidate must be able to work independently as well cultivate a cooperative, communicative and collegial attitude towards office colleagues, coaches, and members of the university community. This position requires basic data entry skills, the ability to extract and analyze information from a complex student information system, interpret and explain reports and academic transcripts, skill in word processing and basic computer programs such as Excel and Power Point.

Preferred Qualifications
Preferred Qualifications: Experience related to academic advising and promoting student success. Knowledge of CSU and HSU undergraduate degree requirements, academic policies and procedures, curriculum, campus resources and techniques for improving student success, NCAA eligibility requirements or the demonstrated ability to become quickly familiar with these areas. Experience with PeopleSoft is highly desirable.