Job Positions

Academic Advisor

Categories: Northeast Region 1




University of Massachusetts Amherst

Date Posted:

Mar 2 2018 10:00PM

Close Date:

Open Until Filled

Position Description

The Academic Advisor will work with the Chief Undergraduate Advisor, Undergraduate Program Director, faculty, staff, and students to improve the undergraduate experience through the planning and implementation of new initiatives, existing programs and events, and the creation of a warm and welcoming environment to enhance student success.


  • Provide academic advising and assist with undergraduate program administration in the Department of Economics.

Application Process

Please submit your cover letter, resume, and names, addresses, email and phone numbers of three references to: Review of applications will begin on March 26, 2018 and may continue until a suitable candidate pool has been identified.

Institution Information

The University of Massachusetts is committed to a policy of equal opportunity without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, age, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, disability, military status, or genetic information in employment, admission to and participation in academic programs, activities, and services, and the selection of vendors who provide services or products to the University. To fulfill that policy, the University of Massachusetts is further committed to a program of affirmative action to eliminate or mitigate artificial barriers and to increase opportunities for the recruitment and advancement of qualified minorities, women, persons with disabilities, and covered veterans. It is the policy of the University of Massachusetts to comply with the applicable federal and state statutes, rules, and regulations concerning equal opportunity and affirmative action.

Additional Information


Contact Information

Sheila Gilroy


Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree in student development, higher education, social sciences or related field required.
  • At least three years of full-time or equivalent part-time academic advising experience required.
  • Demonstrated strong interpersonal, oral and written communication skills.
  • Ability to collaborate and interact with faculty, staff, students, administrators, and the public in a friendly and professional manner.
  • Sensitivity to diversity and the needs of nontraditional students. This includes establishing a rapport, maintaining harmonious working relationships, and dealing tactfully and professionally with others.
  • Understanding of student development and commitment to a "whole student" approach to advising.
  • Ability to work individually on self-directed assignments, with minimum supervision, and collaboratively in groups.
  • Extensive computer knowledge and skills required. Proven ability to use Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel (including formulas), email, file sharing applications (UDrive, Google Docs, Dropbox, etc.), and social media proficiently.
  • Ability to use these tools, or others necessary, to prepare reports and to analyze and determine the applicability of data, draw conclusions and make appropriate recommendations.
  • Ability to perform evaluations, analyze circumstances, and offer advice using a humanistic and balanced approach.
  • Ability to create and maintain organized systems for data/record management; strong organizational and administrative skills required.
  • Ability to exercise sound judgment and discretion in handling confidential information
  • Ability to understand, explain, and apply laws, rules, regulations, policies, and procedures.
  • Ability to prioritize, make sound and mature decisions, adjust to varying or changing situations and the willingness and initiative to take on a variety of tasks.
  • Willingness to work occasional evenings or weekends as needed.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master's degree in student development, higher education, social sciences or related field preferred.
  • One to three years of full-time or equivalent part-time academic advising experience strongly preferred.
  • Working knowledge of university advising database (SPIRE), SSC Campus, scheduling software (Appointment Plus) and university academic requirements and regulations preferred.