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Academic Advisor

Categories: Rocky Mountain Region 10


Mechanical Engineering


University of Utah

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Position Description

Advises a diverse population of students in regards to their academic planning and progress by utilizing professional advising and guidance skills. Interprets and explains university academic policy and procedure to assist students in making decisions concerning personal educational goals leading to graduation.


  • Meets with students to provide information and guidance on academic-related issues, such as graduation requirements and exceptions, major exploration, course planning and registration, transfer credit evaluation/substitution or advanced degree requirements.
  • Facilitates students' academic progress by evaluating their needs and developing appropriate educational plans. Makes referrals for students who need assistance with overcoming learning obstacles, specialized tutoring, extended or intensive assistance with career decisions or similar needs.
  • Develops and presents education programs designed to supplement or enhance academic preparedness.
  • Collects and disseminates information to students, faculty and departments about changes in major requirements or University policies and adjusts advising strategies as appropriate.
  • Coordinates and/or participates in the advising-related portion of new/transfer student and parent orientation sessions.
  • Maintains students' academic files that include a record of the advising activity that takes place during each visit.
  • Coordinates data compilation, statistical reports and correspondence, depending upon the area of assignment.
  • May plan and participate in continuing education for advising staff.

This job description is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities and qualifications required of employees assigned to the job.

Application Process

Institution Information

The University is a participating employer with Utah Retirement Systems ("URS"). To be eligible for retirement contributions, you must be hired into a benefit-eligible position. Certain new hires are automatically assigned to the URS retirement plan and other employees with prior URS service, may elect to enroll in the URS within 30 days of hire. Regardless of whether they are hired into a benefit-eligible position or not, individuals who previously retired and are receiving monthly retirement benefits from URS must notify the Benefits Department upon hire. Please contact Utah Retirement Systems at (801)366-7770 or (800)695-4877 or the University's Benefits Department at (801)581-7447 for information.

Additional Information

$31600 to $45500

Contact Information



Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree in a related area or equivalency required. Demonstrated human relations and effective communication skills required.
  • Previous experience in an advising, counseling or teaching environment is preferred.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master's degree in higher education or related field preferred.
  • Demonstrated human relations and effective communication skills required.
  • Previous experience in an advising, counseling or teaching environment or a higher education setting is preferred.