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Associate Head Advisor

Categories: Northwest Region 8


Office of Student Success - College of Public Health and Human Sciences


Oregon State University

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Position Description

The College Public Health and Human Sciences is seeking an Associate Head Advisor. This is a full-time (1.00 FTE), 12-month, fixed term professional faculty position. Reappointment is at the discretion of the Associate Dean for Student Success.This position supports the mission of the Office of Student Success in the College of Public Health and Human Sciences to “partner with students in a collaborative process promoting and supporting the exploration, development, and achievement for their unique academic and professional goals.”This position leads, but does not supervise, a team of academic advisors in matters related to students and curriculum in the School of Social and Behavioral Health Sciences and works with other academic advisors as well as professional faculty who assist students with internships, study abroad experiences and career development. The incumbent will contribute to the development and implementation of a progressive and dynamic academic advising programming, which aims to increase student retention and success. Responsibilities will include a range of academic advising tasks and involvement in programs for undergraduate students in the College of Public Health and Human Sciences regarding educational/career goals, course scheduling, and University/College requirements. Supports Oregon State University’s core value of diversity by embracing diversity and actively collaborating effectively with a variety of students, staff, and the public from diverse cultural, social, economic, and educational backgrounds.



  • Keeps School of Social and Behavioral Health Sciences advisors abreast of changes to courses, and provides clarification on these polices and how to implement them as well as their impact on students and advising practices.
  • Works with staff on course scheduling issues and changes.
  • Coordinates with School Heads and other faculty regarding student issues and concerns.
  • Initiates and approves petitions for necessary course replacements for the School Head’s approval.
  • Provides recommendations to the Head Advisor concerning University, School, and reinstatement petitions.
  • Attends School of Biological and Population Health Sciences faculty meetings as a representative of the Office of Student Success, acting as a conduit for information between the two.
  • Serves on School of Social and Behavioral Health Sciences committees that are relevant to the position, as assigned or invited and approved by the Head Advisor.
  • Reports to the Head Advisor to update the Head Advisor on issues, situations needing attention, and outreach/advising campaigns and acts as a conduit for information flow between School of Social and Behavioral Health Sciences advisors and the Head Advisor.
  • Implements policies and practices as directed by the Head Advisor.
  • Works with the School of Social and Behavioral Health Sciences Associate Head Advisor to share information across schools.


  • Individualize student selection of appropriate course and concentrations in terms of students’ stated preferences.
  • Resolve problems related to curriculum and course prerequisites, utilizing the catalogs, on-line services, and other appropriate sources.
  • Mentor students on academic warning, probation, and suspension, constructing a plan of action for resolution and successful integration.
  • Initiate and maintain individual student files as appropriate, updating, and evaluating files as new information is received.
  • Review and assess transcripts including evaluation of transfer credits and applicability of academic credit to program requirements.
  • Counsel students participating in International Study Programs to articulate course content and resolve barriers to progress toward degree completion.
  • Academically evaluate student files to ensure deadlines are met for completing various graduation requirements such as course completion, credit maximums and minimums, and other specific program requirements.
  • Anticipate potential impediments to graduation.
  • Communicate evaluation to students via programs such as MyDegrees and/or the Student Success - Collaborative.
  • Compose and create materials in support of group and/or individual recruitment efforts.
  • Attend and participate in individual and group orientation and other information dissemination sessions.
  • Deliver oral presentations, differentiating content to meet the specific needs of the audience.
  • Prepare and deliver presentations to represent academic faculty and programs at outreach presentations.
  • Collaborate with faculty, school heads, athletic department, and other university administrators by assessing action outcomes, and providing evaluations, interpretations, requested data, recommendations, and conclusions.

10% OTHER: - Other duties as required by the Head Advisor.

Application Information

Institution Information

Oregon State is an international public research university located in Corvallis, one of the safest, smartest, greenest small cities in the nation.Founded in 1868, Oregon State is the state’s Land Grant university and is one of only two universities in the U.S. to have Sea Grant, Space Grant and Sun Grant designations as well.With $441 million in external research funding in 2017, a second consecutive year of record-breaking growth, Oregon State accounts for more research funding than all of the state’s comprehensive public universities combined.With 11 colleges, 15 Agricultural Experiment Stations, 35 county Extension offices, the Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport and OSU-Cascades in Bend, Oregon State has a presence in every one of Oregon’s 36 counties, a statewide economic footprint of $2.371 billion and an impact that reaches across the state and beyond.

Additional Information


Contact Information

Talley Richardson 541-737-8418


Required Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in higher education, student affairs, public health, or human sciences (or a related field) AND a minimum two years of experience advising college students in a 4-year university.
  • Knowledge of research and theory related to college student development, including cognitive /learning development, student persistence, student engagement, diversity and student identity, and experience applying that knowledge to support student development and success.
  • Ability lead and communicate effectively with a team as well as take on support roles in a highly collaborative office.
  • Capacity to use or learn to use the Student Success Collaborative Tool and additional technologies to drive targeted advising approaches.
  • Strong proficiency in computerized office applications (such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint; other presentation mediums).
  • Demonstrated commitment to the advancement of diversity, equity and inclusion.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Ability to multitask, prioritize duties, and navigate in a fast-paced environment.
  • Strong problem solving and organizational skills and great attention to detail.
  • Capable of being self–directed and completing tasks with little to no direct supervision.
  • Capacity to analyze and utilize data to make decisions, identify barriers, and create proactive outreach campaigns.
  • Excellent listening and interpersonal skills that exhibit positive regard, care, concern, and respect for students, families, and colleagues.
  • Strong commitment towards supporting all levels and backgrounds of students through a variety of approaches and processes to achieve their educational and personal goals.
  • Thorough understanding and working knowledge of FERPA regulations within a higher education setting.
  • Working knowledge of effective decision-making and conflict resolution techniques.
  • Ability to coordinate and manage assignments in order to sustain an extensive workload within a fast-paced environment.
  • Experience working with Banner/Oracle, Degree Works/DARS, and/or SalesForce
  • Ability to demonstrate communication competencies and technology skills, with significant experience using technology to support the advising processes and success of OSU students.