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Developmental Advising Specialist

Categories: Mid South Region 3


Undergraduate Education


West Virginia University

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Position Description

Undergraduate Education at West Virginia University is seeking applications for a Developmental Advising Specialist. This position is responsible for providing one-on-one academic counsel (advising) to approximately 250-300 students in an advising pathway (e.g. Business and Economics; Health Sciences; Behavioral Sciences; STEM; and Exploratory).


  • Work closely with the Executive Director of the Center for Learning, Advising, and Student Success (CLASS), Lead Advisers, and representatives of other university departments (including, Assistant/ Associate Deans, advisers, and faculty and staff).
  • Co-coordinate the unit's initiatives on undergraduate student retention efforts, and evaluates student needs, objectives, interests and previous academic performance to direct students in the design and implementation of an achievable academic plan.
  • Understand developmental and prescriptive theories of academic advising.
  • Be proficient in student systems management, preferably working knowledge of Banner, and in Microsoft Office, including Excel, PowerPoint, and Word
  • Work collaboratively with students between the ages of 18 and 24.
  • Interpret University procedures and policies and convey such information to students, and will comply with the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).
  • Work in high stress environments efficiently to provide academic counsel to large numbers of students.
  • Have excellent interpersonal, problem-solving, and conflict resolution skills, and work independently and with direct supervision.

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Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree is required. Work and life experiences will not substitute for Bachelor's degree requirement.

  • 0-years of experience working in higher education, preferably in student services
  • Experience working with young adults, preferably in high school or higher education
  • Experience working in academic advising, career counseling, or psychological counseling
  • Experience working with at-risk students and coordinating remedial educational programs or similar programming.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master's degree preferred.