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Developmental Advising Specialist

Categories: Mid South Region 3


School of Business and Economics


West Virginia University

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Position Description

The Graduate Programs unit in the College of Business and Economics at West Virginia University is seeking applications for the position of Developmental Advising Specialist. This position is primarily responsible for providing academic advising services to graduate students regarding graduate programs, graduate admissions requirements, and career development. This position also assumes responsibility for managing the execution and evaluation of various on-campus Graduate Programs events such as orientations, residencies, and graduation.


  • Manage an academic advising caseload of approximately 150-200 graduate students in online and traditional on-campus programs, utilizing both developmental and prescriptive advising formats.
  • Work with students individually to assist them in developing decision-making skills regarding academic and professional/career goals.
  • Evaluate academic transcripts to measure progress toward degree-completion, identify academic and program deficiencies, and consults with the assistant directors, the assistant deans, and faculty to remedy such deficiencies.
  • Assist students with federal financial aid appeals in compliance with the Standards of Satisfactory Academic Progress for Financial Aid Eligibility and deadlines.
  • Collaborate with Graduate Programs staff and event staff to plan, execute, and evaluate orientations, on-campus residencies, and graduation events.
  • Develop and implement a communication plan regarding program requirements and events with Graduate Programs staff.
  • Coordinates with the Assistant Director for Graduate Programs Admissions to monitor the admissions process for students matriculating to the graduate programs.
  • Evaluate transcripts to determine the need for remedial coursework prior to entering a graduate program.
  • Participate in May, August, and December commencement ceremonies, and also weekend/evening events sponsored by the College or the University as appropriate.

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Required Qualifications

  • Master's degree in a business-related field, education, counseling or a directly related field
  • Experience in the following areas is preferred:
    • student advising (preferably at the graduate level)
    • career counseling
    • program management
  • An equivalent combination of education and/or experience which provides an applicant with the necessary knowledge, skills, and abilities may be considered in lieu of a degree
  • Knowledge of student management information systems such as Banner and DegreeWorks is preferred
  • Demonstrated ability to collect and evaluate data and independently generate reports

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