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Developmental Advising Specialist

Categories: Mid South Region 3


Academic Affairs


West Virginia University

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Position Description

The Academic Affairs unit at West Virginia University is seeking applications for a Developmental Advising Specialist. This position is responsible for providing one-on-one academic counsel to approximately 250-300 students in one or more advising pathways. The Developmental Advising Specialist will also assist with coordinate the unit’s undergraduate student retention efforts, evaluation of student needs, and directing students in implementing an achievable academic plan.


  • Counsel students of all majors regarding the WVU Catalog, undergraduate admission requirements and persistence to degree completion.
  • Employ developmental, prescriptive and intrusive models of academic advising.
  • Work individually with students to build a matriculation plan, as well as plans for timely admission to a desired department/major.
  • Advise potential and incoming transfer students to ensure a seamless transition to WVU.
  • Collaborate with the Office of Veterans Affairs and advocate for benefits eligible veterans to ensure veteran student needs are met.
  • Assist students with federal financial aid appeals in compliance with the Standards of Satisfactory Academic Progress for Financial Aid Eligibility and deadlines established by the Office of Financial Aid.
  • Instruct the first-year seminar course during the fall term for students enrolled in a particular academic pathway.
  • Teach a course in the spring semester for students placed on academic probation after their first semester.
  • Participate in campus-wide student retention and advising development efforts.
  • Assist with course registration and advising questions at New Student Orientation and other University events.

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At West Virginia University, we pride ourselves on a tireless endeavor for achievement. We are home to some of the most passionate, innovative minds in the country who push their limits for the sake of progress, constantly moving the world forward. Our students, faculty and staff make this institution one of the best out there, and we are proud to stand as one voice, one university, one WVU. Find out more about your opportunities as a Mountaineer at

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Required Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in higher education, counseling or related field
  • Experience in the following is preferred:
    • Working in higher education, especially student services
    • Working with young adults in high school or higher education
    • Working with academic advising, career counseling or psychological counseling
    • Working with at-risk students and coordinating remedial education programs
  • Knowledge of developmental, prescriptive and intrusive theories of academic advising
  • Knowledge of electronic and manual records-keeping, preferably proficiency with DegreeWorks and/or SSC Campus
  • Proficiency in student systems management, preferably working knowledge of Banner
  • Demonstrated interpersonal, problem-solving and conflict resolution skills
  • Ability to interpret and comply with the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act

Preferred Qualifications