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Senior Academic Advisor I

Categories: Rocky Mountain Region 10


Molecular and Cellular Biology


University of Arizona

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Position Description

This position reports directly to the Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology (MCB), and serves as frontline contact for undergraduate students for developmental academic advising to drive engagement and empower students to achieve their academic and career goals, plays a vital role in maximizing undergraduate student retention, and builds formative relationships with students by interpreting information and providing clarification on procedures and academic requirements of specific programs or majors. Academic Advisors have authority to approve students' academic degree programs, including evaluating transfer credit and making exceptions to the program requirements under the auspices of their respective faculty.


  • This position serves students majoring in Molecular and Cellular Biology.
  • Presents academic and program information at freshman and transfer orientation to groups of students and their parents.
  • Interprets and advises students on University, College, and Departmental policies, procedures, and academic requirements.
  • Assists students in course planning to meet academic requirements and/or career preparation.
  • Identifies or evaluates options for students who must petition for an exception to a course or program requirement; makes approved adjustments to student's program of study.
  • Assesses students' stage of development (academic, career, and personal) to promote academic growth by determining suitable developmental tasks and engagement opportunities; helps students explore pertinent internships, club involvement, volunteer work, and undergraduate research opportunities.
  • Assists student in establishing realistic and attainable academic and career goals; refers students to additional career counseling services as needed.
  • Monitors academic progress of students; determines eligibility and satisfactory progress toward degree; identifies current and potential needs or problem areas (e.g., study skills, tutoring) and refers students to appropriate campus resources for further assistance.
  • Evaluates transfer credits from other academic institutions for equivalencies and application to degree program.
  • Maintains student files, records, and database; documents all pertinent student information in UAccess Advisor Notes; updates computerized information system regarding changes to student status, and performs data analysis as necessary.
  • Gathers and/or calculates necessary information such as GPAs or enrollment statistics; prepares various reports as requested.
  • Processes degree checks/audits for students planning to graduate.
  • Assists in the development and coordination of seminars, workshops, and other activities/events; develops and performs assessment of departmental advising events and activities.
  • Participates in relevant undergraduate committees.
  • Coordinates MCB Accelerated Master's Program.
  • Serves on Department Curriculum Committee and submits curriculum updates to the University.
  • Other duties as assigned (examples of department duties may include curriculum updates, maintaining schedule of classes)
  • Distinguishing characteristics of job level:
    • This level is distinguished from prior levels in that Senior Academic Advisor I is responsible for the development of a special advising program. Senior Academic Advisor I are subject matter experts but do not have supervisor responsibilities.
    • Coordinates a special program (including but not limited to academic success, peer advising, mentoring, career placement, ambassadors, internships or college honors programs, etc.)
    • Has the knowledge and experience required to work with specialized groups of the student body
    • Utilizes University systems advisor tools with excellent proficiency (advanced analytics and reviewing data)
    • Serves as program liaison with campus and community partners including faculty and staff
    • Provides input on materials and/or curriculum in collaboration with faculty
    • Has knowledge of and experience with other colleges and the University as a whole
    • Routinely provides input regarding student data (such as enrollment and retention information)

Application Process

Institution Information

At the University of Arizona, we value our inclusive climate because we know that diversity in experiences and perspectives is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and creating an inclusive academic community. We translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience and expertise working with diverse students, colleagues and constituencies. Because we seek a workforce with a wide range of perspectives and experiences, we encourage diverse candidates to apply, including people of color, women, veterans, and individuals with disabilities. As an Employer of National Service, we also welcome alumni of AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service programs and others who will help us advance our Inclusive Excellence initiative aimed at creating a university that values student, staff and faculty engagement in addressing issues of diversity and inclusiveness.

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Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree in related field and four years or more of experience; OR, any equivalent combination of experience, training, and/or education.
  • Evidence of effective communication and organizational skills
  • Evidence of effective collaborative work with others
  • Good time management skills
  • Ability to prioritize workload and complete tasks efficiently
  • Knowledge of advising practices and principles
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office (PowerPoint, Word, Excel, Access)

Preferred Qualifications

  • Background/degree in life sciences
  • Familiarity with MCB program, career opportunities, undergraduate research, and curriculum requirements
  • Knowledge of graduate school, medical school and other pre-health admission requirements and necessary preparation
  • Experience with data analysis
  • Proficiency with Peoplesoft/UAccess/Analytics
  • Experience working with college-aged students
  • Experience working with diverse students