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Academic Advisor/First-Year Specialist

Categories: Pacific Region 9


Student Affairs


California College of the Arts

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Position Description
Academic Advisors work closely with the Director and Assistant Director of Academic Advising, faculty affiliated with assigned programs (majors), and colleagues from student affairs and other key units to foster student academic success and support retention. For many undergraduates at CCA, academic advisors serve as the lynchpin for communication and connection with the college for the duration of their academic experience. Accordingly, CCA employs a holistic approach to advising that integrates developmental, strength-based/appreciative, and (as needed) intrusive academic advising strategies with aspects of case management. While advising assignments are subject to change contingent on enrollment trends and the needs of the College, they are generally distributed loosely according to division and campus: Design and Architecture in San Francisco; Fine Arts and Humanities & Sciences in Oakland. The faculty-based First-Year Advising Program is based in Oakland. Occasional evening or weekend work will be expected. Currently, we have one opening for an Oakland-based Academic Advisor / First-Year Specialist. This position, which will be based in Oakland, will work primarily with first-year students and will advise for Fine Arts majors with an emphasis on Community Arts, Printmaking, Photography, Writing & Literature, Visual Studies, and Undeclared students.

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Institution Information
Founded in 1907, California College of the Arts (CCA) is an independent art college with 21 undergraduate programs in architecture, design, fine arts, visual studies, and writing.  The college also has graduate programs in architecture, comics, curatorial practice, design, design strategy, film, fine arts, visual and critical studies, and writing.  Through these programs, the college has created a dynamic and interdisciplinary environment.  Diverse cultural perspectives enrich the CCA community and the college believes that continuing to expand the horizons of the students and faculty is essential to achieving its educational objectives.  With campuses in Oakland and San Francisco, CCA currently enrolls 1,950 full-time students.California College of the Arts is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from individuals who will contribute to its diversity.

Application Process
Applicants are invited to submit a letter of interest and resume to: California College of the ArtsHuman Resources (Job #2260)employment@cca.eduRecommended document file formats are Word or PDF. If there are multiple attachments, we recommend compressing/zipping your files into a zip format file. Documents larger than 10MB, should be submitted on CD and forwarded to CCA as indicated above. Application Deadline: Screening begins immediately and will continue until the position is filled. 

Additional Information
FULL-TIME, EXEMPTJOB # 2260SEPTEMBER 2014REPORTS TO: Assistant Director of Academic AdvisingSALARY: Applicants are requested to state salary history and requirements; position includes a comprehensive benefits package. 

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Required Qualifications
Bachelor’s degree required. BFA and experience or education in design, architecture, or fine art field related to assigned programs or related disciplines strongly preferred. Experience working in academic advising or related, retention-focused student-affairs environment is preferred. In the absence of such experience, familiarity with higher education issues and/or student development theory is key. Advisors must have a high level of comfort and expertise with computer technology, including Microsoft Office (particularly Word and Excel) and database programs. They must demonstrate the ability to synthesize information from multiple sources, learn quickly, remember details, and convey accurate information about complex policies and requirements to students. Candidates must be service-and support-oriented and have excellent analytical, organizational, and administrative skills. They must have the ability to prioritize work in a multi-tasking environment, manage time, and be adaptable to changing needs and frequent interruptions. They should be able to plan and manage projects, take initiative and be resourceful, work independently with minimal supervision, and meet required deadlines. Advisors must demonstrate the ability to work and communicate effectively (verbally and in writing) with students, faculty, staff, parents, and other community members. Candidates must have the ability to work cooperatively, collaboratively, and creatively with others and exercise outstanding judgment. Candidates should enjoy both the challenges and pleasures of working as a team-member at an educational institution. Experience using and supporting Datatel Ellucian or similar ERP software preferred

Preferred Qualifications
.Not Specified