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Academic Advisor/Graduation Specialist

Categories: Pacific Region 9


Student Success Office


San Francisco State University

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Position Description

The Academic Advisor/Graduation Specialist supports San Francisco State University's strategic plan and the Campus Student Success Plan by providing consistent, accurate, moderately complex, academic advising services to undergraduate students. Working under general supervision, the academic advisor will provide advising focused on setting goals to facilitate students' success, persistence, and degree completion in a timely manner.


The position is a shared advising role that is split (50/50) between the Undergraduate Advising Center and one of San Francisco State's colleges (College of Health and Social Sciences, College of Liberal and Creative Arts, College of Business, College of Science and Engineering, or College of Ethnic Studies). The incumbent collaborates with faculty, staff, and administrators both in their assigned college and in the Undergraduate Advising Center to deliver advising services with a focus on upper division students and those who are close to graduation. The Academic Advisor/Graduation Specialist reports directly to the Associate Dean of Undergraduate Education who oversees campus-wide advising efforts.

Application Process

For the complete job description and qualifications of current openings, please go to SF State's online job posting Submit an online application and upload (in one file attachment) your resume and cover letter, describing your specific qualifications for each position. The online recruitment system will allow one file attachment for each submission.Additional positions will be available throughout the year. Please visit SF State's Human Resources website for job postings or contact Associate Dean of Undergraduate Education Kim Altura at for more information.

Institution Information

San Francisco State University has long-standing commitments to teaching, learning and social justice. Individuals interested in advancing the University's strategic plan are strongly encouraged to apply.

Additional Information

($47,220.00 - $50,496.00 Annually

Contact Information



Required Qualifications

  • Education: Equivalent to graduation from an accredited four-year college or university.
  • Experience: Two years of experience in student services or a related field (preferably in a higher education environment) is typical.
  • The incumbent's experience should give evidence of competence and indicate the potential for further growth. A Master's degree in a job-related field may be substituted for one year of professional experience.

The position requires general knowledge of:

  • Principles and techniques of individual advising
  • Academic, personal and career planning and goal setting
  • Student services and programs on a college/university campus
  • Problem-solving and conflict resolution strategies
  • Current software, technology, and online resources

The position requires the ability to:

  • Apply interviewing techniques, and facilitating academic advising sessions one-to-one
  • Actively listen to students; provide accurate, respectful and effective communication (oral and written) to students, faculty and administrators; exercise confidentiality, discretion, and judgment; handle moderately sensitive interpersonal issues
  • Keep supervisor adequately informed, demonstrate regular attendance and positive performance evaluations
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships; work closely with a diverse population and ability to relate well with students, staff, faculty, and administrators
  • Quickly learn and apply Title V, California State University, and San Francisco State University policies and procedures; SF State general education requirements for continuing and the new requirements effective Fall 2014

Preferred Qualifications

Experience in:

  • Providing effective academic advising to students from diverse cultural, ethnic, socioeconomic, academic, sexual orientation and disability backgrounds in a one-to-one setting
  • Providing information on Title V, California State University, and San Francisco State University policies and procedures
  • Assist with workshops and presentations
  • Use PeopleSoft – Campus Solutions, Microsoft Office Suite, and iLearn