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Academic Advisor

Categories: Mid Atlantic Region 2


College of Health and Human Development


Pennsylvania State University

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Position Description

The Department of Recreation Park and Tourism Management (RPTM) in the College of Health and Human Development is hiring an Academic Adviser who is eager to be a part of a student centered support team and actively implements high impact educational and advising practices toward student success. RPTM has a legacy of quality teaching and advising and a mission to transform human health through active engagement in recreation, park, tourism and leisure activities. As a professional staff member, this position will be responsible for academic advising of students who are enrolled in the RPTM major and those students who are exploring the major. This position is a key role in the RPTM Student Success Center. The Student Success Center serves as a model for academic advising at Penn State and provides both a physical space for students to feel at home and a professional staff to support students in their curricular and extra curricular needs. This position will work closely with the students, faculty, and staff to build on the legacy of RPTM’s student centered culture. The position requires a positive attitude, and an ability to get along well with faculty and staff, a strong work ethic, and a willingness to serve in a broad variety of roles as needed, and dedication to the mission of the department.


The preferred candidate must show evidence of being a professional academic advisor (e.g. membership to NACADA, NACADA trainings or presentations, past projects or experience related to student advising interventions or best practices). The candidate must show evidence of good judgment, creativity, strong interpersonal and communication skills and as being a team player. As an Academic Adviser you will be expected to: meet with prospective students and their families; guide students in course selection and scheduling; assist in resolving academic problems, identify and monitor academic progress; ensure that academic information on the Department’s website is accurate and current; participate in New Student Orientation (NSO), Spend a Summer Day, Accepted Student Information Sessions and various College and University recruitment and retention programs; participate in departmental student recruitment efforts; and assist in data management and the preparation of reports, surveys, and other documentation. This position will work closely with other departmental and college staff and faculty in a student support team environment. The position includes some travel to campuses and commitment to campus outreach and collaboration. This job will be filled as a level 3, or level 4, depending upon the successful candidate's competencies, education, and experience.

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Required Qualifications

Typically requires a Master's degree or higher plus two years of related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience for a level 3.

Excellent interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills, ability to maintain confidentiality and accurate record keeping are essential. Working knowledge of Windows and word processing is required.

Preferred Qualifications

Additional experience and/or education and competencies are required for higher level jobs. Preference will be given to candidates with a degree in RPTM, counseling, student affairs or closely related field along with higher education experience. 

Knowledge of LionPATH, Excel, Access and University policies and procedures is helpful. An understanding of the diversity of the fields of recreation, park and tourism management is a plus.