Job Positions

Academic Advisor

Categories: Great Lakes Region 5


Mechanical Engineering


Purdue University

Date Posted:


Close Date:

Open Until Filled

Position Description

The academic advisor position is a full-time, twelve-month professional position dedicated to serving degree-seeking students within the School of Mechanical Engineering. The academic advisor plays a supportive role in strengthening the department’s efforts to provide quality advising and promote student success. The primary role of the academic advisor is to help transition students to the professional world by assisting them through the exploration of both personal and professional developmental opportunities. A successful advisor in this position builds meaningful relationships and provides a high level of customer service to students and campus partners.


  • Effective planning, coordination, and supporting a student's academic experience in this role is critical to the success of the student, the faculty, and the department.
  • This position advises current students in developing a plan of study that meets degree requirements in the manner that best meets his or her needs, which may include study abroad programs, research, co-op/internships and graduate programs.
  • Throughout each term, advisors will communicate one-on-one with prospective students and families as well as conduct orientation programs for students transitioning into the School of Mechanical Engineering from the First Year Engineering program.

Application Information

Institution Information


Additional Information

Purdue will not sponsor an employment related visa for this position.

A background check will be required for employment.

FLSA: Exempt (Not Eligible for Overtime)

Retirement Eligibility: Defined Contribution Waiting Period.

Purdue University is an EOE/AA employer. All individuals, including minorities, women, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply.

Contact Information



Required Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in an Engineering, Education, Counseling, Technology or related field.
  • One year of work experience with academic advising, student services, student affairs, career development, counseling, teaching, and/or advising. Graduate assistantship experience may be considered.
  • Strong oral and written communication.
  • Excellent customer service skills and professionalism in dealing with external business partners, students, faculty and staff.
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills with the ability to influence and build working relationships among a diverse workforce at all levels.
  • Strong organizational and time management skills with emphasis on accuracy and attention to detail.
  • Motivated individual with ability to efficiently multi task, work under pressure, handle frequent interruptions and meet deadlines.
  • Ability to identify and determine problems, analyze information and implement solutions.
  • Capable of taking initiative, assuming responsibility and handling confidential information with discretion.
  • Ability to work independently and contribute to a team environment.
  • Must possess a learning orientation to changing technology.
  • Basic proficiency in software: Microsoft Word, Excel, Power Point, and Outlook (Electronic email/Calendaring).

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in Education emphasis in Higher Education or Counseling.
  • Knowledge of academic advising and/or student services.
  • Knowledge of programs and majors at Purdue University.
  • Familiarity with MyPurdue, Banner, COGNOS.
  • Knowledge of developmental learning theories.