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Academic Advisor

Categories: Rocky Mountain Region 10


Social and Behavioral Sciences


University of Utah

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Position Description

Advises a diverse population of students in regards to their academic planning and progress by utilizing professional advising and guidance skills. Interprets and explains university academic policy and procedure to assist students in making decisions concerning personal educational goals leading to graduation.


  • The College of Social & Behavioral Science orients advising in a teaching and learning perspective and the goal of academic advising is to empower students to define and accomplish their academic goals. Thus, the academic advisor will be trained on campus-wide policies and best practices in delivering academic advising and establish and maintain positive working relationships with campus partners related to analysis and use of data analytics to support student success, including, OBIAand the Academic Advising Center.
  • Perform duties of lead academic advisor for the Department of Political Science, which includes but is not limited to collecting and disseminating information to students, faculty and departments about changes in major requirements or University policies and adjusts advising strategies as appropriate and attend political science staff and faculty meetings.
  • As lead academic advisor in Political Science, will serve as the department representative to the undergraduate student advisory committee and provides support for event planning (e.g., speaking events, career fairs, alumni invitations, etc.) and other SAC activities. With the involvement of the SAC, initiate and oversee undergraduate peer advising in political science.
  • As lead academic advisor in Political Science and under the direction of the Department Chair, Associate Chair and/or Undergraduate Studies Director will help facilitate new student recruitment and general department advertising and promotion (print, electronic, and social media).
  • Academic advising of undergraduate students in the areas of Economics, Political Science and Health, Society and Policy which includes - course requirements and selection; major decision-making; policies and procedures; scholastic standards; new freshman and transfer issues; and other appropriate areas (on average, 60-70% of time will be spent directly advising undergraduate students).Maintaining current knowledge of campus resources, critical dates, as well as policies and procedures for undergraduate students. Participates in professional development activities, including intra-office and campus-wide advisor training, and (when appropriate) professional conferences.
  • Participates in collaborative activities and ventures with other University departments and offices (and, when applicable, external organizations).
  • Meets with students to provide information and guidance on academic-related issues, such as graduation requirements and exceptions, major exploration, course planning and registration, transfer credit evaluation/substitution or advanced degree requirements.
  • Facilitates students' academic progress by evaluating their needs and developing appropriate educational plans.
  • Makes referrals for students who need assistance with overcoming learning obstacles, specialized tutoring, extended or intensive assistance with career decisions or similar needs.
  • Develops and presents education programs designed to supplement or enhance academic preparedness.
  • Collects and disseminates information to students, faculty and departments about changes in major requirements or University policies and adjusts advising strategies as appropriate.
  • Coordinates and/or participates in the advising-related portion of new/transfer student and parent orientation sessions.
  • Maintains students' academic files that include a record of the advising activity that takes place during each visit.
  • Serves on University committees and makes recommendations that affect curriculum requirements, advising processes and program development and published materials.
  • Coordinates data compilation, statistical reports and correspondence, depending upon the area of assignment.
  • May plan and participate in continuing education for advising staff.
  • May supervise lower level advising staff and/or student employees and participate in hiring, training and evaluating those employees.

Application Information

Institution Information

The University of Utah is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and is committed to diversity in its workforce. In compliance with applicable federal and state laws, University of Utah policy of equal employment opportunity prohibits discrimination on the basis of race or ethnicity, religion, color, national origin, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, veteran's status, status as a qualified person with a disability, or genetic information. Individuals from historically underrepresented groups, such as minorities, women, qualified persons with disabilities, and protected veterans are strongly encouraged to apply. Veterans' preference is extended to qualified applicants, upon request and consistent with University policy and Utah state law.

Additional Information

38000 to 41000

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Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree in a related area or equivalency required. Demonstrated human relations and effective communication skills required.
  • Previous experience in an advising, counseling or teaching environment is preferred.
  • Applicants must demonstrate the potential ability to perform the essential functions of the job as outlined in the position description.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master's degree in related field preferred. 
  • Previous experience in an advising, counseling or teaching environment is preferred.