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Academic Advisor

Categories: Pacific Region 9




University of California - Santa Cruz

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Position Description

Under the general direction of the Administrative Manager, the Undergraduate Advising Team has full programmatic responsibility for the administration of the Psychology Undergraduate Advising Program. The Undergraduate Advising Team consists of two full-time Undergraduate Advisors and one full-time Field Study/Undergraduate Advisor. The Psychology department staff promote a strong spirit of teamwork and embrace UCSC's Principles of Community in meeting the needs of a diverse range of constituents.


  • Applies professional concepts to independently provide prescriptive advice and assistance to students on academic and degree progress and major requirements for the department.
  • Monitors and evaluates students' completion of academic requirements.
  • Recruit, train and supervise student peer advisors. Interview, hire, train and supervise student workers.
  • Identifies student needs for programs and services and refers students to non-academic resources as appropriate.
  • Applies articulated courses to program / degree requirements and certifies degree completion.
  • Advises on moderately complex issues such as multiple degrees, or withdrawal from the University.
  • Advises department on scheduling needs for student course progression and requirements completion.
  • Communicates and exchanges information with other units of the organization and makes referrals to help students with their academic program (e.g., health service, disabled students program, Colleges / Schools, transfer center, academic departments).
  • Provides information to students on programs with special, clearly articulated eligibility requirements such as honors programs, awards, fellowships, scholarships, and advanced level courses.
  • Advocate student interests; assists the CUA/Committee on Undergraduate Affairs, Department Chair and Division with developing appropriate academic policies and procedures including course substitutions and major appeals enrollment; how permission codes are given out, waitlists, and priority for senior seminar admittance.

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The University of California, Santa Cruz, has earned national distinction as a university with high-impact research and an uncommon commitment to teaching and public service.A campus with world-class facilities and one of the most visually spectacular settings in higher education, UC Santa Cruz provides unparalleled opportunities for students to learn through hands-on experience. A commitment to environmental stewardship and community engagement are also central to UCSC's core values.Undergraduates pursue course work in 65 majors in the arts, engineering, humanities, physical and biological sciences, and social sciences. Graduate students work toward master's degrees, doctoral degrees, and graduate certificates in 41 academic programs.UCSC people, including about 93,000 alumni, are leaders in virtually every field; and the campus is highly regarded for the positive impact it has on society.

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Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree in related area and/or equivalent experience/training.
  • Basic knowledge of advising and counseling techniques.
  • Knowledge of university policies, procedures, and requirements.
  • Skills in judgment and decision-making, problem solving.
  • Abilities in problem identification, reasoning, ability to develop original idea to solve problems.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills, including active listening. Ability to multi-task.
  • Familiarity with campus programs, administrative units, and range of student services.
  • Proven communication and interpersonal skills, with faculty and students, with individuals and large groups from diverse backgrounds.
  • Demonstrated ability to exercise good judgment and discretion with confidential matters.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Advanced degree in Psychology.
  • Knowledge of departmental courses and majors.
  • Experience in Web Page construction and maintenance.
  • General knowledge of the UCSC campus.
  • Experience recruiting, interviewing, selecting and supervising student employees.