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Academic Advisor

Categories: Northeast Region 1


Office of Undergraduate Advising


Simmons College

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Position Description

The Academic Advisor’s main function is to provide accurate and timely academic advising to all undergraduate students enrolled at Simmons College. Primarily, the position advises a caseload of first-year students and will act as the coordinator for workshops supported by advising. The Academic Advisor supports the goals of the Undergraduate Advising Office by executing programming and creating innovative ideas to promote the office and benefit the Simmons population. This role also supports the Center for Student Success with advising related tasks and works to create relationships with other offices around campus.


  • Serve as the primary advisor for first-year majors;
  • Coordinate and plan large scale group advising sessions with faculty prior to Fall and Spring registration dates;
  • Monitor and advise students to ensure satisfactory grades and GPA requirements, as well as course planning;
  • Monitor advisees academic progress, including warnings and probation, and follow-up with students in academic jeopardy;
  • Be available to meet with students often and as needed throughout the year, through scheduled appointments and/or open office hours;
  • Understand the institution's interpretation of FERPA rules for the release of student information to faculty, parents, students, etc.;
  • Stay abreast of changing institutional information including new programs, course changes, important dates, costs, and updates in college-wide initiatives and policies;
  • Develop and implement Fall and Spring group advising for first-year students alongside faculty members;
  • Contribute to the organization and delivery of general programming for undergraduate students;
  • Collaborate with Student Affairs, Department Chairs, Faculty, Registrar’s Office, Student Life, Disability Services, Career Education Center, etc.;
  • Assist in the implementation of advising and registration session of all incoming first-year students during January and June Orientation;
  • Responsible for managing the workshop series each semester which includes collaborating with advising staff to develop and facilitate workshops, reserve rooms, advertise, maintain the workshop schedule, etc.
  • Be open to teaching The Simmons Course (SIM 101) in a fall or spring semester;Other duties as assigned.

Application Process

Institution Information

Simmons College, 300 The Fenway, Boston, MA 02115

Additional Information

Salary is high $40K to low $50K.

Contact Information

Cindy Firestein (Director)


Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree required.
  • Experience involving extensive student contact in a student services role at a community college or four-year institution;
  • Skilled at connecting and building rapport with students;
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills;
  • Experience developing and facilitating academic skill building workshops such as time management, study tips;
  • The ideal candidate will possess strong time management, customer service, problem solving and interpersonal skills, will be adaptable to new and rapidly changing situations, will be creative and innovative and demonstrate the ability to work independently and with a team.
  • Ability to successfully resolve student issues from request through resolution;
  • Must have a strong commitment to education.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience utilizing Starfish and Google mail a plus;
  • Master's