Job Positions

Academic Advisor and Success Instructor (id:54470)

Categories: Northeast Region 1


Dean Liberal Arts & Science: Advising and Academic Services Center


University of Maine

Date Posted:

Apr 2 2019 10:00PM

Close Date:

April 22, 2019

Position Description

PURPOSE: As a staff member in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Advising and Academic Services Center, the Academic Advisor and Success Instructor teaches and advises undergraduate students in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS) and those still deciding on a major. Using a purposeful, holistic, and developmental approach, the Academic Advisor and Success Instructor guides incoming students through the transition into the University and through the college major decision process while teaching, informing, encouraging, and facilitating the development of each student. The Academic Advisor and Success Instructor will teach multiple sections of various first-year seminars as well as academic recovery courses for at-risk students. The work year for this position is August 1 – May 31.


  • Teaches sections of first-year seminars and academic success courses designed especially for students at risk.
  • Participates in ongoing development of advising curriculum and materials.
  • Meets individually with assigned and walk-in students regularly throughout the academic year to discuss transitional issues; instructs students on relevant information pertaining to UMaine colleges, programs, and resources; assists with registration; and familiarizes students with academic policies and procedures.
  • Serves as a resource for faculty and staff in matters related to student advising.
  • Provides accurate information on the academic requirements of the University and of each college and major and assists students with transfer to the UMaine college and major of their choice through teaching and advising.
  • Makes referrals of students to other campus services and resources as needed.
  • Maintains an electronic written log of all student contacts in student’s academic file.
  • Ensures confidentiality of student information and personal discussions.
  • Prepares for and participates in recruitment and retention efforts on campus.
  • Engages regularly in professional development relevant to the position.
  • Develops and maintains professional relationship that reflect courtesy, civility, and mutual respect.
  • Builds productive relationships with internal and external constituencies.
  • Utilizes coaching and mentoring methods which provide an environment that is anticipatory, supportive, and encourages constructive feedback on performance.
  • Commits to organizational improvement by identifying opportunities to improve, and recommending possible alternatives for a situation.
  • Performs other reasonably related duties as assigned by the Advising and Academic Services Center Director.

Application Process

Institution Information

The University of Maine is an EEO/AA employer, and does not discriminate on the grounds of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, transgender status, gender expression, national origin, citizenship status, age, disability, genetic information or veteran’s status in employment, education, and all other programs and activities. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies: Sarah E. Harebo, Director of Equal Opportunity, 101 North Stevens Hall, University of Maine, Orono, ME 04469-5754, 207.581.1226, TTY 711 (Maine Relay System).

Additional Information

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES: None. WORK ENVIRONMENT: Work is performed in a fast-paced, professional office setting with frequent interruptions requiring flexibility and good humor. The utmost tact, confidentially, and professionalism are required to carry out the duties of the position in a gracious, welcoming, and successful student-centered manner.

WORK YEAR: Full-time, ten-months. The position is effective August 1 to May 31 each year. The schedule for vacation time is established by the Center Director in consultation with the Academic Advisor and Success Instructor to afford optimal support for students during semester breaks.

WORK SCHEDULE: Normal University of Maine business hours are Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Generally, work is expected to be accomplished during traditional work hours at the office provided by the Advising and Academic Services Center. Occasionally duties will require meetings outside the traditional workday. In consultation with supervisor, the employee will establish regular office hours and adjust the schedule as necessary.

POSITION TYPE: Ten-month, ongoing, base-budgeted position.

SCHEDULE FOR EVALUATION: In the initial six months of employment than annually thereafter in accordance with UMPSA Agreement.

JOB FAMILY, SALARY BAND: 18 Student Services: Academic Services / 03 Appropriate background checks are required.

Contact Information

John Mascetta Advising and Academic Services Center & Explorations Program Director Stevens Hall, Room 100 College of Liberal Arts and Sciences The University of Maine Orono, ME 04469


Required Qualifications

  • Typically has the education associated with a Master’s degree in Education, Higher Education Administration, Counseling, Social Work, Guidance, or a related field.
  • Classroom teaching experience required.
  • Demonstrated strong interest in working with college students.
  • Excellent verbal, written, and computer skills.
  • Demonstrated success in building positive relationships with students, faculty and staff are essential.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Demonstrated experience working in academic advising or student support services at the college or university level.
  • Working knowledge of college or university web-based students records programs (registration, class searchers, student records, etc.).