Job Positions

Academic Advisor

Categories: Northwest Region 8


University Advising Services


University of Idaho

Date Posted:

Mar 29 2019 10:00PM

Close Date:


Position Description

The Academic Advisor provides support and education to elevate students’ learning experience at the University of Idaho. The Academic Advisor fosters student success by building positive and professional student relationships and implementing proactive strategies that help students fulfill their educational goals. The Academic Advisor will have content expertise in one or more college(s)/program(s) and help students select courses and engage in opportunities consistent with their developing goals and interests. This position will also support students’ timely progress toward degree completion. Additional duties include, but are not limited to, providing information and clarification regarding university academic policies, creating rapport and building academic advising relationships, and referring students to appropriate campus resources. This position is expected to work collaboratively with university partners to ensure students have access to all campus support and enrichment opportunities.


  • Working in collaboration with the college(s) and the University Advising Services team to serve students and meet advising needs.
  • Implementing advising best practices, guided by the Council for Advancement of Standards in Higher Education (CAS) guidelines, NACADA, and Complete College America.
  • Ensuring students are properly advised in regard to appropriate course selection and in compliance with academic regulations related to graduation eligibility.
  • Assisting students in assessing their interests and abilities, examining their educational goals and developing short-term and long-term plans to meet their objectives.
  • Assisting students with course registration.
  • Providing accurate and timely information and interpreting institutional, general education, and major requirements; clarifying institutional policies and procedures.
  • Evaluating and monitoring student academic progress and the impact on achievement of goals.
  • Reinforcing student self-efficacy, self-direction and self-advocacy.
  • Remaining up-to-date on university and college-specific curricular changes, communicating those changes to current and prospective students and high school and community college partners.
  • Managing and maintaining accurate advisor assignments in VandalWeb as well as updating advisor records in Banner, Degree Audit and VandalStar to maintain student advising files electronically.
  • Collaborating with college leadership and faculty to facilitate a successful student transition from Academic Advisor to Faculty Advisor.
  • Maintaining current knowledge about advising tools such as Degree Audit and VandalStar and communicating that information effectively to students.
  • Maintaining current knowledge of FERPA regulations.
  • Other duties listed on University of Idaho web application.

Application Process

Apply online at Position is open until filled, however, applications received on or before April 29, 2019 will receive first consideration. Position will remain open until a sufficient pool of candidates is identified. This position will be located in the College of Art and Architecture.

Institution Information

Since 1889, the University of Idaho has provided motivated students with a transformative higher education experience that prepares them to solve real-world problems and achieve success in their lives and careers. Beginning with our beautiful residential campus in Moscow, the university’s reach extends throughout Idaho, serving over 12,000 students with educational centers in Coeur d’Alene, Boise and Idaho Falls, a research and extension center in Twin Falls, plus Extension offices in 42 counties. One of the nation’s land-grant research universities, U of I is a noted national leader in student-centered learning and interdisciplinary research that promotes public service. Our work serves businesses and communities, advancing the pursuit of diversity, citizenship and global outreach. The University of Idaho is the state’s land-grant research university. From this distinctive origin and identity, we will enhance the scientific, economic, social, legal and cultural assets of our state and develop solutions for complex problems facing our society.

We will continue to deliver focused excellence in teaching, research, outreach and engagement in a collaborative environment at our residential main campus in Moscow, regional centers, extension offices and research facilities across Idaho. Consistent with the land-grant ideal, we will ensure that our outreach activities serve the state and strengthen our teaching, scholarly and creative capacities statewide. Our educational offerings will transform the lives of our students through engaged learning and self-reflection. Our teaching and learning will include undergraduate, graduate, professional and continuing education offered through face-to-face instruction, technology-enabled delivery and hands-on experience. Our educational programs will strive for excellence and will be enriched by the knowledge, collaboration, diversity and creativity of our faculty, students and staff.

Contact Information

Shawna Bertlin


Required Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree

Demonstrated experience: - Delivering student-centered customer service - Presenting information clearly and concisely to individuals, small, and large groups -Compiling and analyzing information for leadership/administrative decisions -Interpreting and applying standards and regulations

Preferred Qualifications

Degree or professional experience in a related discipline

Master’s Degree

Demonstrated experience: - Providing academic advising in a higher education setting - Working successfully with diverse students and colleagues - Establishing and maintaining quality professional relationships - Analyzing information to identify and define problems/alternatives and developing recommendations

Knowledge of: - University of Idaho academic rules and regulations for undergraduate level advising - Student development theory and advising best practices •Ability to: - Communicate effectively, both in writing and orally, complex ideas in a manner that adapts to student needs and to articulate program requirements to a variety of audiences, including students, parents, faculty, and campus partners - Display strong organizational skills in to successfully manage competing prioritizes - Work independently and take initiative with new and existing projects - Motivate, encourage, and support students to recognize their potential and meet challenges.