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Academic and Career Advisor

Categories: Mid Atlantic Region 2


College of Engineering 


Virginia Tech

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Position Description

The Academic and Career Advisor helps students with analyzing interests and abilities, choosing a major, changing majors, selecting courses, meeting requirements, and succeeding academically. This is a one year restricted appointment.


Provide academic and career advising services to approximately 350-700 first and second year engineering students

Deliver accurate information and advice to students about majors/minors and course options

Identify educational and career options appropriate for each student and assist with the analysis of each option, including possible outcomes and their implications

Monitor academic progress of students and determine satisfactory progress toward transferring to an undergraduate degree granting program

Identify current and potential needs or problem areas (e.g. study skills, tutoring, counseling) and refer students to appropriate campus resources for assistance

Maintain student files and records; document all pertinent student information

Interpret and explain college and university policies and procedures

Participate in recruiting activities for the university, college, and department, including but not limited to new student orientation, new student welcome, change of major information sessions, engineering open house, course request group advising, plan of study workshops, etc

Communicate in a highly professional manner with department faculty, university administrators, researchers, staff, students, and campus visitors

Support class scheduling, enrollment, and systems related to class registration

Other duties as assigned

Application Process

Interested applicants should complete an online application at, posting #AP0170151 and attach the following documents:1.resume or curriculum vita2.cover and contact information for three professional references4.advising philosophy on working with first year students

Institution Information

Virginia Tech is a public land-grant university, committed to teaching and learning, research, and outreach to the Commonwealth of Virginia, the nation, and the world. Building on its motto of Ut Prosim (that I may serve), Virginia Tech is dedicated to InclusiveVT—serving in the spirit of community, diversity, and excellence. We seek candidates who adopt and practice the Principles of Community, which are fundamental to our on-going efforts to increase access and inclusion, and to create a community that nurtures learning and growth for all of its members. Virginia Tech actively seeks a broad spectrum of candidates to join our community in preparing leaders for the world.

Additional Information


Contact Information

Marlena Lester, Director of Advising,, 540-231-2962


Required Qualifications

Master’s degree in engineering, educational administration, student development, or related field from an accredited university;

Must enjoy working with students in a higher education setting;

Academic advising experience, classroom instructional experience, counseling and/or other relevant experience;

Educational planning, and/or programming experience at college level;

Exceptional interpersonal communication skills with the ability to develop and deliver public speeches with confidence to large and small groups;

Demonstrated advanced computer skills, particularly related to data management, Microsoft, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook; sensitivity to cultural and ethnic differences;

Excellent organizational skills, creativity, flexibility, and self-motivation;

Must be able to work effectively in both a team environment and independently;

Knowledge of mechanisms of student retention, student development theories, career development strategies, and recruitment strategies;

Ability to maintain confidentiality in accordance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA);

Ability to handle a large number of inquiries by phone, email, and in person while maintaining a professional and mature demeanor.

Preferred Qualifications

Professional academic advising experience in a higher education setting; familiarity with student information systems; experience with first-year students