The Coordinator of Advising (COA) for the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics (ARE) will report directly to the ARE Undergraduate Coordinator. The COA will work to expand, plan, and assess the advising and career services provided by ARE. In collaboration with the ARE Undergraduate Coordinator, the COA will:
1. Oversee and significantly expand the academic and career advising that ARE provides.
2. Create and manage a suite of advising documents to be used by faculty advisors as well as students. This will include researching and developing course tracks and minor recommendations with information the COA gathers from faculty, external stakeholders, and employers.
3. Create and maintain a web presence for the growing suite of resources used by advising faculty and students.
4. Facilitate transitions for freshmen moving to faculty advisors.
5. Manage the ARE process for accepting internal transfers by way of the Change of Degree Application (CODA) and serve as the primary point of contact for change of major students.
6. Develop new programs/workshops/etc. for majors in Agricultural Business Management that are focused on advising and career preparedness. Plans include:
- a. a job shadowing program,
- b. an ARE Ambassador program,
- c. an expansion of ARE networking with alumni,
- d. development of new industry partners,
- e. new opportunities for faculty and majors to interact professionally outside of class and advising,
- f. a program for providing outreach to at-risk students,
- g. and a career/internship/research fair.
Advise Students (20%):
The COA will serve as a professional advisor to all incoming freshmen in Agricultural Business Management for their first year of college, or until they transition to a specific career track and faculty advisor. Emphasis will be placed on proactive advising to deter academic problems and lack of professional preparedness. The COA will remain as the students' professional advisor if they struggle to find a specific career track, plan to change majors, or are graduating within 1 year of admission to the program. As part of the advising duties, the COA will:
1. Work individually with freshman to help them create a professional development guide for their academic and career plans. The professional development guide maps out the timing for recommended co-curricular activities such as internships, part-time jobs, summer opportunities, study abroad, student leadership opportunities, undergraduate research, along with planned coursework.
2. Facilitate the transition of students to a faculty member for academic advising based on their desired career track.
3. Serve as the departmental expert on academic policy and career preparation questions from faculty & students.
Develop and Teach the Following Career Coursework (15%):
1. Teach one section per year of a career preparedness course that will be required of freshman during their second semester. Among other topics, that course will cover academic minors, specialized skills, educational tracks, professional networking, internships and work experiences, undergraduate research, career exploration, resumes, and mentoring.
2. Teach one section per semester (Fall and Spring) of a career-acquisition course that will be required of juniors during their second semester. Topics covered by that course will include job searches, elevator speeches, resumes and cover letters, mock interviews, interview follow-ups, professional skills, researching companies, and salary negotiations.
Assist with Recruitment Efforts (5%):
1. Oversee the creation of recruitment materials for the ARE website including recommended transfer pathways, opportunities within our department, and current student experience showcases with the goal of growing our number of majors and minors.
2. Coordinate with the CALS Recruiter and Undergraduate Coordinator to provide departmental information at community college recruitment events, including visiting community colleges, as needed.
Other related duties as assigned.
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