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First Year Academic Advisor

Categories: Pacific Region 9


Undergraduate Education


University of California - Merced

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Position Description



The First Year Academic Advisor provides comprehensive, developmental academic advising to first year students, with a focus on academic coaching and support that contributes to student persistence (e.g. enrollment into the second semester and the second year).Key Responsibilities:- Assists in the planning, development and implementation of a first year advising program that supports successful University transitions, student engagement and cross-unit and cross-division collaborations, driven by individualized interactions that connect students to the appropriate campus services and resources.- Interprets and explains academic and administrative University policies and processes first year students.- Advises and counsels prospective and current students and arranges for referrals to University support services.- Uses professional concepts to provide prescriptive advice, working independently on issues that are straightforward and/or have clear guidelines.- May supervise student workers.

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Institution Information

The University of California, Merced, is the newest of the University of California system's 10 campuses and the first American research university built in the 21st century. With a little more than 7,000 undergraduate and graduate students, UC Merced offers an environment that combines a commitment to diversity, inclusion, collaboration and professional development. With bachelor's, master's and doctoral degree programs, strong research and academic partnerships, and community involvement, the UC Merced campus is continually evolving and requires talented, knowledgeable and dynamic educators, researchers, management and staff.Ranked among the best public universities in the nation by U.S. News and World Report, UC Merced is uniquely equipped to provide educational opportunities highly qualified students from the San Joaquin Valley and throughout California. The campus enjoys a special connection with nearby Yosemite National Park, is on the cutting edge of sustainability in construction and design, and supports the economic development of Merced and the region.In Fall 2016, UC Merced broke ground on a $1.3 billion public-private partnership that is unprecedented in higher education. The Merced 2020 Project will nearly double the physical capacity of the campus by 2020, enhancing academic distinction, student success and research excellence. UC Merced is also building the Downtown Campus Center, a $33 million, three-story administrative building in the heart of Merced.

Additional Information

$19.15 - $20.35

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Required Qualifications

:• Bachelor's degree and one year of directly related experience; Master's degree in higher educations, counseling, or student affairs is PREFERRED.• Knowledge of advising and counseling techniques that support the success of first year students.• Ability to understand and interpret University policies, procedures and requirements.• Strong written and verbal communication skills, including active listening.• Skills in judgment and decision-making, problem solving.• Experience with common University-specific computer application programs.• Ability to multi-task.

Preferred Qualifications