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Lead Academic Advisor

Categories: Mid Atlantic Region 2


College of Health and Human Development


Pennsylvania State University

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Position Description

The College of Health and Human Development seeks a motivated individual for the position of Lead Adviser in the College Student Services Center. This individual will provide premajor and exploratory academic advising to undergraduate premajor students in the College of Health and Human Development and assistance to students in the Division of Undergraduate Studies and other Colleges interested in exploring majors in HHD. The role also involves advising students on academic policies and procedures, resolving procedural academic problems, monitoring academic progress of student advisees and maintaining student confidentiality.


The individual selected will help maintain relationships with University, College, and Department leadership and advisers and collaborate on University, College and departmental initiatives in undergraduate education, as well as operate as point of contact regarding HHD programs for other University Park units and student services offices. The Lead Adviser for the College chairs the College Advising Council meetings and develops professional development activities for both college and department Advisers. The Lead Adviser participates in the development of strategies to meet College and Department goals related to student recruitment, orientation, transition, retention, advising, and success. The individual leads and/or collaborate on initiatives within the College related to these areas (e.g. advising interventions, retention, program assessment and improvement), and assist with supervision, hiring, and evaluation for employees of the Student Services Center. The individual will also help to coordinate Student Orientation and Transition Programs, informational programs about the college’s majors, and assist with and participate in student recruitment, retention and success programs, as well as represent the College at on-campus and off-campus events and programs that may require occasional weekend or evening hours. 

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Required Qualifications

Typically requires a Master's degree or higher plus four years of related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Competencies critical to success include academic advising; excellent written and verbal communication skills, including public speaking; experience working with a diverse body of students; demonstrated time management skills, which includes ability to manage multiple responsibilities and to support College events and programs; ability to work independently and as a member of a team; and working knowledge of computer applications. 

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