The University of Arizona's College of Agriculture & Life Sciences (CALS) is seeking enthusiastic candidates for the position of Senior Academic Advisor I in the Office of Career and Academic Services (CAS). The Senior Academic Advisor I will advise students in all CALS majors on college policies and procedures, general education requirements, students seeking major exploration within CALS, students on academic probation and other cohorts. The advisor will assist with new student orientations, peer mentor program, success courses, workshops, first generation student programming and other college wide programs. The position will report to the CALS Senior Director of Advising and Student Services and will work closely with all CALS departments, CALS academic advisors and CAS staff.
The College offers 16 distinct undergraduate majors across ten academic units so effective and engaging communication regarding the breadth of college offerings and possible career paths is essential to the position. The successful candidate will work in a fast-paced environment and must consistently demonstrate creativity, flexibility, initiative and effective teamwork.
Academic Advisors serve as frontline contact for undergraduate students in providing developmental academic advising to drive engagement and empower students to achieve their academic and career goals. An advisor builds a formative relationship with students by interpreting information, and providing clarification on procedures and academic requirements of specific programs or majors. Academic Advisors have the authority to approve students' academic degree programs, including evaluating transfer credit and making exceptions to the program requirements under the auspices of their respective faculty. In addition, Advisors play a vital role in maximizing undergraduate retention.
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$45,243-$55,000 Annually DOE
- Bachelor's degree in related field and four years or more of experience; OR, any equivalent combination of experience, training, and/or education.
- Knowledge of advising practices and principles
- Knowledge of other colleges and the University as a whole
- Knowledge required to work with specialized groups of the student body
- Knowledge of campus resources and student engagement opportunities
- Knowledge of programs available in CALS including college-specific policies and procedures
- Knowledge of university policies and procedures
- Utilizes University systems advisor tools with excellent proficiency (advanced analytics and reviewing data)
- Ability to mentor and share knowledge with junior advisors
- Ability to provide input regarding student data (such as enrollment and retention information)
- Capable of building and presenting academic program information with other senior academic advisors
- Master's degree in a field related to higher education, counseling, CALS fields, or comparable subjects (completed or in progress)
- Familiarity with CALS academic programs (majors, minors, certificates)
- Demonstrated knowledge of and successful experience in providing academic advising or in teaching/counseling in higher education
- Demonstrated excellent communication and presentation skills and proactive, open and responsive interpersonal skills
- Effective organization skills
- Evidence of collaborative work with others
- Proficiency with University of Arizona Student Management System (UAccess)
- Experience using UAccess Analytics
- Experience with other colleges and the University as a whole
- Experience working with specialized groups of the student body
- Demonstrated successful experience working with postsecondary students