- Region US - Rocky Mountain
The University of Southern Mississippi is currently accepting applications for the position of Academic Advisor.
The Academic Advisor works as part of a network of advisors on campus, inside and outside the University Advisement Center, who cultivate student success by 1) assisting students in their transition to the University, 2) facilitating students’ efforts to plan their path to degree, 3) promoting engagement in an appropriate major for their interests and strengths, and 4) connecting students with key campus resources. This position supports a caseload of first-year and incoming transfer undergraduates in a specific set of majors for whom they serve as a primary advisor, including Accounting; Anthropology; Biological Sciences; Communications; Computing; Economics; Finance; Management; Marketing; Political Science; Sociology; and World Languages. In addition to working with students in their caseload, advisors will also respond to walk-in student needs collaboratively with other advisors in the University Advisement Center. The position of advisor is a full-time (40 hour/week) position and limited evenings and/or weekend hours are expected. Advisors also do some advising online as part of the Univeristy Advisement Center’s routine operations.
Primary Duties and Responsibilities
- Work collaboratively and effectively with other advisors, staff, and faculty across the University, utilizing evidence-based best practices for advising to increase student and advisor success; Attend workshops, presenting at office meetings, and/or holding membership in strategic professional organizations (e.g., NACADA).
- Meet and collaboratively engage with students to advise them in matters pertaining to academic curricula, requirements and majors, facilitating academic progression toward degree completion; proactively reach out to students at regular intervals to ensure they are meeting expectations; refer students to resources on campus and specific staff and faculty as appropriate and be proactive to ensure student issues are addressed efficiently and effectively; respond to student questions, including walk-ins, emails, phone, and videoconferencing, with a helpful attitude, correct information, and timeliness; take an active role to resolve student problems;
- Act as a liaison between students and faculty/staff in units across campus to facilitate communication and address issues as they arise, including communicating with faculty in the programs covered by the advisor’s caseload of majors; communicate effectively both verbally and in writing, including email and advisement notes.
- Provide unbiased guidance to undeclared students and those considering changing majors; work in partnership with Career Services to assist students in making informed choices about both courses of study and future goals;
- Engage in continuous professional development and training to improve advising skills, including recognizing and supporting the needs of diverse student populations, and perform other duties as assigned.