Available Academic Advisor Positions at University of Iowa

The University of Iowa, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences (CLAS), has openings for two Senior Academic Advisors.  Both positions consist of advising undergraduate students earning degrees in a combination of three STEM-related departments. Senior Academic Advisors provide one-on-one advising and guidance to students for the successful completion of major and degree requirements.

Please be sure to visit the website for the online application procedures: https://jobs.uiowa.edu/pands/view/66721

Key duties include:

  • Assist in creating a plan of study based on academic and career goals, encourage participation in opportunities that can enhance collegiate and career success and provide mentoring, guidance and outreach to students who experience challenges and issues that may impact retention.
  • Create, coordinate and participate in student success and retention initiatives.
  • Welcome and advise transfer students at orientation and assist them in transitioning to the UI.
  • Coordinate faculty advising within the departments, connect students with faculty for specialized advising and mentoring; track student academic progress; keep and maintain confidential student records.
  • Acquainted with and refer students to campus resources, such as academic support services, internships, study abroad opportunities, and career services.
  • Coordinate evaluation of transfer credit for domestic and international course work; represent the departments and College at campus meetings and participate in recruitment programs and initiatives; assist in developing written materials for handouts and online.
  • Participate on, and bring an advising-based perspective to, departmental committees concerning curriculum, interdisciplinary majors and scholarships.
  • Provide assessments and recommendations to the departments concerning student issues, including scheduling, curricular, or obstacles students encounter that interfere with timely graduation.
  • Collaborate with the Career Center on internship initiatives and collaborate with advising colleagues on programming, staff development and training.
  • Participate in weekly and monthly developmental and community-oriented activities within the College and participate in Commencement.

**Detailed job description below.  Please email Amanda Jensen (amanda-m-jensen@uiowa.edu) with any questions.**

The Senior Academic Advisor classification is the second classification in the Academic Advising job family. For more information about this job family, visit:   https://hris.uiowa.edu/CC_Redesign/driver.php?ACTION=DETAIL&FAMILY=PCA

Note to Applicant:

The qualifications for this job posting are described as competencies or the behaviors needed to be successful in performing the duties of the position at a defined proficiency level/standard. The proficiency level required for each qualification is included.

Please assure that your application/resume and/or cover letter illustrates the work experience, knowledge, skills and abilities you have that meet each of the required qualifications.

Proficiency levels are defined as:

Working Experience – Successfully completes diverse tasks of the job; applies and enhances knowledge and skill in both usual and unusual issues; needs minimal guidance in addressing unusual situations.

Extensive Experience – Performs without assistance; recognized as a resource to others; able to translate complex nuances to others; able to improve processes; focus on broad issues.

For more information about competencies, visit:  http://hr.uiowa.edu/competencies

Education Required:

A Master’s degree in a core liberal arts and sciences discipline or higher education administration, or a combination of education and experience.

Experience Required:

  • Experience, typically 3-5 years, working directly with undergraduate students as an academic advisor advising for major and university graduation requirements or in a related student services position in which the primary responsibility in the position consists of one-on-one meetings with students concerning academic and college policies and requirements.
  • Familiarity with undergraduate academic policies and practices.
  • Extensive proficiency with oral and written communication in an educational setting.  Working knowledge of Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, web-editing and social media and Excel.
  • Extensive interpersonal skills, including the ability to perform a wide variety of tasks while maintaining a professional demeanor.  Extensive experience maintaining confidentiality.
  • Demonstrated working knowledge of and ability to address the advising needs of undergraduate students who are struggling academically is required.
  • Demonstrated working knowledge of and ability to address advising needs of high-achieving students is required.

Desirable Qualifications:

  • Undergraduate or advanced degree in mathematics, computer science and /or chemistry.
  • Experience working as a professional academic advisor for undergraduate students in a stem-related major at a public or private college/university for a minimum of 1 year.
  • Working knowledge of University of Iowa policies and procedures are desirable.
  • Experience managing an advising caseload of 150 or more students for a minimum of 2 semesters.
  • Experience teaching in a liberal arts and sciences core discipline, career course or college transition course.
  • Extensive skills in Microsoft Excel.

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