Academic Advisor #498662, #497286, #495730
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Posting Number 20112665
Position Title Academic Advisor #498662, #497286, #495730
Position Type Staff
Department Undergraduate Advising Center
Position Summary Information
Job Summary/Basic Function
Who We Are:
Lamar University is a diverse and accessible global university for life-long
learners with a passion for broad-based community engagement. As a vital
contributor to the socioeconomic wellbeing and resilience of the Gulf Coast
region, our expertise is recognized locally and beyond. Lamar University is
home to more than 17,000 students and is among the fastest growing Texas
colleges and universities. LU is a member of The Texas State University
System, which is the first higher education system of Texas and maintains the
lowest average tuition and fees of any university system in Texas. With more
than 100 degree options and a community that cares, Lamar students are always
proud to be Cardinals.
Lamar University is committed to fostering a culture of diversity where
students, faculty and staff of all backgrounds can learn, work, and serve.
About This Role:
Lamar University's Undergraduate Advising Center (UAC) is
administratively located within the Division of Enrollment Management and
Marketing. The Academic Advisor position reports directly to the Associate
Director of the Undergraduate Advising Center and ultimately to the Senior
Director of Advising. The position is an entry-level academic advising role
that functions under the mentorship of Advisor Seniors and the Advising
Coordinator based on Meta Major.
This position is responsible for providing comprehensive academic advising and
student success support to an assigned cohort of students. An Academic Advisor
in the UAC advises freshman and sophomore undergraduate students within a
cohort of majors. The position focuses heavily on enrollment, reenrollment,
and departmental and academic requirements.
What You'll Do – Position Responsibilities
Holistically assist students on their journey at Lamar University, with
specific focus on each piece of the matriculation cycle to include:
support during the term for successful completion of courses
referrals to pertinent support offices
empowering students to build success skills for progression
reenrollment each term through graduation.
Assess each student individually and provide a “one student at a time”
approach in the academic advising and student (customer) service
Lead students through the process of sound decision-making, goal setting
and the steps to execute a plan to fruition.
Advise students regarding educational opportunities, academic core and
departmental requirements, and academic policies and procedures.
Ensure that university policies and state mandates are carried out in
advising and enrolling students.
Advise students on appropriate course selection and placement. For
students that are TSI-restricted, explain their placement into
developmental courses, complete a TSI Success plan and monitor their TSI
progress updating plans as needed.
Assist students in developing an academic plan for each semester based on
their exploration of various fields of study, evaluation of academic
abilities and clarification of educational and career goals.
Help students transition to college and acquire relevant information on
services focused on meeting their academic needs and developing learning
strategies and skills to be successful in college. Advise students on new
student and retention initiatives and the courses required for their
Verify, compile, interpret, and record a wide variety of data and student
information. Track student interactions, input notes, and monitor student
success data to influence successful outcomes and provide follow up with
students as needed. Responsible to consistently report pertinent data to
Utilize degree audit reports to advise students on appropriate course
selections and evaluate student's degree progress. Assist students in
interpreting degree audit and requesting any exemptions or course
substitutions from the academic departments that may be needed.
Use predictive analytic software for targeted advising and monitoring of
student academic progress.
Provide guidance on possible courses of action and refer students to
appropriate campus resources. Assist students in developing an academic
success plan and provide follow-up guidance and support.
Conduct end of term processes such as checking grades and schedules and
assisting with probation, suspension and reinstatement procedures.
Utilize advising systems and technologies (e.g. Banner, Navigate,
DegreeWorks) to support delivery of advising services and keep accurate
records of student advising contacts and progress toward degree
completion. Maintain and update student files and records in accordance
with federal, state and university regulations.
Participate on committees, working groups, or special projects as needed.
Assist in academic advising outreach at university and recruitment events.
Assist in the on-going assessment activities of the department and
Individuals in this position may occasionally work after hours and a few
weekends on a rotating schedule. There are occasional travel opportunities
to professional meetings and conferences.
Perform additional duties as assigned.
At Lamar University one of the ways, we show value to our team members is by
offering the following perks:
Health, dental & vision insurance
State of Texas Retirement plans
Tuition covered at 100% for employees, spouses and/or eligible dependent.
Paid time off – vacation, sick, and holidays.
What You'll Need to Succeed – Minimum Qualifications
At least 1 year of experience in academic advising or related experience.
Ability to maintain a high level of dependability, professionalism &
Excellent written and verbal communication skills including active
listening and ability to present information clearly and professionally to
a range of audiences.
Effective decision-making and problem-solving skills. Ability to use sound
judgment, discretion and diplomacy when working on sensitive issues with
Contribute to a work environment that encourages knowledge of, respect
for, and development of professional skills among a team all working
toward the goal of elevating students, their success, and the department's
commitment to a high level of student (customer) service.
Develop and perpetually expand academic advising strategies and in
addition to learning the Lamar University, academic department, college
and UAC policies and procedures and assist students in navigating these
Successful experience working with and building positive advising
relationships with target student populations in higher education.
Work well as part of a team and establish and maintain cooperative working
relationships with various constituencies to include students, colleagues,
faculty and administrators.
Ability to gather data, compile information, and prepare reports.
Knowledge of basic computer operating system, word processing,
spreadsheet, and database programs.
Lamar University is An Equal Opportunity Employer
Veteran's Preference Statement
Lamar University is proud to provide employment preference to veteran
applicants in accordance with Texas 805 Government Code, Section 657.003.
Security Sensitive Statement
This position is security-sensitive and thereby subject to the provisions of
the Texas Education Code §51.215, which authorizes the employer to obtain
criminal history record information.
Salary $35,568 - $37,000
Posting Date 05/05/2023
Open Until Filled Yes
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