Professional Advisor/Retention Navigator

Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College
March 17, 2023
Offerd Salary:Negotiation
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Provide developmental academic advising for new and continuing students in undergraduate programs. Create a welcoming environment with excellent customer service and support while assisting students in navigating questions and challenges. By utilizing a case management approach, the advisor will assist each student with academic scheduling and registration, understanding program curriculum and prerequisites necessary for successful completion of the chosen major.

The Professional Advisor will operate as a retention navigator and direct students to appropriate internal and external resources with the purpose of assisting the student successful achievement of their personal, academic, and professional goals. Advisors play a critical role in individual student success as well as increasing retention and course completion rates for the institution.

Essential Job Responsibilities:

  • Manage academic advising caseload of 200 students in a manner that promotes retention, persistence, and student success through proactive interactions and interventions
  • Assist students in the development of an Individualized Academic Plan
  • Utilize the retention model weekly and intervene with students who are struggling.
  • Engage with students through regular meetings, communications, interventions, assessments, and data collection
  • Demonstrate a strong commitment to student academic success and personal development through advocacy, approachability, problem-solving, and support
  • Work with students in conjunction with the Career Center to clarify personal and academic career goals
  • Assist students in gaining a basic understanding of the College's registration process and processes to be completed prior to the beginning of each semester
  • Educate advisees in the institution's academic programs, curriculum, practices, and academic and student policies.
  • Create advising materials in conjunction with Student Affairs and Academic Affairs for distribution to students, faculty, and staff
  • Partner with financial aid to assist students in navigating scholarship and academic completion requirements (NAIA athletics, SMTG Honors, and 21st Century Scholars, etc.) as well as navigating minors and/or double majors
  • Interpret admissions assessment scores, previous college experience and standardized testing scores to advise students of appropriate placement and coursework. Assisting students to understand these processes and placements.
  • Document academic advising records in compliance with College and the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)
  • Develop and maintain appropriate relationships with students, faculty, and staff
  • Engage with members of the college community in the academic advising process
  • Collaborate with the faculty mentor and student to implement the individualized academic plan
  • Participate in professional development opportunities as well as college- wide committees
  • The above list of duties should not be contrasted as an exhaustive list.
  • Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree required. Master's degree preferred in related field (student affairs, education, higher ed administration, etc).
  • Demonstrated experience in managing multiple projects and working independently.
  • Must possess excellent “people” skills including working successfully with diverse populations.
  • Must possess excellent interpersonal skills and have experience in public speaking.
  • Strong technology skills required. Experience in student information systems preferred.
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