About the Job
The MLK Jr. Program Academic Advisors participate in four major areas of responsibility: advising, teaching a First Year Experience course, program operation, and professional growth. Advisors provide students with a balance of support and challenge, engaging in a professional practice that is highly contextualized, nuanced, and responsive to the individual learner’s preparation, ability, and interests. Great emphasis is placed on equity and equity mindedness expanded intercultural competence, in line with the broader university and college goals of diversity, inclusion, equity and social justice. Furthermore, Advisors are responsive to collegiate and university goals in the areas of retention and timely student progress. Academic Advisors are expected to perform a range of advising activities, provide significant contributions toward program development, and continue professional development. The Academic Advisor is expected to gain a thorough familiarity with the subject matter within the degree programs represented by the student community and with the liberal education requirements in order to advise students regarding curricular planning and academic progress.
Maintain a professional advising caseload of CLA students (with a mix of students in all four years of progress, and in a variety of majors/minors) (70%)
Utilizing the operative model positioned at the intersection of development and learning, drawing on multiple theoretical perspectives in the professional literature (promising practices in higher education academic advising, identity and social learning development, self agency and social responsibility) to provide appropriate challenge and support to each assigned student as needed to facilitate the student’s having a successful academic experience. This includes helping students get progressively more sophisticated in their decision making about current academic plans and eventual post-graduation plans, including careers. Assist students to assess program options in relation to their strengths, interests, and abilities.
Incorporate interpersonal, intercultural, communication and equity mindedness skills to build rapport with students to create a productive working relationship between the student and the advisor.
Demonstrate and advance the value of a liberal arts education. Articulate comprehensive knowledge about the curriculum, academic programs (majors, minors, and certificates), degree requirements, and engagement options (study abroad, service learning, internships, and research). Apply this knowledge and understanding to student interactions with the goal of furthering student success.
Encourage students’ utilization of the college’s and the university’s academic and student support and engagement resources to maximize their undergraduate experience.
Conduct timely outreach to students as needs arise, utilizing the college’s electronic alert system. Generate individual student outreach strategies to foster students’ retention and degree progress.
Conduct analytic review of student records to certify students’ academic standing in relation to academic probation, suspension, and degree completion.
Uphold the integrity of academic and curricular policies established by the University and the College. To best uphold the integrity of the degree and serve the values these policies are meant to advance, exercise informed judgment to apply exceptions when warranted.
Be responsive to College and University goals in a dynamic environment, including outcomes related to retention, timely degree completion, support to students in academic difficulty, diversity, equity, inclusion, race equity and social justice initiatives, and participation in key engagement opportunities.
Participation in Programs and Initiatives (20%)
Develop and conduct unit programs such as orientation, recruitment, commencement, workshops, parent programming, and student employment.
Serve as an instructor for MLK 1001 & 1002 First Year Experience course.
Develop and conduct programs related to civil rights education, social justice education, and programs related to Dr. Reverend Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy.
Participate in unit, collegiate, and university events i.e. Golden Events for BIPOC students with intersecting identities, and other initiatives, such as review of scholarship applications, prospective student programming, and career and internship events.
Identify and report on issues that may impede student progress, such as concerns about course availability or lack of appropriate academic programs to match student interests. Suggest recommendations for changes to academic programs, policies, and procedures that would enhance students’ progress and satisfaction.
Collect, summarize, and evaluate data related to trends and make recommendations for improved student service.
Service and Engagement in the field of Academic Advising (10%)
Stay abreast of current trends and philosophies in academic advising and student support.
Engage in scholarly or creative activities in the professional relevant areas by one or more of the following: membership in professional associations; attendance at workshops, seminars and conferences; writing and publishing articles for internal e-newsletters and professional journals.
Participate in professional development events and activities in the unit, College, University, and/or broader community.
Service on unit, College, or University committees as requested
Appointment: 100%, 12-month Academic Professional, annual-renewable based on funding and performance.
Completed Master’s degree or PhD
One year of advising or teaching experience
Capacity to articulate the nature and advantages of a liberal arts education
Demonstrated commitment to equity, diversity, inclusion and social justice
Demonstrated background and experience working with BIPOC students, first-generation college students, and students from various diverse backgrounds with intersecting identities
Excellent skills in communication (written and oral), equity mindedness awareness, mastering and disseminating complex information, computer literacy (including word processing, database usage, e-mail, web searching, and reporting), and time management
Ability to work independently and collaboratively
Master’s degree in a liberal arts discipline, higher education, student affairs, college student personnel psychology, counseling, social work, or other field related to advising
Knowledge of leading theories of academic advising and student support development theories
Familiarity with liberal arts programs and university-wide student support services.
Additional relevant higher education advising experience or experience working with college students in other capacities
Co-curricular program development experience
Experience with web-based advising software or other technologies used to support student success
A competitive salary commensurate with experience
University paid contribution (10% of your salary) to your retirement account - vested immediately
22 paid vacation days per year, 11 paid holidays and generous sick leave
Reduced tuition opportunities covering 75% of eligible tuition