Undergraduate Academic Advisor
Company: University of Massachusetts
Posted on: June 9, 2021
About UMass Amherst
UMass Amherst, the Commonwealth's flagship campus, is a
nationally ranked public research university offering a full range
of undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. The University
sits on nearly 1,450-acres in the scenic Pioneer Valley of Western
Massachusetts, and offers a rich cultural environment in a bucolic
setting close to major urban centers. In addition, the University
is part of the Five Colleges (including Amherst College, Hampshire
College, Mount Holyoke College, and Smith College), which adds to
the intellectual energy of the region.
The Academic Advisor will support the social justice mission of
the College of Education and provide comprehensive advising for
students in (1) the Education Exploratory Track, (2) pre-licensure,
and (3) the undergraduate education concentrations. The Academic
Advisor will work as part of a team with the Chief Undergraduate
Advisor and other advising personnel to ensure a high level of
advising and academic services for all students with particular
emphasis on student success and the programmatic needs for
first-year, first generation, and historically marginalized
- Provide comprehensive, individualized advising to support
student success by assisting students with establishing an academic
plan, choosing a major, goal setting, selecting courses, fulfilling
University general education requirements, interpreting
major/institutional requirements, and making appropriate referrals
to other professionals when appropriate.
- Collaborate with the Chief Undergraduate Advisor to facilitate
the planning, implementation and development of innovative programs
(i.e., Majors Fair, Fall Open House, Spring Open Houses) designed
to enhance the transition, retention, and degree progress of
Education Exploratory track, pre-licensure, and CLSC concentration
- Collaborate with the Chief Undergraduate Advisor to develop and
maintain career and academic resources to aid students in accessing
information. Respond to the needs of a large number of highly
diverse students seeking assistance with registration matters.
- Utilizing a collaborative approach, work closely with Office of
Partnerships, Educator Preparation, and Innovation as well as
licensure program coordinators (e.g. Early Childhood Education
Coordinator, Collaborative Teacher Education Program Coordinator,
Secondary Teacher Education Program Director) to develop
recruitment materials and activities.
- Train and supervise undergraduate peer advisors to support the
academic advising needs of the College.
- Use the Student Success Campus platform to track/monitor
students' academic progress, create campaigns to support student
success, and share information with college/university support
- Advise a diverse incoming first-year population in a fast-paced
high volume small group advising format during the New Student
- In support of student success, develop and maintain productive
and reciprocal relationships with various offices on campus
including but not limited to: advising counterparts in other
colleges, Undergraduate Registrar, New Student Orientation,
Disability Services, Center for Counseling and Psychological
Health, Learning Resource Center, Campus Career Services,
International Programs Office, Domestic Exchange, Five College
Interchange, Residential Academic Programs, Student Athlete
Academic Services, etc.
- Perform related duties as assigned.
Minimum Qualifications (Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, Education,
Experience, Certifications, Licensure)
- Bachelor's Degree in Psychology, Student Development, or
- Ability to collaborate and interact with faculty, staff,
students and parents in a friendly and professional manner.
- Demonstrated ability to work independently to organize multiple
tasks and set priorities for action, in a fast-paced office
environment. Ability to stay abreast with a high volume and wide
array of complex curricular information and academic policies and
- Ability to collaborate with others, to identify and achieve
shared goals. Ability to work with a large, culturally diverse
faculty and undergraduate population.
- Excellent interpersonal, oral and written communications
- Computer proficiency with word processing, spreadsheet and
- Available to work on occasional nights and weekends.
- Experience working with students with a range of academic
abilities (including honors level and academically at-risk)
- Familiarity with SPIRE/SSC or similar student information
Preferred Qualifications (Knowledge, Skills, Abilities,
Education, Experience, Certifications, Licensure)
- Master's Degree in Psychology, Student Development, Higher
Education, or related field.
- Three years experience in academic advising in higher education
or student services area.
- Knowledge of University academic policies and regulations.
Physical Demands/Working Conditions
Typical Office Environment
Monday - Friday 8:30 to 4:30
Additional evening or weekend hours as needed
PSU Salary Ranges
Special Instructions to Applicants
Review of candidates will begin June 14, 2021 and will continue
until a qualified candidate is identified. Please submit a resume,
cover letter, diversity statement and contact information for three
UMass Amherst is committed to a policy of equal opportunity
without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or
expression, age, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry,
disability, military status, or genetic information in employment,
admission to and participation in academic programs, activities,
and services, and the selection of vendors who provide services or
products to the University. To fulfill that policy, UMass Amherst
is further committed to a program of affirmative action to
eliminate or mitigate artificial barriers and to increase
opportunities for the recruitment and advancement of qualified
minorities, women, persons with disabilities, and covered veterans.
It is the policy of the UMass Amherst to comply with the applicable
federal and state statutes, rules, and regulations concerning equal
opportunity and affirmative action.
Advertised: May 25 2021 Eastern Daylight Time
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