The Academic Advisor works in the Center for Student Success (CSS) to support student registration, persistence and retention efforts with a caseload of 200-300 students. The Academic Advisor serves as a success coach, advocate and educational planner for advisees, specifically focusing on international and transfer students. Professionals in CSS provide support and guidance for students to create academic and co-curricular plans, connect students with resources and opportunities and serve as a source of ongoing support to students throughout their college career.
Provide advising and registration assistance to approximately 200-300 students, comprised of mostly international and transfer students, while maintaining accurate documentation and frequent contact for each advisee. Coach and mentor students through academic, personal, professional and social areas of concern while providing resources as needed to help students be successful. Proactively assist students with creating plans of study for degree completion and registering for appropriate courses. Develop proficiency in Siena Heights University curriculum, degree requirements and student database management system. Monitor and track course progression and ensure timely interventions for students as needed. Act as a liaison and advocate for students with department and university partners. Collaborates with student support specialists in the CSS to advance student and university goals regarding graduation, persistence and retention. Collaborates with admissions team to assist with credit requests and overall transition to the university for transfer and international students. Facilitate section(s) of LAS100 and assist with first year experience projects to help students transition to university. Participates in orientation and other campus-wide events as needed. Other duties within the scope of the CSS as assigned by Director of Academic Advising.
Bachelor’s degree in the field of education, higher education, psychology or counseling and one to two years’ work experience in higher education, preferably in advising, registrar’s office, admissions, international student services, student accounts or student support services. Master’s degree in student affairs, higher education, counseling, psychology or closely related field preferred. Understanding of university resources for academic, financial and social support. Understanding of needs and concerns of transfer and international student populations. Must have excellent written, verbal and interpersonal skills and be a strong collaborator. Must be proficient in the use of software such as word processing, databases, and spreadsheets.
Qualified candidates are invited to send their cover letter, Curriculum Vita/resume, and a list of professional references to firstname.lastname@example.org. In the subject line of the email, please reference the job title of this position to ensure timely review and distribution of your materials. This position is currently classified as benefit eligible exempt. Review of application materials will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. EOE
About Siena Heights University
Siena Heights University is committed to attracting, encouraging, and retaining a highly qualified workforce to support our mission of assisting people to become more competent, purposeful, and ethical through a teaching and learning environment which respects the dignity of all. Siena Heights University is a renowned liberal arts institution located in Adrian, Mich. Siena?s success is the result of a diverse workforce coming together to help shape the future. Siena Heights University is one of the best colleges in the nation to work for, according to a new survey by The Chronicle of Higher Education.The results, released today in The Chronicle?s fifth annual report on The Academic Workplace, are based on a survey of more than 46,000 employees at 294 colleges and universities. In all, only 103 of the 294 institutions achieved ?Great College to Work For? recognition for specific best practices and policies. ?We are honored to be recognized by the Chronicle of Higher Education,? said SHU President Sister Peg Albert, OP, PhD. ?Siena Heights tries to build a sense of not only community ? but family ? for our employees. This honor reinforces our belief that Siena Heights is a great plac...e to be, not only for our students, but our faculty, staff and administration as well. We will continue to live our mission of being more competent, purposeful and ethical.?In addition, Siena Heights was only one of two institutions in Michigan to be placed on the Honor Roll, with the University of Michigan being the other. Only 42 institutions nationwide earned this special recognition for being ?the best of the best.? Those that make the Honor Roll are cited most often across all recognition categories. Results are reported for small, medium and large institutions.Siena Heights won honors in five categories this year:Collaborative governance,Confidence in senior leadership, Respect and appreciation Supervisor or department chair relationship, and Work/life balance