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Academic Advisor

Missouri Western State University

Missouri Western State University

St Joseph, MO, USA
Posted on Saturday, September 23, 2023
Position Information
Position Title Academic Advisor
Job Description
The Academic Advisor advises undecided, high risk, new freshmen, undecided transfer students, and other special student populations; serves as a unit liaison for registration days or similar functions.

  • Advises undecided, high risk, new freshmen, undecided transfer students, and other special populations.
  • Monitors and advises students to ensure satisfactory grades and GPA requirements, students understand academic policies, as well as course planning/registration.
  • Develops workshops for a variety of student groups; prepares and makes presentations for Registration Days, Griffon Edge and other on –campus groups.
  • Maintains professional contacts and an awareness of best practices and standards in the advising field; stays current with relevant research.
  • Stays abreast of changing institutional information including new programs, course changes, important dates, costs, and updates in university-wide initiatives and policies.
  • Understands the institution’s interpretation of FERPA rules for the release of student information to faculty, parents, students, etc.
  • Available to meet with students in person or virtually via Zoom throughout the year, through scheduled 1-on-1 appointments, group advising sessions, or drop-in advising.
  • Establishes and maintains ongoing contact with students through a variety of communication methods, including telephone, email, Zoom, and social media platforms.
  • Advises during new student registration programs.
  • Documents advisement on Goldlink, Schedule Planner, and Griffon GPS.
  • Serves on campus committees, as needed.
  • Performs other duties of a similar nature or level.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
  • Knowledge of advising theory and best practices in academic advisement
  • Understands the challenges of entering freshman and transfer students and effective retention strategies
  • Teaching techniques and strategies
  • Effective advising techniques with special populations
  • Ability to research and write reports
  • Strong organizational skills (maintaining accurate files), and communication skills (verbal and written)
  • Ability to work collaboratively with campus constituents
  • Computer application skills
  • Knowledge of Banner preferred
  • Knowledge of Schedule Planner, Griffon GPS, and Goldlink preferred
Required Qualifications
  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Previous experience involving student contact in a student services role
Preferred Qualifications
  • Master’s degree in Education, Advising or related field
  • Two years postsecondary education advisement experience
Physical Demands
Sedentary Work: Exerting up to 10 pounds
FLSA Exempt
Additional Demands

Hours of Work
37.5 hours per week
Monday-Friday 8:00 am – 4:30 pm