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Academic Advisor

Posting Details
Internal Title
Academic Advisor
Position Type
Faculty / Non-Faculty / Administration
Pay Band
Academic Advising and Planning Ctr
Job Purpose
The Academic Advisor supports undergraduate students with all aspects of academic planning by promoting and encouraging self- authorship and resource utilization in support of academic success, as well as timely and informed pursuit of an academic major. This is accomplished through an one on one student-centered, individualized, technology-enhanced advising appointments and the establishment of a relationship based on mutual trust with a diverse student population. Students meet with their academic advisor to explore their interests, discuss course options, consider majors, plan for the future, and address any academic concerns.
Minimum Requirements
Bachelor’s degree required in liberal arts discipline, counseling or related field. Two years of professional workplace experience in higher education or related field in which applicant can convey relevant transferable skills. Knowledge and understanding of FERPA regulations and its application. Working knowledge and effective utilization of Microsoft Suite products and Zoom software.
Preferred Qualifications and Experience:
Professional academic advising
Conferred Master’s Degree (by a start date)
*Familiarity with Banner, Degree Works, and CRM Advise
Successful candidates will love:
· Working with undergraduate students in both one-on-one and in group settings in person and online assisting in identifying goals, understanding campus systems and planning for success
· Serving as a referral agent to campus resources
· Helping students find their place and their people
· Employing current and evolving technology
· Serving as a problem solver and resource to students and colleagues alike
· Exhibiting initiative and sharing ideas
· Embracing and employing established departmental values (Team Spirit, Accountability, Humility, Communication, Appreciation, Inclusion)
· Being a part of a team dedicated to mutual respect and collegiality
· Enjoy working in a dynamic, fast paced season-based advising (distinct Fall, Spring, Summer) setting
· Working independently as well in work teams
· Collaborating with colleagues inside and outside the department to drive the vision and mission of the department through programming and committee work
· Participating in ongoing professional development opportunities with a dedication to continuous improvement
· Candidates with an equivalent combination of experience and/or education are encouraged to apply.
Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
Skills required for success in the position:
· Demonstrated understanding of student development at a liberal arts & sciences college.
· Well versed in the basic principles and theories of advising and college student development in higher education
· Demonstrated problem-solving skills
· Demonstrated effective communication, interpersonal, and organizational skills
· Able to establish and maintain effective relationships with administrators, faculty, staff, students, and parents
· Exhibit initiative and tolerance for ambiguity in an ever-changing environment
· Affirm and contribute to a positive workplace culture
Additional Comments Regarding Position
May be required to work outside the College’s normal operating hours (8:30am-5:00pm, Monday through Friday), during New Student Orientation, special events or evening advising. May be required to offer individual or group appointments virtually. Opportunity for telecommuting one day a week after the first 12 months of employment. Physical demands include sitting, walking within the office and around campus; navigating to, from and between buildings, classroom environments and stairways, particularly during New Student Orientation. Applicants with mobility issues are welcome to apply.
Special Instructions to Applicants
Applicants must submit a targeted cover letter, resume, a thoughtful one-page Advising Philosophy statement and three professional references, one of which must be a current or past supervisor. Applicants must complete the College of Charleston’s online application in its entirety, as well as submit requested materials to receive full consideration for candidacy.
Please complete the application to include all current and previous work history and education. A resume will not be accepted nor reviewed to determine if an applicant has met the qualifications for the position.
*Salary is commensurate with education/experience which exceeds the minimum requirements.
Offers of employment are contingent upon a successful background check.

All applications must be submitted online
*$40,935 - $41,200
Posting Date
Closing Date
Open Until Filled
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EEO Statement
The College of Charleston is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and does not discriminate against any individual or group on the basis of gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, race, color, religion, national origin, veteran status, genetic information, or disability.
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Job Duties
Job Duties
Provide quality, accurate in-person and virtual individual academic advising to 300-350 first-year, transfer, and undecided students, including special populations (academically at-risk, provisional, academic warning or probation or conditionally readmitted, Summer First students and students with physical or learning disabilities), following a developmental philosophy of advising as defined by NACADA and CAS standards and maintain appropriate records. Work with students to develop an academic plan by exploring interests, discussing majors and course options, setting realistic goals and addressing academic concerns. Refer advisees to other campus resources as appropriate. Academic advising is defined as providing effective interpersonal guidance, information and assistance in identifying, developing, and implementing strategies supportive of individual academic and career goals. The ultimate goal of this approach is the development of the individual.
Essential or Marginal
Percent of Time
Instruct students through in-person and virtual individual, small group and workshop settings on technology-driven planning tools and resources, general education requirements, institutional policies and procedures, and the connection between majors, careers and transferrable skills. This may include travel across campus for preparation meetings and content delivery in various campus buildings and settings. This results in students developing critical thinking, problem solving, and decision making skills that can be showcased in the classroom and beyond.
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Engage in the College community by developing and cultivating relationships with campus partners particularly in ways strategic to the Academic Advising and Planning Center’s focus on student success. Plan and implement co-curricular and collaborative programs as necessary to meet the mission of College of Charleston, including but not limited to New Student Orientation, the Majors and Minors Fair or Admissions events. This includes regular travel across campus for preparation meetings and content delivery in various campus buildings and settings.
Essential or Marginal
Percent of Time
Actively seek and provide professional development opportunities by identifying and participating in occasions to maintain and improve expertise in advising, teaching and specialty areas.
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Percent of Time
Actively participate and help execute advising assessment related initiatives.
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