Provides professional academic support services to undergraduate students in the School of Communication. Advises and counsels new, continuing and non-degree students regarding their academic, professional and career goals. Provides guidance on issues that affect academic performance and monitors the academic progress of each assigned student. Actively participates in on-campus activities related to the recruitment, conversion, and retention of new and continuing undergraduate students. This position works under general supervision.
With their various responsibilities, an advisor plays a significant part in the retention of students. To be effective the advisor must be the student’s advocate, yet maintain university standards. Often, students and faculty use an advisor as the first “line of defense” with regard to issues they seek to resolve. With knowledge of these issues and the regulations affecting them, the advisor carries significant responsibility in generating satisfactory solutions.
Hiring offers for this position are contingent on the successful completion of a background check.
American University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution that operates in compliance with applicable laws and regulations. The university does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex (including pregnancy), age, sexual orientation, disability, marital status, personal appearance, gender identity and expression, family responsibilities, political affiliation, source of income, veteran status, an individual’s genetic information or any other bases under federal or local laws (collectively "Protected Bases") in its programs and activities.
Bachelor degree required. Master’s degree in student development/affairs, higher education, or counseling with exposure to academic advising or other relevant, transferable professional experience preferred.
2-4 of work experience in academia in a student affairs capacity
Strong interpersonal communication and problem solving skills with an appreciation for diversity
Excellent attention to detail with strong ability to prioritize and multi-task in a fast-paced, high pressure environment
Demonstrated ability to serve as part of a team and develop productive working relationships with multiple constituencies (students, faculty, staff, alumni, parents)
Familiarity with a university environment including an understanding of the organizational and governance structure of major colleges and universities
Strong interpersonal and advising skills such as the ability to listen, hear, and empathize, and communicate effective with students, faculty, parents and administrators
The ability to make appropriate decisions
The ability to work with diverse student populations
Knowledge and understanding of the developmental issues (academic, social, intellectual and ethical) in a diverse population of young adults
To be familiar with the unique features of a university community
To understand and to interpret university policies and procedures as they apply to advising students and parents
To know the requirements for individual majors, and university programs
To understand the importance of developing cooperative working relationships with other divisions of the campus community
To become familiar with resources and support services for students
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Additional Salary Information: Commensurate with experience
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