The individual occupying the position serves as the academic advisor for students in the department’s Master of Public Administration degree program. The individual provides quality academic support services to MPA students including advising them on their academic, professional and career goals. The advisor will also maintain and update student records as needed, submitting related reports as requested. The advisor will have a strong understanding of the graduate academic regulations. This individual will also help with recruiting by attending events and meeting with prospective students. The academic advisor will assist in the review of admissions applications. The academic advisor will also work closely with the MPA Director and provide support as needed on tasks including summer scheduling.
The person holding this position reports directly to the Senior Associate Dean of Academic Affairs
Additionally, the person is responsive to the MPA Program Director and the Chair of the Department of Public Administration and Policy department
The person works closely with the MPP Program Advisor, the MPA/MPP Program Specialist, the Office of Graduate Admissions, and other graduate advisors
The individual holding the position will be asked to participate in events that occur on weekends or in the evening
Position Type/Expected Hours of Work
Commesurate with experience
Required Education and Experience
A bachelor’s degree and at least three years of relevant work experience
Strong interpersonal communication and problem solving skills with appreciation for diversity
Excellent attention to detail with demonstrated ability to prioritize and multitask in fast-paced, high pressure environment
Demonstrated ability to develop productive working relationships with multiple constituencies (students, faculty, staff, alumni, parents, and others raising questions regarding programs in the department) in a diverse environment
Demonstrated understanding of a university environment including the organizational, governance, and regulatory structure of major colleges and universities
Willingness to learn and use new data management systems
The position requires a person with a demonstrated ability to work independently with minimal supervision
Preferred Education and Experience
Master’s degree with study of academic advising, counseling, student development or other relevant academic educational field
Additional Eligibility Qualifications
Hiring offers for this position are contingent upon successful completion of a background check
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