Developmental Advising Specialist - College of Education and Human Services 11921
The College of Education and Human Services at West Virginia University invites applications for the position of Developmental Advising Specialist. The primary role of this position involves the counseling and assistance of undergraduate and graduate teacher education students in goal setting and program planning including scheduling courses, planning for field experiences and student teaching, completing requirements for pre-professional skills and specialization testing, and meeting graduation and certification requirements. Collaborative work with other advisors, program faculty, administrators, and other offices/faculty/staff in the University is required to address issues, arrange schedules, and plan for support and assistance.
Advisor's duties involve development, implementation, training and evaluation of university-wide advising initiatives to promote student academic success and retention for CEHS programs. A portion of this work is specifically directed toward recruiting and retaining traditionally underrepresented student populations. Supervision for this position will be by the Curriculum and Instruction/Literacy Studies Chairperson.
In order to be successful in this position, the ideal candidates will:
Assist students in discovering and developing personal goals, establishing educational goals, formulating educational objectives, and selecting academic courses.
Work with students, individually and in groups, to assist them in developing competency in decision making, goal setting, and career planning.
Assist students in the evaluation of academic performance and resolution of academic issues.
Instruct students in the use of the University Catalog and Student Handbook and in the application of academic policies of the University, the College of Education and Human Services, the teacher education program, and other colleges and schools within WVU that provide teacher education options.
Advise and mentor students to meet and adhere to admission and retention criteria as established by the Teacher Education Program.
Attend and advise students at all New Student Orientation events throughout the summer.
Based on university and WV Department of Education standards, policies and procedures, provide individualized advising on specific teaching specializations to meet both graduation and certification requirements.
Work with honors students to ensure they can schedule all the required honors classes into programs.
Advise and mentor at-risk students in the First Year Academy, as well as all incoming transfer students from other academic institutions.
Check and oversee NCAA eligibility requirements for CEHS student athletes.
Check requirements for graduation and certification for all students in the elementary education program.
TRAINING AND PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT/MANAGEMENT
Work with Program Coordinators during admission processes to review/verify student information and communicate with current/prospective students.
Design/develop/coordinate/provide orientation sessions to provide overviews of specific teaching fields and content specialization for entering students as requested.
Work with new advisors, General Studies advisors (UASC), and Potomac State Education advisors to ensure students are prepared to properly transition to program.
Assist Registrar's Office with the development of DegreeWorks audits for CEHS majors.
Teach introductory First-year Experience course for elementary education students. RECRUITMENT
Work with the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs/other CEHS advisors /WVU Undergraduate Recruitment to develop new recruitment strategies.
Design/develop/prepare recruitment materials.
Attend/actively participate in Mountaineer Visitation Days and other recruitment events.
Attend/actively participate in other WVU sponsored activities including, but not limited to, WVU Face to Face, WVU Parents' Club, and WVU Alumni activities.
Coordinate appointments with students for WVU Visitor's Center, meet with students and their parents.
Pay Grade: 16
A Master's Degree is the minimum requirement for this position due to the teaching requirement and specialized nature of the position in the areas of advising, referral, teacher certification, and data management.
At least 2 years of experience working with the public providing customer service and using computer systems including databases is preferred.
A teaching certificate or deep understanding of teacher preparation is preferred since the students who are being advised will receive professional licensure as a teacher.
Understanding of assessment instruments and ability to interpret scores from tests (SAT, ACT, Praxis CORE Tests, and Praxis II) in the content specializations and in professional education.
Understanding of and ability to identify developmental/remedial problems.
Awareness of characteristics/needs of specialized populations such as minority, international, academic high-risk, and students with special needs.
Understanding of the core requirements/entrance requirements for teacher education programs.
Understanding of registration, add/drop, and withdrawal procedures.
Effective written/oral communication skills, and ability to speak effectively in public.
Knowledge of Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act and the ability to maintain confidentiality of student records.
Understanding of Teacher Education Program requirements and the West Virginia Board of Education requirements governing teaching certification and licensure.
Knowledge/competence in the use of computer hardware/software in maintaining student data.
Ability to interact professionally with all affected groups including students/faculty/ staff/administrators
West Virginia University is located in Morgantown, WV and is the State's comprehensive Land Grant University with an enrollment of nearly 32,000 students and a Carnegie Classification - Highest Research Activity (R1). Morgantown is ranked among the most livable small cities in the country. The city is readily accessible and within driving distance from Pittsburgh, PA and Washington, DC.
West Virginia University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and the recipient of an NSF ADVANCE award for gender equity. The University values diversity among its faculty, staff and students, and invites applications from all qualified individuals, including minorities, females, individuals with disabilities, and Veterans.
Job Posting: May 14, 2019
Posting Classification: Non-Classified
Exemption Status: Exempt
Benefits Eligible: Yes
Internal Number: 174502
About West Virginia University
West Virginia University, founded in 1867, has a long and rich history as a public, land-grant institution. WVU encourages scholarship and offers high-quality academic programs while serving the state of West Virginia and the nation. WVU statewide includes campuses in Beckley, Charleston, Keyser, Martinsburg and Morgantown – which has been ranked as a #1 Small City in America. WVU is an R1 Doctoral Research University (Highest Research Activity), one of only 115 nationwide. WVU offers 212 degrees throughout the 14 colleges and schools. Areas of specialty include STEM education, healthcare in Appalachia, shale gas utilization, radio astronomy and forensics. WVU researchers have helped confirm the existence of gravitational waves and uncovered diesel vehicle emissions discrepancies. Statewide, there are over 31,000 graduate and undergraduate students along with 190,000 alumni worldwide. WVU is reinventing West Virginia’s future by strengthening education, healthcare and broad-based prosperity.