Academic Advisor

Fairfax, VA
Commensurate with education and experience.
Sep 03, 2022
Jan 25, 2023
Analyst, Research
Full Time
Department of Mechanical EngineeringAcademic AdvisorThe George Mason University Department of Mechanical Engineering, within the College of Engineering and Computing (CEC), seeks a customer service driven, proactive, and organized Academic Advisor. George Mason University has a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its faculty and staff, and strongly encourages candidates to apply who will enrich Mason's academic and culturally inclusive environment.Responsibilities:Some of the responsibilities of the position are listed below. The incumbent will be required to work at the SciTech campus, in Prince William, VA, at least once per week.AdvisingAdvise current undergraduate students in decision making and developing a plan of study consistent with students' interests, desires and abilities;Assist students regarding course selection, prerequisites, transfer courses, registration and overrides, career and / or educational goal and general university rules and regulations;Communicate essential academic registration information;Provide information on academic policies, procedures and practices, including working through various academic requests, forms and appeals;Organize and retain student records, to include advising notes and email exchanges; andParticipate in outreach initiatives organized by the college/university.Undergraduate Student AffairsProvide administrative support to students and faculty;Assist in coordination of efforts to organize departmental functions for students, including events such as orientation or faculty-student advising meetings;Participate in university wide programs and events related to undergraduate students such as admissions, orientation, advising, graduation and other social and networking events;Assist and perform the oversight of operations related to student records, graduation and student recruitment functions;Assist in updating ME department's advising materials (printed and on the website) prior to each catalog year; andAssist in ABET assessment, including collecting and cataloging information.Required Qualifications:Bachelor's degree; or a combination of education and experience;Professional experience working in a higher education setting;Experience with or demonstrated knowledge in one or more of the following areas: academic advising, success coaching, orientation, learning services, disability services, veteran's services, career services, student involvement, and student rights and responsibilities;Experience assisting and supporting diverse populations;Experience with Microsoft Office suite including Outlook, Word, PowerPoint, and Excel;Prior experience managing multiple complex programs and projects simultaneously;Prior experience delivering exceptional customer service;Knowledge to assist or support students in a college setting;Outstanding verbal and written communication skills;Demonstrated interpersonal skills and professionalism in communication;Conflict resolution skills;Ability to learn new technology; andAbility to work evening and weekend hours, as needed for Orientation and Admissions events.Preferred Qualifications:Master's degree in Higher Education, College Student Personnel, Counseling or related field;One or more years professional experience working in a higher education setting;Prior experience in working with science/engineering students;Demonstrated experience with leadership, communication, program development, and administrative skills in their previous experience and interview process; andExperience with educational database management systems, customer relationship management systems (CRM).A Force for Innovation in the Heart of Northern Virginia's Technology CorridorThe College of Engineering and Computing (CEC) at George Mason University is comprised of the Volgenau School of Engineering and a new School of Computing. The College is a fast-growing force for innovation in research and education. Ranked nationally in the top 100 in both undergraduate and graduate education, the College boasts more than 9,100 students in 37 undergraduate, master's, and doctoral degree programs, including several first-in-the-nation offerings. Of the 271 full-time faculty who comprise the College, 91 are tenured, 59 are tenure-track, 89 are instructional faculty, and 32 are research faculty. As part of a nationally ranked research university, its research teams expended more than $75 million in sponsored research awards in the past year and has projects with over $400 million in current and anticipated awards. The College stands out for its leading research in areas such as artificial intelligence, data analytics engineering, cybersecurity engineering, biomedical imaging and devices, community-based healthcare, autonomous systems, 5G/Next G communications, systems architectures, computational biomedicine, advanced materials and manufacturing, sustainable infrastructure, and more. The College encourages multidisciplinary research and provides ample opportunity for faculty to work with other disciplines.George Mason University is the largest and most diverse public research university in Virginia, with an enrollment of over 39,000 students studying in over 200 degree programs. Mason is an innovative, entrepreneurial institution with national distinction in a range of academic fields. It was classified as an R1 research institution in 2016 by the Carnegie Classifications of Institutes of Higher Education. Mason has campuses in Fairfax, Arlington, and Prince William. Its proximity to Washington, D.C. provides unmatched geographical access to a number of federal agencies and national laboratories. Northern Virginia is also home to one of the largest concentrations of high-tech firms in the nation, providing excellent opportunities for interaction with industry. The region is consistently rated as being among the best places to live in the country, and has an outstanding local public school system.In conjunction with Amazon's decision to establish a second headquarters in Northern Virginia, the Commonwealth of Virginia announced a multi-year plan to invest in the growth of degree programs in computing. George Mason University has committed to accelerate its plans to grow its capacity in computing and high-tech fields. Among the exciting initiatives being undertaken by the university are the launch of the Institute for Digital InnovAtion, a university think tank and incubator to serve the digital economy, and the expansion of its Arlington Campus with a planned 400,000 square foot building that will house the new Institute for Digital InnovAtion. These initiatives reflect hundreds of millions of dollars in new investment by Mason that will rapidly elevate the university's already leading national position in computing and related areas.

For full consideration, applicants must complete the online application at for position number 03242Z; and attach a cover letter, resume, and a list of three professional references with contact information. Full consideration will apply to applicants who submit their completed application by September 19, 2022; however, review of applications will continue until the position is filled.

"Great Careers Begin at Mason! George Mason University is an innovative, entrepreneurial institution with national distinction in both academics and research. Mason holds a top U.S. News and World Report "Up and Coming" spot for national universities and is recognized for its global appeal and excellence in higher education.Mason is currently the largest and most diverse university in Virginia with students and faculty from all 50 states and over 135 countries studying in over 200 degree programs at campuses in Arlington, Fairfax and Prince William, as well as at learning locations across the commonwealth. Rooted in Mason's diversity is a campus culture that is both rewarding and exciting, work that is meaningful, and opportunities to both collaborate and create.If you are interested in joining the Mason family take a look at our current opportunities and catch some Mason spirit at!George Mason University, Where Innovation is Tradition."

George Mason University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, committed to promoting inclusion and equity in its community. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability or veteran status, or any characteristic protected by law.

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