Academic Advisor - Office of Student AffairsThe George Mason University College of Health and Human Services is launching a search for an Academic Advisor to support the Office of Student Affairs. George Mason University has a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its faculty and staff, and strongly encourages applicants who will enrich Mason's academic and culturally inclusive environment.About the Department:The College of Health & Human Services Office of Student Affairs is responsible for enhancing and strengthening all aspects of the student experience in the College (pre-admission through graduation). The Office is the primary physical space to welcome current and prospective students and other visitors to the college, and provides guidance and support to students through recruitment, admissions, advising, assessment, and student engagement.About the Position:The Academic Advisor in the College of Health and Human Services (CHHS) engages students in CHHS majors and minors in promoting their academic, professional and overall development from their orientation to graduation. The role of the academic advisor is to support students' success at Mason by constructing meaningful educational plans which are compatible with their interests, strengths, and life goals. Advisors in CHHS provide academic and developmental advising in individual and group settings for students, to support increased student persistence and retention. Academic advisors encourage the successful completion of degree requirements, help to ensure timely graduation, and foster the development of the whole student who is a self-aware, motivated learner.Responsibilities:Assess students' academic and career goals, interests, and commitments outside of their studies at Mason;Evaluate students' degree progress/eligibility, educating and providing guidance concerning degree requirements, programs, academic and career planning;Proactively contact and meet with student advisees on a regular basis;Interpret and provide rationale for institutional policies, procedures, and requirements;Meet with advisees during orientations to identify relevant courses, register, and assist with initial adjustment to university life;Discuss and reinforce linkages between CHHS curriculum and skills relevant to future careers;Help provide a coordinated approach to transfer student support by maintaining knowledge of transfer articulation agreements and course equivalencies, and working cooperatively with relevant offices (e.g. Undergraduate Admissions, ADVANCE);Assist advisees in identifying solutions to problems, navigating administrative processes, and resources to support academic success;Some evening and weekend hours required for events, i.e. evening advising, Orientation, Admissions events, etc.;Stay current on CHHS and Mason academic policies and resources;Consult regularly with faculty colleagues to have up-to-date information on course options, curriculum changes, and/or student concerns;Participate in curriculum and/or faculty meetings with assigned department within CHHS to stay abreast of curriculum changes and represent student interests;Participate in regular staff meetings for OSA and advising team;Participate on committees, task forces and/or teams as needed and/or assigned;Represent CHHS in campus committees related to academic advising, retention, and student success;Teach UNIV100 or UNIV150 first year transition courses, as needed; andDevelop and conduct workshops on topics related to public health and student success.Required Qualifications:Bachelor's degree in higher education, student affairs, public health, social work, or other related field of study or an equivalent combination of education and experience; Master's degree preferred;Professional and/or leadership experience working in a college/university setting;Experience with meeting and communicating with students in one-on-one and group settings;Experience serving and supporting diverse student populations;Excellent oral and written communication skills;Student-centered approach to advising;Ability to manage multiple priorities and deadlines;General knowledge of best practices and trends in the areas of academic advising, student success, retention, and degree completion;Understanding of student development theories and practices; andAbility to work with a culturally and ethnically diverse population of students, faculty, staff, prospective students, families and other stakeholders.Preferred Qualifications:Demonstrated academic advising experience at the postsecondary level;Knowledge of advising technology and student information systems (e.g., EAB Navigate, DegreeWorks, Banner, Salesforce);Familiarity with CHHS majors and disciplines;Experience with educational databases (i.e. Banner) and customer relationship management systems (CRM); andExperience with program development.
For full consideration, applicants must apply at https://jobs.gmu.edu/; complete and submit the online application. Please upload a (1) cover letter, (2) a resume, (3) a list of three professional references with contact information, and (4) a diversity statement summarizing the extent to which you have worked with any individuals from marginalized groups and how you helped them identify and overcome barriers to success.
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