Academic Advisor

Fairfax, VA
Commensurate with education and experience.
Oct 21, 2019
Oct 22, 2019
Analyst, Research
Full Time
Department of Information Sciences and Technology (IST): Academic Advisor

The George Mason University Department of Information Sciences and Technology (IST) within the Volgenau School of Engineering (VSE), seeks a full-time Academic Advisor for students. 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: This position requires timely academic advising to current, prospective, and transfer students on course selections for the bachelor's and master's Applied Information Technology programs. The IST Academic Advisor will be responsible for creating and maintaining advising reports for tracking, reviewing, and assessing student-advising sessions for accuracy and compliance.

The advisor is responsible for tracking student progress through the degree programs which involves using tools such as Student Success Collaborative; as well as verifying prerequisites, and tracking students in jeopardy of being terminated from the program. Additionally, the position requires the review and approval of student conferrals, intent to graduate, and graduation status reports to ensure program requirements are met. This position requires the incumbent to oversee and regulate IST grading deadlines, procedures, policies, and final grade submissions in accordance with university policy. The IST Academic Advisor will develop and maintain standard and detailed academic reports for the Associate Chair to include, but not limited to: program statistics, academic success, student progress, form-specific data, and various ad hoc student reports as requested.

Limited travel will be required at times between the SciTech (formerly Prince William) and Fairfax Campuses. Some evening and weekend hours will be required for certain recruitment events. The work schedule is arranged so as to be conducive to office needs and applicant availability.

Required Qualifications: * Excellent oral and written communication skills, as well as the ability to handle multiple tasks and prioritize accordingly; * Customer service attitude that projects a competent and positive image of the department; * Experience using Microsoft Office Suite Excel; * Bachelor's degree, or an equivalent combination of education and experience; and * Attendance of GMU, VSE, and IST recruitment sponsored events.

Preferred Qualifications: * Proficiency with Ellucian Banner (INB). Preference will be given to candidates with previous academic advising experience, proficiency using INB to retrieve data for student academic degree audits, course repeats, grades, overrides, grade point average, transfers, waivers, prerequisites, course equivalencies, transfer course articulation, suspensions and terminations; * The ability to identify alternate equivalent courses on transfer course audit and resolve audit discrepancies in INB for students and for reporting purposes; * Master's Degree. About the Department: The Department of Information Sciences & Technology has 28 full-time faculty members. In addition to B.S. and M.S. programs in Information Technology, the department also participates in an interdisciplinary B.S. in Cyber Security Engineering, M.S. in Data Analytics Engineering, and Ph.D. in Information Technology (concentration in IST) offered by the Volgenau School of Engineering. For more information on the department, visit our Web site:

Mason Engineering: The Future of Engineering is Here The Volgenau School of Engineering at George Mason University is a fast-growing force for innovation in research and education, with approximately 250 full-time faculty. The school boasts more than 8,170 students in 37 undergraduate, master's, and doctoral degree programs, including several first-in-the-nation offerings. Volgenau School researchers earned more than $90 million in awards over the last 12 months. Located in the heart of Northern Virginia's technology corridor, Mason Engineering stands out for its excellence in emerging areas including big data, cybersecurity, healthcare technology, robotics and autonomous systems, signals and communications, and sustainable infrastructure.

George Mason University is the largest public research university in Virginia, classified at the R1 highest research activity level, with an enrollment of over 38,000 students studying in over 200 degree programs. Mason is an innovative, entrepreneurial institution with national distinction in a range of academic fields. Mason is located in the city of Fairfax in Northern Virginia at the doorstep of the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area, with 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. Fairfax 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, and 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 Digital InnovAtion Building. These initiatives reflect hundreds of millions of dollars in new investment by Mason that will rapidly elevate Mason's already leading national position in computing and related areas.

For full consideration, applicants must apply for position number 02916Z at; complete and submit the online application; and upload a cover letter, resume, and a list of three professional references with contact information. The review of applications will begin November 4, 2019 and continue until the position is filled.

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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.

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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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