Program Academic Advisor

Fairfax, VA
Commensurate with education and experience.
Sep 14, 2021
Sep 15, 2021
Program Manager
Full Time
Volgenau School of Engineering Data Analytics Engineering Program Program Academic Advisor

The George Mason University, Data Analytics Engineering Program, within the Volgenau School of Engineering (VSE), seeks a proactive, organized and self-reliant professional for a Program Academic Advisor position. This is a full-time position at 40 hours a week. 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.

About the Position: This position includes a range of responsibilities to include timely academic advising to current, prospective, and transfer students on course selections for the M.S. in Data Analytics Engineering programs. This position creates and maintains advising reports for tracking, reviewing, and assessing student-advising sessions for accuracy and compliance. The applicant will need to become proficient in the applications used by Mason to include but not limited to Ellucian Banner (INB) and Micro Strategy.

Responsibilities: * Identify alternate equivalent courses on transfer course audit and resolve audit discrepancies; * Responsible for tracking student progress through the degree programs, which involves using tools such as Degree Works, as well as verifying prerequisites and tracking students in jeopardy of being terminated from the program; * Review and approval of student conferrals, intent to graduate, and graduation status reports to ensure program requirements are met; * Provide oversight regarding grading deadlines, procedures, policies, and final grade submissions in accordance with Mason policy; * Develop and maintain standard and detailed academic reports for the Program Director and Assistant Program Director; * Assist the Program Director in planning, developing, improving, implementing, and evaluating policies/procedures governing student admissions, orientation, and registration processes to include enrollment management and graduation activities; * Assist in the administrative processes of SACS accreditation by working in unison with the Program Director and Assistant Program Director to collect and enter required data to meet accreditation expectations; * Assist the Program Director and Assistant Program Director in achieving the programmatic long- and short-term goals and objectives by communicating, overseeing, performing, and offering effective administrative support to students and faculty in relation to these programs; * Responsible for coordinating and facilitating the orientation process to include maintaining records, as well as coordinating and facilitating student service administrative tasks to ensure quality and optimization in productivity; * Limited local travel, and some evening and weekend hours may be required with the work schedule subject to office needs.

Required Qualifications: * Bachelor's Degree in Education, Counseling, College Student Affairs, or academic field directly related to the position, or an equivalent combination of education and experience; * Excellent oral and written communication skills; * Ability to handle multiple tasks and prioritize accordingly; * Customer service attitude that projects a competent and positive image for the programs; * Self-motivated and have the ability to work independently; * Expertise in MS Excel, MS Word, and PowerPoint.

Preferred Qualifications: * Master's Degree in Education, Counseling, College Student Affairs, or an academic field directly related to the position, or an equivalent combination of education and experience; * Proficiency with Internet Native Banner, Micro Strategy, and web content management; * 1-3 years of graduate advising experience.

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. The school boasts more than 8,600 students in 37 undergraduate, master's, and doctoral degree programs, including several first-in-the-nation offerings. Of the 250 full-time faculty who comprise the School, 90 are tenured, 50 are tenure-track, 85 are instructional faculty, and 25 are research faculty. As part of a nationally ranked research university, its research teams expended more than $60 million in sponsored research awards last year and has projects with over $400 million in current and anticipated awards. Located in the heart of Northern Virginia's technology corridor, Mason Engineering stands out for its research in many leading areas including artificial intelligence, data analytics engineering, cybersecurity engineering, biomedical imaging and devices, community-based healthcare, autonomous systems, 5G communications, systems architectures, computational biomedicine, advanced materials and manufacturing, sustainable infrastructure, and more. The School highly encourages multidisciplinary research and provides faculty with opportunities to work with other disciplines.

George Mason University is the largest public research university in Virginia, 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. It was classified as an R1 research institution in 2016 by the Carnegie Classifications of Institutes of Higher Education. 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 complete the online application at for position number 02740z; and attach a cover letter describing your academic advising experience, resume, and a list of three professional references with contact information. Full consideration will apply to applicants who submit their completed application by April 129 2021; however, review of applications will 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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