Academic Advisor

Location
Fairfax, VA
Salary
Commensurate with education and experience.
Posted
Nov 18, 2021
Closes
Dec 10, 2021
Ref
STF10655
Function
Analyst, Research
Industry
Education
Hours
Full Time
Academic Advisor - Office of Undergraduate Student Services

The George Mason University Office of Undergraduate Student Services, within the College of Engineering and Computing (CEC), seeks organized candidates who have outstanding communication skills, to work as undergraduate Academic Advisors.

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:


The Academic Advisor is responsible for advising undergraduate students within the College of Engineering and Computing (CEC). The Academic Advisor will advise students in the following situations: students who are undeclared and undecided in the College of Engineering and Computing (CEC), students who want to change their major within CEC, and students who want to change their major from a non-CEC major to a major in CEC. The Academic Advisor will guide students to declaration of a CEC major that is in line with their academic goals, interests, and skills. In addition to discussing academic interests, the Academic Advisors will help students to connect to their career goals. Information on academic policies, procedures and practices, including working through various academic requests, forms and appeals will be discussed with students on a case-by-case basis. Academic Advisors contribute to Mason's strategic goals of preparing career-ready graduates, while increasing graduation and retention rates.

  • Discuss academic interests, make connections to career goals, and advise students in course selection and major declaration eligibility;
  • Work with students on warning, probation and returning from suspension to develop student success plans and increase likelihood of degree completion;
  • Reach out and provide advising assistance to students at risk of being terminated from CEC;
  • Evaluate transcripts and notes of students eligible for termination from CEC based on termination policy;
  • Develop resources and materials for student advising to be distributed to students;
  • Organize and retain student records, to include advising notes and email exchanges;
  • Maintain regular communication with CEC undergraduate departments regarding students' eligibility to declare; as well as curriculum changes within the programs;
  • Participate in group advising during Day and Evening New Student Orientation for freshman and transfer students;
  • Participate in recruitment initiatives and events organized by the college and university;
  • Serve on committees and other projects as assigned; and
  • Incumbents will be required to work some weekend hours for events, i.e. Orientation, Admissions events, etc.


Required Qualifications:


  • Some progressive professional and/or leadership experience working in a college/university setting;
  • Experience serving and supporting diverse student populations;
  • Experience with, or demonstrated knowledge in one or more of the following areas: academic advising, success coaching, orientation, disability services, veteran's services, career services, student involvement, and student rights and responsibilities;
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, and organizational skills;
  • Excellent customer service skills;
  • Excellent conflict resolution skills;
  • Prior experience in managing multiple projects consisting of many different and connected parts;
  • Ability to work with a culturally and ethnically diverse population of students, faculty, staff, visiting students, families and general public;
  • Ability to work collaboratively;
  • Experience with meeting and communicating with students in one-on-one and group settings; and
  • Experience with computer data entry, internet navigation, email, and Microsoft Office suite.



Preferred Qualifications:


  • Bachelor's degree in Higher Education, Student Personnel, Counseling or related field;
  • Master's degree in Higher Education, Student Personnel, Counseling or related field;
  • Experience with educational database management systems (i.e. Banner) and customer relationship management systems (CRM); and
  • Experience with program development.


A Force for Innovation in the Heart of Northern Virginia's Technology Corridor:


The College of Engineering and Computing 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 $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 https://jobs.gmu.edu/ for position number 03130Z; 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 December 6, 2021; however, review of applications will continue until the position is filled.

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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 jobs.gmu.edu/!

George Mason University, Where Innovation is Tradition.

New hires starting after August 15, 2021, must have received at least one COVID-19 vaccination by their start date, be fully vaccinated within 45 days of their start date, and submit documentary proof unless they have an approved medical or religious exemption by their start date. For updated George Mason University COVID-19 vaccination requirements, please visit George Mason University Vaccination Requirements .
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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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