Academic Advisor

Fairfax, VA
Commensurate with education and experience.
Nov 20, 2021
Aug 06, 2022
Analyst, Research
Full Time
Academic Advisor, Cyber Security Engineering The George Mason University Department of Cyber Security Engineering (CYSE), within the College of Engineering and Computing (CEC), invites applications for motivated, critical thinkers with outstanding communication and organizational skills for Academic Advisor positions. George Mason has a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its faculty and staff, and strongly encourages candidates who will enrich Mason's academic and culturally inclusive environment to apply for these positions. About the Position:Academic Advisors hired for these positions will work independently and collaboratively with the CYSE Undergraduate and Graduate Associate Chairs and with CEC departments and university-wide constituents. The Academic Advisors will report to the CYSE Undergraduate Associate Chair.Responsibilities:The CYSE Academic Advisor positions are responsible for academic advising for all current and prospective undergraduate and graduate students, and replies to general inquiries about undergraduate and graduate programs offered by the department. The incumbents will participate in facilitating students' education, decision-making and planning, represent the department in a professional manner, and will act as a resource regarding the university and department's rules and regulations while serving as trouble-shooters and problem solvers. These positions require strong customer-service orientation via email, telephone, and in-person, as well as strong interpersonal and presentation skills. There may be occasional work and recruitment activities needed that are outside of normal business hours that may be offsite, and/or remote.Undergraduate and Graduate AdvisingAdvise current undergraduate and graduate students in decision making and developing a plan of study consistent with students' interests, desires and abilities;Assist students with prerequisites, course selection, transfer courses, registration and overrides, career and/or educational goals, and general university rules and regulations;Coordinate processing of graduation applications; Ensure students meet departmental requirements toward degree progress; Assist students in establishing or clarifying appropriate educational and vocational goals;Assist students with problems of social or personal nature and assist in career decision making or making appropriate referrals;Communicate essential academic registration information;Act as a liaison in communicating students concerns, problems, and issues to the higher management level; andParticipate as a member of the CEC Undergraduate Committee. Undergraduate and Graduate Student AffairsProvide administrative support to students and faculty;Distribute information and assist in implementing and performing student support services tasks;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 and graduate students such as admissions, orientation, advising, graduation, and other social and networking events;Assist and function as liaison between students, faculty, management, and administrative agents in understanding the programs, university rules and regulations;Assist and perform the oversight of operations related to student records, graduation, and student recruitment functions; andGenerate correspondence in communicating with students, faculty, and other administrators in writing and via e-mail, or through other communication means, in response to students and other constituent's inquiries in fostering student success as needed. Required Qualifications:A combination of education and experience in student recruitment, advising, communications, and admissions;Higher education advising experience;Outstanding communication skills;Demonstrated customer service experience;Demonstrated experience coordinating and planning events;Strong analytical skills;Strong organizational skills and a great attention to detail;Prior experience taking initiative and completing projects and/or assignments with minimal supervision;Prior experience writing and editing office correspondence;Excellent computer skills and willingness to learn new software; Prior experience with managing competing priorities effectively; andAbility to occasionally work outside of normal business hours that may be offsite, and/or remote.Preferred Qualifications:Bachelor's degree in a related field; andPrior admissions recruitment or related experience. About the Department: Established in 2019, the Cyber Security Engineering Department (first of its kind) is focused on academics and research for the cyber security engineering of integrated cyber-physical systems. The mission of the department is to develop proactive approach in engineering design of physical systems with cyber security incorporated from the beginning to the end of the system development life cycle. Cyber security engineering is an important quantitative methodology to be used in all industries to include, but not limited to, communication, transportation, energy, healthcare, infrastructure, finance, government (federal, state, and local), manufacturing and defense. The department prepares students with a foundation in cyber security engineering, and is most appropriate for students with a strong mathematics, science and computing background. A Force for Innovation in the Heart of Northern Virginia's Technology CorridorThe 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 for position number 03117z; 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 8, 2021; 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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