Academic Advisor

Fairfax, VA
Commensurate with education and experience.
Dec 15, 2021
Mar 26, 2022
Analyst, Research
Full Time
Academic Advisor - Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering The George Mason University Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE), within the College of Engineering and Computing (CEC), is seeking a professional, multi-tasking, customer service driven employee to work with undergraduate students as an Academic Advisor. 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 will work independently and collaboratively with department and university wide constituents. The position will report to the Academic Advisor and Coordinator for ECE.Responsibilities:The primary responsibility of this position will be to perform academic advising for all current and prospective undergraduate students and reply to general inquiries about undergraduate programs offered by the department. The individual in this position will contribute to the recruitment and retention of students through effective advising and outreach, and will be responsible for facilitating students' education, decision-making and planning. This person will discuss academic interests, make connections to career goals with the student, and provide information on academic policies, procedures and practices, including working through various academic requests, forms and appeals. The individual in this position will represent the department in a professional manner and will act as a resource person regarding the university and department's rules and regulations while serving as a trouble-shooter and problem solver. This person will contribute to Mason's strategic goals of preparing career-ready graduates, while increasing graduation and retention rates. There may be occasional work and recruitment activities needed that are outside of normal business hours, offsite, and/or may be located remotely.Undergraduate Student Advising and Student AffairsDiscuss academic interests, make connections to career goals, and advise students in course selection and registration; Assist students regarding prerequisites, transfer courses, registration and overrides, and general university rules and regulations;Work with students on warning, probation, and returning from suspension to develop student success plans and increase likelihood of degree completion;Ensure that students meet departmental requirements of degree progress;Coordinate the processing of graduation applications with the Office of University Registrar;Develop resources and materials for student advising to be distributed to students;Organize and retain student records, to include advising notes and email exchanges, etc.;Provide administrative support to ECE faculty, staff, and students to support student success;Collaborate with the CEC Office of Undergraduate Student Services and other university wide constituents to support student success;Provide support to prospective students;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 department, college and university (Some events may occur outside of normal business hours and/or may occur on weekends and in alternate locations);Serve on committees and other projects as assigned that are related to advising and student support;Stay abreast of ECE undergraduate programs; andStay abreast of University policies and procedures as it relates to advising. Required Qualifications:Bachelor's degree in Higher Education, Student Personnel, Counseling; or a combination of education and experience in related field; Some, generally one to three years, professional experience working in a higher education setting;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;Prior experience assisting students in a college setting in academic advising/support;Strong working knowledge of transitional issues;Prior experience working to meet deadlines, working accurately and quickly with attention to detail, and being able to manage multiple complex programs and projects simultaneously;Strong commitment to customer service;Conflict resolution skills;Prior experience working with a culturally and ethnically diverse population of students, faculty, and staff;Strong interpersonal skills and professionalism in communicating with faculty, staff, students, visiting students and families, and the general public;Proven ability to work collaboratively; Have comfortability with technology;Prior experience with computer data entry, internet navigation, email, and Microsoft Office suite; andOutstanding verbal and written communication, organizational skills, and outreach skills. Preferred Qualifications:Master's degree in Higher Education, Student Personnel, Counseling or related field;Experience with educational database management systems and customer relationship management systems (CRM); andPrior experience in working with science/engineering students. 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 03119z; 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 January 11, 2022; 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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