Position Overview: The Academic Advisor contributes to the School of Nursing’s mission by providing advisement services to students in the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree program in both the Twin Cities and Rochester locations. The staff member will support the overall function of OSCAS by assisting with assessment, policy and procedure creation and implementation, academic progression, and serving as the first line of contact for BSN student needs. Reporting to the Assistant Director of OSCAS/Pre-Licensure Programs Coordinator, the Academic Advisor also works closely with the program directors of the BSN program.
Academic Advising (65%)
Utilize the University of Minnesota’s Advising Philosophy to develop and sustain meaningful student relationships to guide, challenge, and support them in becoming self-reliant and in learning to make reflective decisions about academic, personal, and career aspirations
Advise students on course selection, graduation planning, academic success skills, and career and graduate school exploration
Communicate and implement University policies, unit procedures, curricular requirements, and referrals to campus services
Integrate student development and advising theories in advising practices to holistically support students and their transition to University life
Serve as an engaged member of the Pre-licensure Team by communicating and advocating for undergraduate student needs and concerns
Maintain accurate information about students through systems such as APLUS, PeopleSoft, and the School of Nursing database;
Work closely with Director of Pre-Licensure Programs, Co-Director of the BSN Program, and Assistant Director and Director of OSCAS to prepare nursing-specific content for the undergraduate catalog, curriculum outline, and BSN Student Handbook
Monitor students’ academic progress and manage the degree clearance process
Facilitate the dismissal process from the BSN program and UMR’s Nursing Guarantee program for students who are no longer eligible, including the appeal processes
Analyze data and prepare reports on advising, progression, and degree completion
Create and communicate welcome materials for new students (e.g., new student checklist, orientation information, course registration)
Collaborate with other academic advisors at the University for networking and identifying best practice advising skills and methods
Maintain active involvement with students at the Rochester location by traveling to the site often and providing advising and programming support
Serve as a contact for the University of Minnesota – Rochester staff regarding the UMR Nursing Guarantee program
Programming and Initiatives (20%)
Manage the School of Nursing’s Living and Learning Community for first year students
Serve as the co-advisor to the Minnesota Nursing Student Board (undergraduate student government)
Collaborate on the planning and execution of select student services initiatives and programs, such as new student orientations, advising workshops, Welcome Week, study abroad information sessions, and other special events
Serve on School of Nursing and University-wide committees as requested
Support the management of student finances and fees by collaborating with the Scholarship Committee and Business Office on waivers, exemptions, and credit thresholds.
Assist the School of Nursing with various events, including but not limited to fall and spring commencement ceremonies and orientation for other degree programs
Other program duties as assigned or required
Career Advising (15%)
Meet with students individually and in groups regarding job search material reviews, mock interviews and other career coaching topics
Assist with the management of job databases and resources
Facilitate career development programming, which includes employer information sessions, hiring manager panel discussions, etc.
Assist with student leadership development opportunities
This position will be hired at either an Academic Advisor (9708) or Senior Academic Advisor (9707) level, DOQ.
Master's degree in higher education and student affairs, college student personnel psychology, counseling, social work, or field related to advising.
Minimum 1 year of college-level advising or related experience
Commitment to equal opportunity, access, equity, social justice, and diversity
Excellent time management, organizational, and problem solving skills
Demonstrated ability to build relationships in an education setting with a large and diverse student, staff, and faculty population.
Demonstrated ability to work in a fast-paced environment and prioritize conflicting demands.
Excellent oral and written communication skills
Strong experience with or quick ability to learn database and enterprise systems used for student records, advising, and reports
Ability to display accountability and responsibility in determining priorities and implementing processes that will match the mission and values of the Office of Student and Career Advancement Services
Demonstrated ability to work independently, collaboratively, and with supervision
Ability and access to travel to the Rochester campus is required; must have own transportation
Ability to work some evenings and occasional weekends
Required Qualifications of Senior Academic Advisor are all of the previous and this additional: Minimum 3 years of college-level advising or related experience.
Experience working within the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities campus
Experience working with the following systems: PeopleSoft, APAS, and APLUS
Experience developing, organizing and coordinating orientation programs and other student events: information sessions, commencement ceremonies, etc.
Experience interpreting complex policies and communicating these to various constituents.
Training or experience with career development programming.
Internal Number: 333603
About University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
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