The Athletic Academic Advisor supports the development of the whole student through the delivery of the following duties and responsibilities:
Monitor academic eligibility and Progress Towards Degree of student-athletes
Serve as first enrollment advisor for all incoming student athletes -new freshmen, transfers, and re-entering
Serve on the Eligibility Certification Committee
Continue as support advisor through graduation for all student athletes
Provide developmental academic advising to student athletes
Provision of academic, eligibility, and personal advising for student-athletes
Provision of regular academic and athletic eligibility progress reports
Maintain up-to-date understanding of Western Carolina University, NCAA and Southern Conference rules and regulations
Provision of academic and eligibility information to prospective student-athletes and their parents
Identification of at-risk students, participation in development of support programs for them, and awareness of campus resources and services to make appropriate referrals
Serve as liaison to Athletics and attend Athletic Department meetings
Collaborate with Career Services staff to provide general career counseling
Represent the Advising Center at recruitment functions
Teach academic success and first-year experience courses as assigned
Provide advising information and support for the University community
Present advisor educational workshops for faculty and staff
Assist with the development, revision, and updating processes of Advising Center forms and publications
Maintain appropriate advising records and documentation
Submit monthly reports of activity
Participate in the assessment and evaluation of academic advising and advising programs for student athletes
Participate in ongoing professional development and encourage the growth of colleagues
Other duties and responsibilities may be assigned in support of the needs of students and the Advising Center
A Master's Degree in Higher Education, College Student Personnel, or related field is required. Experience in academic advising and/or related student services programs is required. Strong communication skills, written and oral, are essential.
Additional requirements for this position include excellent communication and presentation skills, and a courteous and professional attitude in stressful situations. It must work as part of a team in support of activities that promote the university and the community and be strongly committed to continuing education in both the areas of professional knowledge and practical skill application. Must have experience in monitoring student-athlete progress toward degree with regards to university requirements and NCAA academic eligibility requirements and working knowledge of NCAA rules and regulations. The incumbent in this position must have the ability to articulate complex requirements, policies and regulations; implement activities and programs to ensure academic success of student-athletes; have knowledge of basic computer software applications and applications to regularly monitor student-athletes' academic progress; work a flexible schedule, including some evening and weekend hours and relate effectively with students, coaches, staff and faculty from diverse ethnic, cultural and socio-economic backgrounds.
Special Instructions to Applicants:
Hard-copy application materials will not be considered. Please submit a cover letter indicating interest in position, a current resume and a list of three references – include complete contact information with phone numbers.
Review of all applications will begin immediately and continue until the position has been filled. For questions or additional information, please contact: Travis Bulluck, Advising Center at 828-227-7753
As the westernmost institution in the University of North Carolina system, WCU provides comprehensive educational opportunities to residents in the state’s western region and attracts students from around the globe to explore the region’s vast natural diversity. Founded in 1889 as a teaching college, Western Carolina now provides an education to more than 10,000 students in undergraduate and graduate programs.