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Academic Advisor
DATE:   7/29/2019
JOB TITLE:   Academic Advisor
JOB STATUS:   Full time
FLSA STATUS:   Non-Exempt
TITLE OF IMMEDIATE SUPERVISOR:   Director of Academic Exploration Program
SECTOR:   Academic


The Academic Advisor in the Academic Exploration Program (AEP) provides students with a systematic process that will aid them in achieving educational, career, and personal goals. In addition, the Advisor works in collaboration with the Academic Success Center (ASC) as part of the Division of Academic Services and several other key offices on campus. 


Meet and advise both undeclared and specific student populations a minimum of three times per semester to assist in identifying major choices, career goals and life plans; including but not limited to students participating in NUOP, DSP, ASP, Athletics and the Honors programs; Assist students in developing skills for academic success and monitor students’ academic progress; Assist in the development, coordination and delivery of Academic Exploration’s programs and presentations for new students at Summer and Fall Orientations and support enrollment initiatives for AEP; Meet with prospective students and provide consultations in other majors as needed; Meet and advise Academic Exploration students during Summer Orientation sessions; Represent AEP at university functions on and off campus; Development of AEP through research, web maintenance, & attending regional and national conferences; Faculty and staff are expected to maintain the confidentiality of all confidential and proprietary information (including but not limited to: student personal information, student grades, employee information, etc.), both during and after their employment with the University.  If a faculty or staff member has a question about the confidentiality of a particular matter, he/she should consult their supervisor.  Any violation of this rule shall subject the faculty /staff member to disciplinary action, up to and including immediate termination of employment. Please refer to your Employee Guide for the University’s complete statement on confidentiality. Serve on committees and perform other duties as assigned by supervisor.


70%     Advise assigned caseload of students, based on each academic year total of AEP students, at least three times per semester to discuss course selection, scheduling of classes, major and career direction, and development of plans based on individual student needs.

10%     Provide information about AEP to prospective and accepted students and their families through formal group presentations, information tables, or during individual visits to campus.  Represent AEP at university functions. Work with supervisor, admissions, and public relations to create marketing materials for department.

8%      Summarize and evaluate AEP data for the retention and recruitment of students.  Monitor student academic status and progress toward satisfactory academic progress.

4%      Serve on committees such as assigned by Supervisor or University Administration.

4%       Review current best practices of academic advising through research, web maintenance, and attending national and regional conferences.

4%       Teach NU Beginnings (NUB102) to college freshmen in the fall semesters.  

Ability to read and comprehend various forms, documentation, files and information in the department Proficient interpersonal, communication and presentation skills. Demonstrated competence in the use of computer applications.  Excellent written and oral communication skills.  Well-developed counseling and advisement skills. Strong academic background.  Possess objectivity and sound judgement. Ability to participate on campus committees as deemed appropriate by supervisor.


The functions of the position usually performed sitting but may require some amount of time standing.  Some amount of stooping, kneeling, bending, crouching, lifting, walking, carrying and other movements may be required.  Tasks involving working on a computer keyboard, typewriter, calculator, cutting, labeling, and taping involve extensive wrist and hand movement.  All individuals are required to be able to perform these movements without significant risk of injury to themselves or others.


Master’s degree in related field is required; master’s degree in education, counseling or student personnel administration is preferred. A minimum of three to five years’ experience working with students, especially at college level in an advising department is required.  A valid New York State driver’s license is required that satisfies both University and   insurance company underwriting rules and regulations for driving a motor vehicle. 

Non Discrimination/Equal Employment Opportunity Statement Policy:

NIAGARA UNIVERSITY is an equal opportunity employer. Consistent with our Catholic mission, Niagara University is committed to providing equal employment and educational opportunities and will not discriminate on the basis of race, age, sex (gender), national origin, religious preference, sexual orientation, predisposing genetic characteristic, status as veteran or disability. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies: Ryan Thompson, Esq., Title IX Coordinator, Office for Equity & Inclusion, 716-286-8324, rthompson@niagara.edu, www.niagara.edu/oei, Office Location: O’Shea Hall, B27. For further information on notice of non-discrimination, visit http://wdcrobcolp01.ed.gov/CFAPPS/OCR/contactus.cfm for the address and phone number of the office that serves your area, or call 1-800-421-3481.

Niagara University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. A copy of the Student Right to Know Annual Security Report is available at: http://www.niagara.edu/safety
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