Job Positions

Academic Advisor and Success Instructor

Categories: Northeast Region 1


College of Liberal Arts and Sciences - Dean's Office


University of Maine

Date Posted:

May 3 2022 9:03AM

Close Date:

May 23 2022

Position Description

The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Academic Advisor and Success Instructor position teaches and advises undergraduate students in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS) and those in the Explorations program, including undecided and pre-engineering. Using a purposeful, holistic, and developmental approach, the Academic Advisor and Success Instructor guides students through the transition into the University and through the college major decision process while teaching, informing, encouraging, and facilitating the development of each student. The Academic Advisor and Success Instructor will teach multiple sections of various first-year seminars as well as academic recovery courses for at-risk students.


• Meets individually with assigned and walk-in students regularly throughout the academic year to discuss transitional issues; instructs students on relative information pertaining to UMaine colleges, programs, and resources; assists with registration; and familiarizes students with academic policies and procedures.
• Teaches sections of first-year seminars and academic success courses designed specifically for students at risk. • Participates in ongoing development of advising curriculum and materials.
• Serves as a resource for faculty and staff in matters related to student advising.
• Provides accurate information on the academic requirements of the University and of each college and major and assists students with transfer to the UMaine college and major of their choice through teaching and advising.
• Makes referrals of students to other campus services and resources as needed.
• Maintains an electronic written log of all student contacts in student's academic file through the Navigate system (or other system as requested).
• Ensures confidentiality of student information and personal discussions.
• Prepares for and participates in recruitment and retention efforts, including contacting unregistered CLAS students.
• Engages regularly in professional development relevant to the position.
• Develops and maintains professional relationships that reflect courtesy, civility, and mutual respect.
• Builds productive relationships with internal and external constituencies.
• Utilizes coaching and mentoring methods which provide an environment that is anticipatory, supportive, and encourages constructive feedback on performance.
• Commits to organizational improvement by identifying opportunities to improve, and recommending possible alternatives for a situation.
• Performs other reasonably related duties as assigned by the Advising and Student Services Center Director.

Application Process

Materials must be submitted via the following website: You will need to create a profile and application; upload:
1.) a cover letter which describes your experience, interests, and suitability for the position
2.) a resume/curriculum vitae
3.) contact information for three professional references
You will also need to submit the affirmative action survey, the self-identification of disability form, and the self-identification of veteran status forms. Incomplete application materials cannot be considered. Materials received after the initial review date will be reviewed at the discretion of the University.

Institution Information

The University of Maine is a community of more than 11,900 undergraduate and graduate students, and 2,500 employees located on the Orono campus, the regional campus in Machias, and throughout the state. UMaine is a land, sea and space grant university, and maintains a leadership role as the University of Maine System's flagship institution. UMaine is the state's public research university and a Carnegie R1 top-tier research institution, dedicated to providing excellent teaching, research and service for Maine, the nation and the world. More information about UMaine is at The University of Maine offers a wide range of benefits for employees including, but not limited to, tuition benefits (employee and dependent), comprehensive insurance coverage including medical, dental, vision, life insurance, and short and long term disability as well as retirement plan options. As a former NSF ADVANCE institution, the University of Maine is committed to diversity in our workforce and to dual-career couples. UMaine is located in beautiful Central Maine. Many employees report that a primary reason for choosing to come to UMaine is quality of life. Numerous cultural activities, excellent public schools, safe neighborhoods, high quality medical care, little traffic, and a reasonable cost of living make the greater Bangor area a wonderful place to live. Learn more about what the Bangor region has to offer here:
Employees in the University of Maine System are required to comply with UMS COVID protocols which currently include, but are not limited to, being vaccinated, obtaining a qualified vaccination exemption, and/or participating in regular COVID testing. Further information can be found here:

Additional Information


Work is performed in a fast-paced, professional office setting with frequent interruptions requiring flexibility and good humor. The utmost tact, confidentially, and professionalism are required to carry out the duties of the position in a gracious, welcoming, and successful student-centered manner.

WORK YEAR: Full-time, ten-months. The work year is August 1 to May 31 each year. The schedule for vacation time is established by the Center Director in consultation with the Academic Advisor and Success Instructor to afford optimal support for students during semester breaks.

Expected to work in office during normal University of Maine business hours of Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Generally, work is expected to be accomplished during traditional work hours at the office provided by the Advising and Student Services Center. Occasionally duties will require meetings outside the traditional workday, or completion of work after hours. In consultation with supervisor, the employee will establish regular office hours and adjust the schedule as necessary.

Ongoing, base-budgeted position.

In the initial six months of employment then annually thereafter in accordance with UMPSA Agreement.

18 Student Services A: Academic Services / 03. Appropriate background checks are required. All UMS employees are required to comply with applicable policies and procedures, as well as to complete applicable workplace related screenings, and required employee trainings, such as Information Security, Safety Training, Workplace Violence, and Sexual Harassment.
Search Timeline is as follows:
Review of applications to begin: May 16, 2022
Screening interviews to begin no earlier than: May 23, 2022
On-site interviews to begin no earlier than: May 30, 2022
Tentative start date: August 1, 2022
Appropriate background checks are required.
The University of Maine is an EEO/AA employer, and does not discriminate on the grounds of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, transgender status, gender expression, national origin, citizenship status, age, disability, genetic information or veteran’s status in employment, education, and all other programs and activities. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies: Amie Parker, Director of Equal Opportunity, 101 North Stevens Hall, University of Maine, Orono, ME 04469-5754, 207.581.1226, TTY 711 (Maine Relay System).

Contact Information

For questions about the search, please contact search committee chair John Mascetta at or 207-581-1952.


Required Qualifications


• Bachelor’s degree.
• Classroom teaching experience.
• Demonstrated strong interest in working with college students.
• Excellent verbal, written, and computer skills.
• Well-developed interpersonal skills and demonstrated success in building positive relationships with students, faculty and staff are essential.

Preferred Qualifications

• Master's degree in Education, Higher Education Administration, Counseling, Social Work, Guidance, or a related field.
• Working knowledge of college or university academic information and learning management software.
• Demonstrated experience working in academic advising or student support services at the college or university level.