Job Positions

1030/Academic Advisors

Categories: North Central Region 6


Dean of Students Office


Kirkwood Community College

Date Posted:

Sep 27 2021 3:36PM

Close Date:

Oct 25 2021

Position Description

Academic Advisors play a critical role in the implementation of student services activities to increase retention rates, course completion rates and/or transfer to either a college/university, or the workforce. Advisors partner with students, faculty, instructional services and University partners in a proactive process which facilitates the development of intentional educational and career plans to help students achieve academic, personal, professional and transfer goals. Academic Advisors are responsible for informing prospective, new, and returning students of educational opportunities and requirements. Advisors will provide a high level of customer service support to their caseload of assigned students and assist as needed with walk-ins, peak registration, recruitment, orientation, and completion programs and initiatives. Academic advisors demonstrate an understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnic backgrounds present in our community. Advisors develop advising materials and presentations to support individual and group student sessions. When you join the team at Kirkwood, you can expect to be part of an inclusive, innovative and equity-focused community that approaches higher education as a matter of collaboration among faculty, staff and students.


• Conduct individual advising meetings with students to determine educational needs and goals
• Assess college readiness and link student to resources from matriculation to graduation
• Conduct group advising sessions to introduce prospective students to the advising experience
• Present to groups of students during orientation programs, teaching and encouraging their ownership in the process
• Engage with students in classroom presentations
• Advocate for and assist students in planning their coursework
• Maintain a working knowledge of transfer plans, articulation agreements and partnerships with four year partners
• Maintain a working knowledge of financial aid as it relates to advising including the checklist and satisfactory academic progress
• Remain open to new technology and methods of outreach
• Manage and provide outreach and guidance to a list of advisees
• Perform other related work duties as assigned.

• Provide and advance the access students have to an academic advisor
• Ensure quality, holistic, personalized advising services to a diverse student population that includes First generation, Non-traditional, Underprepared and Talented and Gifted students
• Provide outstanding student assistance and serve as a positive representative of the department and the student services division with the goal of improving student learning and success
• Work in collaboration with academic departments, student services, college wide programs and community resources to implement student success strategies
• Welcome, value, and nurture people of all backgrounds, perspectives, and experiences, as well as support and promote an environment that accepts differences. The statements contained herein reflect general details as necessary to describe the essential job duties/responsibilities and performance expectations of the job, which should not be considered an all-inclusive listing of work requirements. Individuals may perform other duties as assigned.

Application Process

Institution Information

Kirkwood employees have long set the standard for innovative talent, visionary spirit, and overall excellence in their work. Being a part of Kirkwood means being a part of a deep committment to the success of every student, every day. What sets Kirkwood apart as an employer
As one of Cedar Rapids' top 10 employers, we have a lot to offer. Kirkwood rewards employees with a generous benefits package and perks, including:
Health insurance
Dental coverage
Vision coverage
Retirement planning

Additional Information

Position involves working in an office setting. Occasional (10-33%) standing, pushing, pulling and grasping. Frequent (34-66%) reaching and viewing a computer and other types of close visual work. Constant (67-100%) sitting, walking, repetitive motion, talking and hearing.

Contact Information

Sreeja K Sreelatha HR Generalist


Required Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree

Preferred Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree required, two or more years of community college work experience preferred. A related Master’s degree preferred.