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Categories: Mid South Region 3


Academic Advising and Planning Center


College of Charleston

Date Posted:

Aug 20 2021 3:59PM

Close Date:

Aug 30 2021

Position Description

Assists undergraduate students with all aspects of academic planning by promoting and encouraging self- authorship and resource utilization in support of academic success, as well as timely and informed pursuit of an academic major. This is accomplished through an one on one student-centered, individualized, technology-enhanced advising appointments and the establishment of a relationship based on mutual trust with a diverse student population. Students meet with their academic advisor to explore their interests, discuss course options, consider majors, plan for the future, and address any academic concerns.


Provide quality, accurate in-person and virtual individual academic advising to 300-350 first-year, transfer, and undecided students, including special populations (academically at-risk, provisional, academic warning or probation or conditionally readmitted, Summer First students and students with physical or learning disabilities), following a developmental philosophy of advising as defined by NACADA and CAS standards and maintain appropriate records. Work with students to develop an academic plan by exploring interests, discussing majors and course options, setting realistic goals and addressing academic concerns. Refer advisees to other campus resources as appropriate. Academic advising is defined as providing effective interpersonal guidance, information and assistance in identifying, developing, and implementing strategies supportive of individual academic and career goals. The ultimate goal of this approach is the development of the individual. Instruct students through in-person and virtual individual, small group and workshop settings on technology-driven planning tools and resources, general education requirements, institutional policies and procedures, and the connection between majors, careers and transferrable skills. This results in students developing critical thinking, problem solving, and decision making skills that can be showcased in the classroom and beyond. Engage in the College community by developing and cultivating relationships with campus partners particularly in ways strategic to the Academic Advising and Planning Center’s focus on student success. Plan and implement co-curricular and collaborative programs as necessary to meet the mission of College of Charleston, including but not limited to New Student Orientation, Open House and Accepted Student Weekend. Actively seek and provide professional development opportunities by identifying and participating in occasions to maintain and improve expertise in advising, teaching and specialty areas. Actively participate and help execute advising assessment related initiatives.

Application Process

Applicants must submit a cover letter, resume, references and an Advising Philosophy Statement.

Institution Information

Located in the heart of historic Charleston, South Carolina, the College of Charleston is a nationally recognized, public liberal arts and sciences university. Founded in 1770, the College is among the nation’s top universities for quality education, student life and affordability. Its beautiful and historic campus, combined with contemporary facilities, cutting-edge programs and accessible faculty attracts students from across the U.S. and around the world. Over 10,000 undergraduates and approximately 1,000 graduate students at the College enjoy a small-college feel blended with the advantages and diversity of a mid-sized, urban university. They work closely with a committed faculty, made up of more than 800 distinguished teacher-scholars. And the city of Charleston – world-renowned for its history, architecture, culture and coastal environment – serves as a living and learning laboratory for experiences in business, science, technology, teaching, the humanities, languages, government and the arts.

Additional Information

*Salary is commensurate with education/experience which exceeds the minimum requirements. Offers of employment are contingent upon a successful background check. All applications must be submitted online

Contact Information

Sherri Shannon, College of Charleston Human Resources,


Required Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree required in liberal arts discipline, counseling or related field. Two years of professional workplace experience in higher education or related field in which applicant can convey relevant transferable skills. Knowledge and understanding of FERPA regulations and its application. Working knowledge and effective utilization of Microsoft Suite products and Zoom software. Candidates with an equivalent combination of experience and/or education are encouraged to apply.

Successful candidates will love:
· Working with undergraduate students in both one-on-one and in group settings in person and online assisting in identifying goals, understanding campus systems and planning for success
· Serving as a referral agent to campus resources
· Helping students find their place and their people
· Employing current and evolving technology
· Serving as a problem solver and resource to students and colleagues alike
· Exhibiting initiative and sharing ideas
· Embracing and employing established departmental values (Team Spirit, Accountability, Humility, Communication, Appreciation, Inclusion)
· Being a part of a team dedicated to mutual respect and collegiality
·Enjoy working in a dynamic, fast paced season-based advising (distinct Fall, Spring, Summer) setting
· Working independently as well in work teams
· Collaborating with colleagues inside and outside the department to drive the vision and mission of the department through programming and committee work
· Participating in ongoing professional development opportunities with a dedication to continuous improvement

Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
Skills required for success in the position:
· Demonstrated understanding of student development at a liberal arts & sciences college.
· Well versed in the basic principles and theories of advising and college student development in higher education
· Demonstrated problem-solving skills
·Demonstrated effective communication, interpersonal, and organizational skills
· Able to establish and maintain effective relationships with administrators, faculty, staff, students, and parents
· Exhibit initiative and tolerance for ambiguity in an ever-changing environment
· Affirm and contribute to a positive workplace culture

Preferred Qualifications

Preferred Qualifications and Experience:
*Professional academic advising
*Conferred Master’s Degree (by a start date)
*Familiarity with Banner and Degree Works