Academic and Career Advising at Pacific University seeks to inspire students to connect their experiences inside and outside the classroom to a meaningful future and empower them to actively engage in their academic and career development. The Academic & Career Advisor/STEM Advantage position will focus on program development and coordination related to that vision. This position will develop and oversee the new STEM-Advantage Scholars program, teach courses, advise students, and support the development of internships in both establishing new partnerships and helping students connect with existing community partners. Pacific University is an Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institution (AANAPISI) and this position is part of a Title III grant that aims to strengthen our ability to support inclusive student success. The STEM-Advantage Scholars program aims to reduce barriers experienced by low-income and first-generation students, many of whom also encounter barriers related to underrepresented racial and/or ethnic identity. The grant funds this position for five years, and we will aim to renew it indefinitely. The Academic & Career Advisor/STEM-Advantage is a 12 month position.
Coordination of STEM Advantage Scholars Program and Teaching Direct, coordinate, and develop STEM-Advantage Scholars Program: a career and graduate school preparatory program for undergraduates providing intensive advising and experiential learning aimed at maximizing success in the college to graduate program and career transition. Adapt existing Health Professions-Advantage Program curriculum to STEM in consultation with Academic & Career Advising staff and faculty at Pacific. Teach and facilitate undergraduate STEM career courses, drawing upon alumni and other industry leaders to provide panels and guest lectures about how their STEM educations translated into careers. Collect and analyze records in support of the Advantage Scholars Program. Create, facilitate, and coordinate workshops, career fairs, group advising sessions, networking opportunities, and other programming for undergraduate students. Strive to ensure that STEM-Advantage and its coordinated efforts support the goals of diversity, equity, inclusion, sustainability, and community responsibility embedded in the university mission. Internship Coordination Work collaboratively with Academic & Career Advising staff and Pacific University faculty to develop STEM internship opportunities. Help students to prepare for job and internships fairs, search for and obtain internships, and support students through the internship application process. Maintain partnerships with internship sites. Academic and Career Advising Manage a caseload of assigned undergraduate first-generation, low income, and/or BIPOC student advisees to provide effective academic and career advising and class registration support. Deliver career assessments to students so that they may understand interests, aptitudes, and goals when making decisions regarding academic and career pathways. Provide career advising, which includes educating students on job search skills, industry trends, and effective career exploration strategies. Provide graduate school application support, including helping students to develop and strengthen application materials (e.g. resumes, CVs, personal statements, and cover letters), conducting mock interviews, and other career development supports. Assist the Academic & Career Advising team with new student advising, registration, and career events. Communicate with students regarding advising policies, procedures, and deadlines. Answer academic and career advising questions from drop-in students, e-mails, and phone calls. Advise students when assigned advisors are unavailable.
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Academic & Career Advising at Pacific University is dedicated to providing services to students that are authentic, holistic, equity minded, and responsive. Pacific University continues to develop our equity practices with a particular focus on racial equity. We encourage you to apply even if you do not meet every minimum qualification described or are unsure if your experience would be considered as related experience. Studies have shown that candidates that are female and/or BIPOC are less likely to apply for jobs unless they meet all of the qualifications they find in the job description. We are seeking the best candidate for the job, and that candidate may be a person who comes from a less traditional background. To apply, please provide a resume, cover letter, and answers to the three supplemental questions below. Answer each question in 250 words or less and upload them with your application. Please explain in your own words what academic advising is and how it supports college students. Please describe 2-3 career advising supports you believe are important for undergraduate students and explain why. Please list 1-2 current trends or issues in STEM undergraduate higher education and provide your explanation of a best practice connected to the issue(s) identified.
Pacific University is a small, but diverse learning community, where students thrive in a personal academic environment. Tracing its roots to 1849, when it was chartered as a school for orphans of the Oregon Trail, Pacific has long been devoted to making a difference in the world. Today, students study in a unique combination of undergraduate, graduate and professional programs in the liberal arts and sciences, business, education, health professions and optometry. Located in Oregon, Pacific serves a diverse population of more than 3,900 students, with campuses in Forest Grove, Hillsboro, Eugene and Woodburn. At Pacific University, students and faculty develop close, nurturing relationships that provide an extraordinary educational experience. Today, students study in a unique combination of undergraduate, graduate and professional programs in the liberal arts and sciences, optometry, education, health professions and business. Pacific University has campuses in Forest Grove, Hillsboro, Eugene and Woodburn, Ore., as well as an office in Honolulu. In addition, a variety of Pacific University health and eye clinics throughout the Portland area serve patients and provide students with practical experience. At Pacific University, students and faculty engage in discovery through close, nurturing relationships that provide extraordinary learning experiences. International study, service learning, internships and co-curricular activities have been integral parts of the education of nearly 28,000 alumni worldwide who share in the Boxer spirit.
Onboarding and Support for Successful Candidate A detailed explanation about the AANAPISI grant, the Advantage Program, and Academic & Career Advising will be provided to each candidate considered for the first round of interviews. Academic advising is a detail-oriented process and a hired person will receive training on Pacific University policies, procedures, requirements, and best practices. Career advising requires knowledge and skills in delivering career assessments, providing individualized support to students, and understanding labor-market trends. Some training and professional development will be provided in these areas. Teaching courses at Pacific University does mean that this person will be the instructor of record and be responsible for teaching 2-3 career exploration and development classes to college students that may vary in number. Some training related to teaching at Pacific University will be provided and the Academic & Career Advising team is committed to your success.
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A Master’s degree is required.
Prior education in a STEM discipline, College Student Services Administration, Education, Counseling, Social Work, or a related field is preferred. Minimum of 3 years work experience in academic advising, career services, teaching, counseling, academic coaching, multicultural student services, student activities, or related higher education field is preferred. Experience advising or teaching first-generation, low income, and/or BIPOC student populations is preferred. Bilingual skills preferred.