The Academic Advisor works directly with students at Tacoma Community College to provide academic advising, initial career planning, and retention services designed to keep students enrolled in college and help them achieve their educational goals. Under the direction of the Director of Academic Advising, the Academic Advisor works within the College's advising center to assist all student populations with program exploration and selection, guides students on course selection, monitors progress towards the fulfillment of academic goals and requirements, creates individualized student graduation plans, and assists students with registering for classes. Advisors also provide information related to tuition and fees, financial aid, and appropriate academic course placement to ensure students have a successful start to their academic journey. Academic Advisors provide guidance toward determining a student’s academic interests and objectives while aiding them to develop long-range academic and career plans.
Provide proactive mandatory and intrusive advising with new and enrolled students regarding academic and technical programs, admission procedures, degree requirements and transfer requirements. Assist with individualized educational planning with course placement based on math, reading and writing assessment, transfer credit evaluation, and eligibility for financial aid and other funding sources. Review previous college transcripts, recommend transfer equivalencies and make appropriate course and schedule recommendations. Assist with modifying and reevaluating a student’s academic plan as circumstances or goals change. Maintain knowledge of academic program requirements to support a student’s exploration when they are undecided in choosing a program of study. Employ case management strategies that include documentation, summary notes, type of contact, and outcomes from student meetings. Monitor student progress in conjunction with faculty advisors to assess degree and graduation audit checklists, program-specific requirements for admission, transfer requirements to a 4-year institution and notify students of discrepancies that may need to be addressed. Resolve academic early alerts, received from faculty, to provide intervention and targeted support such as tutoring, access and disability accommodations, and communication with department chairs to address strategies for academic improvement and integrity. Refer students to campus and community resources who need emergency funding, childcare services, mental health counseling, and assistance with basic needs. Uphold and contribute toward the advising department’s operations to include, departmental goal setting, implementation of methods to evaluate and assess program effectiveness, and modification to policies and procedures to enhance the overall efficiency of the advising center. Provide accurate interpretations of policies and procedures for students, parents and faculty. Maintain open professional communication and relationships with faculty, colleagues, and administrators to demonstrate how professional advising is essential to student success and persistence. Practice relational advising designed to build trust, ongoing communication and a sense of belonging where students feel acknowledged, listened to and valued. Provide support and advocacy for special student populations including Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC), first generation, low-income, undocumented, and/or foster youth. Perform other related work as necessary.
This posting is for 6 openings.
Steve Fontana Director of Advising email@example.com 253-460-4472
Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university. Experience working in an educational or similar related setting. Advanced knowledge of and skills with technology including software programs for communication, data collection, and decision making including, but not limited to, Microsoft Office Outlook, Word, and Excel and integrated database applications (e.g. ctclink). Ability to value diversity by recognizing personal biases, adapting to culturally diverse situations, and demonstrating a commitment to equity, inclusion, and respectful interactions with persons of diverse ethnic, cultural, social-economic, or educational backgrounds. Strong organizational and planning skills Demonstrate a commitment to service-oriented characteristics including empathy, listening, and the development of personal growth of others. Ability to model integrity through self-awareness, personal accountability, ethical behavior, quality standards, and sustainable practices. Ability to work a flexible schedule.
Experience providing professional advising or other related student services in an educational or similar setting. A strong understanding of student development theory and appreciative advising. Knowledge of college student services such as financial aid, admissions, registration, student life. Direct experience with training, teaching and delivering instruction to individuals, small groups and/or large audiences. Ability to work with complex systems in a fast-paced and dynamic environment.