Posting is for 7 Academic Advisors / Pre-Major Advisors Position Summary An Academic Advisor manages a case load of students with a goal of providing comprehensive support for their academic performance, goals and timely completion of their degree. The Academic Advisor is responsible for assisting students with advising on major, career exploration and helping students develop academic planning strategies. They work directly with students on course sequencing and provide guidance as they progress toward degree completion. This position requires a record of excellent interpersonal communication, understanding college student development, retention and persistence and the ability to professionally represent the university to diverse constituencies. Advisors serve students at orientation for new students and family members and lead freshman seminars or workshops designed to support college transition and student success.
Provides direct and ongoing academic support for an assigned student caseload to facilitate retention and timely graduation. Acts as a resource to support assigned student caseload. Creates a learning environment focused on college transition and academic success. Collaborates with faculty to assist students as they explore majors and career plans consistent with their academic interests and abilities. Advises students on degree planning, career options and success strategies; assists students with meeting academic progression benchmarks. Develops technical skills needed for efficient and effective academic advising (class registration, course planning, general education). Creates and maintains regular communication with assigned students and provides retention feedback to the university regarding student persistence and progress to degree completion. Serves as a first-year advisor at freshman and transfer student orientation and supports student recruitment and enrollment related events. Provides direct outreach for students experiencing academic difficulty by monitoring early alerts and utilizing university resources customized to individual student needs. Participates in professional development and assists on university-wide committees or initiatives as warranted. Performs other duties as assigned.
Founded more than 125 years ago to meet Michigan’s need for teachers and business leaders, Central Michigan University prepares students to become leaders and changemakers in their personal and professional lives. We serve nearly 22,000 students on our Mount Pleasant campus, in satellite locations around the state and throughout the country, and through flexible online programs. We offer approximately 300 academic programs at the undergraduate, master’s, specialist and doctoral levels — many of which are nationally ranked for excellence. CMU leads the nation in leadership development programming through our Sarah R. Opperman Leadership Institute, and we are proud to be among only 5 percent of U.S. universities in the top two Carnegie research classifications. Our faculty work with students at the graduate and undergraduate levels in areas such as Great Lakes research, medical innovation, engineering technology and more. Central is home to 18 men’s and women’s Division 1 sports including football, basketball, gymnastics, baseball, wrestling and more. Our student-athletes are achieving great success in competition and in the classroom, capturing titles in Mid-American Conference championships and maintaining a cumulative grade point average of 3.2. CMU is located in Mount Pleasant, Michigan, a community that blends the best of small-town living with big-city amenities. Residents enjoy the mix of outdoor activities, cultural events, shopping and dining options, and family attractions. The city is a short drive from other major Michigan destinations including Grand Rapids and Detroit, wineries, beaches, golf and ski resorts, and more. CMU employees enjoy access to a nationally recognized wellness program as well as health care and benefits that exceed regional, state and national norms.
Hiring Committee Follow all application instructions in posting. If questions remain AFTER reading posting, this position was submitted by Karen Arthur Karen.Arthur@cmich.edu
Bachelor’s degree. Two years of qualifying experience working directly with students in a college or university. Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively, build rapport and project a positive attitude. Demonstrated organizational and problem-solving skills. Knowledge of current and best practices related to college student retention and academic advising. Working knowledge of computer applications. Demonstrated ability to maintain confidentiality. Willingness to work evenings and weekends as needed.
Master’s degree. Experience advising college students, teaching, and understanding of higher education administration. Experience using retention data and customer relationship management software solutions. Working knowledge of the university curriculum, academic programs, policies and procedures.