The College of Agriculture, Health and Natural Resources (CAHNR) Office of Academic Programs (OAP) seeks a full-time, professional staff Academic Advisor (Academic Advisor 1). OAP seeks a highly motivated, independent and team-oriented individual who can support students, faculty, and our academic partners with creative ideas. Candidates should possess outstanding interpersonal skills and a can-do attitude. The position entails advising undergraduate students and assisting faculty advisors with complex advising of University rules and regulation concerns, assisting with activities and events coordinated by the Office of Academic Programs, and developing/implementing special programs as needed. The incumbent is expected to work both flexibly and collegially with a dynamic team of professional advising and administrative staff, as well as with faculty and students across the College and the University. It is also an expectation that the incumbent advance CAHNR’s commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion in every aspect of their work.
Salary will be competitive and commensurate with qualifications. For information on the College, please visit our website at www.grow.uconn.edu. All employees are subject to adherence to the State Code of Ethics which may be found at http://www.ct.gov/ethics/site/default.asp.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
• Serve as resource for students, faculty, parents, and others regarding programs and academic policies
• Advise students, and support faculty advisors regarding coursework and graduation requirements, policies and procedures, dismissals, and guidance to students with academic difficulties.
• Develop and participate in student recruitment and retention activities including the admissions process for Ratcliffe Hicks School of Agriculture (RHSA)
• Assist in planning, implementing, scheduling, and registration activities
• Assist colleagues in composing and maintaining the Office’s websites, social media and other communications materials
• Provide leadership and teaching for special programs, such as the CAHNR Ambassador Program and First Year Experience for students in RHSA
• Perform other related duties and special assignments as required
Please apply online at http://hr.uconn.edu/jobs/, Staff Positions, Search #494968 to upload a resume, cover letter, and contact information for three (3) professional references. Indicate search number on all correspondence. Employment of the successful candidate will be contingent upon the successful completion of a pre-employment criminal background check. This job posting is scheduled to be removed at 11:55 p.m. Eastern time on January 29, 2021.
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1. Bachelor’s degree in related field and three years of position related experience in advising and/or counseling students or in providing academic support, OR advanced degree in a related field and one year of related experience in advising and/or counseling students or in providing academic support
2. Ability and knowledge to support STEM undergraduate students, including first-generation college students and students from traditionally underrepresented backgrounds
3. Experience working with people from diverse academic, socio-economic and cultural backgrounds
4. Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work in a team setting
5. Ability to independently solve problems by regularly exercising judgment regarding administrative detail and procedures
6. Communicate effectively through both oral and written means
7. Ability to build rapport with students, families, and other campus partners
8. Ability to organize and efficiently handle multiple tasks simultaneously
9. Proficiency using Microsoft Office and common social media platforms
10. Ability to work on occasional nights and weekends and travel occasionally for work purposes
1. Advanced degree in higher education, counseling, or related discipline
2. Advising experience in postsecondary/higher education institution(s)
3. Three to five years or more experience advising students
4. Experience in the interpretation of academic policies, regulations, and procedures
5. Knowledge of relevant academic programs including STEM programs or majors relating to Agriculture, Health and Natural Resources
6. Experience/familiarity with Agricultural Education and Agri-science Programs
7. Knowledge of online student records software, such as PeopleSoft (StudentAdmin)
8. Experience with coordinating academic events