Job Positions

Academic Advisor (6 positions)

Categories: South Central Region 7


Advising and Retention


Southwestern University

Date Posted:

Mar 17 2021 11:25AM

Close Date:

May 17 2021

Position Description

Southwestern University is hiring 6 professional academic advisors to provide support to all incoming first-year students. Under the supervision of the Director of Advising and Retention, these advisors will be split between the academic areas: 1 in Humanities, 1 in Social Sciences, 1 in Fine Arts, 1 in Natural Sciences, and 2 to serve as Generalists. All advisors will be trained to work with all first-year students, regardless of major, but will have a specialized focus in the a


Professional advisors will be experts in best practices in advising, university policies, degree requirements, course planning, support services, and student development. Professional advisors will hold mandatory appointments with first-year students who are on warning or probation after the first semester (shift from Center from Academic Success). They will also collaborate with Mosaic to begin the process of creating their SU Experience. Professional advisors will assist with major exploration in collaboration with the Center for Career and Professional Development. These advisors will work with academic departments for any curricular issues and to develop programming for potential majors (i.e., group advising/information sessions). They will also collaborate with Admission to assist with recruitment of incoming SU students. These positions are full-time, benefited positions that report to the Director of Advising and Retention.

Application Process

To apply: The University will only accept application materials through Interfolio at Applicants should submit 1) a cover letter that includes the preference for academic area (Humanities, Social Sciences, Natural Sciences, Fine Arts, Generalist), 2) a resume, and 3) a 100-200 word response to the following prompt: How does your understanding of equity, inclusion, and social justice inform your approach to academic advising? For full consideration, applications should be received by April 9th, 2021. Review of applications will occur on a rolling basis and continue until the position is filled. Anticipated start is mid-May. All offers of employment are contingent on successful completion of the University’s Background Check Policy process. Southwestern University is an equal opportunity employer. EOE/M/F

Institution Information

Southwestern University offers competitive salary and benefits including health, dental, life, long term disability, retirement, 15-paid holidays, vacation, sick leave, tuition assistance, access to athletic facilities, free parking and discounted meal rates. Southwestern University is a selective, undergraduate institution committed to a broad-based liberal arts, sciences, and fine arts education. Southwestern University is deeply committed to fostering a diverse educational environment and especially encourages applications from members of groups traditionally under-represented in academia. For information concerning the University, visit our Web site at

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Required Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university
Relevant experience in higher education, academic office, advising, student development, or closely related area, with preference for experience in the discipline in which they will advise
 Demonstrated knowledge and experience in a theoretical foundation of student development and/or advising
Possess ability to work with and manage students of diverse backgrounds and age groups
General computer proficiency
 High level of energy, ambition, and orientation toward details
Strong problem-solving and time-management skills
Ability to work individually, as well as with others as a member of a team
Ability to respect the confidential nature of the work
Demonstrated leadership skills, including a strong work ethic
Willingness to adhere to the University’s core values
Possess excellent interaction and communication skills (verbal and written)
 Ability to attend work consistently in Georgetown, Texas
Ability and willingness to do occasional evening and weekend work

Preferred Qualifications

Attained or currently seeking a graduate degree in higher education, student affairs, or counseling
Experience using student success/retention software tools/platforms
Experience in assessment, data analysis, and student learning outcomes
 Experience with event planning and coordination
Experience in related position utilizing customer service skills