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Academic Advisor (Dept. Biological Sciences) 21008458

Categories: Mid Atlantic Region 2


Biological Sciences


University of Pittsburgh

Date Posted:

Dec 9 2021 2:05PM

Close Date:

Feb 9 2022

Position Description

The Department of Biological Sciences in the Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences has an opening for an academic advisor. We seek positive, conscientious, student-centered individuals to help prepare students for lives of impact by connecting them with educational experiences tailored to their specific goals and needs. The Biological Sciences team advise our 1600 students who have declared a major in one of six degree programs: Biochemistry, Biological Sciences, Computational Biology, Ecology and Evolution, Microbiology, or Molecular Biology. Our advisees are from a variety of backgrounds including underrepresented minority, first generation, and international students, and are interested in admission to medical school and/or careers in the health sciences or industry, as well as a variety of research based graduate programs. This position requires patience, flexibility, energy, and a sincere desire to assist students with appropriate course selection, degree planning, and development of academic and career goals. Academic advisors must be committed advocates for a diverse student body and successfully build and foster inclusive relationships with students and colleagues. Please discuss your experiences working with these student groups in your cover letter. Organizational and communication skills, timeliness, and cooperation and collaboration in a team environment are essential. Successful candidates must demonstrate the ability to prioritize and manage multiple simultaneous demands, inclusive of balancing a sizeable caseload of students with administrative, creative, and/or project driven responsibilities.


Academic advisors may participate in and assist with the planning and implementation of unit and/or University-sponsored activities, including, but not limited to:
· Engage in ongoing professional development to provide up- to-date and comprehensive information to students
· Assist in updating promotional materials and forms
· Assist in planning and administering special events
· Compile statistics and manage databases
· Certify students for graduation
· Assist with curricular initiatives
· Assist with other advising projects as required
· Meet with prospective students

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Required Qualifications

An ability to understand and appreciate the perspectives of various communities, including communities of color, is a must. The Dietrich School hires individuals who foster and promote an inclusive workplace where:
· Diversity and individual differences are valued
· All individuals are treated with respect
· Collaborative working relationships with people of all different backgrounds are built
· Equitable treatment and opportunity for all individuals is a priority.

Preferred Qualifications

A Master’s degree and 1-2 years of working with diverse student populations in a higher education setting is preferred. A Bachelor’s Degree and six years of advising/student service experience may be substituted for the master’s degree requirement. Preferred qualifications are a background in biology, a Master’s degree in a relevant field, and 1-2 years experience working with students in an advisory, supervisory, or mentoring manner. The University of Pittsburgh is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and values equality of opportunity, human dignity and diversity. EOE, including disability/vets