Job Positions

Academic Advisor (Nursing)

Categories: Northwest Region 8


Center for Student Success


Saint Martin's University

Date Posted:

Jun 24 2021 1:00PM

Close Date:

Open until filled

Position Description

The Academic Advisor for the Nursing Department advises a diverse population of in regards to their academic planning and progress through the Nursing program by utilizing professional advising and guidance skills. Responsible for working directly with students in interpreting and explaining university academic policies and procedures in an effort to help individuals select, outline, and achieve educational and developmental goals. In addition, the Academic Advisor collaborates with the Director of Nursing to strengthen advising, implement intervention strategies, and create relevant programming.


*Advise, mentor, and guide undergraduate nursing students.
* Participate in new student orientation, and advising and registration days. Work collaboratively with various campus programs and personnel to promote student academic success.
* Assist with the Early Alert Program and assist students, as appropriate, in developing individualized academic improvement plans; help students plan a course of study and navigate administrative structures.
* Work closely with members of the Advising Center team and nursing faculty leaders to develop advising best practices and procedures for students; assist with creating advising related materials and resources.
* Provide mid-term and semester reports on advisees, as appropriate, to the Director of Nursing and the Dean of Library & Student Success; generate end-of-semester reports; participate in annual assessment processes.
* Represent the Center for Student Success at campus visits, new student orientation programs, and on campus committees.
* Attend to professional growth as a key member within the Center for Student Success and sustain an unwavering commitment to empowering SMU students for academic success; undertake other duties as assigned.

Application Process

Institution Information

Ranked by Niche as the second (#2) most diverse private college in Washington State in 2020, Saint Martin’s is extremely proud of our student diversity. Our university treasures persons of all abilities, ages, ethnicities, genders, nationalities, orientations, races, and religions. In particular, we know that students educated in an ethnically diverse setting perform better academically and reap greater professional success than their peers from more homogeneous learning environments. We proudly celebrate that our student population is 51% undergraduate and 32% graduate students of color. We are committed to pursuing an employee community that reflects a similar, if not the same percentage. Therefore, we intentionally encourage and request that members of historically underrepresented groups apply to join this community. All of us, from all backgrounds, are making a commitment to do and be better for our students, faculty, and staff. Established in 1895, Saint Martin’s University serves as the educational mission of Saint Martin’s Abbey. The Abbey is a Catholic Benedictine monastery, whose members pray, work, and live together on the University campus. As the mission is Catholic and Benedictine, one of our values is a spirit of hospitality welcoming all, regardless of an individual’s faith, religion, or spirituality.

Additional Information

Contact Information

Amy Stewart-Mailhiot, Dean, Library & Student Success,


Required Qualifications


* Bachelor’s degree and two (2) years advising experience OR Master’s degree and one (1) year of advising or related experience in higher education.
* Successfully pass a criminal background check.
* Excellent written and oral communication skills.

Preferred Qualifications

* Possess a strong commitment to diversity and inclusion; commitment to multicultural and international inclusiveness in the classroom and workplace; the mission of the Center for Student Success; and to the Catholic, Benedictine philosophy of educating the whole person;
* Experience in academic advising and student success programs;
* Knowledge of successful intervention procedures, and advising/consulting techniques for students who are exploratory or who are experiencing academic difficulties;
* Experience working directly with a diverse population of undergraduate students; deep interest in supporting the development of undergraduate students as they transition into university life;
* Knowledge of or experience with a variety of effective interventions to assist students in developing effective learning strategies for academic success at the university level;
* Ability to work individually with students to develop an academic plan for their time at SMU and beyond;
* Knowledge of campus-wide student support resources and ability to make effective referrals;
* Educational training or experience in program assessment;
* Ability to work independently with minimal supervision;
* Demonstrated ability to communicate and work effectively with individuals regardless of their status (e.g., faculty, staff, students), including those who are experiencing a stressful situation;
* Ability to organize and prioritize tasks while upholding high customer service standards;
* Proficiency in Microsoft applications (MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint) and experience working with Student Information Systems (e.g., Power Campus, Banner)