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Academic Advisor/Retention Specialist

Categories: South Central Region 7


McQueary College of Health and Human Services


Missouri State University

Date Posted:

Mar 29 2021 2:02PM

Close Date:

Apr 12 2021

Position Description

The Academic Advisor/Retention Specialist – McQueary College of Health and Human Services (MCHHS) functions as a member of the MCHHS Student Success and Advisement Center staff by assisting MCHHS undergraduate students with the development of academic plans of study appropriate for their stated educational goals, supporting the retention efforts of the College by providing personalized student mentoring, and connecting students to appropriate University resources unique to their needs. The Academic Advisor/Retention Specialist – MCHHS assists with the summer Student Orientation, Advisement, and Registration program (SOAR) and participates in College and University recruitment events as needed. The Academic Advisor/Retention Specialist – MCHHS may also be responsible for teaching designated courses designed to orient students to the College and University as part of proactive advisement activities.


Provide academic advisement to students majoring or minoring in a discipline in the McQueary College of Health and Human Services (MCHHS); work closely with at-risk students to help better connect them to resources on campus, to help them create reasonable and realistic academic plans of study, and help them explore appropriate academic/professional pathways; assist MCHHS transfer students as they make their transition to the University; provide support to the retention efforts of the College; assist with recruitment events on- and off-campus, which may include presenting to large groups of parents and students; possibly serve as an advisor during the Student Orientation, Advisement, and Registration (SOAR) program over the summer; possibly teach courses designed to orient students to MCHHS and the University; create and maintain advisee academic files; utilize the advising notes feature to accurately document academic recommendations and discussions; participate in professional development activities to remain competent and informed of the most effective advisement techniques; achieve and maintain Master Advisor status; contribute to an environment that encourages knowledge of, respect for, and development of skills to engage with those of other cultures or backgrounds; contribute to the overall success of the MCHHS Advisement Center and its initiatives by performing all other duties and responsibilities as assigned.

Application Process

First date of consideration will be April 12, 2021 and review of applications will continue until the position is filled. Unofficial transcripts documenting academic degrees – undergraduate and graduate – must be submitted as part of the application. Official transcripts will be required at time of hire.
Applicant Documents Required Documents
Cover Letter
Unofficial Transcripts - 1 Statement on Diversity and Inclusion Optional Documents
Other Documents -1 Unofficial Transcripts -2 Unofficial Transcripts -3

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Required Qualifications

Experience: At least one year of full-time, professional work experience in higher education is required.

Skills: Strong verbal and written communications skills are required. Excellent interpersonal skills, including conflict management and working collaboratively as part of a team, are required. Computer literacy, including word processing and database management, are required. Excellent organizational and time management skills are required. Interest in and the ability to learn about the disciplines in the McQueary College of Health and Human Services is required. The ability to develop knowledge of, respect for, and skills to engage with those of other cultures or backgrounds is required.

Other: The scope of the position requires occasional weekend and evening work particularly during scheduled advisement/registration periods. Occasional travel is required to recruitment events; a valid driver’s license and proof of automobile insurance is required. This position occasionally transports recruitment materials and/or displays weighing up to twenty-five pounds to events both on and off campus; a rolling cart is available to assist with the transfer of materials from vehicle to venue. The ability to load and unload the cart and materials is required. This position sets up recruitment displays unassisted.

Preferred Qualifications

Education: A Bachelor’s degree is required; a Master’s degree is preferred.
Experience in academic advisement in higher education is preferred. Extensive knowledge of the University, its requirements, and regulations is preferred.