Job Positions

Academic Advisor

Categories: Northwest Region 8


Center for Student Success


Saint Martin's University

Date Posted:

Sep 17 2019 10:00PM

Close Date:

Open until filled

Position Description

The Academic Advisor for the Advising Center advises a diverse population of students on SMU programs and services in regards to their academic planning and progress 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 Advising Center for the University’s response to the academic Early Alert (EA) Program, tracks referrals and coordinates with campus partners to strengthen advising, implement intervention strategies, and collect data to assess the efficacy and effectiveness of the EA program. This is a 12-month, full-time position.


• Advise, mentor, and guide undergraduate 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 the Director of Advising Center and faculty leaders to develop advising best practices and procedures for students; assist with creating advising related materials and resources.
• Transition students to appropriate faculty advisors in their major area of study.
• Provide mid-term and semester reports on advisees, as appropriate, to the Director of Advising Center; 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

Apply online at: Upload (1) cover letter addressing your qualifications and experience; (2) a current resume; and (3) names and contact information for three references.

Institution Information

Saint Martin's University
5000 Abbey Way SE
Lacey, Washington 98503

Additional Information

Contact Information

Amy Stewart-Mailhiot


Required Qualifications

• Experience in academic advising and student success programs
• Experience working directly with undergraduate students; deep interest in supporting the development of •undergraduate students as they transition into university life
• Educational training or experience in program assessment
• Proficiency in Microsoft applications (MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint) and experience working with Student Information Systems (e.g., Power Campus, Banner)
• Excellent written and oral communication skills.
• Successfully pass a criminal background check.

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;
• Knowledge of successful intervention procedures, and advising/consulting techniques for students who are exploratory or who are experiencing academic difficulties;
• 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;
• 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;
• Must be supportive of a Catholic, Benedictine philosophy of education and be able to articulate and support the University’s mission statement