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Academic Advisor

Categories: Northeast Region 1


Academic Services


Brandeis University

Date Posted:

Dec 3 2019 10:00PM

Close Date:

Feb 3 2020

Position Description

Brandeis University seeks to hire an Academic Advisor to join the Office of Academic Services. This position provides guidance to undergraduate students relative to their personal and academic goals, interests, and concerns. Responsible for a caseload of approximately 500-600 students, academic advisors work with students in all class years and in all undergraduate majors. Academic advisors uphold academic policies, and collaborate with faculty and staff across campus to support students’ wellbeing and academic success. Academic Services is home to Academic Advising, Pre-Health Advising, Academic Fellowships, Student Accessibility Support, Student Services Support Program (SSSP), and the Myra Kraft Transitional Year Program (MKTYP). It is an innovative, fast-paced, and highly-collaborative department with a strong commitment to diversity and inclusion. Academic Services seeks to promote the growth of students as scholars and citizens through comprehensive advising and support.


Provide holistic, developmentally-appropriate guidance and support for undergraduate students at every stage of their college career. Special attention is given to the following populations: students on academic probation, students returning from a (health) leave of absence, transfer students, students receiving mid-semester unsatisfactory grades, etc. Establish strong working relationships with students and assist them in developing and achieving academic goals as part of meeting retention and graduation objectives of Brandeis University. Counsel students regarding course planning, major/minor options, academic resources and opportunities, graduation requirements, and university policies and culture. Refer students to (and collaborate with) campus partners - such as Registrar’s Office, Brandeis Counseling Center, Health Center, Dean of Students, CARE Team, Study Abroad, International Students and Scholars Office, Student Financial Services, Hiatt Career Center, Department of Community Living - as part of a holistic advising strategy. Regularly correspond with faculty about students' academic progress, especially those on academic probation. Be available to parents and families, within the bounds of FERPA, to support students' academic progress. Maintain accurate records of advising sessions in Advisortrac. Process change of status for students withdrawing or taking a leave of absence, and work closely with students looking to convert their status to a health leave of absence. Collaborate with campus partners to develop creative programming and advising initiatives. Expected to create innovative models that bridge university departments. Serve as a voting member of the Executive Council (EXCO) where routine exceptions to academic policies are made. Prepares and presents student petitions to the Committee on Academic Standing (COAS), which reviews non-routine exceptions to academic policies, petitions for students who earn unsatisfactory grades, and petitions for students returning from a leave of absence or withdrawal. Support Brandeis Undergraduate Group Study (BUGS), Roosevelt Fellows (peer academic advisors), or the Independent Interdisciplinary Major (IIM) program as a secondary assignment.

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Contact Information

Brian Koslowski, Director of Academic Advising,, 781-736-3468


Required Qualifications

Master’s degree required. 3-5 years of total work-related experience. Minimum 1-3 years of experience directly advising, teaching, and/or counseling college-aged populations, or 0 years of experience advising but 4-5 years of experience in higher education (Admissions, Student Life, Residence Life, etc).

Preferred Qualifications

Demonstrated ability to successfully work with diverse populations, identities, and backgrounds. Must have strong interpersonal and organizational skills, and be able to work as part of a team within Academic Services and university departments. Background in program planning and program evaluation strongly preferred. Familiarity with PC computers and knowledge of Microsoft suite programs.