Job Positions

Academic Advisor

Categories: Northeast Region 1




University of Southern Maine

Date Posted:

Feb 5 2021 1:15PM

Close Date:

Feb 28 2021

Position Description

Do you want to help individuals achieve their educational, career, and personal goals? Do you aspire to work with an Advising team that is nationally recognized for excellence? The University of Southern Maine (USM) is seeking applicants for a full-time Academic Advisor who is dedicated to student success and our ‘Student Focused Every Day’ service promise. We are looking for someone who has demonstrated experience supporting underrepresented students, values our teaching and learning approach to advising, embraces developmental academic advising, and has a passion for equity and inclusion. Each new advisor experiences a team-based onboarding experience, including a mentor, as they learn the many facets of the position. USM is located in Portland Maine’s metro area that is home to over half a million people with a lively, livable community including an urban hotspot, nationally known for its arts and culture, outdoor recreation, beautiful beaches, and amazing food. Advising at USM has an “advising as teaching and learning” philosophy. Advisors work in partnership with faculty advisors/mentors and other members of the institution to ensure the student is supported in all aspects critical to the student’s success, including services related to orientation, registration, core curriculum, assessment of learning and degree planning. The Advisor facilitates student engagement in academic and early career planning activities, and the life of the university by employing a strengths-based advising approach grounded in student development theory. The Advisor serves as the primary contact for students from matriculation to junior status and is a resource through graduation for undergraduate students and as a resource for all graduate students.


This position is responsible for providing direct academic advising and support to students (online and face-to-face) through academic and early career planning, learning strategy support, graduation planning, and monitoring student progress toward degree. A primary purpose of this position is to enhance the student experience and contribute to improved retention and graduation rates for USM students. Demonstrated experience in working effectively with diverse student populations and first generation students is required. The Advisor will be involved in departmental committees such as Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, Assessment, Strategic Communication, Professional Development, etc. to assist in the growth of the department as well as provide educational opportunities to the USM academic advising community. In addition, this position will utilize best practices to support first generation and economically disadvantaged students and students from historically underrepresented populations. Candidates should expect to work in a fast-paced environment; learn and communicate continually changing and detailed information and maintain accurate, up-to-date student records for a large caseload. This person requires collaboration with advisors, faculty, and success partners across the institution to create a welcoming and supportive network for students. We are the University of Everyone – committed to building a culturally diverse team of leaders, faculty and staff. We welcome applicants who are multilingual. Women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply.

Application Process

Apply online at You will need to create an applicant profile and complete an application. You will need to upload a cover letter, statement of advising philosophy including the importance of diversity, equity, and inclusion as well as how your experience would support underrepresented students, resume/curriculum vitae, and a list of the names and contact information for three references. All required materials must be submitted by February 28, 2021. We are not able to consider applicants who require Visa sponsorship support. Appropriate background screening will be conducted for the successful candidate. The University of Southern Maine is an EEO/AA employer, and does not discriminate on the grounds of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, transgender status, gender expression, national origin, citizenship status, age, disability, genetic information or veteran’s status in employment, education, and all other programs and activities. For inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies, please contact: Equal Opportunity Office, 101 North Stevens Hall, University of Maine, Orono, ME 04469-5754, 207.581.1226, TTY 711 (Maine Relay System).

Institution Information

USM is the comprehensive regional and urban institution in the University of Maine System which is comprised of five academic units on three campuses. The Portland campus is located in Maine’s largest city (population 66,000), within a thriving economic and cultural region of the state, on beautiful Casco Bay. Gorham is 10 miles from downtown Portland in the midst of scenic New England countryside. Lewiston-Auburn is located midway between the coast and the mountains, 30 minutes north of Portland. Located a two-hour car drive north of Boston, Portland offers a low crime rate, lack of congestion, excellent cultural and outdoor activities, and a beautiful setting, just minutes from both beautiful sandy beaches and the famous rocky coast of Maine. The University has an institution-wide commitment to inclusion, diversity, multiculturalism, and community. We actively engage in recruiting a diverse workforce and strive to build and sustain a welcoming and supportive campus environment. USM provides outstanding leadership opportunities for people interested in promoting and enhancing diversity, nurturing creativity and building community. The University is committed to student success, active learning, and community engagement.

Additional Information

Pay & Benefits:
The salary for this position is $45,045 (non-negotiable). The University of Southern Maine provides a highly competitive benefits package that includes: holidays, vacation and sick time; health, dental and vision insurance; life insurance; short and long term disability insurance; a tuition waiver program for employee and eligible dependents; a 403(b) retirement plan; and more.

Schedule: The schedule for this position is Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Nights and weekends as needed.
This position will be based on our USM Portland Campus (travel to other USM campuses in Portland/Gorham/Lewiston-Auburn may be required, as well as some other in-state travel as necessary). Want to know more about employment, benefits and local resources? Our Employment webpage has additional information to help you become more familiar with developing a new career at USM as well as exploring everything the greater Southern Maine area has to offer.

Contact Information

Apply online at


Required Qualifications

Baccalaureate degree. Minimum of three years of related experience with a minimum of one year experience in an academic and/or career advising environment.

Preferred Qualifications

Master's Degree or progress toward a Master’s degree with expectation of completion within one year. Experience as an Academic Advisor for students.