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Academic Advisor

Categories: Northwest Region 8


College of Forestry


Oregon State University

Date Posted:

Jul 29 2021 10:17AM

Close Date:

Aug 22 2021

Position Description

The College of Forestry (COF) is one of OSU’s 11 colleges, comprised of three departments offering undergraduate and graduate degrees to a student body of approximately 1300 students. As the top-ranked University-level Forestry program in the country, it is a primary resource for information on forest-related issues and education. This advisor will provide academic advising to students in the Natural Resources major. Advising assignments can include students from the Corvallis campus and online learners. Advising assignments are by major, and can be adjusted to include other COF majors (Renewable Materials, Forestry, Forest Engineering, Forest/Civil Engineering, and/or Tourism, Recreation & Adventure Leadership) if student headcount changes. The incumbent reports to the Manager of Advising & Academic Relations/Head Advisor. All duties include working with diverse student populations representing a variety of backgrounds, needs, and skills. Important aspects of the work include developmental advising, strong written and oral communication skills, attention to detail, technical skills, and frequent contact and collaboration with other units within the College and at the University.


- Provide one-on-one academic advising for undergraduate and post-baccalaureate students, both Corvallis-based and Ecampus (online).
This includes:
Help students match their personal strengths and interests with opportunities within the University curriculum in general (and COF degree programs in particular); develop a sense of purpose in their undergraduate education; overcome problems that hinder their academic experience; integrate their education, career and life plans; concentrate attention on developing skills (communication, problem solving); avoid or overcome administrative barriers; and understand and complete requirements.
When applicable, guide students through the timely development and approval process for Individualized Specialty Options within their Natural Resources degree.
Advise on course selection, prerequisite requirements, and registration procedures to facilitate students’ timely degree completion.
Collaborate with COF and OSU colleagues to refer students to resources to support their success (examples include Academic Success Center, Cultural Resource Centers, Counseling & Psychological Services, Student Health Services, Disability Access Services, Military & Veteran Services, Career Development Center, Human Services Resource Center, Financial Aid, etc.).
Assist students in academic difficulty (Academic Warning, Probation, or Suspension) in constructing success plans.
Clarify and interpret college and university policies and procedures to assist students in decision-making.
 Participate on curriculum committees to assess/recommend changes to curriculum and impacts to graduation requirements.
Provide letters of recommendation for students enrolled in, or graduated from, the College of Forestry.
Complete NCAA compliance audits for COF student athletes as needed.
Utilize software and information systems such as DegreeWorks, OnBase document management, Student Online Services, Banner Student Information System, etc. to assist students and document their progress.

- Maintain accurate, secure, and up-to-date student records and notes.
Apply transfer coursework as it pertains to the degree requirements.
Track student progress through the program using OSU’s degree audit system.
Conduct preliminary and final degree audits for students approaching graduation.

- Participate in college and university committees, task forces, or work groups as appropriate and approved by the Head Advisor.
Attend and participate in meetings, conferences, and seminars when professional development opportunities are made available.
Other duties as assigned.

Application Process

Applications must be submitted online. Position details and application information can be found:

Institution Information

Additional Information

This position is based on OSU's campus in Corvallis, Oregon. This is not a remote position.

Contact Information

Nicole Kent, Manager of Advising & Academic Relations OSU College of Forestry


Required Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree in discipline of choice
Two years of academic advising experience or two years of of education, experience, and training working with college students on issues such as advising, academic success, academic coaching, counseling, orientation, student support services, or retention
 Technical skills and experience with software for word processing, spreadsheets, database management, information management, and electronic tools that might be used to advise online students (e.g. video-conferencing, online forms and workflows, digital documents)
Strong communication skills – written, oral, and interpersonal – for effective communication with students, colleagues, and campus partners
Demonstrated success supporting students from different backgrounds and experiences (including but not limited to transfer students, military-connected students, student parents, students of color, students with disabilities)
Demonstrated attention to detail and ability to maintain student records accurately and with confidentiality Demonstrated initiative in organizing information, preparing advising materials, and communicating with stakeholders (e.g. other advisors, college leadership, faculty, staff, students)
Problem-solving skills
Ability to work independently as well as being a contributing member of the team
This position is designated as a critical or security-sensitive position; therefore, the incumbent must successfully complete a Criminal History Check and be determined to be qualified as per OAR 576-055-0000 et seq. Incumbents are required to self-report convictions and those in Youth Programs may have additional Criminal History Checks every 24 months

Preferred Qualifications

Master’s degree in Academic Advising, College Student Services, Higher Education Administration, Education, Counseling, or similar discipline ? Experience advising online students
Experience with student information systems (e.g. Banner, CORE, Web for Advisors) and/or degree audit systems.
Education or experience in the fields of forestry, natural resources, recreation, renewable materials, or a related discipline
Five years of experience working with college students on issues such as advising, academic success, academic coaching, counseling, orientation, student support services, or retention.