Job Positions

Academic Advisor

Categories: Mid South Region 3


Academic Advising Programs & Services / Exploratory Studies


NC State University

Date Posted:

Jan 13 2022 10:02AM

Close Date:

Jan 28 2022

Position Description

Academic Advising Programs and Services serves the University by providing quality, timely advising services and support to students in transition, and to advisors and faculty across campus. Students are served through virtual advising, walk-in advising, workshops and other programming, course offerings, and online resources. Through comprehensive work with students, staff, and faculty, Academic Advising Programs and Services facilitates student academic success, major selection, career development, and personal enrichment. The Exploratory Studies program in Academic Advising Programs and Services gives first time freshmen the opportunity to choose a major after a guided, structured process for major and career exploration and transition to the University. This is accomplished through one-on-one academic advising, the Exploratory Studies first year curriculum, experiential learning, and programming in the Exploratory Studies Village, emphasizing theoretical and practical methods of inquiry, guided reflection, engagement, assessment, and analysis. Through this process students gain the foundation for acquiring the knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary to make an informed decision on a major and become self reliant and productive citizens of an increasingly diverse community. Re-deciding students at the University have the opportunity to visit the unit’s walk-in advising or participate in the Inter-College Transfer (ICT) advising program. Academic Advising Programs and Services supports these students in the major and career decision process and provides ICT students an advising home until the student is able to successfully matriculate to a major. Academic Advising Programs and Services also coordinates special outreach for transfer students, international students, second year students, and students experiencing academic difficulty.


The Academic Advisor will be responsible for the following:
Provide quality cross-curricular academic advising to students, following a developmental philosophy of advising and NACADA Core Values. Academic advising is an intentional process designed to support students as they develop and pursue educational, career, and personal goals. The ultimate goal of the student-advisor partnership is for students to increase their personal agency and critical thinking skills, and apply both to their life choices in college and beyond.

Teach sections of the Exploratory Studies orientation courses each fall and spring, and/or other departmental offerings as assigned. The orientation courses focus on transition to college, academic success, major and career exploration, and diversity. Follow established Exploratory Studies curriculum and teaching guidelines and maintain a course website and grade book through NC State’s course management system. Exploratory Studies course sections for first-year students may be linked with a First Year Inquiry course and/or require collaborative work with a Resident Mentor or co instructor.

Participate in planning, implementation and support for curricular and co-curricular programs, working collaboratively with University partners, unit staff, students, and community members. Signature programs include the Majors Exploration Series, Majors and Minors Fair, Career Connections, and the Leadership Potential Retreat.

Outreach and Service:
Participate in the University community, particularly in ways strategic to the unit’s mission, including serving as a liaison to one or more colleges/offices and supporting departmental committee work, walk-in and ICT advising, University Open House, new and transfer student orientation, advisor training and development, and Exploratory Studies Visitation Days and other recruitment events.

Professional Development:
Actively seek professional development opportunities to maintain and improve knowledge and expertise in advising, teaching, diversity, technology for advising and teaching, and specialty areas.

Application Process

Institution Information

NC State University began as a land-grant institution grounded in agriculture and engineering. Today, we’re a leading public research university that excels across disciplines. NC State is a powerhouse in science, technology, engineering and math. We lead in agriculture, education, textiles, business and natural resources. We’re at the forefront of teaching and research in design, the humanities and the social sciences. And we’re home to one of the planet’s best colleges of veterinary medicine. Our more than 36,000 undergraduate and graduate students learn by doing. They pursue research and start new companies. They forge connections with top employers and serve local and global communities. And they enjoy an outstanding return on investment.

Additional Information

NC State University is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, status as an individual with a disability, or status as a protected veteran. If you have general questions about the application process, you may contact Human Resources at (919) 515-2135 or Individuals with disabilities requiring disability-related accommodations in the application and interview process, please call 919-515-3148. Final candidates are subject to criminal & sex offender background checks. Some vacancies also require credit or motor vehicle checks. Degree(s) must be obtained prior to start date in order to meet qualifications and receive credit. NC State University participates in E-Verify. Federal law requires all employers to verify the identity and employment eligibility of all persons hired to work in the United States.

Contact Information

Kimberly Cole,


Required Qualifications

Master’s degree in higher education, counseling, student development or closely related field and at least 3 – 5 years of academic advising or student services experience at the college level. Demonstrated ability to provide effective academic support services at the college level
Strong Teaching and or program development and delivery skills
Demonstrated understanding of developmental needs of college students
Effective interpersonal skills
Effective written and verbal communication skills

Preferred Qualifications

Experience advising first-year students, particularly exploratory/undecided students
Experience in advising and programming for special populations
Career advising (e.g., use of career assessments, working with exploratory students)
Teaching experience at the college level, particularly with first-year students
Use of outcomes assessment to inform decisions
Experience in using advising and teaching technology
Program planning