Job Positions

Academic Advisors, Full-time

Categories: Northeast Region 1


Startegic Initative and Planning


SUNY Schenectady County Community College

Date Posted:

Sep 3 2021 10:33AM

Close Date:

Oct 11 2021

Position Description

The Academic Advisor is a member of the Strategic Initiative & Planning Unit and reports directly to the Director of Academic Advisement and Retention in a 12-month, full-time capacity. The Academic Advisor will be assigned a caseload of students who they will provide comprehensive and intrusive advisement for throughout the academic year. The Academic Advisor will be responsible to ensure that their assigned caseload receives guidance during the semester regarding curriculum planning and will also utilize Degree Works and Starfish to provide any needed intervention. The Academic Advisor will assist all students in academic planning related to the students' chosen program of study. The advisor will also convey and interpret SUNY Schenectady's rules and regulations, academic prerequisites, programs, majors and courses of study. The advisor will assist students to define and develop realistic educational, career and transfer plans. To do so the Academic Advisor will provide curriculum planning for students to include registration of summer/winter coursework (if appropriate) to ensure each student has an up-to-date academic plan through graduation. The Academic Advisor plays an integral role in the College's efforts towards student success, retention and graduation. The Academic Advisor will advocate for student educational achievement to the highest attainable standard, support student goals, and uphold the educational mission of the college. The advisor will proactively contact and be available for student advisees on a regular basis. The advisor will serve as a member of student success team to ensure engagement, advocacy, and support of SUNY Schenectady students.


*Assists current and prospective students regarding academic planning, program and course selection, and scheduling
*Advises students on academic, career and personal issues; identifies the educational and career options appropriate for each student and assists with the analysis of each option, including possible outcomes and their implications; if needed, refers student to various campus resources; sets up an action plan for the student to explore alternative careers and related majors
*Identifies options for student to satisfy degree requirements; evaluates and makes recommendations while assisting students with persistence and completion
*Become knowledgeable about college policies and procedures and requirements.
*Monitors academic progress of students; refers students to appropriate campus sources for assistance; collaborate with Success Team members to address concerns of academic risk as needed
*Maintains student files and records; documents all pertinent student information; updates computerized information system regarding changes to student status *Interprets and explains college policies and procedures and requirements *Assists in recruitment of potential students by advising them of general academic requirements; describes courses; disseminates information regarding registration policies and procedures
*Assists students with admission and registration/provides guidance in course selection in keeping with the student's interests, values and abilities
*Clearly articulate Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) and the process of Academic Warning, Dismissal and the process of applying for readmission
*Cover the hours assigned in the Advising Center; which will include day and/or evening hours and various weekends *Work collaboratively with the entire advising team while serving as a productive member of their Division and the College
*Keep abreast of current issues and trends in higher education to provide excellent student service through articulation and implementation of a student-centered philosophy
*Ensures students understand SUNY seamless transfer pathways and articulation agreements and provide transfer advisement as necessary
*Utilizes and manages technology including but not limited to Banner, Degree Works, and Starfish.
*Utilize Starfish to assist with caseload management, including providing student outreach based on tracking items and success plans.
*Recognize and respect students' diverse backgrounds
*Participate in prospective student and first year programs including Orientation, First Year Seminar and recruitment initiatives; present academic information to new students and parents
*All other duties as assigned by the Director of Academic Advising and Retention.

Application Process

To Apply Submit:
Cover letter addressing qualifications
Copy of unofficial (or copy of official) transcript for required degree earned and date conferred or program in progress Contact information for 3 professional references, with at least one reference being a current or former manager (please note - only the 3 references listed in your Interview Exchange application file can be considered and contacted)

Institution Information

SUNY Schenectady County Community College (SUNY Schenectady) is one of the State University of New York's finest two-year colleges located in upstate New York's vibrant and growing Capital Region, with easy access to Boston, NYC, the Adirondack and Catskill Mountains, Montreal and scenic Hudson Valley, all of which are just a few hours away. SUNY Schenectady is a premier college that provides quality, comprehensive education for transfer, career, training and workforce development to a diverse population in a student centered environment. The College offers more than 50 transfer and career programs in science, aviation, culinary, music, and liberal arts, and serves more than 5,000 students. SUNY Schenectady County Community College offers an excellent benefit package including health care with dental and vision coverage, a choice of retirement systems, a deferred compensation benefit, an on-site child care program and Montessori School, professional development opportunities, and health club membership. We take pride in being an urban campus with a small town feel.

Additional Information

Offers of employment will be conditional based on the successful completion of a background check. NONDISCRIMINATION
SUNY Schenectady County Community College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, veteran status, gender or gender identify, disability, or age in admissions, employment, programs and activities. As an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer with a commitment to promoting an environment of equality, inclusion, and respect for difference, SCCC encourages candidates who can contribute to this goal to apply.

The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, or Clery Act, mandates that all Title IV institutions, without exception, prepare, publish and distribute an Annual Security Report. This report consists of two basic parts: disclosure of the College's crime statistics for the past three years; and the availability regarding the College's current campus security policies. SUNY Schenectady County Community College's Annual Security Report is available here.

Contact Information

Miriam Cajuste, Human Resources & Diversity Manager
Mailing Address
Office of Human Resources
SUNY Schenectady
78 Washington Avenue
Schenectady, NY 12305


Required Qualifications

*Must be able to work select evenings and weekend hours during which the Advisement Center is open.
*Experience working with various standard computer software programs (i.e. Excel, Banner, Access, and Word). *A Bachelor's degree, and
*One year of professional experience, or the equivalent, in secondary or post-secondary education.

Preferred Qualifications

*A Master's degree
*Experience working in a community college setting and prior academic advisement experience preferred
*Experience with technology; Banner, DegreeWorks, and/or retention software, i.e. Starfish