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Academic & Career Advisor

Categories: Northwest Region 8


Advising & Career Services


Portland State University

Date Posted:

Apr 14 2022 3:58PM

Close Date:

Jun 14 2022

Position Description

PSU is recruiting to fill five Academic and Career Advisor positions in Advising and Career Services in the following Pathways: Health, Sciences, and the Earth; Language, Culture, and Meaning; Urban, Public, and Global Affairs. You will be considered for all positions but have an opportunity to clarify your preferences for a particular Pathway in the future. The Academic and Career Advisor plays a key role in elevating student success. Portland State University is an access institution with a history of diversity and a desired focus on addressing racism, equity and inclusion. Academic and Career Services has adopted specific goals to combat inequity, which are identified in the ACS Anti-Racism Statement and Demands At This Link . The advisor has an important role in creating a campus climate that welcomes all students by engaging in culturally responsive advising and continuing education. The advisor helps design innovative solutions within the campus community of professional advisors. The advisor offers academic and career advising to prospective students, students in the pathway, and to students who are still exploring majors. Advising is enhanced through the advisor’s expert knowledge of advising principles, knowledge of program evaluation, assessment of learning and/or research methods and use of data to better understand student pathways and barriers to success. At Portland State, advising is a shared responsibility among faculty and professional advisors. To that end, the advisor’s work requires frequent face-to-face and online interaction with students, colleagues, supervisors, administrators and faculty.


All advisors will incorporate the following activities into their daily advising practice:
1. Meet with PSU prospective and current students, as well as alumni in individual advising appointments. Advises students on academics and career paths and addresses complex and ambiguous student issues and/or issues of a highly technical nature regarding degree completion, petitions, and university policy. May also include pre-professional and/or competitive (i.e., admission-only) programs
2. Initiate new methods for student advising and departmental procedures, or projects, including workshops and students’ resources based on in-depth knowledge of student needs, advising practices, principles and concepts
3. Act as lead in division wide policy development and multiphase implementation
4. Course planning and advising for complex academic requirements (Bachelors requirements, University Studies/Honors, Major, and all PSU-wide degree requirements). May also include pre-professional programs
5. Engage students at five advising milestones (mandatory advising, major confirmation advising, financial tools/resources, career development, graduation plan)
6. Use of EAB/Navigate for comprehensive/consistent note-taking and student support
7. Create academic plans
8. Proactively outreach to engage and support student success through a holistic advising approach
9. Advise students on Academic Standing issues
10. Provide support for students facing a wide range of complex academic and personal difficulties including explaining options and services and making referrals to Campus Resources: Learning Center, Disability Resource Center, Veterans Certification, Global Diversity and Inclusion, Women’s Resource Center, Queer Resource Center, Coordinated Assessment Response Education (C.A.R.E.), etc.
11. Assist students with academic and financial aid petitions
12. Assist students who are co-admitted with community colleges
13. Effectively handoff students changing majors outside of pathway
14. Mentor students on how to connect and engage with faculty
15. Help students connect with advisors in second major, a minor, and support services (e.g. TRIO, Athletics, etc.)
16. Engage in career discussions (exploring values, interests, skills, and connection to major)
17. Support students in exploring internship and other co-curricular opportunities
18. Discuss post-graduation plans (e.g. graduate school)

Application Process

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Institution Information

Portland State University is Oregon’s most affordable public research university, located in the heart of one of America’s most dynamic cities. Our mission to “let knowledge serve the city” reflects our dedication to turning ideas into action — in Portland and around the world. The city is our campus, giving students unmatched access to career connections, a vibrant cultural scene and hands-on learning experiences with hundreds of community partners. More than 27,000 students from all backgrounds bring diverse perspectives to our classrooms and campus life, from the tree-lined Park Blocks to the bustling Urban Plaza and state-of-the-art science labs. We are proud of our world-class faculty, groundbreaking research and international reputation for excellence in sustainability, community engagement and innovation. For more information about Advising & Career Services please go to

Additional Information

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Required Qualifications


BA/BS + 3 years related experience
Demonstrated ability to advise students on PSU major and degree requirements; analyze, synthesize and explain complex University processes/procedures and graduation requirements in various modalities: in-person, online, via phone, etc.
Demonstrated skill in using technology and analytics in the provision of services to students (Examples include Banner Student Information System, EAB’s Navigate advising platform and early alert systems)
Experience and understanding of the unique challenges facing diverse student populations
Experience applying an anti-racist lens in work with students, faculty, and staff
Effective communication skills in one-on-one interactions, in small groups, and in public presentations; experience developing written communications
 Ability to adapt responses to changing priorities and unusual circumstances. Frequent requirement to make decisions and balance priorities
Ability to work a flexible schedule, as needed (this may include occasional work on evenings and weekends)

Preferred Qualifications

Preferred Qualifications
 Master’s + 1 year related experience
Working knowledge of advising and retention strategies
Experience using data to better understand the student experience and barriers to success
Experience providing information on job search strategies and advise students in decision-making processes related to choice of majors and careers
Knowledge of/experience with program evaluation, assessment of learning, and/or research methods
Multilingual Key Cultural Competencies
Creates an environment that acknowledges, encourages and celebrates differences. Functions and communicates effectively and respectfully within the context of varying beliefs, behaviors, orientations, identities and cultural backgrounds. Seeks opportunities to gain experience working and collaborating in diverse, multicultural, and inclusive settings with a willingness to change for continual improvement Adheres to all PSU’s policies including the policies on Prohibited Discrimination & Harassment and the Professional Standards of Conduct.