Job Positions

Academic and Career Advisor - Job No. 516540

Categories: Mid Atlantic Region 2


Engineering Education


Virginia Tech

Date Posted:

Jul 19 2021 10:30AM

Close Date:

Sep 19 2021

Position Description

The Academic and Career Advisor helps students with analyzing interests and abilities, choosing a major, changing majors, selecting courses, meeting requirements, and succeeding academically.


The following duties are customary for this position, but are not to be interpreted as all-inclusive:
- Provide academic and career advising services to approximately 350-700 engineering students
- Deliver accurate information and advice to students about majors/minors and course options
- Identify educational and career options appropriate for each student and assist with the analysis of each option, including possible outcomes and their implications
- Monitor academic progress of students and determine satisfactory progress toward transferring to an undergraduate degree granting program
- Identify current and potential needs or problem areas (e.g. study skills, tutoring, counseling) and refer students to appropriate campus resources for assistance
- Support class scheduling, enrollment, and systems related to class registration
- Maintain student files and records; document all pertinent student information
- Interpret and explain college and university policies and procedures
- Participate in recruiting activities for the university, college, and department, including but not limited to new student orientation, new student welcome, change of major information sessions, engineering open house, course request group advising, plan of study workshops, etc
- Communicate in a highly professional manner with department faculty, university administrators, researchers, staff, students, and campus visitors
- Work effectively with a diverse population, including students, faculty, and staff
- Other duties as assigned

Application Process

The successful Candidate will be required to have a criminal conviction check. Please include the following documents with your application:
1. resume or curriculum vita
2. cover letter
3. name and contact information for three professional references
4. philosophy statement on working with first year students

Institution Information

About Virginia Tech Dedicated to its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), Virginia Tech pushes the boundaries of knowledge by taking a hands-on, transdisciplinary approach to preparing scholars to be leaders and problem-solvers. A comprehensive land-grant institution that enhances the quality of life in Virginia and throughout the world, Virginia Tech is an inclusive community dedicated to knowledge, discovery, and creativity. The university offers more than 280 majors to a diverse enrollment of more than 36,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students in eight undergraduate colleges, a school of medicine, a veterinary medicine college, Graduate School, and Honors College. The university has a significant presence across Virginia, including the Innovation Campus in Northern Virginia; the Health Sciences and Technology Campus in Roanoke; sites in Newport News and Richmond; and numerous Extension offices and research centers. A leading global research institution, Virginia Tech conducts more than $500 million in research annually. Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, or applicants on the basis of age, color, disability, sex (including pregnancy), gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, or veteran status, or otherwise discriminate against employees or applicants who inquire about, discuss, or disclose their compensation or the compensation of other employees or applicants, or on any other basis protected by law.

Additional Information

If you are an individual with a disability and desire an accommodation, please contact Dr. Marlena Lester at during regular business hours at least 10 business days prior to the event.

Contact Information

Apply online at: Contact: Dr. Marlena Lester at


Required Qualifications

- Master’s degree in engineering, educational administration, student development, or related field from an accredited university
- Academic advising experience, classroom instructional experience, counseling and/or other relevant experience
- Educational planning, and/or programming experience at the college level
- Exceptional interpersonal communication skills with the ability to develop and deliver public speeches with confidence to large and small groups
- Demonstrated advanced computer skills, particularly related to data management, and proficiency with the Microsoft Office suite of applications
- Knowledge of mechanisms of student retention, student development theories, career development strategies, and recruitment strategies
- Excellent organizational skills, creativity, flexibility, and self-motivation
- Must be able to work effectively in both a team environment and independently, with sensitivity to cultural and ethnic differences
- Ability to maintain confidentiality in accordance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)
- Ability to handle a large number of inquiries by phone, email, and in person while maintaining a professional and mature demeanor
- Must enjoy working with students in a higher education setting

Preferred Qualifications

Professional academic advising experience in a higher education setting
- Familiarity with student information systems
- Experience with first-year students