Job Positions

Academic and Career Advisor

Categories: Great Lakes Region 5


Student Success and Career Development


Otterbein University

Date Posted:

Mar 3 2021 2:57PM

Close Date:

April 12 2021

Position Description

Academic and Career Advisor is responsible for supporting the function of Student Success and Career Development by serving as the generalist advisor in the office.


ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following. Other duties may be assigned.
Career Advising
Provide career coaching/advising with undergraduate and graduate students and alumni including career assessments (Focus2), major and career exploration, resume/cover letter development, internship/job opportunities, practice interviews, graduate school application advice as well as professional skill development through scheduled and walk-in appointments with individuals and groups.
Conduct virtual career coaching/advising sessions with students and alumni using email, phone, and/or video conferencing technology as needed.
Refer students/alumni to appropriate resources on campus and within the community.
Promote SSCD services, resources, and events.
Facilitate workshops on a variety of career and professional development topics.
Assist with logistics and execution of events and programs.
Academic Advising Provide one-time advising for students who visit the Student Success and Career Development (through referrals, walk-ins, etc.)
This requires maintaining knowledge of Otterbein course catalogs, course offerings and advising technology
Assist with the incoming student advising process through assistance with summer scheduling and orientation programs (traditional, transfer and adult).
All advising relationships and contacts should be accurate and timely.

Student Retention
Provide outreach assistance to students identified at-risk (examples include, but are not limited to those referred through the Financial Aid appeals process, Academic Probation, Conditional Admittance, etc.)
Support retention initiatives within the office such as outreach to non-registered students, meeting with students considering transferring and following up with students who have left the University.

General Office
Serve as a member of the Student Success and Career Development team. Communicate and cooperate with team members on a daily basis. Support office functions as needed, such as event/program planning and execution, student staff support, and coverage of office in absence of other staff.


Application Process

Apply on-line at

Institution Information

UNIVERSITY SUMMARY: Historically progressive and building. That is the hallmark of Otterbein University and those connected to this private university nestled in the picturesque, historic Uptown Westerville district in central Ohio and minutes away from Columbus, Ohio’s largest city. Otterbein has set the pace by providing an educational experience that is progressive, innovative, and inclusive. Students come from towns throughout Ohio, as well as many states and multiple countries, enriching the campus through their individual and collective diversity. As a university that educates students of various racial, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds, we strive for and value a diverse faculty and staff that reflects our student population and Franklin County. Otterbein has been selected as one of 23 universities across the US and the first in Ohio to host a Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation Campus Center. Otterbein will work with its own campus community as well as the Columbus City and Westerville City school districts to create positive narrative change about race; promote racial healing activities; and erase structural barriers to equity and opportunity.

Additional Information

This description is intended to indicate the kinds of tasks and levels of work difficulty that will be required of positions that will be given this title and shall not be construed as declaring what the specific duties and responsibilities of any particular position shall be. It is not intended to limit or in any way modify the right of any supervisor to assign, direct and control the work of employees under supervision. The use of a particular expression or illustration describing duties shall not be held to exclude other duties not mentioned that are of similar kind of level of difficulty. Otterbein University is an Equal Opportunity Educator and Employer. Otterbein University is committed to providing a welcoming environment free from unlawful discrimination. To this end, the University prohibits any form of discrimination against any person on the basis of race, color, sex, gender, pregnancy, religion, creed, marital status, partnership status, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, disability, military status, or any other legally protected status in its programs and activities. However, the University’s commitment to a nondiscriminatory environment is not intended to abridge unduly its commitment to academic freedom, free speech, or its educational mission. Inquiries or complaints regarding any form of discrimination or harassment may be directed to: Scott Fitzgerald Director of Human Resources and Legal Affairs Title IX Coordinator

Contact Information

Attn: Hiring Committee
Apply on-line at
Contact with questions.


Required Qualifications

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.
The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.
Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Bachelor’s required.
Minimum of one year of experience in career development and/or job-related counseling, human resources or related field.
Ability to effectively counsel/advise college students and alumni in all areas of career development required.
At least one year of experience in advising, counseling, or career services required; two to three years of experience working with college students preferred.
Understanding of career development theory.
Experience working and engaging with students of various racial, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds. Demonstrated ability to use assessment instruments and online career assessment systems.
Excellent counseling, communication, and organizational skills required.
Proficiency with personal computers, related hardware/software.

Skills Integral to Position:
Knowledge of career development and student development theories, research and practices, and recruiting trends.
Excellent written and verbal communication.
Extensive ability to collaborate and develop relationships with a wide range of constituents.
Outstanding teamwork abilities.
Knowledge of available resources on campus and within the community.

Must demonstrate professional level oral and written communications skills including grammar.

Must be competent in general math.

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.
Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to talk or hear, sit, reach and use repetitive motions of hands and wrists.
The employee is occasionally required to stand, walk, stoop or bend.
The employee must occasionally lift and/or carry up to 20 pounds and occasionally push and/or pull up to 20 pounds.
This position requires close vision.
Must be able to meet regular and predictable attendance standards.

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.
Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Duties are performed in an environmentally controlled office setting.

Preferred Qualifications

Master’s degree in higher education/student personnel or related field preferred.