Job Positions

Advisor for Academic Support

Categories: Northeast Region 1


Office of Academic Advising


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Posted:

Mar 4 2021 1:15PM

Close Date:

May 4 2021

Position Description

This academic advisor position supports undergraduate students from a developmental advising approach, educates students in a flexible and creative learning environment, and is an active participant in collaborating with students, faculty and staff to promote academic success. The academic advising office reinforces the goals of WPI, in providing an “education (that) encompasses continuous striving for excellence coupled with an examination of the contexts of learning so that knowledge is won not only for its own sake but also for the sake of the human community of which the people of WPI are part”. This position is an integral member of the advising office, by helping students identify resources to support them in their academic, career, and personal goals as they interactively engage in the local and global environment.


Assesses student’s stage of development (academic, career, and personal) and promotes student growth by determining suitable developmental goals and tasks. Assists students in developing decision making skills relevant to educational options and possible outcomes. Recruits and supports students applying for nationally competitive student scholarships and fellowships, including the Rhodes, Marshall, Truman, Goldwater, Fulbright, and Churchill Scholarships and the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. Collaborates with campus partners to develop programming pertaining to scholarship and fellowship opportunities. Provides supplemental academic advising support to a caseload of first year, sophomore, junior, and senior students. Supports academically at-risk students, including students who are not making satisfactory academic progress. Provides individual coaching sessions for students based on an evaluation of the student’s academic and personal background. Provides options for students pertaining to course selection. Connects students with faculty advisors and resources.

Application Process

Apply via WPI Workday system. More information can be found here:

Institution Information

WPI is a vibrant, active, and diverse community of extraordinary students, world-renowned faculty, and state of the art research facilities. At WPI, we have competitive and comprehensive benefits, including health insurance, long-term care, retirement, tuition assistance, flexible spending accounts, work-life balance and much more. Located in Worcester, MA.

Additional Information

WPI is committed to creating an inclusive workplace culture where everyone feels valued and respected; a place where every student, faculty and staff member can belong, so that they can study, live, and work comfortably, to reach their full potential, and make meaningful contributions in order to meet departmental and institutional goals. WPI thrives on innovative practice and welcomes diverse perspectives, insight, and people from diverse lived experiences, to enhance the community environment and propel the institution to the next level in a competitive, global marketplace.

Contact Information

Laura Kenney, Associate Director of Academic Advising Email:


Required Qualifications

One to two years’ experience in academic advising and /or student development at the college level required. An ability to communicate with students, faculty, and parents a must; needs to be able to handle sensitive situations with confidentiality. Must be comfortable in a technological based educational environment. Ability to work in a team centered and collaborative environment. Applicants must have demonstrated experience working in and fostering a diverse and inclusive workplace and/or commitment to do so as an employee at WPI.

Preferred Qualifications

Master’s degree preferred. Experience working with SCT Banner or alternate database software, website development software, and multimedia tools desirable. Experience with the application processes for scholarships and fellowships desirable.