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Assistant/Associate Director of Engineering Advising

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Cornell Engineering


Cornell University

Date Posted:

Sep 15 2021 3:21PM

Close Date:

Nov 15 2021

Position Description

Assistant/Associate Director of Engineering Advising
Cornell University embraces diversity and seeks candidates who will contribute to a climate that supports students, faculty and staff of all identities and backgrounds. We strongly encourage individuals from underrepresented and/or marginalized identities to apply. Cornell requires that all faculty and staff members, regardless of their work location, disclose their vaccination status, and provide proof of vaccination if vaccinated, immediately upon hire. Cornell University's College of Engineering, the preeminent engineering school in the Ivy League, has a rich history of experimentation, innovation, and leadership. Consisting of almost 3,000 undergraduate students, 1,700 graduate students, and over 200 faculty members, Cornell Engineering is recognized as a global leader in the discovery of new knowledge and the creation of transforming inventions. Cornell Engineering students and faculty members possess an independent spirit that allows for the development of innovative interdisciplinary research, the creation of exciting new programs, and the education of students who will better the future. Engineering Advising is responsible for the first-year matriculation process, College of Engineering Orientation programming, the Peer Advising Program, coordination of the first-year Engineering Seminar, Early Intervention program outreach, sophomore major affiliation process, specialty advising for study abroad, pre-health, internal transfer, and the Independent Major, and assisting with the development of the College’s Undergraduate Handbook, as well as other publications and communications. Engineering Advising team members primarily advise first- and second-year students and are responsible for making appropriate referrals to University resources, serving as liaisons to academic departments, interpreting and explaining college and university policies and procedures, and maintaining timely and accurate documentation and records. Engineering Advising orients first-year engineering students to the College of Engineering and works closely with students as they progress through the engineering curriculum. The team’s programs and services are designed to inform, support, and encourage individuals to be self-directed in their Cornell Engineering education and achieve their academic and personal goals. The Assistant/Associate Director will also provide developmental advising related to course and major selection, academic performance, success strategies, and personal health and wellbeing. They will deliver accurate and current information to students regarding major, college, and university degree requirements, policies, procedures, rules, and regulations. They will work in partnership with engineering Faculty Advisors, Peer Advisors, College leadership, administration, and student services staff, as well as faculty from other Cornell colleges and schools and various other University entities, including Cornell Health, Counseling and Psychological Services, Cornell Police, the Dean of Students Office, University Crisis Managers, Residential Life, and the Office of Global Learning. Situations may require communicating with parents of undergraduate students, where the behavior and the safety of the student are of concern. They will serve as a member of the Committee on Academic Standards, Petitions, and Credit, which includes the review of students’ academic records and implementation of appropriate action. They will assist with review of voluntary, health, and required leaves of absence as necessary.

Working Conditions:
• Typically lifts less than 10 lbs
• Normal visual concentration
• Limited exposure to hazards

Contact Name: Renee Lobdell
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The final rate of pay for the successful candidate will be determined considering the following criteria:
• Prior relevant work or industry experience.
• Education level to the extent education is relevant to the position.
• Unique applicable skills.

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Renee Lobdell


Required Qualifications

Required Qualifications: A bachelor’s degree and a minimum of 3-5 years of academic advising experience in higher education or other closely related experience required. Knowledge of the engineering curriculum and profession are not prerequisites for this position. The successful candidate should demonstrate excellent communication and organizational skills, a strong work ethic, knowledge of student development theory and practice, and the ability to work collaboratively as part of a high-performing team. The successful candidate should demonstrate the ability to multitask in a highly competitive, fast-paced academic environment, have a high degree of professionalism, discretion, and judgment, show attention to detail, and can interact with faculty, staff, and students.

Preferred Qualifications

A Master’s degree in advising, higher education administration, college student personnel, counseling, psychology, social work, human development, student development, or related area and 5 or more years of experience strongly preferred. Experience advising students from STEM disciplines, triaging students in crisis, and utilizing technology in advising practice. Experience with high level program management and coordinating logistics. Knowledge of student information systems, such as PeopleSoft, and customer relationship management platforms, such as Salesforce. Proficiency in Microsoft Office, FileMaker Pro, and web content management, such as Drupal.