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Assistant Director, Ugrad Advising, Cornell University (1 PT position)

Categories: Northeast Region 1


Ann S. Bowers College of Computing and Information Science


Cornell University

Date Posted:

Apr 21 2022 10:05PM

Close Date:

June 21 2022

Position Description

Using a holistic, developmental advising approach, each assistant director will actively advise and coach a portfolio of ~200 Bowers CIS majors, as well as potential majors, on a one-on-one basis. In addition to advising, each assistant director will be a critical member of the Bowers CIS undergraduate student services team that is focused on building a shared Bowers CIS undergraduate culture and identifying opportunities to enhance the Bowers CIS undergraduate student experience. This includes actively contributing to the development, implementation, and review of new initiatives and programming related to the first-year experience (when most students are pre-major), new majors’ onboarding, experiential learning, and student retention, success, belonging, and well-being.


Provide developmental, holistic 1:1 advising and coaching to a portfolio of ~200 Cornell Bowers CIS majors, as well as potential majors and internal and external transfer students on topics including, but not limited to, academic, professional, and personal goals; strategies for problem-solving and self-empowerment; course and degree options and requirements; co-curricular, experiential, and study abroad opportunities; managing personal crises and emergencies; voluntary, health, and required leaves of absence; and overall mental and physical health and well-being.

Together with the rest of the advising team, lead the affiliation process for applicants to the Bowers CIS majors; oversee credit transfer requests and petitions; participate in early intervention activities; serve on academic standards and other committees; actively partner with faculty advisors on student support and development; and be a consistent, visible presence for Bowers CIS students, among other duties.

Contribute to work developing, implementing, and evaluating programs and initiatives related to student experience, retention, success, belonging, and well-being.

Application Process

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Institution Information

The Ann S. Bowers College of Computing and Information Science at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York is hiring a part-time assistant director of undergraduate advising.

WHAT IS CORNELL BOWERS CIS? Cornell Bowers CIS is home to the three Cornell University academic departments that power the information economy: Computer Science, Information Science, and Statistics and Data Science. More than twelve percent of the Cornell undergraduate student body is a Bowers CIS major, and 76% of all undergraduates on the Ithaca campus take at least one Bowers CIS course during their time at Cornell.

WHO ARE WE? Higher education professionals who genuinely love our jobs. A supportive and collaborative team where creativity is fostered and autonomy encouraged. An ambitious group with big plans. We are makers and doers, problem-solvers and listeners, introverts and extraverts. We like data. We like process improvement. Most of all, we derive joy from any interaction where we make a positive difference in a student’s experience.

Additional Information

The Perks
-Fantastic Endowed Cornell Benefits:
-Fun colleagues who are artists and makers, cooks and bakers, coffee addicts, dog lovers, design fiends, gamers, hockey and baseball fanatics, multilinguists, music fans, plant whisperers, public library and community radio nerds, world travelers, and so much more.
-Professional development opportunities, including travel.
-Our location in beautiful Ithaca, New York:
-Work/life balance and the opportunity for some hybrid hours and increased work-from-home opportunities during Cornell student breaks.

-Cornell Bowers CIS:
-Cornell University:
-Position listing and online application:

Contact Information

Darren Murphy, Human Resources Representative, Cornell Ann S. Bowers College of Computing and Information Science and Cornell Engineering. Ingrid Jensen, Director, Student Services, Cornell Ann S. Bowers College of Computing and Information Science.


Required Qualifications

1. Convinced that high-quality advising plays a critical role in nurturing student growth, resilience, connection, and overall health and well-being.
2. Someone who brings diverse experiences, ideas, and talent to the table.
3. Committed to working with colleagues and students to create a climate of inclusion and belonging that improves the student experience for everyone.

1. A capacity for empathy.
2. A bachelor’s degree and two to four years’ experience as an academic advisor or related experience, or equivalent combination of education and experience.
3. A demonstrated commitment to advancing diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging, as well as an ability to connect and work with students of all backgrounds and experience levels.
4. Strong communication skills, especially listening, writing, and public speaking.
5. Ability to work collaboratively with individuals at all levels of an academic environment: students, staff, faculty, directors of undergraduate study, department chairs, deans, and alumni.
6. The agility to balance significant complexity and competing demands.
7. Strong technical skills and aptitude for learning new technology.
8. Experience exercising a high degree of discretion in dealing with confidential information in accordance with university policies and FERPA regulations.
9. The flexibility to work occasional evening, and/or weekend programs or events, including supporting commencement-related events held annually over Memorial Day weekend.

Preferred Qualifications

1. A master’s degree or coursework in higher education administration, counseling, social work, leadership development, or related field.
2. Five or more years’ advising or related higher education experience.
3. Knowledge of student development theory and practice, the unique needs of underrepresented students, and best practices for inclusive professional staff advising.
4. Experience with program design, delivery, and outcomes thinking.
5. Experience with Client Relationship Management systems and/or student information systems, including Salesforce CRM, FileMaker Pro, and/or PeopleSoft.