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Assistant Director of Academic Advising

Categories: South Central Region 7


Office of Academic Advising


Rice University

Date Posted:

Oct 7 2021 11:50AM

Close Date:

Dec 7 2021

Position Description

The assistant director supports the mission of the Office of Academic Advising by helping students explore academic opportunities, identify goals, and implement plans to reach those goals. The assistant director assists with engaging a community of advising including faculty advisors, collaborative offices, peer academic advisors, and all undergraduate students through training, seminars, programs, events, and related initiatives. The assistant director advises undergraduate students across all disciplines and academic interests including but not limited to students expressing interest in health professions, law school, graduate school, undecided students, transfer students, students seeking area majors, overloads, and readmissions. The assistant director will have responsibilities for health professions advising and may take a leadership role in other advising programming at the discretion of the director. The assistant director contributes to the Peer Academic Advising Program and Academic Fellows and Mentors Societies. The assistant director assists with research and implementation of best practices, policies, procedures and organizational tasks, and advising assessment. The assistant director assists the director of Academic Advising in administration of the Office of Academic Advising including strategic planning, some budget responsibilities, representing the department on various committees and work groups, and acting on behalf of the director or associate director(s) as requested.


• Provides training, information sessions, and engagement of faculty advisors, collaborative offices, peer academic advisors, and community members
• Assist with assigned advising committee through letter writing, data collection and assessment
• Advises undergraduate students across a wide variety of interest and needs
• Assists with preparation and delivery of Orientation Week programming
• Prepares and provides presentations for administrators, faculty advisors, collaborative offices, and students during Orientation Week and throughout the academic year
• Researches and reports on current best and progressive practices for general and specialized areas of academic advising
• Assists with creating and distributing academic advising resources including information from peer schools, national associations, Rice academic departments and collaborative offices
• Advises students through individual appointments and centralized and residential college information sessions
• Performs all other duties as assigned

Application Process

Interested candidates should apply electronically on Rice’s job portal: In order to be considered, all applicants must attach a cover letter, resume, and a one page write-up on their own personal philosophy and approach to academic advising.

Institution Information

William Marsh Rice University (Rice University) is a private research university in Houston, Texas. It is situated on a 300-acre campus near the Houston Museum District and is adjacent to the Texas Medical Center.

Additional Information

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Contact Information

Please send all inquiries to Rice Human Resources and apply directly here:


Required Qualifications

Bachelor’s Degree. Experience may not be substituted for the education requirement. Two years experience required. May substitute additional related education, beyond what is required, on an equivalent year for year basis in lieu of the experience requirement.
• Excellent oral and written communication skills; excellent interpersonal and organizational skills; independence and initiative; proactive attitude towards students.
• Must be able to interact and collaborate with staff and faculty leaders, gain the trust and confidence of students, and train students for positions of leadership.
• Must have the diplomacy, patience, and tact necessary to successfully address a wide range of interactions with administrators, faculty, staff, students, parents, and community members.
• Must be able to handle routine interruptions by students and others seeking assistance.

Preferred Qualifications

Advanced Degree.
Experience in academic advising, mentoring, tutoring, and/or instructional experience at a university. Experience with Rice University faculty, staff, students and collaborative offices.