The Director of Academic Advising works collaboratively with College Leadership, Academic Affairs, Career Services, Financial Aid, Enrollment Management and the Student Success Center to implement the institutional vision for strong student engagement, retention, and completion strategies. The scope of work within the Academic Advising area includes developing and assessing the philosophy and strategies for the institution's advising component of student engagement; developing and implementing advising staff training programs; supervising, hiring, and coordinating training for all advising & testing center staff; maintaining and coordinating advising staff during the registration cycle and peak advising periods; ensuring consistent and quality communication with the students to promote student success; ensuring accurate advising information is available on the web/portal and assisting with targeted student success efforts.
Supervises, hires, evaluates, and trains all advising & testing center staff. Supports advising staff during peak advising periods to ensure a high-quality, consistent, and accurate advising culture that is aligned with the college’s mission to promote student success. Develops and assesses the procedures, mechanisms, and strategies for the institution’s advising component of student engagement. Facilitates changes as necessary to maintain continuous advising quality to ensure best practices are being implemented, documented, and adjusted based on process analysis. Provides consistent and accurate advising information to students through the web/portal and staff/faculty, as well as across departments to ensure that all disseminated information is consistently updated. Analyzes and maintains enrollment data, identifying retention and persistence patterns and other relevant information to provide for informative decisions regarding academic advising, its processes, and its outcomes. Facilitates communication and collaboration between the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, Deans, Program Coordinators, College Leadership, and all departments to coordinate and support advising efforts and create a positive environment conducive to implementing and maintaining a comprehensive, internally supported academic advising program. Leads the Quality Enhancement Plan Implementation Committee. Disseminates Quality Enhancement Plan activity information including an annual report. Produces the fifth-year interim report according to SACSCOC compliance requirements to ensure the Quality Enhancement Plan is executed as written. Develop and deliver advising staff training programs and formal presentations to leadership groups, faculty and staff. Responsible for the planning, tracking, and analyzing of the SOWELA early alert system for students. Oversees the testing center and new student orientation. Collaborates with the Executive Director of Enrollment Management and Student Affairs and other campus departments concerning student success and retention efforts.
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Since 1938, SOWELA Technical Community College (SOWELA) has served the community of Southwest Louisiana with higher education and training opportunities. SOWELA takes pride in its continuing efforts to build a workforce of faculty and staff that reflects the diversity of the students we serve. Through the leadership of SOWELA’s Chancellor, and with guidance provided by the Louisiana Community and Technical College System and its Board of Supervisors, SOWELA aims to achieve new heights in reflecting professionalism and credibility among its employee base. SOWELA is an Equal Opportunity Employer. SOWELA does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, disability, or age in its programs and activities.
Pam Boersig - Executive Director of Enrollment Management
Bachelor's degree and five years related experience working with college students or young adults in an academic advising, career services, or consulting capacity in a higher education environment. Ability to work in a collaborative, team environment with both small and large groups. Ability to work with a diverse, non-traditional, and traditionally underserved population. Strong organizational and problem-solving skills. Working knowledge of a student information system and/or knowledge of microcomputer/software applications. Knowledge of advising best practices. Ability to communicate clearly and effectively, both orally and written, at all levels. Proven ability to present a positive image for the college, maintain professional demeanor, provide effective customer service, and made good decisions
One to three years supervisory experience preferred Master's degree preferred