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Executive Director of Academic Advising

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Harpur Academic Advising


Binghamton University

Date Posted:

Mar 8 2019 10:00PM

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Position Description

Budget Title: Director of Academic Advisement (SL-5)

Salary: Commensurate with education and experience

Binghamton University seeks a dynamic leader to serve as the Executive Director of Academic Advising in Harpur College of Arts & Sciences. The successful candidate will be a visionary leader who will bring creative approaches and knowledge of best practices for student success, develop and promote the current strengths of the College, and collaborate with others on campus to build on our student-centered approach to advising. Harpur Advising not only serves as the primary advising office for the College, but for all undeclared, pre-health, and pre-law students. Binghamton University has a strong tradition of supporting and promoting the liberal arts. Due to the fact that liberal arts and higher education face critical challenges and transformations in the 21st century, the university has made a significant investment in staffing in Harpur Advising over the past four years and has made this search a major strategic priority.

With 9,500 of Binghamton University's 14,000 undergraduates enrolled in Harpur College, the Executive Director of Harpur College Academic Advising plays a key role in student success at Binghamton University. The Director is responsible for providing vision and leadership to approximately 20 advisors and staff, including general advising for liberal arts students, as well as pre-health and pre-law. This position reports to the Harpur College Dean's Office and is expected to provide input and leadership on shaping policy for the college and university.

The Director is responsible for the following functions:

  • Lead and manage the Harpur College Academic Advising Office
  • Build on and promote a collaborative, shared services approach to advising with the college (i.e., the dual advising structure with departments and programs), and with offices outside the college (e.g., the Fleishman Center for Career and Professional Development and other multi-college advising offices on campus)
  • Ensure advisors have the training to support Harpur students as they explore majors, navigate policies and procedures, and seek resources and opportunities to complement their coursework
  • Explore and utilize technologies to enhance student success
  • Provide programming to help enhance persistence and graduation rates
  • Promote communication about the curriculum and policy changes to students using social media, the internet, etc.
  • Ensure staffing at events such as orientation and admissions events
  • Serve as a resource for faculty advisors The Director is involved in college and university committees related to undergraduate education, including monthly meetings with the Harpur College Dean's Office, Academic Affairs Council, Undergraduate Directors, and other ad hoc committees as appropriate.

Application Process

Deadline for Internal Applicants: March 21, 2019

Deadline for External Applicants: Open until filled Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the vacancy is filled.

Persons interested in this position should apply online at

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  • Resume,
  • Cover letter, and
  • Contact information for three professional references

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Institution Information

The State University of New York at Binghamton, commonly referred to as Binghamton University and SUNY Binghamton, is a public research university with campuses in Binghamton, Vestal, and Johnson City, New York, United States. Since its establishment as Triple Cities College in 1946, the school has evolved from a small liberal arts college to a large doctoral-granting institution. Presently consisting of six colleges and schools, it is now home to more than 17,800 undergraduate and graduate students. Binghamton is one of the four university centers in the State University of New York (SUNY) system.

Additional Information

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Required Qualifications

Master's degree and 5 years of higher education advising experience

At least three years supervisory experience in a higher education setting

Ability to articulate a vision for academic advising for the liberal arts in the 21st century

Ability to work effectively with colleagues and students from culturally diverse backgrounds and to foster a culture of inclusiveness

Preferred Qualifications

  • Strong skills in change management and strategic planning
  • Demonstrated ability to create a vision and gain buy-in from key stakeholders
  • Familiarity with best practices in advising liberal arts students
  • Demonstrated ability to apply current and emerging technology to enhance advising services
  • Knowledge of transfer credit evaluation system
  • Experience with data-informed decision-making
  • Strong technical skills
  • Superior written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills