Job Positions

First-Year Academic Advisor, STEM & Pre-Health

Categories: Mid Atlantic Region 2


Student Life, Office of Student Success


Emory & Henry College

Date Posted:

Apr 1 2022 2:41PM

Close Date:

June 1 2022

Position Description

Emory & Henry College, located in the Highlands of Southwest Virginia, is seeking an inclusive, caring, and self-motivated individual with excellent communication skills to advise students in an academic setting. A small, liberal arts college with strong undergraduate programs in the arts and sciences, Emory & Henry College seeks to prepare students for lives of citizenship, service, and successful careers. We are distinguished by an engaged and award-winning faculty, small class sizes, and a close knit community that is dedicated to student success and transformative outcomes. This position delivers holistic, inclusive, appreciative, and success-focused academic advising to admitted undergraduate students and provides support for the Office of Student Success at Emory & Henry College.


Provides academic advising services to undergraduate first year students who intend to pursue a STEM and/or Pre-Health academic program, including schedule building, registration assistance, add/drop and withdrawal assistance, and major declaration.
Assist students in identifying their interests, abilities, and academic goals and in making decisions regarding their academic career.
Develops and coordinates relationships with various offices on campus (i.e. Registrar’s Office, Counseling Services, Financial Aid, Admissions, Athletics) to better serve students.
Identify and assist struggling or at-risk students including making appropriate referrals to other college resources.
Initiates retention contacts with advisees who are behind in registration for the subsequent semester. Participate in recruitment activities, programs, and initiatives including providing advising information to prospective students and/or parents at various meetings such as New Student Orientation.
Participates in departmental and committee meetings as appropriate for supporting assigned students. Provides generalized first year advising support to CORE 100, E&H’s first year seminar program.
Other duties as assigned.

Application Process

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Institution Information

Located in the Highlands of Virginia, Emory & Henry College has devoted itself since 1836 to the belief that education can have a transformative effect on an individual, a place and ultimately the wider world. Inspired by the motto “Increase in Excellence,” the first faculty challenged students to grow and develop intellectually, spiritually and physically. Today, our mission continues to focus on students as they follow a path of intellectual and spiritual growth on their way to successful futures. That mission, in turn, is extended to others through a broad program of active engagement and community service. You will discover that Emory & Henry is a place of promise made up of warm-hearted, caring people who care about your fulfillment. This is a community that embraces people from all walks of life as they work together to improve the individual and the world. We are people with a mission and a long history devoted to transforming lives and increasing excellence. Emory & Henry views diversity, equity, and inclusion as foundational to our institution, and strives to continually “increase in excellence” in this endeavor. In doing so, we recognize the forced removal and stolen labor at the heart of the very founding (and naming) of our College. We also acknowledge the negative impact of power imbalances, discrimination, and exclusion on generations of marginalized groups dating back to the inception of Emory & Henry College. We also recognize that, while this statement is important, it is an insufficient approach to the liberation of impacted peoples. It is the policy of Emory & Henry College to provide equal employment, educational and social opportunities for all persons, without regard to race (or traits historically associated with race including hair texture, hair type, and protective hairstyles such as braids, locks, and twists), color, religion, sex or gender (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), national origin, gender identity or expression, age, veteran status, disability, political affiliation, sexual orientation or genetic information or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws. Minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.

Additional Information

Contact Information

Travis Proffitt, Dean of Student Success


Required Qualifications

Bachelor’s Degree in a relevant field
Commitment to working with diverse, non-traditional, and less-represented student populations in a compassionate, appreciative, and structured manner
Knowledge of degree programs and corresponding career options
Understanding of educational requirements and advising processes
Excellent oral and written communication skills
Demonstrated technology proficiency with various software applications
Strong organizational skills including an ability to multitask
Ability to work occasional flexible hours
Ability to navigate conflict and diverse communication styles
Ability to maintain confidentiality at all times

Preferred Qualifications

Master’s Degree in Higher Education, Counseling, Social Work, or other relevant fields
Experience working in higher education as part of an academic team
Experience in academic advising
Experience with student data systems, such as Jenzabar