Job Positions

P/T Academic Advisor

Categories: Mid South Region 3


Academic Advising and Planning Center


College of Charleston

Date Posted:

Sep 3 2021 11:34AM

Close Date:

Sep 13 2021

Position Description

Assists undergraduate students with all aspects of academic planning by promoting and encouraging self- authorship and resource utilization in support of academic success, as well as timely and informed pursuit of an academic major. This is accomplished through an one on one student-centered, individualized, technology-enhanced advising appointments and the establishment of a relationship based on mutual trust with a diverse student population. Students meet with their academic advisor to explore their interests, discuss course options, consider majors, plan for the future, and address any academic concerns.


Provides accurate and timely academic advising either in person or online to approximately 125-150 first-year or new transfer College of Charleston students, transfer students, and approximately 85 iCharleston participants throughout the academic year. Works with students to explore their interests, discuss course options, consider majors, plan for the future, and address any academic concerns. Explains degree requirements (including the general education curriculum) and teaches related technology, institutional policies and procedures, student support services, and opportunities for co-curricular activities. Serve as a knowledgeable campus referral agent. Implement established iCharleston academic advising model for participants abroad. Perform at least one, one-on-one advising meetings over Zoom in the fall with each participant (Sept/Oct). Deliver virtual group advising or one-on-one appointments, as needed, for each iCHS site location (typically in November) to deliver academic advising information in preparation for their matriculation in the spring semester. Students are assigned to the advisor’s advising caseload upon their transfer and remain with the iCHS advisor throughout their first year of enrollment at the College, or beyond if the student remains undeclared after the first 12 months. Support students’ academic and social transition into College of Charleston campus in Spring semester. Participate in office staff meetings and professional work including committees and departmental programs.

Application Process

Applicants must submit a cover letter, resume, contacts for at least three professional references and an Advising Philosophy.

Institution Information

Located in the heart of historic Charleston, South Carolina, the College of Charleston is a nationally recognized, public liberal arts and sciences university. Founded in 1770, the College is among the nation’s top universities for quality education, student life and affordability. Its beautiful and historic campus, combined with contemporary facilities, cutting-edge programs and accessible faculty attracts students from across the U.S. and around the world. Over 10,000 undergraduates and approximately 1,000 graduate students at the College enjoy a small-college feel blended with the advantages and diversity of a mid-sized, urban university. They work closely with a committed faculty, made up of more than 800 distinguished teacher-scholars. And the city of Charleston – world-renowned for its history, architecture, culture and coastal environment – serves as a living and learning laboratory for experiences in business, science, technology, teaching, the humanities, languages, government and the arts.

Additional Information

The candidate filling this position may be eligible for benefits. Offers of employment are contingent upon a successful background check. All applications must be submitted online 30 hours/week, $18/hour The College of Charleston is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and does not discriminate against any individual or group on the basis of gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, race, color, religion, national origin, veteran status, genetic information, or disability.

Contact Information

Sherri Shannon, Human Resources


Required Qualifications

*Demonstrated understanding of student development at a liberal arts & sciences college.
*Well versed in the basic principles and theories of advising and college student development in higher education.
*Demonstrated problem-solving skills.
*Demonstrated effective communication, interpersonal, and organizational skills.
*Able to establish and maintain effective relationships with administrators, faculty, staff, students, and parents. *Exhibit initiative and tolerance for ambiguity in an ever-changing environment.
*Affirm and contribute to a positive workplace culture.

Preferred Qualifications

*A Bachelor’s degree in liberal arts discipline, counseling or related field and previous experience working with first year college participants, preferably in academic advising.
*Knowledge and understanding of College of Charleston’s resources and support mechanisms available to first year students. *Must have excellent communication and planning skills.
*Must have demonstrated leadership, organizational, interpersonal, problem solving skills and public speaking skills.
*Familiarity with various social media platforms. Ability to use Microsoft Office Suite and Zoom is required.
*Must be able to work independently.
*College of Charleston graduate preferred.
*Study abroad experience preferred. Successful candidates will enjoy:
*Working with undergraduate students in both one-on-one and in group settings both in person and online assisting in identifying goals, understanding campus systems and planning for success.
*Serving as a referral agent to campus resources.
*Helping students find their place and their people.
*Employing current and evolving technology.
*Serving as a problem solver and resource to students and colleagues alike.
*Exhibiting initiative and sharing ideas.
*Embracing and employing established departmental values (Team Spirit, Accountability, Humility, Communication, Appreciation, Inclusion).
*Being a part of a team dedicated to mutual respect and collegiality.
*Enjoy working in a dynamic, fast paced season-based advising (distinct Fall, Spring, Summer) setting.
*Working independently as well in work teams.
*Collaborating with colleagues inside and outside the department to drive the vision and mission of the department through programming and committee work. Participating in ongoing professional development opportunities with a dedication to continuous improvement.