Job Positions

Professional Academic Advisor

Categories: North Central Region 6


First Year Advising Center


South Dakota State University

Date Posted:

May 6 2021 10:33AM

Close Date:

May 24 2021

Position Description

The Wintrode Student Success Center at South Dakota State University is seeking a dynamic, self-guided individual to serve as a Professional Academic Advisor for the First Year Advising Center. This is a 12-month, benefit-eligible position that reports to the Assistant Director of the First Year Advising Center. The First Year Advising Center promotes the success of undergraduate students by offering programs such as academic advising, learning assistance, and first-year support to help students build a firm academic foundation. SDSU is particularly interested in candidates who can contribute to the University’s student success programs and to achieving student success goals. Women, minorities, veterans, and people with disabilities are especially encouraged to apply.


• Advise a caseload of undergraduate students on academic matters ranging from selecting a program of study and developing academic plans to academic skill development, curricular and co-curricular engagement and financial well-being.
• Refer students to appropriate departmental offices, faculty, and support services for help with academic, personal, and career counseling, and financial aid support.
• Communicate University policies including general education, major and minor, and graduation requirements. • Assist students in exploring career options related to their academic programs of study.
• Support students as they make the transition from high school to college.
• Maintain ongoing contact with advisees.
• Maintain detailed records of interactions with advisees.
• Deliver presentations about academic advising in classrooms and other settings.
• Coordinate advising programs or retention efforts, including the campus-partners liaison program.
• Contribute to the continuing development of the First-Year Advising Center through committee work and through collaboration with academic departments and other campus offices.
• Represent the First-Year Advising Center at various University events and meetings.

Application Process

SDSU accepts applications through an on-line employment site. To apply, visit:, search by the position title, view the job announcement, and click on “apply for this job.” This system will guide you through the electronic application form. This employment site will also require the attachment of a cover letter, which should specifically address how the candidate meets the qualifications as outlined in the advertisement, resume, and a reference page with the contact information for three professional references. Email applications will not be accepted. Please contact SDSU Human Resources at (605) 688-4128 if you require assistance with this process. Any offer of employment is contingent on the university’s verification of credentials and other information required by law and/or university policies, including but not limited to, successful completion of a criminal background check. South Dakota State University is a tobacco free environment. It is the policy of the University to maintain a drug-free environment and to thereby establish, promote, and maintain a safe and healthy working and learning environment for employees and students. This position is subject to South Dakota State University’s Drug and Alcohol Testing Policy 4:14.

Institution Information

Ranked as the No. 2 best place to work in South Dakota by Forbes, South Dakota State University is the state’s largest, most comprehensive university with more than 200 programs and an enrollment of approximately 12,000 students. SDSU offers a rich academic experience in an environment of inclusion and access through inspired, student-centered education, creative activities and research, innovation and engagement that improve the quality of life in South Dakota, the region, the nation, and the world. Its employees embrace the university’s core values of being people-centered, expanding knowledge through creativity, embracing organizational and personal integrity, commitment to diversity, and excellence through continuous improvement. As the state’s 1862 Morrill Act land-grant institution, the work of the university is carried out on its main resident campus in Brookings, at sites in Sioux Falls, Pierre, Rapid City, and Aberdeen, and through Extension offices and Agricultural Experiment Station research sites across South Dakota. SDSU was recognized as one of 54 institutions in the United States as an Innovation and Economic Prosperity University by the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities in 2014. The university’s total research expenditures are greater than $60 million. SDSU is the state’s first High Research Activity institution as classified by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. Jackrabbits Athletics competes as an NCAA Division I member with membership in the Missouri Valley Football Conference, the Summit League and the Big XII for wrestling. Brookings is home to approximately 24,000 residents and is located 60 miles north of Sioux Falls and 200 miles west of Minneapolis. rates Brookings as an ideal community for families, students, young professionals, and retirees. It considers Brookings among the safest and most vibrant cities in South Dakota. The Brookings Public School District educates approximately 3,300 K-12 students and ranks among the state’s highest academic achieving school districts. The district includes three elementary schools, an intermediate school for fourth and fifth grade, one middle school and a high school. The city also boasts an abundance of attractions and activities, including the Children’s Museum of South Dakota, Dakota Nature Park, South Dakota Art Museum, McCrory Gardens, South Dakota Agricultural Heritage Museum, Outdoor Adventure Center, and the Brookings Summer Arts Festival.

Additional Information

SALARY: Commensurate with qualifications.

BENEFITS: South Dakota State University offers a wide range of benefits including medical, dental, and flexible benefits, retirement plans, compensation packages, paid holidays, and vacation leave. Employees also have access to internal and state-sponsored training as well as reduced tuition for state-supported courses at all State of South Dakota academic institutions.

Contact Information

Meghan Peterson at or 605-688-6921.


Required Qualifications

• Master’s degree completed by first day of employment;
• At least one year of academic advising or related experience;
• Experience working with a diverse population of undergraduate college students in a student-centered environment;
• Effective written communication skills;
• Effective verbal communication skills;
• Strong interpersonal skills.

Preferred Qualifications

• Master’s degree in Education, Guidance and Counseling, Adult and Higher Education or related field;
• Three years of academic advising or related experience;
• Knowledge of activities designed to enhance student success and retention;
• Knowledge of student development/learning theory;
• Experience applying proactive and Appreciative Advising strategies.