Job Positions

Professional Academic Advisor

Categories: Great Lakes Region 5


Student Success Center


University of Wisconsin - River Falls

Date Posted:

Oct 18 2021 8:55AM

Close Date:

Dec 18 2021

Position Description

Reporting to and under the general supervision of the Academic Program Manager, the Professional Academic Advisor is responsible for working as a team member and performs a variety of academic advising services to first-year, second year, and transfer students of designated majors in the College of Arts and Sciences. This includes collaborating with students on their individualized educational pathways, creating academic plans and schedules, assisting in declaring majors/minors, and supporting students in making decisions concerning their learning experiences, academic goals, persistence, and timely graduation. The incumbent works collaboratively with other professional academic advisors, faculty, university staff, administrators, and coaches to support the educational experience of the students, as well as perform other activities related to student success and academic advising. This position will be for the length of three years with the potential of becoming renewable pending budget and performance.


Professional Academic Advising (80%)
Receives, processes, and responds to academic inquires according to established policies and procedures. Provide academic advising to students regarding general education, degree requirements, academic standing, appropriate course selection, relevant policies and procedures, e-advising tools, and campus resources. Maintain confidential and objective advising records. Serves as a main point of contact for students in the College of Arts and Sciences and provides information about educational options and academic requirements. Provide holistic, proactive, and meaningful guidance for students on acclimating to their new academic lifestyle and building supportive personal environments and best practices to facilitate their student success. Build and maintain strong relationships with faculty department chairs for assigned majors. Utilize early warning alert mechanisms and predictive analytics to properly advise students, follow up with advisees identified as at-risk through reporting campaigns, and assist students encountering academic difficulty. Student Success Center

Programming (20%)
Participates in the campus-wide advising community providing input to leadership regarding the development of advising, recruitment, and co/curricular programs offered by the school/college. Support projects and initiatives within the Student Success Center Participate in campus visit days, New Student Registration, Week of Welcome, etc. Serve on department, division, and campus advisory committees and task forces as appropriate. Perform other secondary duties as assigned.

Application Process

Applicants are required to apply online. UWRF will not consider paper, emailed or faxed applications. Applicants are required to provide: Resume Letter of interest specifying qualifications and experience (cover letter) Names, addresses and telephone numbers of at least three references who can specifically comment upon your experience and professional preparation (references)

Institution Information

Founded in 1874, UW-River Falls is the western-most campus in the University of Wisconsin System and is an exemplary leader in teaching, undergraduate research, and global education. Our mission is to help prepare students to be productive, creative, ethical, engaged citizens and leaders with an informed global perspective. Located less than 30 miles from downtown St. Paul, in the beautiful St. Croix Valley, the communities of River Falls and Hudson combine small city convenience with easy access to world-class arts, entertainment, athletics, recreation, and dining, truly the best of both worlds.

Additional Information

Deadline to Apply: Initial review of applications will begin upon receipt. For full consideration, applicants should submit all required materials by October 31, 2021. UW-River Falls does not offer H-1B or other work authorization visa sponsorship for this position. Candidates must be legally authorized to work in the United States at the time of hire and maintain work authorization throughout the employment term. If you have questions regarding this, please contact Human Resources at 715-425-4941. View our excellent benefits at:
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Contact Information

Inquiries should be addressed to: McKenna Pfeiffer Search Chair


Required Qualifications

Bachelor’s Degree in related field from an accredited institution of higher education. Two years of professional experiences in a student services program area or a related field. Experience working with and advocating for students from underrepresented populations. Demonstrated experience and knowledge of practices, procedure, and trends of student success and academic advising programs. Strong oral and written communication skills.

Preferred Qualifications

Master’s degree in Counseling, Student Affairs, Education, or related field. Experience with student information systems and databases (PeopleSoft, EAB Navigate, Starfish, or equivalent)