Job Positions

Professional Academic Advisor

Categories: North Central Region 6


College of Education and Human Sciences


South Dakota State University

Date Posted:

Mar 24 2020 10:00PM

Close Date:

April 14, 2020 for full consideration

Position Description

Professional Academic Advisor, College of Education and Human Sciences, South Dakota State University. Full-time, benefit-eligible 12-month position.


Duties include, but are not limited to:
 Advise assigned students on semester-by-semester basis for course selection and scheduling.
 May teach 1-2 sections of EHS freshmen seminar or other entry level courses.
 Assist students changing majors.
 Analyze transcripts for transfer students.
 Counsel on petitions including suspension/reinstatement requests.
 Conduct degree audits for students prior to graduation.
 Assist students with graduation applications.
 Staff summer orientation advising sessions.
 Assist with recruitment programs such as Jackrabbit Preview, Jackrabbit receptions, Jr/Sr Days and other recruitment events.
 Meet with prospective students and parents.
 Assist with web updates and design pertaining to recruitment and retention.
 Provide psychoeducational groups and workshops to support student success, particularly as it relates to health and wellness.

Application Process

Position is open until filled with full consideration given to applications received April 14, 2020.

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.

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. The College of Education and Human Sciences is home to 16 major options, 19 minor paths and more than 13 graduate degree options. It includes departments of Consumer Sciences, Counseling and Human Development, Health and Nutritional Sciences and Teaching, Learning ad Leadership. For an in-depth look, visit

Additional Information


Contact Information

For questions on the position, contact search chair, Christy Osborne, at 605-688- 4691 or


Required Qualifications

Minimum requirements include: Master’s degree in Student Affairs, Counseling, Human Development, Education or other EHS related field completed by start date; effective written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills; critical thinking and problem solving skills; excellent computer skills; and a pleasant demeanor around students. Must be authorized to work in the U.S. Sponsorship is not available for this position.

Preferred Qualifications

Preference will be given to those who have had successful experience in student advising and developing programs and activities designed to enhance student academic success and retention and those with training or experience in mental health counselling.