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Senior Academic Advisor 19368

Categories: Mid South Region 3


Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design


West Virginia University

Date Posted:

Apr 8 2022 9:24AM

Close Date:

Jun 8 2022

Position Description

West Virginia University Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design is currently accepting applications for a Senior Academic Advisor. This position is primarily responsible for advising undergraduate students and teaching orientation courses. This position assumes responsibility for academic advising, retention, New Student Orientation, commencement, and other duties as assigned.


Provides timely and effective academic counsel to assist students with selecting, progressing through, and completing baccalaureate degrees. Manages an academic advising caseload of approximately 300 undergraduate students pursuing baccalaureate degrees. Develops and prepares 8 – 10 semester matriculation plans in degree audit systems. Tracks and monitors degree progression and completion. Employs a combination of appreciative, developmental, intrusive, and prescriptive academic advising models in accordance with students’ needs. Interprets the WVU Undergraduate Catalog for the purpose of remaining updated on policies and procedures that regulate conferral of degrees. Utilizes student information systems (i.e., Banner, Degree Works, and Navigate) to track and monitor academic history and in-progress work. Conducts outreach to students who are identified as at-risk during early alert or midterm grade reporting processes and makes referrals to academic, career, and other support services. Assists with the degree audit process to ensure degree program requirements are fulfilled. Provides guidance to students submitting appeals for academic and federal financial aid suspensions, which includes creating an academic success plan in Degree Works. Assists students with the transient approval process by reviewing course equivalencies and matching WVU courses with courses offered by the transient institution. Assesses student concerns and makes referrals to other University representatives/units. Participates in New Student Orientation during the month of June and other scheduled sessions prior to the start of each regular term. Participates in events sponsored by the College, which may include on campus recruiting, academic academies, and commencement. Maintains current knowledge of federal statutes (i.e., FERPA) protecting the confidentiality of academic records. Teaches first-year seminar and possibly, strategies courses for students on academic probation. Coordinates with faculty mentors and career services staff to support retention efforts. Serves on college- and/or university-wide committees/task forces that impact student success at WVU, including academic unit faculty or planning meetings.

Application Process

Institution Information

At West Virginia University, we pride ourselves on a tireless endeavor for achievement. We are home to some of the most passionate, innovative minds in the country who push their limits for the sake of progress, constantly moving the world forward. Our students, faculty and staff make this institution one of the best out there, and we are proud to stand as one voice, one university, one WVU. Find out more about your opportunities as a Mountaineer at West Virginia University is proud to be an Equal Opportunity employer and is the recipient of an NSF ADVANCE award for gender equity. The University values diversity among its faculty, staff, and students, and invites applications from all qualified applicants regardless of race, ethnicity, color, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, nationality, genetics, disability, or Veteran status.

Additional Information

We strongly believe in work-life balance and keeping time for things we love outside our work. WVU offers generous benefits, including: 37.5-hour work week 13 paid holidays 24 annual leave (vacation) days per year 18 sick days per year WVU offers a range of health insurance and other benefits (this position is a benefits-eligible non-classified staff position) 401(a) retirement savings with 6% employee contribution match, eligibility to continue health insurance, and other retiree perks. Wellness programs

Contact Information

Donna Bulger,


Required Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree is required.
At least 2 years of advising or counseling experience.
At least 1 year of teaching experience

Preferred Qualifications

Master’s degree is preferred.
Excellent oral and written communication skills
Evidence of effective teaching skills
Knowledge or ability to learn to work with Banner, Degree works, and Navigate
Demonstrated ability to pay attention to detail
Expertise in different forms of academic advising (appreciative, developmental, intrusive, etc.)
Proficient in Microsoft Office (Excel, PowerPoint, Word)
Demonstrated ability to apply critical reasoning and problem solving
Ability to teach young adults through formal and informal instruction