Job Positions

Senior Director of Academic Advising- job requisition id REQ_0000028216

Categories: Mid Atlantic Region 2


College of Engineering


The Pennyslvania State University

Date Posted:

Apr 14 2022 8:45AM

Close Date:

Jun 14 2022

Position Description

The College of Engineering at The Pennsylvania State University is a recognized world leader in impactful teaching and learning; research; and service to the University, the profession and society. We promote a culture of equity and inclusion, wherein everyone is welcome; everyone is respected; everyone's opinion and contributions are valued; and everyone strives for excellence in themselves, in their colleagues, and in the institution. To support these ideals, the College’s vision to inspire change and impact tomorrow, and the belief that academic advising plays an integral role in enhancing student success which is central to the University’s teaching and learning mission, the College of Engineering is reimagining our undergraduate academic advising structure. We are seeking interested and qualified candidates for the position of Senior Director of Academic Advising to lead the innovative expansion and redesign of a comprehensive college-wide academic advising structure at the University Park campus. This inaugural role will work with current College faculty and professional advising leaders to establish the foundational framework, will oversee the hiring and onboarding of an expanded advising team, and lead the overall enhancement of undergraduate academic advising in the College. As a member of the College’s Academic Support and Global Programs leadership team, the Senior Director will be responsible for the hiring, training, and supervision of (directly and indirectly) a team of primary role academic advisers and coordinate the design and delivery of the academic advising supports for a population of 8,000 undergraduate students in partnership with the College’s academic departments. This position will also contribute to student access and success initiatives through policy interpretation and procedure development. Working closely with the academic departments in the College, commonwealth campus partners, and student support offices, the Senior Director will contribute to initiatives that benefit students who are or may enroll in the College of Engineering. The Senior Director will be responsible for the leadership, oversight, and operations of the undergraduate academic advising team grounded in advising best practices in the College of Engineering; rooted in a commitment to equity and student success supportive of University, College, and academic department initiatives and expectations. The successful candidate will exhibit exemplary qualities such as conceptualization, creativity, stewardship, building community, awareness, and commitment to the grown of individuals, with strong interest in wanting to build a program, an unwavering commitment to academic advising excellence, a desire to promote the growth and sustainability of a team of professional academic advisers, and dedication to supporting student success. At the onset, the Senior Director of Academic Advising will be responsible for leading the development of the mission, goals, and objectives for academic advising in the College that align with the policies set forth by the University. In collaboration with College leadership, the Senior Director will lead the process of identifying program priorities, implementing strategic initiatives, and promoting the critical role academic advising has in student success. As the academic advising program is established, the scope of the Senior Director’s role will adjust to support the ongoing needs and leadership of the advising team and priorities.


Position responsibilities will include, but are not limited to:
- Lead the development, implantation, and sustainability of a comprehensive academic advising program, including the program’s mission, vision, and goals
- Oversee the recruiting, hiring, training and supervision of a team of primary role academic advisers
- Guide professional development initiatives of the academic advising team
- Develop and oversee the budget for general operations, including professional development needs across the advising team
- Work with department Undergraduate Coordinators to ensure department and student advising needs are met
- Develop and support the department faculty adviser role and responsibilities
- Liaise with members of the College and University community, including (but not limited to) College of Engineering academic departments, Academic Support and Global Programs, Center for Equity Outreach and Inclusion, cross-campus and commonwealth advising partners.
- Represent the College of Engineering on Penn State’s Undergraduate Advising Council
- Develop and disseminate critical information and communications related to academic advising
- May provide direct academic advisement to undergraduate students as needed

Application Process

To be considered all applicants must submit a cover letter, resume/CV, and a statement of their philosophy of academic advising.
- External candidates apply via this site: - Current Penn State employees, apply via Workday,

Institution Information

Penn State is a top-ranked research university and Pennsylvania's sole land-grant institution, founded with a mission of high-quality teaching, expert research, and global service. This position is in the College of Engineering at Penn State's University Park campus. The Pennsylvania State University is committed to and accountable for advancing diversity, equity, inclusion, and sustainability in all of its forms. We embrace individual uniqueness, foster a culture of inclusion that supports both broad and specific diversity initiatives, leverage the educational and institutional benefits of diversity in society and nature, and engage all individuals to help them thrive. We value inclusion as a core strength and an essential element of our public service mission.

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Additional Information

Application review will begin on May 9, 2022 and will continue until the position is filled.

Contact Information

Dr. Christine Masters


Required Qualifications

This job typically requires a Master's degree or higher, Ph.D. preferred, and five plus years of related experience. Essential qualities and skills include, but are not limited to:
- Enthusiasm for working with college students and helping them define and achieve their own successes
- A commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion
- Established record of professional academic advising in a post-secondary environment
- Fluent in high-quality academic advising best practices and standards, and possess a passion for promoting the profession of academic advising
- A clearly defined personal philosophy of academic advising
- Desire to lead a team, but seek collaborative and cooperative relationships amongst its members
- Ability to interface effectively with a diverse community inclusive of students, staff, faculty, and administrators - Exhibit high level of diplomacy in persuading and influencing a wide variety of people at various levels and locations
- History of participating as a positive change agent, encouraging shifts of culture or perception of the role and responsibility academic advising has in student learning
- Demonstrated knowledge of applying student development and growth mindset theories
- Proven success leading, supporting, and supervising professional team members that fosters productivity, creativity, and passion for their work
- Willingness to consider diverse perspectives, and comfort and ability with making difficult, data-informed decisions
- Comfort navigating ambiguous and undefined parameters
- Excellent written and oral communication skills

Preferred Qualifications

This job typically requires a Master's degree or higher, Ph.D. preferred, and five plus years of related experience.