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Unity College - Distance Education Advisor

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Unity College

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Location: Greater Portland Area, MECategory: ProfessionalPosted: Sep 12, 2019Job Description:About Unity College:For over fifty years, Unity College has been preparing the next generation of environmental professionals and leaders to successfully face real-world challenges. We believe that we should serve a broad range of students from all backgrounds across the U.S. and the world. To be responsive to the rapidly changing needs of students and society, Unity College has adopted an enterprise model as its institutional organization, expanding the college into two distinct units that offer both undergraduate and graduate environmental degrees: flagship campus and distance education.On our flagship campus, our liberal arts curriculum is built upon a unique framework of sustainability science, the first of its kind in the nation. A distinctive approach to learning provides our students with an exceptional, high-quality education, enabling them to drive real change with leading-edge knowledge and expertise within any of our 17 environmentally focused majors. Our unique location provides extraordinary opportunities for hands-on learning and research, and active and engaged students work together with forward-thinking faculty to make true community-based learning possible. From 225 wooded acres of farmland overlooking Unity Pond in the tranquil village of Unity, Maine, we prepare each of our students to make a mark on the world.Our distance education unit, started in 2016, extends the effects of a Unity College education to adult learners, and beyond the physical confines of the flagship campus. Unity College Online offers affordable, accredited master's degrees and non-degree credits, ideal for working professionals seeking to advance their careers, helping students become the change maker the world needs while still honoring their commitments, wherever they are.Job Description:This position will oversee admissions, retention, registration, and advising for students in the Distance Education Sustainable Business Unit. The Advisor in coordination with Distance Education Concierges, may help make admissions decisions. The primary responsibility is to provide academic advising and meet retention goals. This position functions as the primary contact for a set of students. The Advisor provides student support through academic planning, communication, and outreach to students, as well as providing resources and tools for success. Maintains accurate records. Must also have knowledge of financial aid and billing processes and attend regular trainings. Advisors will also support the Concierge recruitment efforts as needed. Work location will be the Greater Portland Maine area.

The ideal candidate will have a bachelor's degree plus:
•Experience in college student advising; ideally experience in advising online undergraduate and graduate programs.
•Valid Driver's License with a good driving record.
•Excellent initiative and organizational skills with ability to work both autonomously and in a team.
•Great time management skills.
•Excellent oral and written communication skills with strong interpersonal skills.
•Ability and willingness to work with students from diverse political/socioeconomic backgrounds and a wide range of physical and academic abilities.
•Good skills in word processing, spreadsheets and computerized database systems.
•Personal commitment to the environmental focus and mission of the college.
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This is a full-time, calendar-year, exempt position. Due to the nature of this position, work beyond regular hours is necessary in meeting the requirements of the position. The employee shall establish regular office hours, and in consultation with supervisor, adjust the work schedule as appropriate. Must be flexible and cooperative in fulfilling responsibilities and meeting the college's needs.To remain viable - this position is expected to consistently retain 80% of their assigned students a year. This minimum range reflects the minimum number to keep the position funded and can differ for the goals set annually by the Distance Education Enrollment Manager.
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Unity College seeks to attract employees who share a commitment to the environment and to human diversity, and who have an interest in helping students develop an understanding of the richness and complexity of individuals and society.Interested and qualified candidates should go to to complete and application and submit a cover letter, resume and points of contacts for three references. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. We look forward to hearing from you!
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