The University of Wisconsin-Parkside invites applications for the position of Academic and Career Advisor.
Reporting to the Director of the Advising and Career Center, this position provides quality academic and career advising to active UW-Parkside students, transfer students, and prospective students. The Academic and Career Advisor will assist students in transitioning to the University, assessing academic skills, and exploring academic and career options. This position will monitor student progress and provide support throughout the students’ academic career at UW-Parkside. The Academic and Career Advisor acts as a liaison and partners with campus departments in their efforts to develop and implement programs and services that foster an inclusive and engaged campus community which supports academic excellence and student success.
- Master’s degree
- 3-5 years of work experience in higher education setting
- Experience advising undecided students and knowledge of retention programming
- Experience with a student information and/or student tracking systems
- Demonstrated effective written communication
- Demonstrated effective time and problem solving skills
- Masters’ degree in academic advising, counseling, higher education/college personnel or related area
- Experience in higher education in an office such as Advising, Admission, or Residence Life
- Familiarity in integrating academic and career advising at the University level
- Familiarity with college advising centers, student success centers or first year programs
- Experience with student information system ( e.g. PeopleSoft Student Administration software experience)
- Experience with an automated degree audit system and degree evaluation
- Documented program planning experience
- Demonstrated effective verbal and interpersonal communication skills
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Engage with students to create an academic plan and explore co-curricular
opportunities and activities:
- Use discretion and independent judgment with respect to the monitoring of academic progress of students and developing intervention strategies to assist students in their academic development. Make referrals as warranted.
- Assist students in transitioning to the academic environment and advocate for their success
- Monitor academic progress of students and develop intervention strategies to assist students in their academic development
- Guide students in making informed decisions regarding educational and career goals. Serve as a mentor / coach to teach students communication and interpersonal skills, critical thinking skills, and problem solving skills.
- Perform career advising functions which include engaging students in the process of academic and career exploration by employing critical elements of self-assessment, career research, goal setting, job search strategies, career progression, and reflection. Assist students with resumes, cover letters, and interview preparation as well as the graduate school application process
Serve as a college liaison and provides advising support to academic departments:
- Provide timely and accurate information and interprets academic requirements as well as University policies and procedures to assigned advisees and general University community
- Record data on student interactions using appropriate technology. Collaborate with other advisors and faculty/staff regularly.
- Serve as a resource for faculty/staff
Lead and/or participate in University student development and retention projects and
- Facilitate academic success workshops – these may include FYE and career-related thematic workshops, class presentations, collaborative programming, and special events to be offered throughout the academic year
- Develop advising materials and presentation to support individual and group student sessions
- Participate in unit planning, professional development activities and campus committees as appropriate
- Provide back-up for the student service desk when needed
- Provide standard reports as required
- Perform other duties and functions as required
- Serve as a designated Campus Security Authority (CSA) for Clery Compliance
Essential Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Knowledge, Skills, and Characteristics of Effective Advisors as established by NACADA:
- Possess accurate information about the policies, procedures, resources, and programs of their departments and institutions
- Enable advisees to actively participate in the advising process by challenging them with new, more demanding learning tasks involving alternative ideas or choices and encouraging them to ask questions to clarify these ideas and explore these choices
- Provide timely feedback, reinforce learning that has taken place, and applaud student successes
- Are well prepared for advising sessions and create a good learning climate within advising sessions
- Project enthusiasm for their area of academic expertise and their advisory duties
- Encourage advisees to become self-directed learners
- Help advisees evaluate and re-evaluate their progress toward personal, educational, and career goals
- Set performance goals for themselves and their advisees
- Provide materials to advisees and refer them to others when referral is an appropriate response
- Assist students in the consideration of their life goals by helping them relate their experiences, interests, skills, and values to career paths and the nature and purpose of higher education
- Provide tasks to be completed before the next advising meeting that will require the advisee to use information-gathering, decision-making, and problem-solving skills
- Help students gain self-understanding and self-acceptance
- Communicate in a clear and unambiguous manner with advisees
- Serve as catalysts by asking questions and initiating discussions
- Listen carefully and constructively to advisees' messages
- Provide a caring and personal relationship by exhibiting a positive attitude toward students, their goals, and their ability to learn
- Provide accessible and responsive advising services
- Provide a climate of trust in which advisees feel free to ask questions, express concerns, revise ideas, make decisions, and share personal experiences and knowledge
- Model the tenets of the university, and demonstrate enthusiasm and knowledge about the goals and purposes of higher education
- Respect diverse points of view by demonstrating sensitivity to differences in culture and gender
- Make changes or add to advising knowledge and skills by assessing the advising process
- Help students move beyond rote memorization or recall (Grites, 1994), help advisees test the validity of their ideas (Hagen, 1994), and “challenge students to confront their attitudes, beliefs, and assumptions” (Laff, 1994, p. 47)
- Help students explore career goals and choose programs, courses, and co-curricular activities that support these goals
- Utilize institutional technology (e.g., DARS) to augment advising, recommend interactive software (e.g., WisCareers) that can help advisees clarify goals and identify career options, and communicate with advisees via e-mail
THE UNIVERSITY AND AREA
UW-Parkside is a regional comprehensive university that is committed to accessibility, academic excellence, student success, diversity, and community engagement. This beautiful campus is on 700 acres of woodland & prairie in the heart of the Milwaukee/Chicago corridor, between Racine and Kenosha and near Lake Michigan. The university enrolls approximately 5,000 students, many of whom are first- generation and nontraditional students. UW-Parkside benefits from the diversity of the communities it services in Kenosha, Racine, and Walworth Counties. Kenosha and Racine are small cities that offer tranquility and convenience. The myriad attractions of Milwaukee and Chicago are easily accessible, as is the solitude of the country. UW-Parkside is strongly committed to creating and maintaining a multicultural, pluralistic campus environment.
The tri-county region that comprises the University’s primary service area is home to an impressive array of businesses. There are more than 10,000 small businesses in the region, as well as a large number of globally-recognized employers. The college, through its active, engaged Advisory Board, enjoys a close relationship with many of these businesses. For further information regarding the University and community, please see our website at www.uwp.edu.
REVIEW OF APPLICATIONS
Applications received by 11:59 PM October 15, 2017, are ensured full consideration. Position is open until filled.
STEP 1: Please select the applicable link below:
External Candidate Apply Here (Candidates not currently employed by the University of Wisconsin System) – follow link then continue to STEP 2
Internal Candidate Apply Here (Candidates currently employed by the University of Wisconsin System) – follow link then under “Main Menu” choose:
- “Self Service”
STEP 2: Under "Job Search" choose:
- "More Options"
- Job Opening ID: "13517"
- Select "Academic and Career Advisor"
- Click "Apply Now"
- You must login before you can apply. Input your "User Name" and "Password" and select "Login"
- If you have not yet registered, click "Register Now" to begin the registration process
STEP 3: Submit application materials:
Please be sure to complete all required fields and include all required documents before submitting your application. Once submitted, you will not be able to edit or attach any application materials. Files must be complete to be considered. Please include the following documents:
- Cover letter addressing your qualifications for the position
- Names and contact information of three professional references
You must select "SUBMIT", selecting "Save" will not forward your application materials to the search committee.
If you have questions about how to apply go to https://kb.wisc.edu/hrs/page.php?id=21544
In instances where the Search and Screen Committee is unable to ascertain from a candidate’s application materials whether she/he meets all of the required qualifications, or if all of the application materials are not submitted, they will be evaluated as not meeting such qualifications and may be excluded from further consideration.
SALARY AND BENEFITS
Commensurate with experience and education. The UW System provides a liberal benefits package, including participation in a state pension plan.
Benefit Details: https://www.wisconsin.edu/ohrwd/benefits/download/summaries/fasl.pdf
Total Compensation Estimator: https://www.wisconsin.edu/ohrwd/benefits/totalcomp/
A criminal background check will be required at the time of hire.
UW-Parkside is an AA/EEO employer. Individuals from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.
It is the policy of UW-Parkside to provide reasonable accommodations to qualified applicants with disabilities. If you need assistance or accommodation in applying because of a disability, please contact the Office of Human Resources at 262-595-2204. Employment opportunities will not be denied because of the need to make reasonable accommodations for a qualified individual's disability.
University of Wisconsin System will not reveal the identities of applicants who request confidentiality in writing, except that the identity of the successful candidate will be released. See Wis. Stat. sec. 19.36(7).
In compliance with the Clery Act of 1998, the University of Wisconsin Parkside Crime Statistics Report is available at https://www.uwp.edu/live/offices/universitypolice/crimestats.cfm. Call the UW-Parkside Campus Police Office at (262) 595-2455 for a paper copy of the annual report.