Academic Staff - Director of Academic and Career Advising (Public May Apply)

Code: 14110 Posted: 03/07/2018

Director of Academic & Career Advising

University of Wisconsin-Parkside


Position Location: Southeastern, WI

The University of Wisconsin-Parkside invites applications for the position of Director of Academic and Career Advising.

The Director of Academic and Career Advising for the university has direct oversight of the Advising & Career Center and provides overall guidance and strategic direction for all academic and career advising functions across campus. Reporting to the Vice Provost for Student Affairs and Enrollment Services, the Director has primary responsibility for supervising the staff in the Advising & Career Center and shares responsibility for supervising advisors assigned to the Colleges with the Academic Deans. The Director provides leadership for campus wide advising practices, philosophies and pedagogies and works in collaboration with academic departments and administrative units to assess advising and ensure that the strategic initiatives of the university are being successfully implemented. The Director collaborates regularly with colleagues in Admissions, Financial Aid, Registrar’s Office, Cashier’s Office, and Campus Technology Services related to the set-up, implementation, and maintenance of the university’s Student Information System and other advising and career related technologies. The Director collaborates with other campus colleagues to support student access, orientation, persistence and completion efforts.



  • Master’s degree in Counseling, Counseling Psychology, Guidance Counseling, Student Personnel, Higher Education Administration, or related field
  • Seven or more years of experience in Academic Advising or related field with progressive leadership and supervisory responsibilities in a Higher Education setting
  • Experience working with a Student Information System, supplemental academic advising software and degree audit systems


  • Three or more years of experience in Career Advising
  • Experience working with PeopleSoft Student Information System and specifically the PeopleSoft Advising Module
  • Experience working with a Shard Advising Model (Professional and College/Faculty Advising Systems)

Essential Duties and Responsibilities


Vision and Leadership

  • Provide leadership for a campus wide model of academic advising and career development that incorporates structure, personnel, policy and process.
  • Establish a clear vision, mission, goals, objectives and learning outcomes for campus wide academic advising and career development.
  • Develop/Review/Update an advising and career development curriculum and pedagogy that supports student success.
  • Develop and oversee on-going training of professional Academic and Career Advisors and Faculty Advisors.
  • Work in collaboration with Academic Deans to supervise Academic and Career Advisors assigned to the Colleges. Monitor advisee caseloads in the Colleges and make recommendations for adjustments as needed.

Day-to-Day Operations of the Advising & Career Center (ACC)

  • Exercise discretion and independent judgment with respect to program development and direction, staff supervision and training, budget management, and Center operations.
  • Initiate and support strategic planning, goal-setting, and assessment efforts for the department.
  • Provide onboarding training and direct supervision to professional staff in the ACC. Communicate clear performance expectations, provide guidance and on-going professional development opportunities, and conduct regular performance reviews.
  • Oversee the assignment of student caseloads (advisee assignments) and departmental projects.
  • Responsible for management of the department’s budget including revenue generating events (career/internship fairs).
  • Formulate, implement, and interpret policies for specified areas of responsibility.

Provide Guidance Regarding Student Academic Success

  • Obtain and review relevant data and provide input to the Vice Provost and Academic Deans regarding course availability and demand.
  • Obtain and review relevant data related to students’ academic standing, relay standing status to the Academic and Career Advisors, and implement strategies to support students’ academic progress.
  • Coordinate Academic Actions process in conjunction with the Academic Actions Committee.

Administrative Duties

  • Serve as a member of the Student Affairs & Enrollment Services (SAES) Leadership Team. Attend regularly scheduled SAES meetings.
  • Serve as a member of the Committee on Advising. Serve on various campus committees as requested/feasible.
  • Attend UW System, regional and national meetings/workshops/conferences as required and/or approved.
  • This position is designated as a Campus Security Authority (CSA) for Clery Compliance.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Essential Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Comprehensive knowledge of student development theory, practice, and assessment
  • Comprehensive knowledge of theoretical foundations and best practices in academic advising and career development
  • Supervisory skills including effective delegation, training and development of professional and para-professional staff, and conflict resolution
  • Strong oral and written communication skills, leadership skills, strategic planning and budget management skills, and the ability to multi-task in a fast-paced environment
  • Ability to identify, analyze and resolve problems
  • Ability to plan, organize and prioritize multiple work assignments and projects
  • Ability to compile and analyze data related to student success and course demands
  • Knowledge of educational software designed to support student success (i.e. Student Information Systems, DARS or other degree audit software, ImageNow or other document management/workflow software)
  • Ability to develop and maintain effective professional working relationships with individuals at all organizational levels both within the campus community and with external institutions, community leaders, agencies, and other constituents
  • Ability to exhibit professionalism at all times
  • Ability to develop and facilitate presentations related to academic advising and career development
  • Knowledge of NACADA core values, NACE standards, and FERPA requirements
  • Ability to work with diverse campus populations (students, faculty, staff and guests)

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


Review of Applications


Applications received by 11:59 PM March 30, 2018, are ensured full consideration.


Application Process


STEP 1: Please select the applicable link below:

External Applicants: (Candidates NOT currently employed by the University of Wisconsin System) – follow link then continue to STEP 2

Internal Applicants: (Candidates currently employed by the University of Wisconsin System) – follow link then under “Main Menu” choose:

  • “Self Service”
  • “Recruiting”
  • “Careers”

STEP 2: Under "Job Search" choose:

  • "More Options"
  • Job Opening ID: "14110"
  • "Search"
  • Select "Director of Academic and Career Advising"
  • Click "Apply"
  • 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
  • CV/Resume
  • Names and contact information of three to five 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


Please Note:
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.

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Legal Notices

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 Call the UW-Parkside Campus Police Office at (262) 595-2455 for a paper copy of the annual report.

Contact Name: Lori King

Contact Phone: (262) 595-2598

Contact Email:

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