Unclassified - Academic Staff; Advisor (2 openings) and Associate Advisor (1 opening) in the Advising and Career Center

Code: 096 Posted: 12/19/2014

Associate Advisor and Advisor
Academic and Career Advising Center
University of Wisconsin-Parkside

The University of Wisconsin Parkside invites applicants for three (3) openings in our Advising and Career Center. We are looking for two (2) Advisors and one (1) Associate Advisor to join our team.  



  • 3 or more 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 and verbal communication; interpersonal, time management and problem solving skills.

  • Education Level:

    • Associate Advisor = Bachelors degree

    • Advisor = Masters degree


  • 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 systems ( e.g PeopleSoft Student Administration software, D2L, DARS and ImageNow)

  • Experience with an automated degree audit system and degree evaluation.

  • Documented program planning experience.

  • Education Level:

    • Advisor only = Masters degree in academic advising, counseling, higher education/college personnel or related area

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

35% Engage with students to create an academic plan and explore co-curricular opportunities and activities. 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.

25% Serve as a college liaison and provide advising support to academic departments. Provide timely and accurate information and interpret 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.

25% Lead and/or participate in University student development and retention projects and programs; serve as a resource for faculty/staff. Develop advising materials and presentation to support individual and group advising sessions. This will include FYE and career development seminars.


5% Participate in unit planning, professional development activities and campus committees as appropriate.

5% Additional Duties

  1. Provide back-up for the student service reception area when needed.

  2. Represent advising and career advising on university committees and the institution in state and national professional organizations.

  3. Provide standard reports as required.

  4. Perform other duties and functions as required.

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

  • Be 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, help advisees test the validity of their ideas, and challenge students to confront their attitudes, beliefs, and assumptions.

  • 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., CareerLocker) 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 January 9, 2015, are ensured full consideration; position is open until filled.

Application Process

Go to: https://www.careers.wisconsin.edu

Click the "Apply Now" button. You must create an account and login before you can apply. If you have not yet registered, click on the "Click here to Register" link to begin the registration process. If you are already a registered user, input your "User Name" and "Password' and select "Login." Use the Keyword “Parkside” to locate the job posting and begin the online application process.

Interested candidates should submit the following in electronic format. Your application will not be considered complete until all required documents are attached and required fields are completed:

  • Cover Letter covering required and preferred qualifications

  • Current Resume

  • Copy of transcripts (may be unofficial)

  • The names and contact information for three references

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 us using the information below. Employment opportunities will not be denied because of the need to make reasonable accommodations for a qualified individual's disability.

A criminal background check and degree verification is part of the application process.

The University of Wisconsin-Parkside is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer.

Contact Information

If you have application questions call or email:

Judith Muhlenbeck
University of Wisconsin Parkside
Advising and Career Center
Office (262) 595-3219
Email: muhlenbe@uwp.edu

Contact Name: Judith Muhlenbeck

Contact Phone: (262) 595-3219

Contact Email: muhlenbe@uwp.edu

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