Unclassified, Associate Advisor, Student Support Services

Code: 046 Posted: 06/13/2014

Associate Advisor, Student Support Services
University of Wisconsin - Parkside

Position Location: Southeastern, WI

The University of Wisconsin-Parkside seeks applications for an Associate Advisor in the Student Support Services Department. This is a year round position starting in the summer of 2014. The position is grant funded.

Provide advising and engagement with college success initiatives for students in the Student Support Services federally funded TRIO program. Provide assistance to students who are first-generation and multicultural students of various backgrounds in areas of access, retention and persistence through to graduation. Perform other duties as necessary.


Provide academic guidance and interpersonal counseling and support to a case load of student participants.

  1. Conduct student orientations and individualized needs assessments of academic, financial, career, and personal development for each SSS advisee.

  1. Develop a plan of educational support designed to meet the needs of each student that leads to student's successful academic progress and persistence - culminating in students's graduation; this plan becomes the Student Contract and is agreed to in writing by each participant.

  1. Meet with students on a regular basis (and specifically, meet with first-year students and students on probation at least once every two weeks). Provide bi-weekly, mid-term, and end-of-semester grade advising.

  1. Plan activities, workshops, and seminars to familiarize students with the requirements, procedures and resources of the University of Wisconsin-Parkside.

  1. Assist students using the SSS study labs.

Program Outreach and Development

  1. Travel with students to conferences, workshops, cultural events, etc.

  1. Assist in designing cultural/educational programs for student participants

  1. Attend professional development TRIO conferences as prescribed by the director of SSS.

  1. Assist in the development of print and promotional materials including construction and design of brochures, posters, newsletters, etc.

  1. Assist in the supervision of SSS peer mentors/coaches and in the coordination and support of a network of mentors which links upperclass students with mentors in students' chosen professional field of study.

  1. Participate in university activities, including elected and appointed committees, student or campus programs, TRIO professional associations, and other duties as assigned by the Director of Student Support Services.

Assist in the identification, selection, and recruitment of program participants.

  1. Conduct telephone interviews to identify potential participants.

  1. Schedule and conduct personal interviews to assist in the selection of partcipants.

  1. Market the program to campus and community.

Maintain student files; keep current and complete information

  1. Keep accurate documentation of each advising session to determine its effectiveness with students.

  1. Prepare and submit a monthly and annual report summarizing student contacts.

  1. Assist in the administration of the SSS Student Questionnaire each year for evaluation of program services and activities.

  1. Keep accurate record of program data necessary for reporting services and activities to the U.S. Department of Education and University of Wisconsin-Parkside.


Essential Knowledge And Abilities

  • Ability to work with students in various areas such as: academic advising, student counseling, etc.

  • Ability to learn and perform accurate tasks with little supervision.

  • Ability to read, write and effectively communicate.

  • Ability to coordinate successful programs and student success for students representing diverse backgrounds, including ethnicity social economic status and academic abilities.

  • Strong oral and written communication skills

  • Ability to identify, analyze and resolve problems.

  • Ability to plan, organize and prioritize multiple work assignments and projects.

  • Ability to maintain accurate and detailed records.

  • Ability to develop and maintain effective professional working relationships with individuals at all organizational levels both with the campus community and with external institutions, community leaders, agencies, and others.

  • Computer proficient in using the internet, email, word processing, desktop publishing and spreadsheet database software

  • Ability to occasionally work nights and weekends for student events



  • Bachelor’s Degree (by time of hire)

  • Experience working with TRIO-eligible (first generation and low income) multicultural, and/or under-prepared students

  • Ability to handle multiple tasks, and learn and perform tasks with limited supervision.

  • Excellent communication skills


  • Master’s degree in education, college student personnel, or related field

  • Background similar to target population

  • Experience in advising and/or mentoring college students or related experience


Salary:  Commensurate with qualifications and experience. The University of Wisconsin System provides a liberal benefits package, including participation in a state pension plan.

Review of Applications: Applications received by Monday June 30th, 2014are ensured full consideration. The position is open until filled.

To Apply: Interested candidates should submit the following, preferably in electronic format:

  • a cover letter outlining their qualifications for the position

  • resume

  • list of three or more professional references with contact information

Go to: 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."

  • Your application will not be considered complete until all required documents are attached and all required fields are completed.

If you have application questions call or email:

Kristin Drabant

(262) 595-2726


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.

The University of Wisconsin-Parkside is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. A criminal background check and degree verification are required prior to starting employment.

About the University:

UW-Parkside is committed to diversity, engagement, access, and academic excellence. Candidates who can contribute to these goals are encouraged to identify strengths and experiences. The University enrolls approximately 5,100 students, many of whom are first generation and nontraditional students. Located in northern Kenosha County in the Chicago-Milwaukee urban corridor, much of the university's 700-acre campus has been preserved in its natural wooded and prairie state.

Contact Name: Kristin Drabant

Contact Phone: (262) 595-2726

Contact Email: Kristin.Drabant@uwp.edu

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