Description: The Assistant Director of Academic Advising will work closely with the Director in implementing college-wide academic advising services and programming. Directly advise students via individual appointments and group meetings to assist them in understanding academic requirements, navigating academic policies and procedures, developing long and short term goals, and resolving issues that affect academic performance. Work with the Director and Associate Director to register all new first-year and transfer students. Collaborate with other offices on campus, as well as faculty members and department Chairs, to develop Academic Advising Center programs and resolve student issues. Perform one or more ongoing duties of the Academic Advising Center, such as coordinating the readmission process, supporting student athletes, coordinating advisor assignments, etc. This is a bargaining unit position. In this position, you will be exclusively represented by the Service Employees International Union, Local 888 for purposes of wages, hours and other terms and conditions of employment.
Campus Location: Boston Campus
Required Knowledge: Masters degree in higher education, student affairs, counseling psychology, or related field Strong communication skills, including the ability to present to small and large groups Strong interpersonal skills Strong organizational skills and attention to detail
Preferred/Desirable Knowledge: Knowledge of post-secondary academic systems and student development theories Skills in relationship building, diplomacy, conflict resolution and/or counseling Experience working with a diverse student body in a multicultural setting Ability to use or learn computer programs necessary for database management, document revision, and/or website maintenance Ability to work as member of a team Background in or knowledge of communication or the arts
Required Prior Work Experience: Two or more years experience in advising or counseling in a relevant environment
Diversity Statement: Emerson College believes diversity enriches the educational experience by providing students with the opportunity to learn from individuals who may have different backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives. Engagement with diversity in the curriculum, in our co-curricular offerings, and all other aspects of the College enhances the personal and intellectual growth of all members of our campus community. Emerson is committed to strengthening communities, including our workplace, by fostering the development of the intercultural competencies necessary for meaningful citizenship in an increasingly complex, pluralistic society.
Open Date: 10/27/2017
Classification Title: Career IC
Salary Grade: 16
Job Family: Individual Contributor
Academic Advising Individual Meetings: Serve as direct advisor to first-year and sophomore students. Assist all undergraduate students seeking an individual academic advising appointment. Provide guidance on curriculum planning, academic requirements, course selection and registration, academic difficulty, major/minor options, and any other topic related to academics. Refer students to, and collaborate with, appropriate offices (Registrar, Financial Aid, Career Services, Writing and Academic Resource Center, Student Accessibility Services, Education Abroad) and/or faculty to address student questions and concerns. Participate in crisis intervention, meeting with students and families and working collaboratively with faculty, Residence Life, Student Accessibility, Student Life, Counseling, and Registrar to provide support and reach a resolution.
Academic Advising-Group Meetings: Meet with students in group meetings developed to assist with students transition to the College, orient students to academic advising services, and prepare students for course registration. Educate students on academic policies and procedures, course selection/registration, and curriculum planning, as well as facilitate discussions on options and goals. Assist with the preparation of written materials for these programs.
Academic Advising Center Ongoing Duties: Each Assistant Director will perform one or more of the following duties: coordinate the readmission process, support student athletes, coordinate advisor assignments, or other duties as needed.
New Student Registration: Assist Director and Associate Director in advising and registering all new first-year and transfer students (over 1,000 each year). Create and review all schedules to ensure accuracy, considering all factors (major requirements, first-year requirements, Liberal Arts curriculum, waivers, AP credit, transfer credit, and/or participation in special programs such as Honors, athletics, FS101, etc.). Assist with the preparation of written materials as needed to provide for a successful registration process.
College Events: Represent the Academic Advising Center at campus events and programs by actively participating in Admissions events, Residential Life staff training, Orientation Leader training, Parent Orientation, International Orientation, etc. Assist with the development of written materials for these programs as needed.
Academic Department Liaison: Act as a liaison to academic departments, department Chairs, and faculty to support departmental policies, procedures, and goals. Train and orient new faculty advisors while providing consultation throughout the year as needed. Supplement student advising provided by faculty.
Emerson College is the nation’s premier private college dedicated exclusively to majors in communication and the arts in a liberal arts context. It is located in the theater district in the dynamic multi-cultural city of Boston in close proximity to major arts institutions, media outlets, and research centers. The College enrolls 3,783 undergraduate students and 641 graduate students from 71 count...ries and 48 states. Emerson College is committed to an active, intentional, and ongoing engagement with diversity – in its people, in the curriculum, and in the College’s intellectual, social, cultural and geographical communities. Our inclusive excellence framework recognizes that institutional excellence comes from fully engaging with diversity in all aspects of institutional activities. Members of historically under-represented groups are encouraged to apply.