As a unit of the College of the Liberal Arts, Liberal Arts Undergraduate Advising collaborates with students to design academic plans that incorporate their academic career and personal goals while meeting the standards of the undergraduate degree and providing a framework upon which students can develop intellectually, socially, and professionally.
Liberal Arts advisers approach their work with students holistically by acknowledging the diverse backgrounds from which students come, considering students’ co-curricular interests, fostering creativity and citizenship. We believe in supporting students in defining success for themselves and making meaning of their experiences. We are seeking someone who is committed to the values of The College of the Liberal Arts: communication, critical thinking, ethical leadership, and global awareness. The Pennsylvania State University is committed to ensuring that diversity, equity, and inclusion are central to the success of a world-class research institution, and The College of the Liberal Arts strives to increase and support diversity and fully include members of underrepresented groups among students, staff, and faculty.
We seek a candidate who will provide academic advising to undergraduate Liberal Arts students and students in other Colleges interested in entering the College of the Liberal Arts. Responsibilities include: advising students on academic policies and procedures; resolving procedural academic problems; monitoring progress of student advisees; maintaining confidentiality of student records; serving as first point of contact regarding your major(s) for assigned academic department(s), other Penn State locations, and student services offices; consulting with Department Heads and Undergraduate Officers on departmental initiatives in undergraduate education as assigned; assisting with the development of strategies to meet goals; participating in undergraduate orientation, registration activities, and presentations to students and families; coordinating a project or program, related to student success, advising strategies, diversity and inclusion, or data analysis, for the unit or the College and acting as a liaison to units in the University affiliated with that project or program; assisting in student recruitment through formal presentations, meetings with prospective students and families, and participation in programs for prospective students; and representing the College at on-campus and off-campus events and programs that may require occasional weekend and evening hours.
Competencies critical to success include: attention to detail; excellent written and verbal communication skills, including public speaking; experience working with a diverse body of students; demonstrated time management skills, which includes ability to manage multiple responsibilities and to support College events and programs; ability to work independently and as a member of a team; adaptability to change, and ability to adapt to new technology and utilize it extensively in daily functions.
Typically requires Master’s degree or higher plus two years or more of related work experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Applicants with a background in social science are encouraged to apply. A Master's degree in higher education, student affairs, or counseling and/or academic advising experience is preferred.
Review of applications will begin on February 5, 2018. Typically requires a Master's degree or higher plus two years of related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience. This is a fixed-term position funded for one year from the date of hire with an excellent possibility of refunding.
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