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This is a one year restricted appointment.
The Academic and Career Advisor helps students with analyzing interests and abilities, choosing a major, changing majors, selecting courses, meeting requirements, and succeeding academically.
Duties The following duties are customary for this position, but are not to be interpreted as all-inclusive.
Provide academic and career advising services to approximately 350-700 first and second year engineering students
Deliver accurate information and advice to students about majors/minors and course options
Identify educational and career options appropriate for each student and assist with the analysis of each option, including possible outcomes and their implications
Monitor academic progress of students and determine satisfactory progress toward transferring to an undergraduate degree granting program
Identify current and potential needs or problem areas (e.g. study skills, tutoring, counseling) and refer students to appropriate campus resources for assistance
Maintain student files and records; document all pertinent student information
Interpret and explain college and university policies and procedures
Participate in recruiting activities for the university, college, and department, including but not limited to new student orientation, new student welcome, change of major information sessions, engineering open house, course request group advising, plan of study workshops, etc
Communicate in a highly professional manner with department faculty, university administrators, researchers, staff, students, and campus visitors
Support class scheduling, enrollment, and systems related to class registration
Other duties as assigned
Master's degree in engineering, educational administration, student development, or related field from an accredited university;
Must enjoy working with students in a higher education setting;
Educational planning, and/or programming experience at college level;
Exceptional interpersonal communication skills with the ability to develop and deliver public speeches with confidence to large and small groups;
Demonstrated advanced computer skills, particularly related to data management, Microsoft, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook; sensitivity to cultural and ethnic differences;
Excellent organizational skills, creativity, flexibility, and self-motivation;
Must be able to work effectively in both a team environment and independently;
Knowledge of mechanisms of student retention, student development theories, career development strategies, and recruitment strategies;
Ability to maintain confidentiality in accordance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA);
Ability to handle a large number of inquiries by phone, email, and in person while maintaining a professional and mature demeanor.
Professional academic advising experience in a higher education setting; familiarity with student information systems; experience with first-year students.
Employee Category: Administrative and Professional Faculty
Appointment Type: Restricted
Tenure Status: Non-Tenure Track
Percent Employment: Full-time
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Virginia Tech takes a hands-on, engaging approach to education, preparing scholars to be leaders in their fields and communities. As the commonwealth's most comprehensive university and its leading research institution, Virginia Tech offers 240 undergraduate and graduate degree programs to more than 31,000 students and manages a research portfolio of more than $513 million. The university fulfil...ls its land-grant mission of transforming knowledge to practice through technological leadership and by fueling economic growth and job creation locally, regionally, and across Virginia.
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