Senior Academic Advisor - The College of Liberal Arts & Sciences
University of Iowa
Location: Iowa City, Iowa
Salary: 44,429.00 - 93,053.00
Internal Number: 23005140_1699896405
The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS) is searching for Senior Academic Advisor.
CLAS senior academic advisors are instrumental in supporting both the departments they serve and ensuring student success. They provide individual guidance to students throughout their university journey, whether in-person or through Zoom meetings, focusing on academic planning and goal setting, fostering an inclusive environment, and promoting engagement in opportunities and resources for academic and career growth.
Senior advisors offer additional support to students facing academic challenges, actively participating in college retention and graduation efforts, and helping transfer students transition to the University.
Advisors actively collaborate with their respective departments and the College to enhance the undergraduate experience. They engage students in career exploration, personal and professional development, and the cultivation of a lifelong learning mindset, all aimed at creating a meaningful and transformative college experience for each student.
In addition, CLAS advisors work cohesively, supporting one another through cross-training, programming, and staff development. They also play a vital role in committees that collectively improve the advising experience. Advisors engage in weekly and monthly developmental and community-oriented activities within the College and may take part in Commencement ceremonies.
CLAS advisors facilitate connections between students and faculty for specialized advising and mentoring, monitor student academic progress, and maintain confidential student records. They coordinate the evaluation of transfer credits for both domestic and international coursework, represent their departments and the College at campus meetings, participate in recruitment initiatives, and assist with course enrollments. Advisors also develop written materials for distribution, both in print and online. They actively contribute an advising-based perspective to departmental committees, offering insights on curriculum, policies, and procedures. Senior advisors provide assessments and recommendations to their departments, addressing student issues, course scheduling, curriculum requirements, and obstacles that may hinder timely graduation.
The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS), established in 1900, is the largest of the 11 colleges that comprise the University of Iowa, with 37 departments spanning the visual, performing, literary, and cinematic arts; humanities; natural and mathematical sciences; social and behavioral sciences; and communication disciplines.
Advise undergraduate majors on departmental, collegiate and University policies and procedures. Monitor completion of General Education Program requirements and advise students on selection of courses that satisfy the requirements. Advise and monitor student progress regarding major requirements and on the development of appropriate academic plans.
Coordinate or facilitate exceptions to department policies and procedures concerning transfer courses, study abroad courses or major requirements.
Sit on department committees or represent unit on campus committees, task forces, and initiatives. Collect and analyze data and information about each program for the department and /or College. Facilitate surveys of undergraduate students for advising or department assessment.
Coordinate and/or implement advising strategies. Conduct and/or participate in special projects, campus-wide committees and search committee's areas of functional advising coordination.
Provide feedback, suggestions, and recommendations to Departmental and College administration, and to faculty as appropriate, regarding policies and procedures and/or proposed changes.
A Master's degree in a core liberal arts and sciences discipline or higher education administration, or a combination of education and experience.
Typically, 3 years of direct experience working with undergraduate students as an academic advisor, providing guidance on major and university graduation requirements, or in a related student services role where the primary responsibility involves conducting one-on-one meetings with students to support their educational journey.
Skillfully builds effective relationships with individuals and groups from diverse backgrounds in a respectful and constructive manner, appreciating each individual's unique contributions.
Proven track record of managing an advising caseload or related student services caseload, consisting of 100 or more students.
Demonstrated capability in designing, participating in, or implementing programs aimed at enhancing student success and retention or creating an inclusive educational environment.
Proficiency in oral and written communication, particularly in sensitive situations that may require negotiation, empathy, and diplomacy, with a focus on the educational context.
Competency in Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and social media.
Exceptional interpersonal skills, enabling the completion of a diverse range of tasks while meeting deadlines and maintaining a professional demeanor.
Extensive experience in maintaining strict confidentiality, particularly concerning student records.
Undergraduate or master's degree in mathematics, Chemistry, Physics, or Astronomy is preferred.
Experience working as a full-time professional academic advisor for undergraduate students at a public or private college/university for a minimum of 1 year.
Knowledge of University of Iowa policies and procedures are desirable.
Experience teaching in a liberal arts and sciences core discipline, career course or college transition course.
Position and Application details:
For additional job details and to apply please visit https://jobs.uiowa.edu/ and access requisition #23005140.
In order to be considered for an interview, applicants must upload the following documents and mark them as a "Relevant File" to the submission.
Job openings are posted for a minimum of 14 calendar days and may be removed from posting and filled any time after the original posting period has ended. Successful candidates will be required to self-disclose any conviction history and will be subject to a criminal background check and credential/education verification. Up to 5 professional references will be requested at a later step in the recruitment process. Please note that this position is not eligible for visa sponsorship in the United States.
The salary range for this position is $46,000-$48,000.
The University of Iowa is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment free from discrimination on the basis of race, creed, color, religion, national origin, age, sex, pregnancy (including childbirth and related conditions), disability, genetic information, status as a U.S. veteran, service in the U.S. military, sexual orientation, gender identity, or associational preferences.
With over 31,000 students, the University of Iowa is one of the nation's top public research universities, a member of the Big Ten conference and the Association of American Universities. The University of Iowa is composed of eleven colleges and is known around the world for its balanced commitment to the arts, sciences, and humanities. It is home to one of the nation's largest academic medical centers and the pioneering Iowa Writers' Workshop. The University of Iowa promotes work/life integration and is located in the casual yet cosmopolitan environment of Iowa City, widely recognized as one of the country's most livable communities.