Academic Advisor I
Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi
Proposed Minimum Salary
Corpus Christi, Texas
TAMU-CC is a dynamic university designated as both a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI) and Minority-Serving Institution (MSI) with approximately 11,000 students from 47 states and 54 foreign nations. We employ over 1,400 full-time and 2,000 part-time Islanders (including students/GAs). The University attracts highly talented faculty and staff and offers an array of undergraduate and graduate degrees, including doctoral programs. As a member of the Texas A&M University System, TAMU-CC benefits from a range of resources, increased visibility and influence, and opportunities to collaborate in mutually beneficial ways with peers across member institutions and associated agencies.
TAMU-CC’s beautiful campus is located on a 240-acre island on Corpus Christi Bay and was ranked #1 College by the Sea by Best College Reviews. Our natural setting is enhanced by its modern, attractive, and state-of-the-art classroom buildings and support facilities.
From our generous benefits package and professional development opportunities, to our retirement programs and our commitment to service excellence, the Island University is an engaging and rewarding place to work.
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This position under general supervision, advises undergraduate students concerning the academic requirements for their chosen program. This position is responsible for assisting with course selection, registration process, and major selection. This position provides information on and refers students to University resources that can assist in meeting their needs or solving problems; communicates accurate and timely information and interprets institutional, core, and major requirements.
- Provides academic advising for students grounded in tenets of practice outlined by the National Association of Academic Advising (NACADA) and appropriate academic advising and student development theories.
- Advises for course selection, registration, academic planning, career and educational goal-setting, appropriate resources, transitioning to the university, and retention issues. Document student advising outcomes adequately to meet department and institutional disclosure guidelines and aid in subsequent advising activities.
- Advises in both group and individual settings with current and prospective students.
- Perform appointment preparations including, but not limited to, reviewing all accessible academic records for accuracy and appropriateness of course work, communicating with academic departments for major-specific transfer equivalencies, and requesting the posting of approved transfer courses.
- Process academic forms and follow-up on processed forms to ensure that the student’s record accurately represents the student’s chosen major, minor, concentration, and catalog year.
- Interprets State, University, and college policies and procedures.
- May travel to national and/or regional advising conferences; may be required to work beyond normal office hours including evening and/or on weekends.
Student Success & Retention:
- Advocate for student needs associated with their educational and academic program. Clearly communicate accurate and timely information to students and interpret institutional, general education, and major requirements per the university catalog. Exhibit strong, active listening skills. Help students develop a realistic self-perception and successful transition into the university and help them to establish realistic goals for future endeavors.
- Monitors academic progress and implements intervention strategies for students who receive academic alerts or who need assistance in maintaining or improving their academic standing.
- Direct students to resources, programs, and services on campus when it is appropriate to do so. Help students integrate information so that they may make well-informed academic decisions. Work to establish a partnership with students that will guide them efficiently through their academic program.
- Monitor students advising requirements: Notify students of academic and faculty advising requirements when certain conditions have or have not been met. Maintain accurate and complete student file documentation. Prepare for and participate in on- and off-campus recruiting activities. Prepare for, present, and advise at first-year student orientations.
- Support retention efforts include using Starfish and requiring probationary and returning suspension students to schedule an appointment and discuss university guidelines and expectations at the undergraduate levels.
- Collaborates with members of the campus community in student retention initiatives.
- Conducts research on topics within the field of academic advising and organizes activities for professional development.
- Leads workshops, seminars, and other student engagement activities across campus.
- Attend TAMU-CC Commencement ceremonies on a rotating basis.
- Maintain a professional and cordial liaison with administrators, faculty, staff, students, and other involved constituents concerning advisees and program. Track and obtain documents needed for potential and current students from other constituencies on campus.
- Complies with all state, system, and university policies, regulations, rules, procedures, guidelines, and directives in a timely manner and adhere to confidentiality policies (FERPA).
- Perform other duties as assigned.
WHAT YOU WILL NEED:
- Bachelor’s degree.
- Intermediate skills in Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook), databases, and spreadsheets.
- Excellent listening, written, and verbal communication skills.
- Ability and willingness to work as a team member and to work independently.
- Demonstrated initiative and follow-through skills; tact, diplomacy, and judgment in dealing with students, parents, faculty, and administrators.
- Detail-oriented and demonstrated ability to multi-task in a fast-paced environment.
- Ability to work beyond normal office hours and/or on weekends.
WHAT THEY WOULD LIKE TO SEE:
- Up to One (1) year of experience advising students in higher education.
- Experience with Banner, Argos, Starfish, and Degree Works.
- Demonstrated knowledge of developmental academic advising methodologies.
- $35,568 ANNUALLY, APPROXIMATELY
All positions are security-sensitive. Applicants are subject to a criminal history investigation, and employment is contingent upon the institution’s verification of credentials and/or other information required by the institution’s procedures, including the completion of the criminal history check.
Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/Veterans/Disability Employer.