Academic Advisor Pre-Professional Duties and Responsibilities
Purpose of Classification:
Interviews, advises, and counsels students regarding admission
procedures and academic requirements for a specific professional
degree program. Coordinates recruitment, orientation, and retention
efforts of pre-professional students.
third in a series of four classifications and is distinguished from
the Academic Advisor Senior in that the medical and legal fields
require knowledge of more complex regulations and requirements; also
these individuals advise students, parents and counselors concerning
the specific academic requirements throughout the country, in
addition to coaching individual students on aspects of the
application and admission processes. Academic Advisors
Pre-professional, supervise support staff and coordinate the efforts
of other academic advisors and/or faculty who are assisting with the
program. They work independently and require little supervision and
Examples of Duties:
- Establishes pre-professional program mission and goals;
designs program structure and adjusts it to accommodate changing
conditions; manages available resources (e.g., money, space,
staff, supplies) designated for program operation.
- Coordinates the activities of faculty and subordinates,
including Academic Advisors and clerical staff, who assist with
the pre-professional program.
- Develops and conducts informational seminars and workshops
for students planning to enter the professional program phase.
- Coordinates pre-professional internships and scholarship
programs; recruits student participants, places students and
- Hires,coaches, reviews, supervises and terminates assigned
employees, or makes effective suggestions and recommendations
that are given particular weight regarding the employment status
of assisgned employees.
- Writes letters of recommendation; reviews committee letters
and assists students in establishing a file of recommendation
letters for application to professional schools or programs
throughout the country.
- Advises and counsels students on academic, curricular,
career and personal issues; identifies the educational and
career options appropriate for each student and assists with the
analysis of each option; explains professional program policies,
admission qualifications and enrollment procedures.
- Identifies the diverse needs of students who are striving to
meet the professional program requirements; creates
individualized action plan to help each student achieve goals;
implements appropriate retention strategies to support students'
- Speaks to various organizations, college and high school
counselors, students, prospective students and parents
concerning the pre-professional program for recruitment and
orientation purposes; prepares materials to promote and support
the program and designs presentation format to address concerns
of diverse groups; identifies target markets for recruitment.
- Coaches students in writing essays that are required for
application to the professional school or program; writes and/or
edits newsletters and brochures.
- Makes decisions regarding student disqualification; reviews
petitions for re-admittance, interviews applicants, recommends
re-admittance or denial and monitors student's progress.
- Provides information and statistical data, such as detailed
enrollment statistics, on the pre-professional program; analyzes
data and writes reports as needed; maintains academic files.
- Assists in the preparation of the class schedule and
- Serves on various committees to give input into the
development, refinement and updating of university/college
academic policies and procedures.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
- Knowledge of student development theory.
- Knowledge of university and pre-professional curriculum
- Knowledge of supervisory practices and principles.
- Knowledge of advising practices and principles.
- Skill in teaching.
- Skill in public relations.
- Skill in both verbal and written communication.
Master's Degree in Higher Education, Counseling or in a field
related to area of assignment AND two years experience in teaching
and/or advisement; OR, Bachelor's degree in a field related to area
of assignment AND four years experience in teaching and/or
advisement; OR, Any equivalent combination of experience and/or
education from which comparable knowledge, skills and abilities have
Next: Academic Advisor Senior Job Description