Academic Advisor Senior Duties and Responsibilities
Purpose of Classification:
Interviews, advises and counsels students regarding policies,
procedures, and academic requirements of a specific program or major
and applies current student development theory. Prepares and
develops advisement and recruitment materials. Coordinates and
presents academic information to students and potential students
during orientation or recruitment efforts.
second in a series of four classifications and is distinguished from
the Academic Advisor in that 1) this individual has supervision
responsibility or is responsible for the development and
coordination of a special advising program and 2) has authority to
approve student academic progress. Academic Advisor Seniors also
possess a full-range of professional knowledge and experience, which
allows them to work independently with less supervision and review.
Examples of Duties:
- Coordinates a special program such as peer advising, career
placement, internships or college honors program; designs
program structure and adjusts it to accommodate changing
conditions; serves as program liaison with campus divisions, the
community, and other institutions; monitors and evaluates
program effectiveness; trains and monitors staff who assist with
- Speaks to various organizations, students and prospective
students about the special 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;
advises students regarding eligibility and procedures.
- Assesses the student's stages of development (academic,
career, and personal) and promotes student growth by determining
suitable development tasks; assists student in establishing
realistic and attainable academic and career goals.
- Advises students on academic, career and personal issues;
identifies the education and career options appropriate for each
student and assists with the analysis of each option, including
possible outcomes and their implications; if needed, refers
student to counseling services. Provides student with broad and
comprehensive knowledge of university curriculum and course
content and assists with decision-making.
- Teaches decision-making strategies and problem-solving
skills to students by modeling and example.
- Assists student in identifying factors that contribute to
lack of academic progress; helps student examine alternatives
when goals are unattainable; applies appropriate retention
strategies to support students' efforts.
- Advises students in academic difficulty to develop academic
action plan; reviews petitions for re-admittance; interview
readmittees; recommends re-admittance or denial and monitors
- Approves and certifies students' programs of study for
fulfillment of graduation requirements; approves and verifies
proposed changes to programs and assists students in their
completion; determines if all requirements such as general
education, major, grade point average and total units have been
- Monitors academic progress of students; analyzes progress
reports from instructors; determines eligibility and
satisfactory progress toward degree; identifies current and
potential needs or problem areas (e.g., study skills, tutoring)
and refers students to appropriate campus resources for
assistance; communicates findings to coaches and administrators.
- Checks and approves various forms for accuracy such as grade
changes, overload petitions, curriculum changes; assists
students in preparing various petitions.
- Provides information and statistical data, such as detailed
enrollment statistics on the special program; analyzes data and
writes reports as requested; maintains academic files.
- Develops and coordinates various seminars, orientations,
workshops or other activities.
- Assists in preparation of class schedule and university
- Serves on various committees to give input in the
development, refinement and updating of university/college
- Evaluates academic credentials for transfer of credit or
- Assists in training of new staff.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
- Knowledge of student development theory.
- Knowledge of university and college curriculum content and
- Knowledge of advising practices and principles.
- Skill in public relations.
- Skill in both verbal and written communication.
- Skill in interviewing and advising.
Bachelor's degree in Education, Counseling or field related to area
of assignment AND three years experience in teaching and/or
advisement; OR, Master's Degree appropriate to the field of
assignment AND one year experience in teaching and/or advisement;
OR, Any equivalent combination of experience and/or education from
which comparable knowledge, skills and abilities have been achieved.
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