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Academic Advisor

Company: Biola University
Location: La Mirada
Posted on: May 3, 2021

Job Description:

Academic Advisor

POSITION SUMMARY: The Academic Advisor serves as the primary advisor for first-year traditional undergraduate students in the School of Cinema and Media Arts (CMA). The advisor seeks to effectively partner with the School of CMA to positively impact academic thriving and student success through counseling first-year and at-risk students on academic requirements, progress, and success and assists with advanced registration and retention efforts.


* Serves as the primary academic advisor for all first-year students in the School of CMA from the time of "confirmed" status as an incoming student in the admissions process through the end of students' first academic year. Serves as a bridge, building connection with first year students and faculty in their program.

* Partners with School leadership and faculty to ensure they are an expert on the curricular pathways, requirements, and resources in the School of CMA.

* Provides advisement and registration assistance for incoming students with regard to registration procedures and major options. Works closely with Admissions to manage the matriculation of new students and the Registrar's Office regarding transfer coursework.

* Assists in promotion, planning, preparation, and execution of new student registration events, and any other scheduled new student advising-related events, workshops, etc.

* Meets regularly with first-year students to assess and discuss courses, academic performance, if a student's course of study will prepare them for their desired career, degree progress/timeline, and any unique program requirements.

* Conducts required advising for first-year students during registration periods and ensures students register on time for appropriate courses.

* Ensures the effectiveness of the advising process by maintaining up-to-date digital advising notes for all advising appointments and correspondence.

* Serves as an academic advisor to assigned probation students through regular required advising meetings. Establishes academic goals, provides coaching, and evaluates academic progress via faculty feedback. Provides feedback to students in a timely and appropriate fashion. Refers students to campus resources as needed.

* Provides proactive advising, intervention, and resourcing to assigned "at risk" students, working closely with the Director of Undergraduate Retention & Success.

* In collaboration with the Associate Director of Academic Advising, supervises and trains a Peer Academic Advisor, student leader, connected to the School of CMA, maximizing the impact of this student role for the benefit of students and the academic departments.

* Partners as a liaison to faculty in the academic program(s) to assist with registration/academic advising events and information sharing of any curricular, software, or system changes that impact advising.

* Serves as a supplemental academic advisor to students in cooperation with faculty advisors in the development and clarification of educational plans and graduation timelines.

* Possible collection and analysis of data related to advising and retention programs and services (may include work with retention reports, student success data, advisor assessments, etc.).

* Assists with other tasks and duties that support the Academic Advising program.

SUPERVISION RECEIVED: The Academic Advisor reports to the Associate Director of Academic Advising and Success.


Education and Experience:

Bachelor's degree required. Some graduate work is preferred.

Two years of experience working with undergraduate students in an advising/counseling setting desired.

Skills Required:

Exceptional interpersonal/advising skills

Exceptional attention to detail and ability to multitask

Strong oral and written communication skills

Passionate about the academic success of all students

Proficient in Google Apps and Microsoft Office, particularly Word and Excel

Commitment to Christian higher education

Strongly Preferred: Interest in cinema and media arts

Desired: Familiarity with higher education and/or Biola University curriculum

Hours Per Week: 40

Months Per Year: 12

Keywords: Biola University, La Mirada , Academic Advisor, Other , La Mirada, California

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