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
* 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
* 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
* 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
* 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
* 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
* 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
* 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,
* Assists with other tasks and duties that support the Academic
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.
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
Hours Per Week: 40
Months Per Year: 12