Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Professional academic advisor, UC-Riverside

Position Information

Under direction of the Math/Physical Sciences Supervising Advisor and as part of the College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences Undergraduate Academic Advising Center (CNAS UAAC), the incumbent is responsible for academic advising of undergraduate students in the Mathematical and Physical Sciences (Mathematics, statistics, Chemistry, Earth Sciences, Environmental Sciences, Physics) using the principles of developmental academic advising and knowledge of teaching and learning theory working to promote student development and academic success. The primary areas of responsibility include: advisement of potential and enrolled students; monitoring of each student's progress toward degree completion; informing students, academic advisors, faculty and staff members of the policies and procedures pertaining to undergraduate student affairs; referring students to appropriate support services; analyzing academic trends and working with other professional academic advisors and departments to meet student advising needs. Participates in the preparation and/or maintenance of descriptive materials for majors. Responsible for representing the CNAS UAAC at outreach and retention activities including recruitment, orientation, and advising events including, but not limited to Highlander Orientation, Discover/Highlander Days, and college fairs.

Minimum Requirements

*Bachelor's degree or equivalent combination of education and academic advising or related experience, and knowledge and abilities essential to the successful performance of the duties assigned to the position.
*Demonstrated experience to show sensitivity to the needs of students of diverse social, cultural, economic, and educational backgrounds. Ability to effectively, professionally, and tactfully interact and communicate, both orally and in writing, with students, professional academic advisors, faculty, staff members and visitors.
*Skill in effectively analyzing and interpreting policies, practices and guidelines for multiple academic programs.
*Skill in independently composing letters, memos, reports, and other written communication materials using correct spelling, grammar, punctuation, composition, text editing, and proofreading skills. Skill in accurate record keeping with strict attention to detail. Demonstrated skill in expressing ideas clearly and convincingly. Demonstrated ability to work effectively in a service environment that is subject to frequent interruptions. Skill in setting priorities that accurately reflects the relative importance of job responsibilities.
*Skill in working independently and following through on assignments with minimal direction. Skill in organizing tasks, documents and materials with efficiency and accuracy. Ability to work independently while maintaining cooperative working relationships with co-workers in a team environment.
*Demonstrated computer proficiency using Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Access) or other equivalent software, the internet, e-mail messaging, and web-based software applications. Demonstrated experience using an online student information system.
*Ability to maintain strict confidentiality at all times. Knowledge of the applicable federal and state regulations governing areas related to the responsibilities of the position including the Federal Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).
*Hired applicant must be able to successfully pass a background check through the Department of Justice.

Preferred Qualifications

*Knowledge of the applicable University of California policies and procedures governing areas related to the responsibilities of the position.
*Counseling or advising experience at a 4-year institution.
*Demonstrated experience with Student Information System (SIS+) online system.
*Master's degree in related field and academic advising experience strongly preferred.
*Experience updating web pages.

Additional Information

In the Heart of Inland Southern California, UC Riverside is located on nearly 1,200 acres near Box Springs Mountain in Southern California; the park-like campus provides convenient access to the vibrant and growing Inland region. The campus is a living laboratory for the exploration of issues critical to growing communities' air, water, energy, transportation, politics, the arts, history and culture. UCR gives every student the resources to explore, engage, imagine and excel.

At UC Riverside we celebrate diversity and are proud of our #8 ranking among the nation for most diverse universities (US News and World Report 2012-13). Become part of a place that fosters success for all its constituents, students, faculty, and staff, and where work/life balance and campus culture are integral to our way of life.

UCR is ranked 46th among top public universities (US News and World Report 2012-13) and is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer with a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its faculty and staff.

For information about our generous employee benefits package, visit: Employee Benefits Overview