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Academic Advisor-Informatics Advising Center

Posted: 01/20/2023

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Northern Kentucky University is an Equal Opportunity/Equal Access/Affirmative Action institution. We embrace inclusiveness, equity, and global awareness in all dimensions of our work and seek excellence through diversity among our students, administrators, faculty, and staff. Application by members of diverse groups is encouraged.
Purpose of Position
Northern Kentucky University welcomes applicants to fill the position of Academic Advisor to advise undergraduate majors in the College of Informatics. This is a full-time staff position in the Informatics Student Success and Advising Center. The Academic Advisor will provide academic advising, guidance and support to undergraduate students across 14 different disciplines. The Advisor will utilize holistic and proactive academic advising strategies towards goals of student retention, persistence, accomplishment, and success.

This advisor will be part of a team of faculty and staff dedicated to student success. Advisors are specifically expected to work closely with students to identify, implement, and support the best path to graduation, direct them to student resources, and help them make meaningful college decisions. We focus on building productive working relationships with students, alumni, faculty, staff, administrators from across the university.
Advisors are expected to have a firm grasp of the tools, systems, platforms and organizational structures that support student success; they must have a ready understanding of university policies and an awareness of and commitment to best practices in advising. Members of our team are advocates for the college and its mission. They are committed to the value of collaboration, student success, creative problem-solving, and professional development.
Primary Responsibilities
  • Advise majors and minors in the College of Informatics including new students, current majors, transfer students, as well as potential students;
  • Provide personal communication with undergraduates regarding academic advising issues;
  • Assist students in developing a clear path to reach their educational and career goals. Deal with placement, transfer, graduation, and other degree-path issues and refer students to appropriate resources as needed;
  • Collaborate and participate in admissions, orientation, recruitment, and retention events within Academic Affairs and Student Affairs;
  • Serve on appropriate committees (for example, Academic Advising Council);
  • Assist the College of Informatics Advising Center with special initiatives and projects.
  • Become a Master Advisor which is an internal program to create a core of highly skilled advisors who provide high-quality academic advising to support new and continuing NKU students. 
  • Attend regular training classes, conferences, and educational events to stay current on NKU policies and best practices in academic advising.
  • Bachelor’s degree required. A Master’s degree in Student Affairs, Education, College Student Personnel, or Counseling, is strongly preferred.
  • Strong organizational and interpersonal skills, attention to detail, and exceptional communication skills are required. The ability to work with diverse populations, strong teamwork skills, and the ability to handle multiple tasks are also required.
  • Proficiency with office software (Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook); ability to learn complex software systems (e.g. SAP and Navigate) quickly. Ability to learn, understand, and articulate the requirements, culture, and skills developed in the College of Informatics.
  • 2 years of related experience is required preferably advising undergraduate university students

Minimum Education Bachelor's Degree
Preferred Education Master's Degree
Minimum Experience 2 years

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