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Specialist - Advisor-Continuing

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Work type: Faculty/Academic Staff
Major Administrative Unit / College: College Of Agriculture And Nat Resources
Department: Packaging 10002634
Salary: Salary Commensurate with Experience
Location: East Lansing
Categories: Full Time (90-100%), Continuing System Academic Staff, Advising/Counseling, Student Services/Student Affairs

Position Summary

The School of Packaging in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources seeks to hire an Academic Specialist-Advisor.  This is a full time position in the continuing system.  The primary role of the Academic Specialist-Advisor is to advise a diverse population of students in enrollment, planning, major requirements, referrals and course approvals.

Responsibilities also include:

  • Provide advising to Packaging students and prospective students on degree requirements, course selection, annual enrollment and graduation planning
  • Provide guidance for students experiencing academic difficulty and assist them through EASE Reports and Student Academic Progress forms
  • Manage curriculum changes and degree certifications
  • Manage student records as they relate to ESAF, Student Success Dashboard, Degree Navigator and Degree Audit
  • Provide information and tours to prospective students as well as high school groups
  • Provide internship/career counseling
  • Act as a liaison between students and faculty
  • Provide access to support resources for academic, physical, and emotional/mental health challenges
  • Disseminate relevant information to packaging students, this includes management of social media
  • Analyze data on packaging students including incoming freshman GPA's, academics across academic career, internship and career outcomes
  • Organize scholarship process and committee
  • Set department schedule of courses
  • Participate in unit, college and university level meetings

The candidate must understand, interpret and implement academic policies and procedures and represent the School of Packaging at university events such as admissions, recruiting  and the Academic Orientation Program (AOP) for new first-year and transfer students.

Required Degree

Masters -Student Affairs, Counseling, Education

Desired Degree

Other -Student Affairs, Counseling, Education

Minimum Requirements

  • Master's degree
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication (spoken and written) skills
  • Strong organizational and time management skills
  • Ability to interpret and implement academic policies for the benefit of students
  • Capacity to enhance students' academic experience by working effectively with individuals and groups from diverse social/economic/cultural backgrounds
  • Ability to problem solve independently and as a team

Desired Qualifications

  • Master's degree in student affairs, counseling, education
  • Three or more years of academic advising experience preferred
  • Familiarity with student information systems such as SIS (Student Information System), ESAF (Electronic Student Academic Folder), D2L (Desire 2 Learn), Student Success Dashboard, or Degree Navigator, a plus

Required Application Materials

  • Cover letter describing applicant's interests, relevant background and advising philosophy including applicant's experience with, or interest in working in diverse classrooms and communities.
  • CV or resume
  • Names and contact information for three (3) professional references

Special Instructions

Review of applications will begin July 5, 2018 and will continue until the position is filled.

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