Wayne State College
Wayne State College is seeking an Academic Advisor.
Wayne State College has been educating students for more than 100 years. Located in Northeast Nebraska, close to Sioux City, Iowa, and within a two-hour drive to Sioux Falls, Omaha and Lincoln, the College is one of the most dynamic, regional public colleges in the Midwest. One of three members of the Nebraska State College System, the College distinguishes itself by providing educational excellence in a small, personalized setting. The beautiful 128-acre campus serves over 3,900 students who have a choice of more than 130 programs of study. In fall 2020, the College welcomed the second largest freshmen class in its history, driven by new academic programs and partnerships, updated and new facilities, and a continuing focus on supporting students with generous scholarships in their academic and co-curricular experiences. Wayne State has been the recipient of a number of awards, honors, and distinctions due to its commitment to service, student success, and providing an exceptional education at an affordable cost. The entire community is focused on making Wayne State a great place for students to thrive and advance their futures, and there is a collective sense of excitement about the future of the College.
Nature of Work:
Provide advising and academic coaching to enable students to learn, be retained, and graduate. Advises students concerning an appropriate academic schedule, choice of major, number of hours that may be taken, probation, and/or suspension. Consult with faculty and other support services regarding student needs and refer students to appropriate campus resources.
Examples of Work Performed:
- Serve as an academic advisor for primarily first year and undeclared students
- Contact students identified as at risk and develop a recovery plan
- Document, analyze, evaluate, and track student academic, personal, and professional progress through case management software
- Provide academic, personal, career, financial, individual, and group coaching to students
- Plan, prepare, and implement program activities and initiatives
- Supervise and train peer tutors and supplemental instructors
- Coach students in identifying academic goals and help them develop strategies to reach those goals
- Work directly with students to improve student writing skills across the curriculum
- Refer students to campus resources as needed
- Register students during New Student and Transfer Registration events and assist with other aspects of New Student Registration (NSR) program days
- Meet with prospective students and their families to explain and answer questions about WSC academic and support programs
- Liaise with assigned Wayne State College School and cross train within unit
- Serve as retention specialists including identifying students in academic need, contacting them, and developing a plan toward success
- Perform other duties as assigned.
- Bachelor’s degree
- Experience in higher education
- Bachelor’s Degree in Counseling, Education, Student Personnel, or closely related field
- Experience with Supplemental Instruction or Peer Tutoring
- Experience with mentorship programs
- Experience with student case management software
- Two or more years of related experience in academic support in higher education
- Creative problem solver
- Demonstrated knowledge and implementation of best practices in academic support services in higher education
- Demonstrated interest and satisfaction working directly with students
- Strong student service orientation and excellent communication skills
- Effective verbal and written communication skills