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Academic Advisor

Sacred Heart University
Job Location:
Fairfield, Connecticut
Academic Advising

Company Description:

As the second-largest independent Catholic university in New England, and one of the fastest-growing in the U.S., Sacred Heart University is a national leader in shaping higher education for the 21st century. SHU offers nearly 90 undergraduate, graduate, doctoral and certificate programs on its Fairfield, Conn., campus. Sacred Heart also has satellites in Connecticut, Luxembourg and Ireland and offers online programs. More than 9,000 students attend the University's nine colleges and schools: Arts & Sciences; Communication, Media & the Arts; Social Work; Computer Science & Engineering; Health Professions; the Isabelle Farrington College of Education; the Jack Welch College of Business & Technology; the Dr. Susan L. Davis, R.N., & Richard J. Henley College of Nursing; and St. Vincent's College. Sacred Heart stands out from other Catholic institutions as it was established and led by laity. The contemporary Catholic university is rooted in the rich Catholic intellectual tradition and the liberal arts, and at the same time cultivates students to be forward thinkers who enact change-in their own lives, professions and in their communities. The Princeton Review includes SHU in its Best 387 Colleges-2022 Edition, "Best Northeastern" and Best Business Schools-2021 Edition. Sacred Heart is home to the award-winning, NPR-affiliated radio station, WSHU, a Division I athletics program and an impressive performing arts program that includes choir, band, dance and theatre.

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Job Description:

The Academic Advisor is responsible for serving currently enrolled and prospective undergraduate students including advisement to facilitate registration, enrollment, major/minor selection, retention, graduation, and monitoring academic standing.  The Academic Advisor partners with their assigned advisees to promote student success, graduate school planning, and career development.

Responsibilities Include:

  • Serves as the primary academic contact for their assigned advisees. Advises students on academic and career issues; assists students with identifying educational and career options appropriate for each student and assists with the analysis of each option
  • Monitors the academic progress of their advisees, offers appropriate support, and intervenes when and as appropriate
  • Meets at least twice per semester with their advisees both group and/or individual sessions at key points during the semester
  • Assists their advisees in developing the skills and habits needed to meet the academic expectations of college. Encourages students to use tutors/CLAs and meet regularly with professors
  • Follows up on Early Warnings, Mid Term Grades, Mid Term Warnings, PioConnect Alerts, and other indications of student concerns
  • Works individually with students who do not complete course/major requirements and instructs them how to complete or retake courses
  • Files reports as appropriate regarding the progress of their advisees-Academic Warnings, Mid Term Warnings system
  • Assists their advisees with decisions about course and program selections, class registrations, and major declarations
  • Maintains student files and records: document all pertinent student information; updates computerized information
  • Participates in training and faculty development workshops and meetings
  • Participates in the preparation of orientation and presents academic information to new students and parents during orientation as assigned
  • Cooperates with other University offices and services in enhancing the overall growth and development of their advisees
  • Is available to assigned advisees during their crucial first year of college
  • Is familiar with campus resources and makes appropriate referrals according to first year student issues (Wellness Center, Residential Life, Student Success)
  • Attends Colleague Registration Software training session to learn registration system
  • Assists in recruitment of potential students by advising them of general academic requirements; describes courses; disseminates information regarding registration procedures; and participates in admissions events
  • Reviews transfer credit evaluation prepared by Registrar and its application to Health Science degree program. Works collaboratively with transfer admissions and Registrar staff
  • Gathers and/or calculates necessary information such as GPAs or enrollment statistics; prepares various reports as requested
  • Maintains regular office hours to direct student issues, answer questions, etc.
  • Other duties as assigned by Executive Director and Health Science Department Chair


Statement of Personal & Organizational Responsibility for Diversity and Inclusion

Actively promote a collegial environment and consciously apply our mission and values to create a culture of inclusion and belonging; a safe space where all may thrive and succeed. Participate in developmental activities to increase understanding and awareness of issues related to diversity, equity and inclusion; apply that understanding to guide your approach to all aspects of your job and the community as a whole. Demonstrate that we are "Stronger Together" as described in the Office for Diversity & Inclusion's Mission and Vision statements.

Knowledge and Skills Needed:

  • Bachelor's degree required, Master's degree preferred
  • Two to three years higher education experience in the area of health science, student counseling, advisement or related experience
  • Knowledge of health careers and curriculum preferred
  • Knowledge of learning styles, learning strategies and academic success strategies required
  • Exhibit confidentiality, good judgment, and working knowledge of the University
  • Must be a self-starter, innovative and able to manage a busy office with multiple tasks
  • Excellent interpersonal, teaching/presenting, and problem-solving skills
  • Able to complete work tasks in a timely fashion, including occasional tasks requiring a rapid turnaround time
  • Comfort with appropriate technologies including Colleague, Student Planning & Advising, Microsoft Sharepoint and social media preferred

Application Instructions:

Please apply online, faxes and emails will not be accepted. A cover letter is appreciated.

Sacred Heart University is a space that respects and embraces differences, recognizes the unique contributions that individuals can make, and creates a community that maximizes the potential of all faculty and staff. As an equal opportunity employer, we encourage applications from qualified candidates who reflect the wider world in which we live.

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