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Academic Advisor II

The University of Arizona
Job Location:
Tucson, Arizona
Academic Advising

Posting Number: req9779

Department: CALS Career & Acad Svcs

Location: Main Campus

Address: Tucson, AZ USA

Position Highlights

The University of Arizona's College of Agriculture & Life Sciences (CALS) is seeking enthusiastic candidates for the Academic Advisor II level position in the Office of Career and Academic Services (CAS). CALS offers over 20 distinct undergraduate majors across ten academic units so effective and engaging communication regarding the breadth of college offerings and possible career paths is essential to the position. The primary purpose of these positions is to provide quality academic advising, mentoring and support services to students. Advisors will be assigned to students declared in either Plant Sciences; Sustainable Plant Systems, Applied Biotechnology, Entomology and/or seeking major exploration. The advisor will work cross-functionally with the departments to support student experiences. The advisors will also assist with college wide programs and services. This includes developmental and strengths-based learning strategies. Advisors play a key role as a team player in the delivery of the following retention strategies: student success courses for CALS incoming students and those with academic eligibility statuses; new student orientations; student events; recruitment; and outreach activities. The advisors will work in close collaboration with faculty and staff in multiple CALS units inclusive of Career and Academic Services. Key components to the position include: working in teams, also independently; open and clear communication; taking initiative; and adaptability to change. The academic advisors will actively participate in the curriculum committee for the discipline they advise in and will collaborate with the respective curriculum chair. Advisors will also provide backup advising support to other CALS majors as needed. The successful candidate will work in a fast-paced environment and must consistently demonstrate creativity, flexibility, initiative and effective teamwork. The position will report to the CALS Senior Director of Advising and Student Services and will work collaboratively with the respective departments, CALS academic advisors and CAS staff.

Outstanding UA benefits include health, dental, and vision insurance plans; life insurance and disability programs; paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays; UA/ASU/NAU tuition reduction for the employee and qualified family members; state and optional retirement plans; access to UA recreation and cultural activities; and more!

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Duties & Responsibilities

Academic Advisors serve
as frontline contact for undergraduate students for developmental academic
advising to drive engagement and empower students to achieve their academic and
career goals. Plays a vital role in maximizing undergraduate student retention.
Builds formative relationships with students by interpreting information and
providing clarification on procedures and academic requirements of specific
programs or majors. Academic Advisors have authority to approve students'
academic degree programs, including evaluating transfer credit and making
exceptions to the program requirements under the auspices of their respective
faculty. Maintains extensive industry and institutional knowledge and expertise
in interpreting and improving advising practices. In
addition, Advisors play a vital role in maximizing undergraduate retention and
degree completion.


  • Assess individual students' stage of development (academic and career) and promotes their growth by determining suitable developmental tasks
  • Advise students on matters ranging from developing academic plans to academic policy, career options and student engagement opportunities.
  • Refer students to appropriate departmental offices, faculty, and support services for help with academic, personal, and career counseling, academic skills development, and financial aid support.
  • Evaluate use of transfer credit and determine whether or not degree requirements have been met
  • Support students in establishing realistic and attainable academic and career goals
  • Assist undergraduate students in determining educational plans, choosing courses, and exploring majors, minors, and career options
  • Identify educational and career options appropriate for each student and assist student with evaluating each option, including possible outcomes and their implications
  • Counsel students on options to satisfy degree requirements
  • Monitor students' academic progress, determine satisfactory progress toward degree, and assist students in completion
  • Identify current and potential needs or problem areas (ex. Study skills, tutoring)
  • Advise students with academic difficulty on development of an academic action plan, and refer students to appropriate campus resources for assistance as needed
  • Using University systems, maintain student files, records, and advisor's notes
  • Maintain knowledge of regulations and policies that impact students' educational options
  • Refers to policies and practices for guidance but determines best course of action to achieve results

Service to Department(s) or School(s)

  • Works with department to identify curriculum problems and develops and recommends solutions
  • Acts as liaison between faculty members and students to interpret policies and practices and determine the best course of action for all parties
  • Serves on departmental committees, such as curriculum and scholarships
  • Assist and attend department events related to students

Service to College and University

  • Attends monthly and bi-monthly meetings to stay up-to-date on policy and processes across campus and the College
  • Assists with Transfer and Freshmen Orientation, including evaluating incoming students' credits, representing their majors to incoming families and students, and making referrals to appropriate resources
  • Assist and attend College Ceremonies and Convocations

- Direct contact with students through advising appointments,
drop-ins, phone and email. Lead advisor for students declared in majors, minors
and potential certificates affiliated with units from Plant Sciences,
Sustainable Plant Systems, Applied Biotechnology, and Entomology. Assist
college general advisors with major exploration for students interested in
disciplines offered in CALS, and also advise students with academic eligibility
statuses. Provide backup advising support to other CALS majors as needed.

Student Support and Instruction - Teach
CALS success courses for new students, students with an academic eligibility
status and/or to specific populations based on academic discipline. Will assist
as a team player on the course content and delivery of the class. Will be
available to students outside of class to discuss support strategies. Work with
peer mentors that assist with CALS success courses. Assist and support
retention programs that include mentorship; programming for first generation
students and supporters; career and major exploration; and others that may be
implemented within the college.

Academic Support - Respective unit and
major exploration advising tasks including data analysis, targeted advising
communications for students, development of department student orientation
materials, tracking alumni, student award nominations and management of
department website student content. Actively participate with curriculum
committee and assist with submission of annual curricular updates.

Service and Professional Development -
Active in academic advising communities on campus, as well as national
professional organizations for academic advisors. Attend college and
departmental committees as representative and advocate of respective unit
academic advisor.

Other duties as assigned


  • Knowledge of advising practices and principles
  • Knowledge of campus resources and student engagement opportunities
  • Knowledge of programs available in the college including college-specific policies and procedures
  • High level of proficiency with University systems advisor tools
  • Ability to mentor and share knowledge with junior advisors
  • Ability to provide input regarding student data (such as enrollment and retention information)
  • Capable of building and presenting academic program information with senior academic advisors
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills and proactive, open and responsive interpersonal skills
  • Effective organization skills

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree in a field related to area of assignment AND three years of academic advising experience; OR, any equivalent combination of experience, training, and/or education.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master's degree (completed or in progress)
  • Demonstrated knowledge of and successful experience in providing academic advising or in teaching/counseling in higher education
  • Experience working collaboratively with others

FLSA: Exempt

Full Time/Part Time: Full Time

Number of Hours Worked per Week: 40

Job FTE: 1.00

Work Calendar: Fiscal

Job Category: Student Services

Benefits Eligible: Yes - Full Benefits

Rate of Pay: $45,000 - $47,500

Compensation Type: salary at 1.0 full-time equivalency (FTE)



Career Stream and Level


Job Family

Academic Advising

Job Function

Student Services

Type of criminal background check required: Fingerprint criminal background check (security sensitive due to title or department)

Number of Vacancies: 1

Contact Information for Candidates

Nancy Rodriguez-Lorta

Sr. Director, Academic Advisor

Open Until Filled: Yes

Documents Needed to Apply: Resume, Cover Letter, and One Additional Document

Special Instructions to Applicant

In the additional document, please give a statement on Academic Advising Philosophy

Diversity Statement

At the University of Arizona, we value our inclusive climate because we know that diversity in experiences and perspectives is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and creating an inclusive academic community. As an Hispanic-serving institution, we translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience and expertise working with diverse students, colleagues, and constituencies. Because we seek a workforce with a wide range of perspectives and experiences, we provide equal employment opportunities to applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or genetic information. As an Employer of National Service, we also welcome alumni of AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service programs and others who will help us advance our Inclusive Excellence initiative aimed at creating a university that values student, staff and faculty engagement in addressing issues of diversity and inclusiveness.

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