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SUNY Schenectady County Community College Academic Advisor in Schenectady, New York

Location: Schenectady, NY Category: Professional Posted On: Wed Feb 21 2024 Job Description:

Reporting to the Assistant Director of Academic Advisement and Retention, the Academic Advisor will be assigned a caseload of students who they will provide comprehensive and intrusive advisement for throughout the academic year. The Academic Advisor will be responsible to ensure that their assigned caseload receives guidance during the semester regarding curriculum planning and will also utilize Degree Works and Starfish to provide any needed intervention. The Academic Advisor will assist all students in academic planning related to the students' chosen program of study. The advisor will also convey and interpret SUNY Schenectady's rules and regulations, academic prerequisites, programs, majors and courses of study. The advisor will assist students to define and develop realistic educational, career and transfer plans. To do so the Academic Advisor will provide curriculum planning for students to include registration of summer/winter coursework (if appropriate) to ensure each student has an up-to-date academic plan through graduation.

The Academic Advisor plays an integral role in the College's efforts towards student success, retention and graduation. The Academic Advisor will advocate for student educational achievement to the highest attainable standard, support student goals, and uphold the educational mission of the college. The advisor will proactively contact and be available for student advisees on a regular basis. The advisor will serve as a member of student success team to ensure engagement, advocacy, and support of SUNY Schenectady students. The Academic Advisor is a member of the Strategic Initiative & Planning Unit and is a 12-month, full-time position.


  • Assists current and prospective students regarding academic planning, program and course selection, and scheduling

  • Advises students on academic, career and personal issues; identifies the educational and career options appropriate for each student and assists with the analysis of each option, including possible outcomes and their implications; if needed, refers student to various campus resources; sets up an action plan for the student to explore alternative careers and related majors

  • Identifies options for student to satisfy degree requirements; evaluates and makes recommendations while assisting students with persistence and completion

  • Become knowledgeable about college policies and procedures and requirements

  • Monitors academic progress of students; refers students to appropriate campus sources for assistance; collaborate with Success Team members to address concerns of academic risk as needed

  • Maintains student files and records; documents all pertinent student information; updates computerized information system regarding changes to student status

  • Interprets and explains college policies and procedures and requirements

  • Assists in recruitment of potential students by advising them of general academic requirements; describes courses; disseminates information regarding registration policies and procedures

  • Assists students with admission and registration/provides guidance in course selection in keeping with the student's interests, values and abilities

  • Clearly articulate Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) and the process of Academic Warning, Dismissal and the process of applying for readmission

  • Cover the hours assigned in the Advising Center; which will include day and/or evening hours and various weekends

  • Work collaboratively with the entire advising team while serving as a productive member of their Division and the College

  • Keep abreast of current issues and trends in higher education to provide excellent student service through articulation and implementation of a student-centered philosophy

  • Ensures students understand SUNY seamless transfer pathways and articulation agreements and provide transfer advisement as necessary

  • Utilizes and manages technology including but not limited to Banner, Degree Works, and Starfish

  • Utilize Starfish to assist with caseload management, including providing student outreach based on tracking items and success plans

  • Recognize and respect students' diverse backgrounds

  • ?Participate in prospective student and first year programs including Orientation, First Year Seminar and recruitment initiatives; present academic information to new students and parents

  • All other duties as assigned by the Director of Academic Advising and Retention

    Job Requirements:

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree

  • One year of professional experience, or the equivalent, in secondary or post-secondary education

  • Experience working with various standard computer software programs (i.e. Excel, Banner, Access, and Word)

  • Must have good listening skills and problem-solving abilities

  • Must be detail oriented and student centered

  • Must be able to work select evenings and weekend hours during which the Advisement Center is open

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master's degree

  • Experience working in a community college setting and prior academic advisement experience preferred

  • Experience with technology; Banner, DegreeWorks, and/or retention software, i.e. Starfish

Special Information:

  • VISA sponsorship is not available for this position

  • Offers of employment will be conditional based on the successful completion of a background check and verification of official college transcripts

    Additional Information:

Salary: $42,178 per year

At SUNY Schenectady, salary is only one aspect of your compensation package.

Benefits and perks:

As a full-time team member here, you'll enjoy:

  • Comprehensive health care coverage

  • Dental and vision coverage

  • A choice of retirement systems

  • A deferred compensation program

  • Professional development opportunities

  • Two on-site childcare providers

  • Discounted YMCA health club membership

  • Plus additional savings programs and perks!