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Assistant Director, Academic Advising

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Job Detail

Campus Location Boston Campus
Working Title Assistant Director, Academic Advising

The Assistant Director of Academic Advising will work closely with the Director in implementing college-wide academic advising services and programming. Directly advise students via individual appointments and group meetings to assist them in understanding academic requirements, navigating academic policies and procedures, developing long and short term goals, and resolving issues that affect academic performance. Work with the Director and Associate Director to register all new first-year and transfer students. Collaborate with other offices on campus, as well as faculty members and department Chairs, to develop Academic Advising Center programs and resolve student issues. Perform one or more ongoing duties of the Academic Advising Center, such as coordinating the readmission process, supporting student athletes, coordinating advisor assignments, etc.

This is a bargaining unit position. In this position, you will be exclusively represented by the Service Employees International Union, Local 888 for purposes of wages, hours and other terms and conditions of employment.

Primary Duties, Responsibilites, and Tasks
Required Knowledge, Skills, and Education (including hardware, software, and equipment)

Masters degree in higher education, student affairs, counseling psychology, or related field
Strong communication skills, including the ability to present to small and large groups
Strong interpersonal skills
Strong organizational skills and attention to detail

Preferred/Desirable Knowledge, Skills, and Education (including hardware, software, and equipment)

Knowledge of post-secondary academic systems and student development theories
Skills in relationship building, diplomacy, conflict resolution and/or counseling
Experience working with a diverse student body in a multicultural setting
Ability to use or learn computer programs necessary for database management, document revision, and/or website maintenance
Ability to work as member of a team
Background in or knowledge of communication or the arts

Required Prior Work Experience

Two or more years experience in advising or counseling in a relevant environment

Special Instructions to Applicants
Diversity Statement

Emerson College believes diversity enriches the educational experience by providing students with the opportunity to learn from individuals who may have different backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives. Engagement with diversity in the curriculum, in our co-curricular offerings, and all other aspects of the College enhances the personal and intellectual growth of all members of our campus community. Emerson is committed to strengthening communities, including our workplace, by fostering the development of the intercultural competencies necessary for meaningful citizenship in an increasingly complex, pluralistic society.

Emerson College does not discriminate on the basis of sex/gender in its educational programs or activities. Emerson has designated the Associate Vice President, Title IX, and Clery Coordinator to respond to inquiries regarding the College Sexual Misconduct Policy. The Title IX Coordinator may be reached at 8 Park Plaza, Transportation Bldg, Room 230 Boston, MA 02116; Telephone: 617-824-8999; email:

Annual Clery Report

In accordance with the federal Clery and Campus SaVE Acts, Emerson College commits to providing all current and prospective students and employees with access to the annual campus security reports for each of our campuses. This report may be accessed from the Emerson College Police Department website.

Union Service Employees International Union (SEIU), Local 888

Posting Detail Information

Requisition Number FY11/120818STFF
Open Date 10/27/2017
Close Date


Compensation is commensurate with experience and qualifications. Emerson College typically hires qualified candidates between the minimum and 25th percentile of the grade range. Emerson College also offers a comprehensive benefits package.

Benefits Package

Information on Emerson College’s benefits package can be found here.

Classification Title Career IC
Salary Grade 16
Job Family Individual Contributor

Job Duties

Individual Work Activities

Academic Advising – Individual Meetings:
Serve as direct advisor to first-year and sophomore students. Assist all undergraduate students seeking an individual academic advising appointment. Provide guidance on curriculum planning, academic requirements, course selection and registration, academic difficulty, major/minor options, and any other topic related to academics. Refer students to, and collaborate with, appropriate offices (Registrar, Financial Aid, Career Services, Writing and Academic Resource Center, Student Accessibility Services, Education Abroad) and/or faculty to address student questions and concerns. Participate in crisis intervention, meeting with students and families and working collaboratively with faculty, Residence Life, Student Accessibility, Student Life, Counseling, and Registrar to provide support and reach a resolution.

Individual Work Activities

Academic Advising-Group Meetings:
Meet with students in group meetings developed to assist with students’ transition to the College, orient students to academic advising services, and prepare students for course registration. Educate students on academic policies and procedures, course selection/registration, and curriculum planning, as well as facilitate discussions on options and goals. Assist with the preparation of written materials for these programs.

Individual Work Activities

Academic Advising Center Ongoing Duties:
Each Assistant Director will perform one or more of the following duties: coordinate the readmission process, support student athletes, coordinate advisor assignments, or other duties as needed.

Individual Work Activities

New Student Registration:
Assist Director and Associate Director in advising and registering all new first-year and transfer students (over 1,000 each year). Create and review all schedules to ensure accuracy, considering all factors (major requirements, first-year requirements, Liberal Arts curriculum, waivers, AP credit, transfer credit, and/or participation in special programs such as Honors, athletics, FS101, etc.). Assist with the preparation of written materials as needed to provide for a successful registration process.

Individual Work Activities

College Events:
Represent the Academic Advising Center at campus events and programs by actively participating in Admissions events, Residential Life staff training, Orientation Leader training, Parent Orientation, International Orientation, etc. Assist with the development of written materials for these programs as needed.

Individual Work Activities

Academic Department Liaison:
Act as a liaison to academic departments, department Chairs, and faculty to support departmental policies, procedures, and goals. Train and orient new faculty advisors while providing consultation throughout the year as needed. Supplement student advising provided by faculty.

Requisition Specific Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Resume or CV
  2. Cover Letter
Optional Documents