Academic Adviser

Academic Adviser

The Center for Student Advising and Engagement in the College of Health and Human Development at Penn State is seeking a highly motivated, professional Academic Adviser. The successful candidate will have a proven track record of working effectively with students from all cultural and economic backgrounds.

Primary Responsibilities:
  • Provide academic advising to a roster of pre-major students in the College of Health and Human Development at University Park
  • Meet with other Penn State students who are exploratory and want to learn more about our college's programs
  • Assist in advising program development
  • Suggest best practices for advising improvement
  • Interpret university policies, procedures, and curriculum for students
  • Make professional referrals
  • Maintain confidentiality of student records
  • Document notes in the current university advising notes system (currently Starfish)
  • Provide academic advising services during New Student Orientation (NSO)
  • Represent the college at undergraduate recruitment events
  • Understand and use the university student records system (currently LionPATH)
  • Help to develop and deliver group advising programs

The final candidate will assist with university and college-sponsored recruitment and retention initiatives including, but not limited to: NSO, Accepted Student Programs, Link UP, Spend a Summer Day, and Majors Night. They will provide assistance to projects and undergraduate student success initiatives and University-level academic advising-related searches and committee work. The Adviser may assist in the hiring and training of professional and support staff.

The Pennsylvania State University is committed to and accountable for advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion in all of its forms. We embrace individual uniqueness, foster a culture of inclusion that supports both broad and specific diversity initiatives, leverage the educational and institutional benefits of diversity, and engage all individuals to help them thrive. We value inclusion as a core strength and an essential element of our public service mission. In HHD, enriching the lives of others is our mission. We believe in the power of human capacity for growth and live that mission by meeting challenges, both big and small, with excitement and energy every day. We invite you to come grow with us.

Education and Experience:

This position will be filled at a level 2 or level 3 depending upon the successful candidate's competencies, education, and experience.

Typically requires a Master's Degree or higher plus one year of related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience for a level 2. Additional experience and/or education and competencies are required for higher-level jobs

Competencies critical to success include:
  • Outstanding interpersonal, verbal, and written communications
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity
  • Effective problem-solving and organizational skills
  • Accuracy and attention to detail
  • The ability to handle multiple tasks and meet deadlines
  • The use of sound judgment and professionalism

Application Instructions:

Applicants are required to submit a resume and cover letter with their online application. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until a successful candidate is identified.

Additional Information:

This position is physically located at Penn State's University Park campus and works in person the majority of the time.

This position requires the following clearances: PA State Police Criminal Background Check, PA Child Abuse History Clearance Form, and Federal (FBI) Fingerprint Criminal Background Check.

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Penn State is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer, and is committed to providing employment opportunities to all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or protected veteran status.

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