The University of Oregon — Academic and Career Advisor

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Job no: 523666
Work type: Officer of Administration
Location: Eugene, OR
Categories: Academic Advising/Support, Administrative/Professional, Student
Department: Division of Undergraduate Education and Student Success
Appointment Type and Duration: Regular, Ongoing
Salary: $40,000 – $50,000 per year
Compensation Band: OS-OA04-Fiscal Year 2018-2019
FTE: 1.0
Number of Openings: 24

The University of Oregon is poised to embark on an exciting new mission to bolster our students’ academic, professional, and personal success. We have developed a new coordinated, holistic advising model and we are looking for committed, diverse, and talented professionals to join us!

Our new integrated academic and career model will focus student advising around one of six central themes called “Flight Paths.” Each thematic Flight Path will guide students in exploring and planning the academic and career paths aligned with their values, skills, and interests. We are excited to launch this proven approach to enhancing the advising experience for our students while supporting their timely graduation from the University and preparation for their careers. We want you to be a part of it!

We also have many career opportunities at the University of Oregon, including:

Professionals in these positions should love working with a diverse student population and have a passion to help them succeed in their academic, career, and personal ventures.

Applicants who are interested in and qualified for multiple positions should apply for each unique posting; applications will not transfer between positions. Applications for all positions will be reviewed on a regular, rolling basis, with the intent of having most positions filled by June. Positions will remain posted until all openings are filled.

Application Review Begins
April 1, 2019; position open until filled

Special Instructions to Applicants
Complete applications will include the following:

  • A cover letter in which you clearly describe how your knowledge, skills, and abilities prepare you for the job responsibilities and requirements outlined in the job announcement. 
  • A resume of your educational and professional work experience.
  • An answer to the following supplemental question (please keep responses to 750 words):

The Division of Undergraduate Education and Student Success is committed to creating an equitable learning and working environment that actively respects, includes, and engages everyone. What does this mean to you? Please explain your understanding of issues facing diverse groups (e.g. underrepresented students of color, first generation college students, students from low-socioeconomic backgrounds) and how you will apply that understanding to your work. What steps or actions will you take to continue to build and apply your knowledge in this area?

Department Summary
The Division of Undergraduate Studies (UGS) promotes academic excellence, universal access, engagement and achievement for the student scholar. UGS programs focus on the educational trajectory of the student by providing opportunities and services essential for progress toward scholastic objectives and intellectual development. UGS departments and programs serve the entire population of UO undergraduate students and partner closely with other campus units to support student success and engagement.

The College of Arts and Sciences has nearly 50 departments and programs, spanning the Humanities, Natural Sciences, and Social Sciences, and comprises about two-thirds of all faculty, graduate students and undergraduate majors on campus.

Position Summary
At the University of Oregon, Academic and Career Advisors collaborate with students to help them achieve their personal goals, academic potential, and professional success. Our coordinated approach to advising strives to be student-centered, caring, holistic, inclusive, and culturally aware. 

Under the direction of the College and Career Advising Director, Advisors in Tykeson Hall will provide integrated academic and career advising, services, and activities to assist students with academic and/or career planning. Advisors specialize in one of six thematic collections of majors called “Flight Paths” which are designed to better advise and communicate to students the many academic and career paths available at the University of Oregon. 

Tykeson Advisors are cross-trained to advise students who are at various stages in their academic journey from an integrated first-year experience to major and career exploration and selection. Advisors are focused on ensuring student success, retention, and completion. Advisors use tools and resources to gain general knowledge of UO majors. However, each Advisor specializes in a Flight Path and its associated majors and careers in order to better counsel students and provide information about the many academic and professional options that are consistent with their interests, abilities, and passions. 

Advisors will help students develop academic and career plans and goals, and leverage available resources to achieve academic success. They work in a fast-paced, drop-in and appointment-based office setting delivering advising services on a year-round basis in both one-on-one and group settings.

Advisors must be culturally competent and able to work with first-generation, low income, underrepresented, international, and transfer students. They must be skilled in addressing the needs of re-entry students, students in crisis, and students experiencing scholastic difficulty. Advisors must also demonstrate respect for all individuals, welcome diversity among students and colleagues, and actively work toward an inclusive workplace.

Minimum Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree.
  • Two years’ experience in a high school, college, university, counseling or similar setting providing academic advising, advising support, student services, career counseling, or counseling.

Professional Competencies

  • Demonstrated understanding of issues facing diverse groups, e.g. low-socioeconomic, first generation, underrepresented, non-traditional, disadvantaged, and under-prepared individuals.
  • Excellent communication and collaboration skills.
  • Excellent organization and administrative skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to use advising and office technology.

Preferred Qualifications

  • A master’s degree in education, counseling, student services/student affairs, student development, higher education leadership, or related field.
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively with stakeholders and build partnerships.
  • Knowledge of university systems and structures.