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Career and Academic Advisor

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Career and Academic Planning at James Madison University is accepting applications for a Career and Academic Advisor. This is a professional staff position, responsible for providing academic advising and career development services to a variety of students. Each Career and Academic Advisor reports to an Assistant or Associate Director and receives a full-time, 12-month Administrative and Professional Faculty appointment.

The primary duties of this position includes:

* Serve as a career liaison to an academic college or school to partner with faculty and provide students in those majors with career information, networking opportunities and job search resources. Liaison responsibilities include: presentations to student groups and classes, assist faculty in the development of career related programs, monitor employment trends and communicate with employers and internship providers. Develop strategies for outreach to target constituents and build relationships with key stakeholders.

* Provide academic advising for first year undeclared students and upper class major changers by meeting individually and in groups at orientation programs and throughout the year. Responsibilities include: assist students with decisions about majors and the process of declaring/changing majors, guide students during course enrollment periods, provide information on academic support resources and help students develop a responsible approach to academic planning.

* Provide career advising to students at all levels. Facilitate students' career development in a variety of settings by helping them to explore personal characteristics, careers and academic options. Familiarize students with appropriate career and academic resources. Teach internship and job search strategies, review resumes and job search correspondence, guide students through graduate and professional school options and teach students how to make effective career and academic decisions.

* Teach one or more sections of UNST 102 Career and Academic Planning, a one-credit course that facilitates students' academic and career decision-making. Responsibilities include: prepare lesson plans, assignments and a syllabus, teach course content, grade assignments and utilize the Canvas Learning Management System.

* Create and facilitate sessions related to job search strategies, resume writing, academic skills, values clarification, major and career decision-making, use of social media and web-based tools, graduate school application process and other areas as needed to support the career readiness of students.

* Create, organize and support office events such as career fairs, internship programs, graduate and professional school fairs and various first year orientation events.

* Contribute to office efforts related to outcomes assessment of student learning and evaluation of programs and services.

* Support institutional, divisional and department mission and goals. Participate in planning and budget development processes, serve on committees/task force groups, engage in professional development opportunities and help with additional duties as needed.

Qualifications include:

* A master's degree in student personnel administration, higher education or a related field is required. A minimum of 1-3 years professional experience in a higher education setting is preferred.

* Possess knowledge of the principles, practices and theory used in academic advising, career development and career coaching/counseling. Demonstrate understanding of and commitment to student development and learning. Demonstrate the ability to form effective, trusting relationships with students. Experience providing direct service to a college student population is essential.

* Experience helping students explore career options, make meaning of their educational experience and develop effective search strategies to connect with internships, jobs and graduate schools.

* Strong written and oral communication skills. Experience with group facilitation, program presentation and teaching. Possess ability to communicate with students, employers, faculty members and college deans. Demonstrate ability to relate well with colleagues and to work as part of a team in a large, complex department.

* Experience creating, conducting and assessing learning outcomes and evaluating workshops, training programs and large student-oriented events.

* Comfortable managing multiple tasks, priorities and projects.

To apply go to or visit and reference posting number F1098. Salary is commensurate with experience.

James Madison University is an equal opportunity employer committed to creating and supporting a diverse and inclusive work and educational community that is free of all forms of discrimination. This institution does not tolerate discrimination or harassment on the basis of age, color, disability, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, parental status, political affiliation, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation or veteran status. Anyone having questions concerning discrimination should contact the Office for Equal Opportunity: (540) 568-6991.


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James Madison University 
Location: HarrisonburgVA 22807
Document ID: AC043-4KN1  
Ad Number: 25685585
Job Type:  Regular

Job Schedule: Full-time

Published in:  DiverseJobs
Published on: 2018-02-1802/18/2018
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