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Undergraduate Academic Advisor I

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Work type: Staff Full Time
Categories: Other Staff Positions

OFFICIAL JOB TITLE:  Undergraduate Academic Advisor I        

DIVISION: Academic Affairs

DEPARTMENT:  CCB Dean’s Office


EEO STATUS:  32                 

OB CODE:  2000     

FLSA STATUS:      Exempt

REPORTS TO:       Coordinator Undergraduate Academic Advising


MINIMUM STARTING SALARY: $https://www.umassd.edu/media/umassdartmouth/human-resources/policieslawsunion-contracts/ESU-Salary-Range-2018-2019.pdf

SUMMARY PURPOSE OF POSITION:    The Undergraduate Academic Advisor I supports ongoing retention and student success initiatives and activities at the University in order to increase undergraduate student retention and student success.  The Undergraduate Academic Advisor adheres to campus-wide advising standards, policies, procedures and practices for Academic Advising at UMass Dartmouth.  Supports  at-risk students, using appropriate technology and other best practices.  Collaborates with University staff and faculty to provide effective integrated advising and retention activities.  Follows protocols for students placed on academic warning and probation, and implements student success and retention plans. Communicates as necessary with respective college administrators and faculty in general and specific retention issues and represents the college at various admissions, retention and other student events.  Engages in College and University retention initiatives, including software utilization and other technologies and resources to support student success.   Follows the University and College’s recommended best practices to transition students into UMass Dartmouth, support student academic success and retention, and assist in meeting strategic objectives for persistence and timely graduation of all the student population.


  • Provides advising, retention and success initiatives to a cohort of undergraduate students.
  • Pro-actively tracks students identified as 'at risk' and provides additional support.
  • Explains program requirements to enrolled and potential students as well as provide information about appropriate resources and opportunities.
  • Provides general reports and summary analysis of collected student data to Deans, supervisors, and faculty.
  • Assists in the development of advising and academic mapping materials and workshops, and participates as appropriate  to college and departments.
  • Provides academic advising to student advisees and develops academic plans.
  • Develops and implements retention plans for students who are on academic warning, academic probation and subject to dismissal and potential impact to financial aid.
  • Consults with University departments and other units on campus to assist student success.
  • Communicates and meets regularly with advisees.
  • Follows the individual college and departments’ academic requisites and protocols as required.
  • Participates in College and University committees such as those devoted to enrollment management, retention, academic advising, etc.
  • Other related college and department duties and tasks as assigned. 


EDUCATION: Bachelor's Degree

EXPERIENCE: Previous (over 1 year) experience advising/counseling students

OTHER: Available for evening/weekend hours as needed.  Limited travel may be required.


  • Able to relate to students, faculty and University personnel
  • Knowledge of current student development theory and research.
  • Able to counsel students in severe academic difficulty
  • Strong organizational, leadership and interpersonal skills
  • Strong technical, data analytic, and reporting skills
  • Strong communication skills.


  • Master’s degree.
  • Experience supervising undergraduate mentors.


Applicants must be authorized for employment in the U.S. on a full time basis. Employment-based visa sponsorship not available.


To apply please submit a letter of interest, current resume and the contact information for three professional references. 

The deadline to apply is August 20, 2019. The review of applications will begin August 21, 2019 and continue until the position is filled.


NOTE: Other job-related duties and responsibilities may be assigned and/or the job description changed periodically to reflect changing organization needs.

NOTE: All position descriptions need to be completed and approved before recruiting activities begin.  All updated or revised administrative position descriptions must be approved by the appropriate Vice Chancellor/designee and the Vice Chancellor of Talent & Chief Diversity Officer or designee.  All new administrative position descriptions must be approved by the Vice Chancellor/designee, and Vice Chancellor of Talent & Chief Diversity Officer.  If applicable, the Office of Human Resources will provide notice to and consult with the union representative.                                        

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