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Undergraduate Academic Advisor-College of Nursing & Health Sciences

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Work type: Staff Full Time
Categories: Other Staff Positions

OFFICIAL JOB TITLE:  Undergraduate Academic Advisor              

DIVISION: Academic Affairs                                                                                      

DEPARTMENT: College of Nursing & Health Sciences

BARGAINING UNIT STATUS: ESU CAT:  12                                  

EEO STATUS: 3.2        


FLSA STATUS: EXEMPT                                                                     

REPORTS TO:  Dean or designee


Minimum Salary: ESU Salary Range


SUMMARY PURPOSE OF POSITION: The Undergraduate Academic Advisor 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 at UMass Dartmouth. Assists with the ongoing assessment and improvement of academic advising. The advisor provides students with information and advice concerning program requirements. Supports students using appropriate technology and other best practices.  Collaborates with faculty and staff to provide effective integrated advising and retention activities. Communicates with respective college administrators, chairs and faculty regarding retention issues. Represents the College at various admissions, retention and other student events. The position advises students on the development of their educational plan and makes appropriate referrals to assist students in the selection of their major and evaluation of their educational progress. Follows protocols for students placed on academic warning and probation and works to develop and implement retention plans with students. Advises students wishing to withdraw from or take a leave of absence from the University.  May serve on planning committees for advising and registration, and retention initiatives. The incumbent collaborates with other departments in the Academic Affairs and Student Affairs divisions such as Registrar’s Office, Financial Aid, and Career Center, among others.



  • Provides advising, retention and success initiatives to a cohort of undergraduate students.
  • Communicates and meets regularly with advisees.
  • Pro-actively tracks students identified as 'at risk' and provides additional support; monitors academic outcomes.
  • Explains program requirements to enrolled and potential students and provides information about appropriate resources and opportunities.
  • Provides general reports and summary analysis of collected student data to deans and supervisors.
  • Develops advising and academic mapping materials and workshops and participates as appropriate.
  • Consults on issues pertaining to transfer course equivalencies for current and potential students. 
  • Develops and updates students’ academic plan(s) as necessary and/or revises students’ plan of work for new credit programs.
  • Collaborates with faculty and staff at the College, and the Academic and Student Affairs Divisions, to enhance student success.
  • Communicates with Deans, Chairs and faculty on general and specific advising issues.
  • Develops and implements retention plans for students who are on Academic Warning, Academic Probation and Subject to Dismissal and potential impact to financial aid.
  • Works on online advising resources.
  • Participates in College and University committees such as those devoted to enrollment management, retention, academic advising, among others.
  • Other tasks as assigned.



EDUCATION: Bachelor’s degree.

EXPERIENCE: Previous (one or more years) experience advising undergraduate students.

OTHER: Available for evening/weekend hours as needed. Some travel required.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:  Demonstrated academic advising experience; experience with student information systems and reporting systems.



  • Be knowledgeable of the undergraduate programs
  • Able to counsel students in severe academic difficulty
  • Strong knowledge of the University academic policies and procedures as well as eligibility requirements
  • Strong organizational, leadership and interpersonal skills
  • Able to relate to students, faculty and University personnel
  • Able to report and interpret data
  • Strong communication skills

UMass Dartmouth offers exciting benefits such as:

75% Employer-Paid Health Insurance
Flexible Spending Accounts
Life Insurance
Long Term Disability
State Pension Retirement Plan
Optional Retirement Savings Plans
Tuition Credit (Employee, Spouse, & Dependents)
Twelve (12) paid holidays
Paid personal, vacation, and sick time
And More!

Benefits: Benefits for ESU

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

Important Notice

UMass Dartmouth requires COVID-19 vaccinations for all faculty, staff, and students who wish to work, live, learn or physically come to campus. Read More. 

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

The deadline for INTERNAL applicants is November 29, 2022.

The review of applications will begin November 30, 2022 and will be ongoing. 

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