Job Opening: Academic Advisor: International Programs, University of Utah

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Institution: University of Utah
Location: Salt Lake City, UT
Posted: 03/02/2015
Type: Full Time
Education: BA required, MA preferred
Department: Asian Studies Program

Job Summary:
Advises a diverse population of students in regards to their academic planning and progress by utilizing professional advising and guidance skills. Interprets and explains university academic policy and procedure to assist students in making decisions concerning personal educational goals leading to graduation.
This position advises for multiple interdisciplinary programs in the International & Area Studies Suite: Asian Studies, International Studies, Latin American Studies and Middle East Studies. Advisor works collaboratively in a team of academic advisors, responsible for programming, outreach, communication, and program coordination. Advisor assists Program Directors with recruitment and outreach and acts as a consultant on curricular changes. This position reports to the Assistant Dean of the College of Humanities.


  • Meets with students to provide information and guidance on academic-related issues, such as graduation requirements and exceptions, major exploration, course planning and registration, transfer credit evaluation/substitution or advanced degree requirements
  • Facilitates students’ academic progress by evaluating their needs, developing appropriate educational plans, directing to appropriate campus resources, and encouraging international experience and involvement through study abroad, internships, language study, and campus/community engagement
  • Develops student programming to supplement or enhance academic preparedness and to increase interaction between alumni and current students
  • Leads communication efforts through social media, weekly program emails, and website maintenance
  • Coordinates and/or participates in the advising-related portion of new/transfer student and parent orientation sessions, in addition to outreach and promotion of international programs to current students.
  • Maintains students’ academic files that include a record of the advising activity that takes place during each visit.
  • Serves on University committees and makes recommendations that affect curriculum requirements, advising processes and program development and published materials.
  • Coordinates data compilation, statistical reports and correspondence, depending upon the area of assignment.
  • May plan and participate in continuing education for advising staff.
  • May supervise lower level advising staff and/or student employees and participate in hiring, training and evaluating those employees.
  • This job description is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities and qualifications required of employees assigned to the job.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in a related area or equivalency required. Demonstrated human relations and effective communication skills required.
  • Previous experience in an advising, counseling or teaching environment is preferred.
  • Applicants must demonstrate the potential ability to perform the essential functions of the job as outlined in the position description.


  • Master’s degree in Education or equivalent
  • Previous experience in an advising, counseling or teaching environment
  • Experience working or studying abroad
  • Foundation in student development theory and advising best practices
  • Demonstrated ability to work in diverse group settings
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently

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