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Academic Advisor - Exploratory Studies

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Work type: Staff Full-time
Location: Indianapolis
Categories: Academic & Student Services

Position Overview

The Learning Resource Center at Butler University (part of the Academic Affairs division) is seeking an experienced higher education professional to provide developmental academic advising to undergraduate students who are exploring or undecided on an academic path.


· Serve as primary academic advisor for students in the Exploratory Studies program. 
· Utilize developmental advising approach to assist students in exploring academic and career options, making informed decisions, and making healthy transitions to college.
· Advise students on academic program options and requirements, transitioning majors, adding programs of study, academic planning, and course selection and registration.
· Teach multiple sections of an academic exploration and development course.
· Assist in the development, implementation, and evaluation of academic exploration programming, support structures, and retention initiatives.
· Provide individualized academic success coaching and mentoring to Exploratory Studies majors seeking to enhance academic performance.
· Participate and assist in planning advisor training and development sessions.
· Deliver prospective student and family presentations as part of Admission events.
· Develop promotional and resource materials, including event marketing, informational brochures, program bulletin boards, and website content.


· Master’s degree required in education, counseling, or related area.
· 3 to 5 years of experience in academic advising, career counseling and/or teaching required; experience in advising, counseling and/or teaching at the post-secondary level preferred.
· Understanding of multifarious academic majors, knowledge and skills acquired through study in the majors, and knowledge of workforce needs and opportunities.
· Ability to develop comprehensive knowledge and understanding of university support services and academic policies.
· Excellent written and oral communication, organizational skills, and time management.
· Specialized knowledge in fields of college student development, college-level academic support, academic development principles and methods, and learning and teaching styles.
· Demonstrated understanding and commitment to working with diverse student populations.
· Experience identifying and addressing academic and non-academic barriers to success.
· Experience with student information databases and Microsoft Office utilities.

To Apply:

· Cover letter and resume required
· Please provide a document with answers to the following three (3) questions:

1. Describe methods and strategies you would use to help students decide on an academic major.

2. You are advising a student who is first in her family to go to college. What kinds of challenges might this student have to address? How would you help this student make a smooth transition to college life?

3. A second-year student comes to see you for assistance. His major is biology, but he is doing poorly in his classes and his advisor has suggested that he change his major. He tells you he is majoring in biology because he plans to be a doctor. He has always received A’s and B’s in his high school science classes, so his parents feel the best occupation for him is a doctor. They also tell him they will not pay for his education unless he pursues a career with a substantial salary and guaranteed employment. How might you guide the discussion during both an initial and a subsequent meeting with this student? What are important areas to explore?

Only completed applications will be considered.

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