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Student Development Specialist / Academic Advisor

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

Position Overview

The Student Development Specialist/Academic Advisor Provides direct service to undergraduate students through individualized academic advising, success coaching, and mentoring, as well as assists with the development, implementation, and delivery of programs, classes, and interventions that support student development, persistence, and success.


  • Provide individualized academic success coaching and mentoring to undergraduate students seeking to improve academic performance. Utilize developmental approach to assist students in exploring academic and career options, making informed decisions, making healthy transitions to college, create educational plans for improvement, and make referrals as appropriate. Counsel walk-in students and faculty advisor referrals from all academic colleges on academic and career options, transitioning majors, adding programs of study, course selection and academic planning.                                                                                
  • Create and disseminate resource materials, information, website content, and event promotions that support student development, persistence, and success. 
  • Teach academic success or major/career exploration courses, which includes developing curriculum materials, evaluating student work and providing feedback on student learning, assessing learning objectives/outcomes, etc.
  • Assist in or coordinate aspects related to the development, implementation, delivery, and assessment of programs, courses, support structures, and recruitment and retention initiatives in assigned areas, such as academic success workshops, individualized peer tutoring and study tables, targeted and at-risk outreach, major/career exploration programs and outreach, admission events, themed living community. 
  • Facilitate outreach efforts to both general student populations and identified cohorts, such as exploratory students, first-generation students, student athletes, students on academic probation, transfer students, etc.
  • Serve as the Student Success Center’s Butler Blue Scholars point person with a strong emphasis on 21st Century Scholars.         
  • Other duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications 

  • Master's degree required
  • 3-5 years experience in academic advising, career counseling, success coaching, and/or teaching preferably post-secondary level

Preferred Qualifications 

  • Proficient in Spanish 

BU Benefits and Perks

Please check out Butler’s Total Rewards website to learn more about our benefit offerings, which include:

  • Paid Time Off and Holidays:
    • 18 days of paid time off (vacation and PTO days)
    • 8 Paid Holidays
    • Paid Winter Break between Christmas Eve and New Year’s Day
    • Paid Parental Leave (after 1 year of full-time employment)
  • Health:
    • Comprehensive medical, dental, and vision plans including disability and life insurance programs
  • Retirement:
    • 10% employer contribution after 1 year of full-time employment
  • Tuition Assistance:
    • Remission of tuition for classes taken at Butler for employees, spouses, and dependent children.
      • Eligibility after 9 months of full-time employment
      • Employees & spouses- undergraduate/graduate degrees
      • Dependents (under age 26)- undergraduate degree
      • Covers tuition only
    • Tuition Exchange Program for Dependents
  • Butler Facilities Access, Discounts and Perks:
    • Access to Butler’s on-site fitness facility and libraries for full-time staff and faculty
    • LinkedIn Learning Courses
    • Free premium subscription to the Calm App
    • Free subscription to the WSJ and NYT
    • Discount at the College Bookstore
    • Discount on select Athletic and Arts/Events Center Performances

About Butler

Butler University is a private, nationally recognized comprehensive university encompassing seven colleges: Arts, Business, Communication, Education, Liberal Arts & Sciences, Pharmacy & Health Sciences and Founder's College. Approximately 4,500 undergraduate and 1,000 graduate and doctoral students are enrolled at Butler, representing 46 states and 24 countries.

Join us at the crossroads of tradition & transformation. A career at Butler University means so much more than a job. Join the dedicated, innovative, and supportive community of faculty and staff that is moving Butler Beyond.

Butler University is an equal-opportunity employer.  We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive and equitable environment for all employees.  We welcome applications from all individuals, regardless of age, gender, gender identity, sex, race, religion, color, disability, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, national origin, or any other legally protected category.

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