University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee
Job Title
Academic Advisor
Job Description
The School of Freshwater Sciences (SFS) at UWM is the only school in the nation dedicated solely to the study of freshwater issues. Its interdisciplinary research and education programs link science with action and are integrated across five majors areas: freshwater system dynamics, human and ecosystem health; freshwater technology; freshwater economics, policy, and management; and climate and atmospheric sciences. It is the School’s goal to be recognized world-wide as the source of expert knowledge on water issues and a catalyst for great ideas that change how people think about and manage water resources.

The School of Freshwater Sciences is based in the heart of Milwaukee’s Latinx community in the Harbor District. Our school facilities, including research vessels and laboratories, have direct access to the confluence of the Milwaukee, Menomonee and Kinnickinnic Rivers and Lake Michigan. The campus and greater Milwaukee communities offer strong opportunities for research collaboration and professional development.

Job Summary
The Academic Advisor engages students in decision making processes and promotes appropriate and responsible choices on academic matters such as course selection and degree requirements. This position requires the employee to maintain appropriate confidentiality, updates student advising records, and contributes to the development and delivery of academic advising related events and program. They will work to ensure students receive accurate, timely, and holistic advising services in support of promoting student success, retention, and program completion. The successful candidate will strive to create a welcome, equitable, and inclusive work environment.

Performance of duties:
– Receives, processes, and responds to academic inquiries according to established policies and procedures
– Serves as a main point of contact for students and proves information about educational options and academic requirements; assists with identifying and assessing interests, skills, and values to match appropriate field of study/career options and refers students to appropriate institution resources
– Implements academic advising events such as workshops, panel discussions, and guest speakers
– Maintains confidentiality and accurate student records and processes and responds to academic inquiries according to established institutional and Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) policies
– Maintains expertise and advises curriculum and may assist in developing and recommending exceptions for policy and curriculum
– Proactively engages students as needed
– Participates in the campus-wide advising community providing input to leadership regarding the development of advising, recruitment, and co-curricular programs offered by the school/college

Minimum Qualifications
– Bachelor’s degree
– 2 years of undergraduate advising experience
– Experience using Microsoft Office (Outlook, OneDrive, SharePoint, PowerPoint, Excel, and Word)

Preferred Qualifications
– Advising experience in natural sciences
– Bachelor’s Degree in higher education, academic leadership, educational psychology, or similar
– Experience using contact management system such as Navigate or Slate

Contact Name
Chad Hietpas
Contact Email