Title: Academic Advisor
Institution: University of Wisconsin-La Crosse
URL: https://employment.uwlax.edu/postings/9805

Description: The Academic Advising Center & Career Services at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse seeks a candidate to join our team, within the Division of Academic Affairs, and serve as an Academic Advisor.

The Academic Advisor reports to the Director of Academic Advising Center & Career Services, and works as part of a proactive advising team to serve students who are undecided about their major and career options and first-year students with declared majors. The range of responsibilities include working with students to assist and assess academic needs and performance, advising students regarding course planning and major/career exploration, planning and presenting outreach programs, developing educational materials, partnering with advising staff and faculty, assisting with training and mentoring of peer advisors and graduate students.  

The successful applicant will demonstrate a commitment to multiculturalism, diversity and inclusive excellence, and an ability to work with students and colleagues from diverse backgrounds.

This is a full-time, 12 month annual position.

Required Qualifications:
• Master’s degree from an accredited institution in a relevant field required by start date.
• Experience working with college students on academic and career related concerns.
• Demonstrated strong written and verbal communication skills.
• Demonstrated expertise in using office software packages, email, and student record systems.

Preferred Qualifications:
• Ability to prioritize and utilize good time management practices
• Ability to gather and synthesize information from a variety of sources.
• Ability to be thorough, consistent, and accurate in the interpretation of policies.
• Knowledge of UW-L academic policies and procedures preferred.

Interested candidates are required to apply online and upload a resume, cover letter, and reference contact information for 3 professional references (title, name, email address and telephone number). 
The anticipated start date for this position is August 20, 2018.  Priority consideration will be given to those who apply by the first review date of July 16, 2018.

Note: Electronic submission of application materials is required.  For additional information about this position and to apply, please visit https://employment.uwlax.edu/

Please contact the Search and Screen Chair if you have a special need/accommodation to aid your participation in our hiring process.

The University of Wisconsin-La Crosse (UW-La Crosse) provides a challenging, dynamic, and diverse learning environment in which the entire university community is fully engaged in supporting student success. Grounded in the liberal arts, UW-La Crosse fosters curiosity and life-long learning through collaboration, innovation, and the discovery and dissemination of new knowledge. Acknowledging and respecting the contributions of all, UW-La Crosse is a regional academic and cultural center that prepares students to take their place in a constantly changing world community.

UW-La Crosse’s diversity and inclusion efforts are guided by our adherence to Inclusive Excellence.  We define Inclusive Excellence as “… our active, intentional and ongoing commitment to bridge differences with understanding and respect so all can thrive.”   The goals of Inclusive Excellence are to increase the retention of diverse faculty, staff and students while encouraging a campus climate that is inviting and welcoming to all.   UW-La Crosse strives to promote acceptance of all facets of diversity from racial/ethnic diversity to diversity of thought and experience.  UW-La Crosse is a 2014 recipient of the Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine. UW-La Crosse is proud to be one of only 83 recipients of this national honor recognizing our commitment to diversity and inclusion.

UW-La Crosse has appeared prominently on the U.S. News & World Report list of “America’s Best Colleges” for more than a decade and is ranked consistently as one of the top institutions in the Midwest.  With a student population of roughly 10,500, the university offers 91 undergraduate programs in at least 30 disciplines and 26 graduate programs in three colleges: Liberal Studies, Science and Health, and Business Administration, including the School of Arts & Communication and the School of Education.  There are 502 full-time faculty and instructional academic staff, 76 percent of whom hold terminal degrees.  UW-La Crosse boasts a retention rate (freshmen returning as sophomores) of 86 percent, graduation rate (degree within six years) of 70 percent, and is among only 12 institutions cited nationally by the American Association of State Colleges and Universities for its success in linking campus culture and university leadership to outstanding graduation rates.

The UW-La Crosse campus is nestled in a residential area of the City of La Crosse (pop. 52,000) located in western Wisconsin.  The area, known as the 7 Rivers Region, is famous for its exceptional natural beauty which includes the Mississippi River on one side, majestic bluffs on the other, and views of rolling farmland and forested valleys in between.  Ranked by U.S. News & World Report as one of the top ten “Best Places to Live” in 2009, La Crosse is one of the most scenic places in mid-America.  Abundant water, woodlands and varying terrain provide ample opportunities for year-round outdoor recreation.  Only a couple of hours from Minneapolis or Madison, La Crosse enjoys the affordability and charm of small town living with larger city benefits.  Three colleges, two world-class medical institutions, the La Crosse Symphony Orchestra, a restored nineteenth century downtown business district, and a number of galleries and art centers have made La Crosse a regional center for culture, entertainment, medical care, shopping, sports and recreation.  

UW-La Crosse is proud to be an equal opportunity employer.  We strive to recruit, develop, and retain the most talented people from a diverse candidate pool, and we encourage applications from persons with varied backgrounds and perspectives.  In support of the Wisconsin Veteran Employment Initiative we encourage veterans and veterans with disabilities to explore employment opportunities at UW-La Crosse.  
As a prospective UW-La Crosse employee, you have a right to obtain a copy of campus safety and security information (Clery Act) for this institution. You may review this information at http://www.uwlax.edu/Police/Annual-Security-Report/.
Employment will require a criminal background check.  A pending criminal charge or conviction will not necessarily disqualify an applicant. In compliance with the Wisconsin Fair Employment Act, UW-La Crosse does not discriminate on the basis of arrest or conviction record.

Contact Name: Becky Vianden, Director, Academic Advising Center & Career Services
Contact Email: bvianden@uwlax.edu

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