Academic Advisor

Updated: 29 days ago

Academic Advisor
Advising Center - Pennsylvania-Pittsburgh - (24004600)

The Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences and College of General Studies (CGS) is seeking an undergraduate academic advisor. We seek positive, conscientious, student-centered individuals to help prepare students for lives of impact by connecting them with educational experiences tailored to their specific goals and needs. Academic advisors in the Dietrich School and CGS work with students from a variety of backgrounds and perspectives and with a broad range of academic interests that intersect. Examples include: adult/non-traditional students, students from underrepresented backgrounds, students interested in pursuing degrees in the life sciences, students interested in medical school and/or careers in the health sciences, and students at various stages in the academic decision-making process, including undecided/undeclared students and declared majors. We ask applicants to discuss experiences working with these student groups in your cover letter. Academic advisors help students identify academic and career goals and assist with appropriate course selection and degree planning. Academic advisors connect students to helpful resources and services and monitor degree progress. In order to deliver a high level of student service within dynamic and changing environments, academic advisors continually build on a foundation of advising theory and practice. Academic advisors may participate in and assist with the planning and implementation of unit and/or University-sponsored activities, including, but not limited to retention and outreach efforts, internal working groups/committees, new and continuing student programs, graduation review, on-boarding programs for new students, and remediation efforts for students experiencing academic difficulties. Academic advisors use various software packages and platforms to fulfill these responsibilities and must be able to adapt to new technologies without sacrificing quality. Academic advisors must be committed advocates for a diverse student body and successfully build and foster inclusive relationships with students and colleagues. This position requires patience, flexibility, energy, and a sincere desire to assist students. Excellent organization, communication skills, timeliness, cooperation, collaboration, and accuracy are essential. Successful candidates must demonstrate the ability to prioritize and manage multiple simultaneous demands, inclusive of balancing a sizeable caseload of students with administrative, creative, and/or project driven responsibilities. An ability to understand and appreciate the perspectives of various communities, including communities of color, is a must. The Dietrich School and College of General Studies hire individuals who: foster and promote an inclusive workplace where diversity and individual differences are valued; treat all individuals with respect; build collaborative working relationships with people of all different backgrounds; and practice equitable treatment and opportunity for all individuals.

Job Summary

Utilizes advanced advising knowledge, theory, and practical experience to serve as an academic liaison for students to identify academic and career goals, select appropriate courses, and plan for degree attainment. Manages small to medium-sized, moderately complex projects.

Essential Functions 

Must be able to use a computer and keyboard and be able to use video communication technology (i.e., Zoom, Teams, etc.). Work is frequently conducted by email, telephone, in-person, and/or using video communications technology. The ability to communicate in a clear and concise fashion is essential.

Physical Effort 

While on campus, this position is generally sedentary within an office setting, but the ability to travel around campus occasionally is necessary. Must be able to use a computer and keyboard and be able to use video communication technology (i.e., Zoom, Teams, etc.). Work is frequently conducted by email, telephone, in-person, and/or using video communications technology. The ability to communicate in a clear and concise fashion is essential.


The University of Pittsburgh is committed to championing all aspects of diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility within our community. This commitment is a fundamental value of the University and is crucial in helping us advance our mission, which includes attracting and retaining diverse workforces. We will continue to create and maintain an environment that allows individuals to discover, belong, contribute, and grow, while honoring the experiences, perspectives, and unique identities of all.

The University of Pittsburgh is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and values equality of opportunity, human dignity and diversity. EOE, including disability/vets.

Assignment Category Full-time regular
Job Classification Staff.Academic Advisor II
Job Family Academic & Student Services
Job Sub-Family Academic Advising
Campus Pittsburgh
Minimum Education Level Required Master's Degree
Minimum Years of Experience Required 2
Will this position accept substitution in lieu of education or experience?  Combination of education and relevant experience will be considered in lieu of education and/ or experience requirement.
Work Schedule Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Work Arrangement Hybrid: Combination of On-Campus and Remote work as determined by the department.
Hiring Range $42,969 to $53,711 annually
Relocation Offered No
Visa Sponsorship Provided No
Background Check For position finalists, employment with the University will require successful completion of a background check
Child Protection Clearances Not Applicable
Required Documents Resume, Cover Letter
Optional Documents Not Applicable

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