Senior Academic Advisor

Updated: 2 months ago
Location: College Station, TEXAS
Job Type: FullTime

Job Title

Senior Academic Advisor


Texas A&M Agrilife Research


Dean's Office Staff

Proposed Minimum Salary


Job Location

College Station, Texas

Job Type


Job Description

Job Description Summary

The Senior Academic Advisor, under general supervision, advises students on program and course selection, discusses career goals, and counsels students on challenges in completing the degree program. Participates in and supports preparation for orientation of new and transfer students, and recruiting events for graduate students. Collects and communicates information pertinent to off-campus students from a variety of support/service offices on the main campus.


Provides academic advice and guidance to undergraduate and graduate students. Advises transfer students on College admissions. Advises students on re-admission, inter-College transfer, program and course selection, and internships. Discusses career goals, academic requirements, related professional and personal concerns, housing, financial aid, and student services. Verifies completion of degree requirements. Approves and signs degree plans, course substitutions, add/drops, Q drops, withdrawals, and change of curriculums. Approves, establishes, and monitors student probationary terms. Approves and signs no-grade drops, no-record drops, and applications for readmission. Uses University systems for student registration, degree audit, course pre-requisites, and other duties related to the academic and career success of students. Submits adjustments and curricular exceptions. Reviews and provides input on scholarship applications. Monitors student progress and degree requirements. Counsels students on challenges in completing the degree program and provides information on referring students to University resources that can assist them in meeting their needs or solving their problems. Attends meetings planned by Director of Advising. Identifies opportunities to support the establishment of partnerships that may provide internship opportunities for students. Collects and communicates information pertinent to off-campus students from a variety of support and service offices on the main campus. Prepares various academic and advising reports, develops systems for maintaining records of student contacts, develops and revises informational materials, conducts new student orientation conferences in the absence of the Department Head, and serves as an ombudsperson to facilitate the application, admission, and retention of students. Responds to inquiries from undergraduate students and their families regarding admission procedures, degree programs, major options, and career and education goals, utilizing knowledge of University and College policies and procedures. Answers inquiries from, provides information to, and coordinates recruiting visits of prospective graduate students. Meets with and maintains contact with prospective graduate students, communicates information about the graduate program and guides prospective graduate students through the application process. Maintains a database of information about and communications with prospective graduate students. Assembles application packages, schedules meetings to review prospective graduate student applications, and coordinates recruiting visits of prospective graduate students. May communicate admissions decisions with prospective graduate students. Informs graduate students about opportunities to enhance their graduate school experience. Creates and distributes announcements for graduate student defense seminars. Identifies, schedules, and lends support to activities that enhance the students' experience and retention of identified groups. Actively participates in proactive communication with current and prospective students. May teach courses. May supervise or direct functions of the office. Completes special projects, reports, and other duties, as needed.

Required Education and Experience:

Master's degree in applicable field or equivalent combination of education and experience. Five years of related experience.

Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

Knowledge of word processing, spreadsheet, and database applications. Knowledge of student information systems, degree planning, and degree audits. Ability to multitask and work cooperatively with others. Excellent written communication, analytical, interpersonal, and organizational skills. Ability to present information clearly and concisely.

Other Requirements:

Ability to work beyond normal office hours and/or work on weekends.

All positions are security-sensitive. Applicants are subject to a criminal history investigation, and employment is contingent upon the institution’s verification of credentials and/or other information required by the institution’s procedures, including the completion of the criminal history check.

Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/Veterans/Disability Employer.

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