Academic Advisor I

University of South Florida

Tampa, FL

ID: 7104610
Posted: July 5, 2022
Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

The College of Arts and Sciences is the largest college on the campus of the University of South Florida, which has a diverse population of students, staff, and faculty. We are a community united in the belief that broadly educated people are the basis of a just, free, and prosperous society. The College of Arts and Sciences strives to instill in its students an understanding of the history of human ideas, a sense of love for learning, and an appreciation of the means that scholars have used in their search for order and beauty in the natural and social worlds.

The College of Arts and Sciences provides a developmental model of advising to guide students on their academic journey. Through appreciative inquiry and administrative tracking, CAS Advisors effectively interpret student needs to provide individualized services which best support the success of our diverse student population. Our advisors have assigned student populations which are connected directly to one or more of the 23 academic departments in our college.

This is a professional, non-instructional, academic advising I position supporting the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) on Tampa campus. Advisors represent the college, their department, and USF advising in a variety of public forums with a professional demeanor and caring attitude. There is a challenging administrative load requiring strong computer, problem-solving and organizational skills. There is also a high level of personal interactions with students which requires human relational and communication skills, distinguishing this position from advising support positions that are primarily administrative in nature. This position reports directly to a CAS Lead Advisor, with a dotted line to the Chair or Chair`s Designee of the department(s) for which they advise. CAS Advisors must possess extensive knowledge about academic programs, policies, procedures, and student support services within the scope of their responsibilities. It is common for our advisors to work regularly with topics spanning humanities, social sciences, and the natural sciences. This position will work with their department and supervisor to develop appropriately and remain current on academic and career information relevant to their student population.

CAS Advisors work as a team with our college administration and department faculty to assist students in progressing through their degree and enriching their college experience to result in career-readiness. CAS Advisors also work collaboratively with other offices across the university, like the Academic Success Center, Career Services, Office of Admissions, and Office of Orientation.

- Advise students individually, electronically, and/or with groups regarding academic core and/or departmental requirements, appropriate class selection, academic policies and procedures, and campus resources.

- Assist students with identification of long term goals and career plans. Work to position students to meet requirements for graduation within appropriate periods of time while preparing them to meet future goals.

- Advise special populations of students within scope of responsibility, such as new or transfer students, undeclared majors, minority groups, etc., assisting in exploration of academic programs, and focusing on academic direction, procedures, policies, and available resources.

- Keep accurate advising appointment notes and maintain confidential student advising records.

- Utilize USF information systems to support delivery of advising service and make appropriate updates to degree audit to accurately reflect student progress.

- Perform related duties as required to meet the Academic Advising goals within the Advisor's scope of responsibility, like supporting new students through orientation process and serving at admission recruiting events.

- Continue training and professional development to enhance core knowledge, initiative, collaboration, communication, analytical review, professionalism, and dependability to provide excellent academic advising to our students.

- Provide support to CAS advising team to ensure all CAS students receive timely and accurate assistance and provide support to other USF advisors in need of departmental information.

- Serve on appropriate department, college and/or campus advisory committees.

Performs other duties as assigned.


This position requires a Bachelor's degree in Education, Counseling or academic field directly related to the Advisor's specific responsibilities with a minimum of one year of experience in advising or related academic functions within higher education. Work experience may not be substituted for the Bachelor's degree requirement for this position.

The ideal candidate possess a passion for student success, and are committed to the recruitment, retention, and persistence of a culturally diverse student body. Workplace strengths crucial for success in this position include attention to detail; effective time management; and the ability to work independently in a team setting to meet shared goals. Additionally, this position suits those who identify as a lifelong learner who embraces technology and innovative approaches to their professional practice.