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Student Success Center Academic Advisor

The Student Success Center Academic Advisor provides direct services for new and continuing students at the university by assisting them with the process of making a successful transition to the university. Services include facilitating the freshmen seminar course and providing academic advising services for new and at-risk students through proactive mentoring and instruction.

Essential Roles and Responsibilities Include:

  • Develop curriculum and provide instruction of Freshman and Transition Seminar(s), serving as the academic advisor for the students enrolled in the Freshman Seminar section(s) taught
  • Provide student-centered advisement and mentoring employing a pro-active advising model where the advisor reaches out to the student in order to form a strong working relationship with the student. (Includes collateral area)
  • Monitor and evaluate academic progress, and provide academic advisement for at-risk students on academic warning or probation. Help students develop a personalized success plan and provide follow-up support
  • Assist with the university’s student recruitment program by being available to meet with students during campus visits and assisting with preparation for, and implementation of, advising and registration components of orientations for incoming students
  • Collaborate with faculty, staff and other student programs and services to identify and assist students. Manage sensitive situations and attempt to resolve complaints at an early stage to minimize conflict and prevent escalation. Inform and if necessary, refer students to other University institutional resources that may require intervention by other professionals
  • Maintain a current record of activities and services provided and perform other administrative duties as assigned. Provide documentation for annual reports
  • Serve and participate on university committees and task forces. Occasional program activities may require night/weekend hours
  • Complete other tasked assigned by supervisor in support of departmental and university initiatives
  • Understand and comply with federal laws and regulations that pertain to higher education, as well as university policies and procedures
  • Be available to students by appointment and during walk-in hours

Desired Minimum Qualifications, Education, and Experience include:

  • A master’s degree in academic advising, student affairs/student development, education, counseling, psychology, or another field closely related to the position responsibilities is required
  • A bachelor’s degree with applicable experience will be considered
  • Demonstrated knowledge of best practices in student retention, academic advisement, first-year experience programs, and student services at the university level is required
  • Prior experience as an academic advisor, tutor, teacher and/or providing similar support services to college/university students is highly preferred
  • Upholds and supports the Christian, Catholic, Benedictine mission of the University of Mary
  • Supports the ongoing implementation of Ex Corde Ecclesiae, the apostolic constitution on Catholic colleges and universities
  • Builds a culture of ready and earnest hospitality in the office of Academic Affairs and throughout the university in accord with Saint Benedict’s admonition that all be received as Christ

Knowledge and Skills Required:

  • Demonstrate a willingness to support the Christian, Catholic and Benedictine mission of the University of Mary
  • Ability to communicate effectively, verbally and in writing, including effective presentations to groups, professional reports and other communications using Microsoft Office Suite applications
  • Ability to prioritize work load, perform work duties independently, and meet deadlines
  • Ability to work effectively and collaborate with a variety of persons including students, parents, faculty, and staff
  • Demonstrated knowledge of the developmental needs of students, best practices in working with students who are at risk for attrition and the ability to work effectively with students from diverse cultures and backgrounds, students who have a disability, nontraditional students and other at-risk students

The University of Mary overlooks the beautiful Missouri river and is located in Bismarck, North Dakota, a community of approximately 80,000 people, with wonderful family and parish life, friendly neighborhoods, enjoyable recreational and cultural facilities, a low crime rate, clean air, and excellent schools.  The University of Mary, with an enrollment of over 3,000 students, is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association.

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We welcome your interest in joining the University of Mary. To apply, email a letter of interest and resume to or mail to University of Mary, Attn: Human Resources, 7500 University Drive, Bismarck, ND 58504.

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