Western Kentucky University - Bowling Green, KY

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Western Kentucky University, Potter College of Arts & Letters is seeking applicants for an Academic Advisor. This is a twelve-month renewable position.

The University:
Western Kentucky University (WKU) is located in Bowling Green, KY and is becoming A Leading American University with International Reach, educating a student population of nearly 21,000. WKU is conveniently located just 65 miles from the metro Nashville, TN area and is about 120 miles south of Louisville, KY.

Potter College of Arts & Letters:
Potter College takes as its primary area of scholarly concern the study of men and women--their past, present, and future, as well as their aesthetic expression, metaphysical concerns, and social interaction. The College prepares students to enter a wide range of careers and programs of advanced study, and is the largest college within WKU in terms of degree programs offered and credit hours generated. Potter College faculty provides the largest number of study abroad opportunities and represent the majority of the Distinguished Faculty Award recipients at WKU. Potter College offers a comprehensive array of programs and services to support academic success.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities:
The following duties are customary for this position, but are not to be construed as all-inclusive. Duties may be added, deleted, and assigned based on management discretion and institutional needs.
- Advises exploratory and declared Potter College majors with fewer than 60 hours
- Responds to Academic Commons walk-in student questions and provides on-the-spot advising when needed
- Assists students with iCAP reviews and updates
- Provides Potter College support for the WKU Finish Program and degree program extensions
- Updates Academic Commons website
- Coordinates presentations as requested by academic departments and campus organizations
- Supports the advising and academic support policies and retention initiatives of Potter College and WKU
- Works with students, faculty, and staff to improve overall College advising and retention programs
- Maintains and updates an annual report describing services provided by Potter College Academic Commons
- Creates and reviews student satisfaction survey of College advising and Academic Commons services
- Assists with admission and retention efforts as needed (some nights and weekends)
- Performs assigned duties in a manner consistent with standards, mission, and goals of Potter College
- Works in a professional and collegial manner with faculty and students in the best interest of the College and the people it serves
- Prioritizes multiple projects and works in an environment with irregular workloads, competing/shifting priorities, and variable hours
- Maintains sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, abilities, and ethnic backgrounds of students served by Potter College
- Other responsibilities as assigned

Required Qualifications:
- Bachelor’s degree from a liberal arts field of study or demonstrated understanding of academic areas within the liberal arts discipline
- One (1) year of advising or related higher education experience (graduate assistantships and/or peer undergraduate mentoring experience counts for half-time)
- Detail-oriented and self-motivated individual
- Strong technology and web based skills
- Excellent oral and written communication skills
- Excellent interpersonal communication skills with an ability to handle difficult situations with tact and diplomacy
- Demonstrates support for specific student populations within Potter College
- Ability to adjust work schedule, as needed, for weekend and evening activities

Expected Salary Range: commensurate with education and/or experience
Applications for employment will be accepted electronically only. Interested candidates must submit a cover letter addressing the responsibilities of the position, a current resume/vitae, a statement of advising philosophy, and the names, e-mail contact information, addresses, and daytime telephone numbers of three current professional references using the on-line application process. Please refer to the following website to apply: . For further assistance call (270) 745-5934. To ensure full consideration please submit application materials by April 30th, 2013. Please reference requisition number S3615. Position will remain open until filled. Only complete applications will be processed.

Western Kentucky University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, disability, age, religion, or marital status in admission to career and technical education programs and/or activities, or employment practices in accordance with Title VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Revised 1992, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.

Persons with disabilities, who need reasonable accommodations to participate in the application and/or selection process, should notify The Office of Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/University ADA Services at (270) 745- 5121, a minimum of five working days in advance.


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