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Academic Advisor/Assistant Coordinator of Orientation/Instructor

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Department or College - Office of Freshman Advising

McNeese State University invites qualified applicants for the position of Academic Advisor/Assistant Coordinator of Orientation/Instructor in the Office of Freshman Advising.  This is a full-time, 12 –month, unclassified, position.  The appointment begins immediately.

Position Number: U99735

Position Description and Responsibilities

The Academic Advisor/Assistant Coordinator of Orientation/Instructor is responsible for functions related to advising, transcript evaluation, orientation, and graduation.  The Academic Advisor/Assistant Coordinator of Orientation/Instructor will work closely with students, faculty, Athletics, Honors College, Registrar’s Office, Admissions and Recruiting, Financial Aid, Scholarships, Testing Services, and International Programs.

Additionally, the advisor:

  • Maintains an advising load of approximately 400 students based on selection of major and academic requirements.
  • Is responsible for preparing student advising forms based on admissions application, test scores and transcripts.
  • Informs students of their responsibilities in light of institutional policies.
  • Monitors student registration activities and recommends solutions to academic difficulties.
  • Maintains accurate records of student interactions.
  • Serves as the Assistant Coordinator of Orientation in all aspects of Orientation and is able to put on Orientation in the absence of the other Assistant Coordinators.
  • Assists in the interviewing, selection, and training of Blue-Gold Peerleaders.
  • Participates in the development, implementation, review, presentation and revision of Orientations for the first-time freshmen and transfer students.
  • Oversees the on-line orientation module and updates information/videos on the Web site
  • Participates in the planning, implementation and the evaluation of the academic advisement program’s goals and objectives.
  • Participates in institutional student development and retention programs.
  • Refers students to other student support services when appropriate.
  • Serves as a liaison with other departments and a resource for students.
  • Communicates effectively and successfully with diverse populations.
  • Interprets test scores, unofficial transcripts and course prerequisites for students.
  • Honors and stays abreast of changing institutional, ULS and state requirements and deadlines.
  • Participates in all orientation events and any weekend or after hours events that support recruitment, advisement, or retention of undergraduate students.
  • Engages in professional development activities as directed by supervisor.
  • Completes other duties as assigned by the Director of Freshman Advising or Associate Vice President for Enrollment Management.

Qualifications

Required:  Master’s degree required.  Excellent communication skills via telephone, email, and all other written exchanges and in person; excellent computer skills; excellent organizational skills; ability to work independently; problem solving skills; ability to work and interact with diverse individuals and groups at all levels; ability to thoroughly understand and abide by federal and university guidelines and student confidentiality requirements.

Preferred: Significant work experience in higher education; experience working with Ellucian Banner.

Salary

$40,560

Deadline

Review of applications will begin immediately, and will continue until position is filled.

Application Materials and Contact

Applicants should submit:1) letter of application detailing experience relevant to the position; 2) resume; 3) list of three professional references (include name, phone number and e-mail address for each); and 4) official or unofficial copies of all transcripts.  Only completed application packets will be reviewed.  Electronic submissions are preferred.  Please submit the required documents to:

Marshal Guidry – Search Committee Chair

c/o Teni Tillery

McNeese State University

Box 90175

Lake Charles, LA 70609

Phone: 337-562-4249

Fax: 337-562-4244

TDD: (337) 562-4227

ttillery@mcneese.edu

Additional Information

McNeese State University, located in Lake Charles, Louisiana, is a public university and a member of the University of Louisiana System. Under Louisiana law, applications and all supporting materials will become public record. All applicants are expected to submit complete and accurate materials as specified in the position announcement. A background check and an English Proficiency assessment will be conducted on selected finalists. We comply with Louisiana Revised Statute 49:1001, et seq, and State of Louisiana Executive Order 98-38, which provides for drug testing of employees, appointees, prospective employees, and prospective appointees. Prospective employees and employees are informed if a drug test is required.

McNeese State University is an AA/EEO/ADA employer committed to excellence through diversity.

The Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 requires McNeese State University to inform applicants that the University can employ only U.S. citizens and aliens lawfully authorized to work in the U.S. Each new employee is required to present documentation verifying his/her identity and right to accept employment.

Louisiana Revised Statute 42:31-“Eligibility requirements for certain unclassified employees”-requires any person hired or employed in an unclassified position, whose annual salary or rate of compensation is equal to or exceeds one hundred thousand dollars, provide proof to his public employer that he has been issued a Louisiana driver’s license and that all vehicles registered in his name are registered in Louisiana within thirty days of being hired or employed at such salary.

McNeese State University is a member of the University of Louisiana System. Under Louisiana law, applications and all supporting materials will become public record. An executive session pursuant to La. Rev. Stat. 42:6.1(A) may be required. Persons needing reasonable accommodations as provided by the Americans with Disabilities Act should contact the Office of Student Affairs: Voice: (337) 475-5503; TDD/TTY, Hearing Impaired: (337) 562-4227; Fax: (337) 475-5603; or thomas@mcneese.edu.

Instructional Faculty Candidates with foreign degrees must provide official certification of equivalency to U.S. degrees, an official comprehensive course-by-course report and U.S. Equivalency Statement, from World Education Services. The official Credential Evaluation Report and U.S. Equivalency Statement must be submitted directly to the Office of Academic and Student Affairs, Box 93220, Lake Charles, LA 70609; (337) 475-5508. Simple translation of the language on foreign diplomas, transcripts, coursework, or similar will NOT suffice and will cause the application packet to be judged as incomplete.