Academic Advisor – Biology Undergraduate Office
University of Massachusetts Amherst
- Provide comprehensive, individualized advising to Biology undergraduate students.
- Advise students about Biology, College, and University academic regulations, requirements, and guidelines.
- Advise students about course selection during registration periods.
- Provide advice and guidance to students having difficult academic problems, and provide appropriate campus referrals to resources for academic and personal assistance.
- Advise students from a wide array of personal and academic backgrounds with sensitivity to the needs of non-traditional and underrepresented student populations.
- Orient new students in summer and winter New Student Orientation sessions with particular emphasis on course selection for a successful start at the University.
- Coordinate and oversee the department's peer advising program with the Chief Undergraduate Advisor, including group advising sessions and other advising activities.
- Work with students in academic jeopardy to identify and address factors affecting their academic performance.
- Assist in development and implementation of programs for life science students for enhancing student retention, success, and satisfaction.
- Maintain records of confidential advising sessions regarding academic progress to ensure advising continuity and to facilitate graduation clearance.
- Learn and use advising platforms such as the Student Success Collaborative and other platforms as required.
- Collaborate with student support and outreach offices and personnel across campus to enhance the success of Biology students.
- Collaborate with life science departments and their advising teams to coordinate the advising of life science students and their transitions into and between majors and progression towards graduation.
- Collaborate with the College of Natural Sciences Advising Office and its staff, including the academic deans, Exploratory Track advisors, life science advisors, health professions advisors, career advisors, and Director of Student Success and Diversity.
- Develop a relationship with various offices on campus including but not limited to: Advising counterparts in other Colleges, Undergraduate Registrar, New Student Orientation, Disability Services, Center for Counseling and Psychological Health, Learning Resource Center, Campus Career Services, International Programs Office, Domestic Exchange, Five College Interchange, Residential Academic Programs, Student Athlete Academic Services, etc.
- Meet regularly with Chief Undergraduate Advisor and other members of the advising team, and attend other campus meetings as required. Participate in recruitment activities, such as Fall and Spring Open Houses.
- Clear students for graduation at the end of each term as appropriate.
- Attend all CNS Chief Undergraduate Advisors meetings and attend other campus meetings as required. Participate in recruitment activities, such as Fall and Spring Open Houses.
- Develop and maintain “generalist” knowledge of majors both within and outside of CNS in order to facilitate advising students as they transition to majors both within and outside of the college.
- Perform related duties as assigned or required to meet Department goals and objectives, including but not limited to assisting with management of the Biology course and classroom schedule.
- Demonstrate capacity, skill and willingness to engage students and contribute to student success.
- Bachelor’s degree in any major with a minimum of 1 year’s experience in academic advising, student services in higher education, or teaching at the college level; Bachelor’s Degree in science, education, or counseling preferred
- Ability to collaborate and interact with faculty, staff, students, and parents in a friendly and professional manner.
- Demonstrated ability to work independently to organize multiple tasks and set priorities for action, in a fast- paced office environment. Ability to stay abreast with a high volume and wide array of complex curricular information and academic policies and procedures.
- Ability to collaborate with others and to identify and achieve shared goals. Ability to work with a large, culturally diverse faculty and undergraduate population.
- Demonstrated capacity, skill, and willingness to engage students and contribute to student success.
- Excellent interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills.
- Computer proficiency with word processing, spreadsheet and database programs.
- Experience working with students with a range of academic abilities (including honors level and academically at-risk).
- Knowledge of University academic policies and regulations and familiarity with SPIRE/SSC.
Special Instructions to Applicants
Please submit a letter of application, resume, contact information for three professional references, and a Statement of Diversity (see below). To apply, please go to: http://careers.umass.edu/amherst/en-us/job/497920/academic-advisor-biology-undergraduate-office
Apply by April 21, 2019 in order to ensure priority consideration. Search may remain open until a suitable candidate pool has been identified. On campus applicants are defined as Amherst campus non-student employees.
As part of a commitment to their own multicultural community, CNS seeks an individual with a demonstrated commitment to diversity and one who will understand and embrace university initiatives and aspirations. In addition to application materials above, candidates will need to submit a Statement of Contribution to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. The Diversity Statement should identify past experiences and future goals. These contributions may result from lived experiences, scholarships, and/or mentoring, teaching, and outreach activities. (https://www.cns.umass.edu/diversity-equity-inclusion)
About the Department of Biology
The Department has 47 faculty members, 31 of whom are tenure track. The Biology major is the second largest undergraduate major on campus with ~1400 students. Biology provides instruction for all first year life science majors in an annual three-course introductory biology sequence, serving students from nine majors and pre-health postgraduate plans (>10,000 SCH/year for these three courses). The Department also provides introductory courses in cell and molecular biology, genetics, ecology, physiology and evolution for several life science majors, as well as a diverse range of upper-level courses. Biology serves as a gateway major for first year students who knew and liked Biology as high school students. Once on campus, ~75% of entering Biology majors move into a different major; most join other life science majors (e.g., microbiology, biochemistry and molecular biology). Concurrently, large numbers of students in other majors transfer each year into the Biology major. This flux of students into and out of the Biology major represents a major advising challenge for the Department as students need to be matched with appropriate majors.
UMass Amherst is committed to a policy of equal opportunity without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, age, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, disability, military status, or genetic information in employment, admission to and participation in academic programs, activities, and services, and the selection of vendors who provide services or products to the University. To fulfill that policy, UMass Amherst is further committed to a program of affirmative action to eliminate or mitigate artificial barriers and to increase opportunities for the recruitment and advancement of qualified minorities, women, persons with disabilities, and covered veterans. It is the policy of the UMass Amherst to comply with the applicable federal and state statutes, rules, and regulations concerning equal opportunity and affirmative action.