Job Information

University of Utah Academic Advisor in Salt Lake City, Utah

Open Date 07/14/2021

Requisition Number PRN26921B

Job Title Academic Advisor

Working Title Academic Advisor

Job Grade D

FLSA Code Administrative

Patient Sensitive Job Code? No

Standard Hours per Week 40

Full Time or Part Time? Full Time

Shift Day

Work Schedule Summary

M-F 8 AM–5 PM with adjustments for evening and Saturday student affairs events.

VP Area Academic Affairs

Department 00994 - International Studies Program

Location Campus

City Salt Lake City, UT

Type of Recruitment External Posting

Pay Rate Range 41,000-44,000

Close Date 07/28/2021

Open Until Filled No

Job Summary

This position is part of a collaborative and globally-focused advising team, and works closely with faculty directors in the International and Area Studies ( IAS ) suite: Asian Studies, International Studies, Latin American Studies, and Middle East Studies. Advisors work as a team to provide robust support for a diverse population of pursuing degrees offered in the International and Area Studies programs. They support and promote student success by assisting in academic planning, tracking student progress, and explaining relevant university policies and procedures. Advisors may collaborate on programming, retention, outreach, and engagement activities. Advisors also collaborate with program directors on curricular changes. In all cases, the work of an academic advisor depends upon professional advising and guidance skills. IAS advisors are encouraged and expected to seek out and (with supervisory approval where appropriate) participate in opportunities to hone those skills. This position reports to the Director of International Studies and works in conjunction with the Assistant Dean for Undergraduate Affairs.


1. Meets with undergraduate students to provide information and guidance on academic-related issues, such as graduation requirements and exceptions, major exploration, course planning and registration, and transfer credit evaluation and substitution.

2. Facilitates students’ academic progress by evaluating their needs, developing appropriate educational and career plans, directing them to appropriate campus resources, and encouraging international experience and involvement through study abroad, internships, language study, and campus and/or community engagement.

3. Develops and presents educational programming designed to supplement or enhance academic preparedness, increase awareness of globally-focused resources, and to foster interactions between alumni and current students. Programming may be in coordination with partner offices such as Learning Abroad, the Hinckley Institute, and the Career and Professional Development Center.

4. Collects information related to major and minor changes and updates materials accordingly.

5. Coordinates and/or participates in the advising-related portion of new and transfer student and parent orientations, in addition to outreach and promotion of International and Area Studies programs to current and prospective students.

6. Maintains students’ academic files that include a record of the advising activity that takes place during each visit.

7. May serve on College and University committees and makes recommendations that affect curriculum requirements, advising processes, program development, and published materials.

8. Assists with data compilation, statistical reports and correspondence, depending upon the area of assignment.

9. Participates in College of Humanities advising meetings, college-wide prospective student programming, and annual academic advising retreats.

10. Cross-trained in one other department/program within the College of Humanities and serves as a back-up advisor in the case of an extended absence or turnover in a position.

11. Engages in professional higher education organizations such as NACADA and NASPA to remain current on advising and student success best practices.

12. May plan and participate in continuing education for advising staff.

13. May supervise lower level advising staff and/or student employees and participate in hiring, training and evaluating those employees.

Problem Solving

Incumbents are expected to possess extensive knowledge about academic programs, policies and procedures and student support services. The ability to be sensitive to the needs of diverse student populations, such as non-traditional and minority students and students with disabilities is a necessity. Incumbents must also be able to interpret student needs and determine when referral to other University resources is appropriate

Work Environment and Level of Frequency typically required

Nearly Continuously: Office environment.

Physical Requirements and Level of Frequency that may be required

Nearly Continuously: Sitting, hearing, listening, talking.

Often: Repetitive hand motion (such as typing), walking.

Seldom: Bending, reaching overhead.

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree in a related area or equivalency required. Demonstrated human relations and effective communication skills required.

Previous experience in an advising, counseling or teaching environment is preferred.

Applicants must demonstrate the potential ability to perform the essential functions of the job as outlined in the position description.


Master’s degree with focus in international topics or education preferred

Previous experience in an advising, counseling, or teaching environment

Ability to articulate the value of globally-focused and/or humanities-based education

Experience working or studying abroad

Experience with foreign language(s)

Experience with interdisciplinary education or thinking

Foundation in pedagogical theory and/or advising best practices

Demonstrated ability to work in diverse group settings

Demonstrated ability to work independently

Type Benefited Staff

Special Instructions Summary

Additional Information

The University of Utah values candidates who have experience working in settings with students from diverse backgrounds and possess a strong commitment to improving access to higher education for historically underrepresented students.

Individuals from historically underrepresented groups, such as minorities, women, qualified persons with disabilities and protected veterans are encouraged to apply. Veterans’ preference is extended to qualified applicants, upon request and consistent with University policy and Utah state law. Upon request, reasonable accommodations in the application process will be provided to individuals with disabilities.

The University of Utah is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and does not discriminate based upon race, ethnicity, color, religion, national origin, age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, pregnancy-related conditions, genetic information, or protected veteran’s status. The University does not discriminate on the basis of sex in the education program or activity that it operates, as required by Title IX and 34 CFR part 106. The requirement not to discriminate in education programs or activities extends to admission and employment. Inquiries about the application of Title IX and its regulations may be referred to the Title IX Coordinator, to the Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, or both.

To request a reasonable accommodation for a disability or if you or someone you know has experienced discrimination or sexual misconduct including sexual harassment, you may contact the Director/Title IX Coordinator in the Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action:

Director/ Title IX Coordinator

Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action ( OEO /AA)

135 Park Building

Salt Lake City, UT 84112


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For more information:

To inquire about this posting, ( or call 801-581-2300.

The University is a participating employer with Utah Retirement Systems (“URS”). Eligible new hires with prior URS service, may elect to enroll in URS if they make the election before they become eligible for retirement (usually the first day of work). Contact Human Resources at (801) 581-7447 for information. Individuals who previously retired and are receiving monthly retirement benefits from URS are subject to URS’ post-retirement rules and restrictions. Please contact Utah Retirement Systems at (801) 366-7770 or (800) 695-4877 or University Human Resource Management at (801) 581-7447 if you have questions regarding the post-retirement rules.

This position may require the successful completion of a criminal background check and/or drug screen.