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Associate Director of Academic Advising
Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Posted Oct. 4, 2019
Title Associate Director of Academic Advising
University Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Worcester, MA, United States
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Associate/Assistant Director
  • Academic Advising

Associate Director of Academic Advising


Academic Advising

Worcester Polytechnic Institute - WPI

The Associate Director of Academic Advising is responsible for providing general advising and guidance to undergraduate students of all majors. This individual supports students from a developmental advising approach, educates students in a flexible and creative learning environment, and is an active participant in collaborating with students, faculty and staff to promote academic success. In addition, the individual also oversees the Academic Resources Center (ARC), WPI's centralized tutoring center for first and second year STEM courses. The academic advising office reinforces the goals of WPI, in providing an education (that) encompasses continuous striving for excellence coupled with an examination of the contexts of learning so that knowledge is won not only for its own sake but also for the sake of the human community of which the people of WPI are part.

  • In support of WPI's faculty advising model, provides academic advising guidance to a caseload of first-year, sophomore, junior, and senior students.
  • Supports academically at-risk students, including students who are not making satisfactory academic progress. Provides individual coaching sessions for students based on an evaluation of their academic and personal background.
  • Assesses student's stage of development (academic, career, and personal) and promotes student growth by determining suitable developmental goals and tasks.
  • Assists students in developing decision making skills relevant to educational options and possible outcomes. Provides individual counseling in establishing effective learning strategies.
  • Recruits, trains and supervises peer tutors and M*A*S*H leaders. Meets regularly with student staff to provide session feedback, discuss professional goals, and enhance leadership skills. Develops and facilitates student staff retreats.
  • Creates and facilitates training modules for beginning, advanced, and master level tutor and mentor certification. Maintains documentation of training hours, tutoring hours, mentoring hours, and academic criteria necessary for certification.
  • Collaborates with on-campus resources to gather materials necessary for certification.
  • Coordinates campus wide programming related to Academic Resources Center, including workshops, events, and collaboration with offices and services on campus.
  • Engages faculty in the support and delivery of tutoring programs.
  • Maintains memberships in appropriate professional organizations such as College Reading & Learning Association (CRLA), New England Peer Tutor Association (NEPTA), and National Academic Advising Association (NACADA).
  • Actively engages in professional development organizations including: serving on committees, hosting conferences, presenting at regional and national conferences, and publishing in relevant professional documents.
  • Maintains the day-to-day function of tutoring appointment software, including inputting of schedules, course roll-overs, center availability, and various reporting functions.
  • Develops and maintains Academic Resources Center budget.

Position Requirements
  • A Master's degree preferred. Over three years experience required in academic advising, learning center management, or other higher educational role.
  • Proven ability to coordinate and prioritize details for multiple programs and to develop academic skills with individual college students.
  • Demonstrates strong communication skills. Experience in effectively working with diverse populations.
  • Knowledge of student information systems (such as Banner) and FERPA Regulations for handling student records.
  • Demonstrated experience in the development, presentation and evaluation of a full range of academic support services for students.
  • Knowledge of research and theoretical perspectives of factors affecting student learning, achievement and retention.
  • Knowledge of various learning styles and related teaching approaches.
  • A proven ability to direct training activities and conduct counseling sessions.

United States of America (Exempt)

WPI is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified candidates will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran status, or disability. We are seeking individuals with diverse backgrounds and experiences who will contribute to a culture of creativity and collaboration, inclusion, problem solving and change making.

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About WPI

WPI is a vibrant, active, and diverse community of extraordinary students, world-renowned faculty, and state of the art research facilities. At WPI, we have competitive and comprehensive benefits, including health insurance, long-term care, retirement, tuition assistance, flexible spending accounts, work-life balance and much more.

Diversity & Inclusion at WPI

WPI is committed to creating an inclusive workplace where everyone feels valued and respected; a place where every student, faculty and staff member can be themselves, so that they can study, live, and work comfortably, to reach their full potential, and make meaningful contributions in order to meet departmental and institutional goals. WPI thrives on innovative practice and welcomes diverse perspectives, insight, and people from diverse lived experiences, to enhance the community environment and propel the institution to the next level in a competitive, global marketplace.


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