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Oregon State University
  • Position Number: 5263503
  • Location: Corvallis, OR
  • Position Type: Academic Advising

Head Advisor

Oregon State University

Department: College of Engineering (ENG)

Appointment Type: Professional Faculty

Job Location: Corvallis

Recommended Full-Time Salary Range: $44,496- $75,516

Job Summary:
The College of Engineering is seeking a Head Academic Advisor. This is a full-time (1.00 FTE), 12-month, professional faculty position.

This position will provide leadership for the School of Mechanical, Industrial, and Manufacturing Engineering (MIME) academic advising and support of students with including but not limited to orientation, academic success strategies, career planning, course programming, and retention efforts. The School of MIME strives to emphasize a culture of collegiality and excellence in both research and education. MIME has about 1700 undergraduate students and about 300 graduate students that work with 60 world-class faculty members.

Reporting to the College of Engineering's Assistant Dean of Academic Programs, this individual advises a diverse population of student in regard to their academic planning and progress by utilizing professional advising and guidance skills. They interpret and explain university academic policy and procedures to assist students in making decisions concerning personal education goals leading towards graduation. They will develop partnerships with undergraduate advisors and faculty in the MIME community and externally to promote and refine the School of MIME academic advising program, along with coordinating assessment and recommending changes to curriculum that impacts students' ability to persist toward graduation.

The Head Advisor monitors student progress and suggests corrective action when the student encounters academic difficulty. The Head Advisor will work with other university departments regarding undergraduate academic courses that support degree programs. The Head Advisor is a source of information for prospective students through participation in various university and college sponsored orientations and events. The Head Advisor also works with student information systems and various data files and sources to prepare reports using multiple databases and spreadsheets. The Head Advisor keeps abreast of university and college policies, procedures, rules, and regulations to assist students in meeting academic requirements.

As this position supports the primary mission of the university, the College of Engineering (CoE), and academic services it may require some evening and weekend work.

Why OSU?
Working for Oregon State University is so much more than a job!

Oregon State University is a dynamic community of dreamers, doers, problem-solvers and change-makers. We dont wait for challenges to present themselves - we seek them out and take them on. We welcome students, faculty and staff from every background and perspective into a community where everyone feels seen and heard. We have deep-rooted mindfulness for the natural world and all who depend on it, and together, we apply knowledge, tools and skills to build a better future for all.


Top 1.4% university in the world
More research funding than all public universities in Oregon combined
1 of 3 land, sea, space and sun grant universities in the U.S.
2 campuses, 11 colleges, 12 experiment stations, and Extension programs in all 36 counties
7 cultural resource centers that offer education, celebration and belonging for everyone
100+ undergraduate degree programs, 80+ graduate degrees plus hundreds of minor options and certificates
35k+ students including more than 2.3k international students and 10k students of color
217k+ alumni worldwide
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Oregon State has a statewide presence with campuses in Corvallis and Bend, the OSU Portland Center and the Hatfield Marine Science Center on the Pacific Coast in Newport.

Oregon States beautiful, historic and state-of-the-art main campus is located in one of Americas best college towns. Corvallis is located close to the Pacific Ocean, the Cascade mountains and Oregon wine country. Nestled in the heart of the Willamette Valley, this beautiful city offers miles of mountain biking and hiking trails, a river perfect for boating or kayaking and an eclectic downtown featuring local cuisine, popular events and performances.

Total Rewards Package:

Oregon State University offers a comprehensive benefits package with benefits eligible positions that is designed to meet the needs of employees and their families including:
Medical, Dental, Vision and Basic Life. OSU pays 95% of premiums for you and your eligible dependents.
Free confidential mental health and emotional support services, and counseling resources.
Retirement savings paid by the university.
A generous paid leave package, including holidays, vacation and sick leave.
Tuition reduction benefits for you or your qualifying dependents at OSU or the additional six Oregon Public Universities.
Robust Work Life programs including Dual Career assistance resources, flexible work arrangements, a Family Resource Center, Affinity Groups and an Employee Assistance Program.

Future and current OSU employees can use the Benefits Calculator to learn more about the full value of the benefits provided at OSU.

Key Responsibilities
50%- Direct advising engineering students (undergraduate)Understanding the various needs and backgrounds of all students the Head Advisor monitors the academic progress of MIME students. Assists students with academic program planning, course selection and registration, resource connections, and exploration of experiential learning opportunities. Provides advising that helps students connect their skills, abilities, and interests with their academic and career goals. Provides proactive advising for students experiencing academic difficulty. Maintains accurate electronic notes and records of students progress in MyDegrees system.

30%- Coordination of MIME advising programImplements, oversees, and assesses the development of MIME advising initiatives to expand and improve advising services through a variety of delivery methods. Utilizes university and college data sources to inform continuous improvement goals and build/implement best practices for undergraduate student success. Leads staff meetings and participates in campus-wide committees tied with academic advising or specialty areas.

In concert with the CoE School Head Advisors, organizes, and delegatea tasks related to academic difficulty to create pathways for students to return to good standing.

Supports onboarding of MIME students in the College by designing programs and maintaining appropriate orientation materials. Presents this information during admissions, orientation or other events.

Acts as liaison for the School of MIME other CoE schools, campus, and external partners or delegate appropriately to other advisors. Supports curricular changes and policy recommendations by providing feedback that will have an impact on the student populations.

10%- Lead Work/Supervisory
Provides supervision of five to six academic advisors to develop and support a diverse, cohesive, mutually accountable, and high performing advising team. Identifies and guides the team in accessing professional and personal development resources to support these ends. Recommends hiring, termination, discipline, conducts performance evaluations, and develops work schedules and assignments. Assigns and approves work, reviews work in progress, and ensures deadlines are met.

10%- CollaborationCollaborates with School, College, and campus to focus on advising or student service programs and support for all students. Represents CoE on committees and task forces as assigned.

What You Will Need
  • Bachelors degree from an accredited institution
  • Demonstrated experience working with people who have diverse backgrounds, cultures, and languages
  • Ability to communicate effectively both in written and verbal forms for individuals, small and large groups, and have the ability to provide workshops and/or trainings
  • Outstanding demonstrated oral and written communication skills with the ability to communicate effectively in front of small and large groups
  • Strong interpersonal skills, including a demonstrated ability to work effectively with students, staff, faculty and administrators
  • One year (1) of professional experience in academic advising, admissions counseling, academic support programs or a combination of those areas with another student contact area
  • Demonstrated computer skills including proficiency with word processing, spreadsheet, email, databases, and presentation software
  • Demonstrated commitment to promoting and enhancing inclusiveness, collaboration and diversity.

This position is designated as a critical or security-sensitive position; therefore, the incumbent must successfully complete a criminal history check and be determined to be position qualified as per University Standard: 05-010 et seq. Incumbents are required to self-report convictions and those in youth programs may have additional criminal history checks every 24 months.

What We Would Like You to Have
  • Masters Degree in Engineering, STEM discipline, Education, College/Higher Education Administration or closely related field from an accredited institution
  • Employment as a professional academic advisor in a college or university setting for more than three (3) years
  • Direct experience working with college students in academic advising, teaching, or student development position
  • Professional experience assisting international students
  • Knowledge of student development theory and proactive advising strategies
  • Lead or supervisory experience

Working Conditions / Work Schedule
As this position supports the primary mission of the university, the College of Engineering (COE), and academic services, it may require some evening and weekend work.

Special Instructions to Applicants
To ensure full consideration, applications must be received by June 15, 2024. Applications will continue to be accepted after the full consideration date, until a sufficient applicant pool has been achieved or the position is filled. The closing date is subject to change without notice to applicants.

When applying you will be required to attach the following electronic documents:

1) A resume/CV; and

2) A cover letter indicating how your qualifications and experience have prepared you for this position.

3) Degree Verification, upload as "Other Document 1".

Starting salary within the salary range will be commensurate with skills, education, and experience.

You will also be required to submit the names of at least three professional references, their e-mail addresses and telephone numbers as part of the application process.

For additional information please contact:

Janet Knudson
OSU commits to inclusive excellence by advancing equity and diversity in all that we do. We are an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer, and particularly encourage applications from members of historically underrepresented racial/ethnic groups, women, individuals with disabilities, veterans, LGBTQ community members, and others who demonstrate the ability to help us achieve our vision of a diverse and inclusive community.

OSU will conduct a review of the National Sex Offender Public website prior to hire.

OSU is a fair chance employer committed to inclusive hiring. We encourage applications from candidates who bring a wide range of lived experience including involvement with the justice system. This job has "critical or security-sensitive" responsibilities. If you are selected as a finalist, your initial job offer will be contingent upon the results of a job-related pre-employment check (such as a background check, motor vehicle history check, sexual misconduct reference check, etc.). Background check results do not automatically disqualify a candidate. Take a look at our Background Checks website including the for candidates section for more details. If you have questions or concerns about the pre-employment check, please contact OSUs Employee and Labor Relations team at

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