Western Carolina University

Western Carolina University

Academic Advisor - #192879

United States

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Posting Number EHRA717P

Quick Link for Internal Postings https: // jobs.wcu.edu/postings/24148 Classification Title Academic Advisor Working Title Academic Advisor - #192879 Department Advising Anticipated Hiring Range Salary commensurate with experience. About WCU

Western Carolina University has been named to the 2022 “America's Best Employers by State” list by Forbes, ranking 14 out of the top 100 employers in North Carolina. Forbes has also ranked Western Carolina University in the Top 100 of America's Best Midsize Employers for 2023. Western Carolina University is the UNC system's westernmost campus and has been consistently ranked as one of the top 15 public regional institutions in the South. WCU's main campus is nestled in a beautiful valley of the Blue Ridge Mountains, 50 miles west of Asheville. WCU is located just 25 miles from the entrance to the Great Smoky Mountain National Park, one of the nation's most spectacular and most visited national parks. The entire region is known for its excellent quality of life and access to outdoor activities. Employees of WCU are provided a comprehensive benefits package as well as other resources, policies and programs to ensure a happy and healthy work/life balance. Benefit eligible employees have access to dental, vision and health insurance plans – eligibility begins on the first of the month following date of hire. Retirement plan contributions begin on the eligibility date following election and include employer contributions for either a defined contribution or a defined benefit plan. Optional disability plans are also available. Eligible employees have access to tuition waivers for up to three courses per academic year; employee may enroll at any of the constituent UNC System campuses. Also offered are free group exercise classes multiple times per week, a discounted membership to the campus recreation center, free vaccine and booster shots offered on campus, pretax flexible spending accounts, 12 paid holidays and 24 hours of paid community service leave each year. Paid vacation and sick leave accrual begin after first month of employment. Paid parental leave after 12 months of continuous service. WCU offers an abundance of training and development programs, certifications, workshops and conferences – many of which are offered free of charge.

Position Summary

The primary location of this position is the main Cullowhee, NC campus.

Advisors help students select proper courses, choose careers and appropriate majors, understand university academic policies and procedures, and cope with the transition to college. The Advising Center serves as a resource for the campus to better provide academic information. Advisors are responsible for assisting with the university-wide development of a relationship-based model of academic advising in support of the educational success of the undergraduate student. Along with university colleagues in other units, advisors work to increase the yield and quality of incoming students, decrease the time to graduation, and advance completion rates. Academic advisors contribute to these efforts through their comprehensive knowledge of the academic and support programs of the University and a thorough understanding of student development theories in practice.

Academic Advisors support the development of the whole student through the delivery of the following duties and responsibilities:

  • Serve as a first enrollment advisor for all incoming students (new first- year students, transfers, and re-entering)
  • Continue as a primary advisor for students with 0-45 completed hours
  • Serve as the secondary advisor for students with 46-60 completed hours
  • Provide developmental, academic advising to undeclared students
  • Collaborate with Career Services staff to provide general career counseling
  • Represent the Advising Center at recruitment functions
  • Teach academic success courses as assigned
  • Serve as liaison to assigned departments and meet regularly with department heads
  • Meet regularly with the associate dean of the assigned college
  • Provide advising information and support for the University community
  • Present advisor educational workshops for faculty and staff
  • Assist with the development, revision, and updating of Advising Center processes, forms, and publications
  • Maintain appropriate advising records and documentation
  • Participate in the assessment and evaluation of academic advising and advising programs
  • Participate in ongoing professional development and encourage the growth of colleagues
  • Other duties and responsibilities as assigned in support of the needs of students and the Advising Center
  • Minimum Qualifications

    Master's Degree in Education, Counseling, Psychology, Social Work, or a related field.

    For candidates demonstrating comparable independent educational or instructional activities related to the delivery of student advising and counseling or student personnel services, will accept a relevant undergraduate degree and 3 or more years of relevant experience in substitution.

    Preferred Qualifications

    Experience with Microsoft Office preferred, knowledge of Banner preferred. Additional computer skills helpful.

    Position Type Permanent Full-Time Number of Hours Per Week Number of Months Per Year 12

    Posting Text

    Open Date 05/08/2023

    Close Date Open Until Filled Yes Special Instructions to Applicants

    Hard-copy application materials will not be considered. Application must be made online. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until a candidate has been selected for hire.

    Please attach a cover letter, current resume, and a listing of at least three professional references (include complete contact information – telephone numbers).

    For more information, please contact Richard Gamble, Senior Advisor for Transfer Student Support, at 828-227-7753 or via email at [email protected]


    Final candidates are subject to criminal & sex offender background checks. Some vacancies also require credit or motor vehicle checks.

    Western Carolina University uses E-Verify to confirm employment eligibility of all newly hired employees. To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, please visit www. dhs.gov/E-Verify. Proper documentation of identity and employability are required at the time of employment.

    Credential Verification

    All new employees are required to have listed credentials/degrees verified within 30 days of employment. All new employees who will be teaching are required to provide official transcripts within 30 days of employment. Transcripts should be provided for the highest earned degree and/or the degree which is being used to satisfy credential/qualification requirements.


    Western Carolina University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race; color; religion; sex; sexual orientation; gender identity or expression; national origin; age; disability; genetic information; political affiliation; National Guard or veteran status, consistent with applicable federal, state and local laws, regulations, and policies, and the policies of The University of North Carolina. Additionally, the University promotes the realization of equal employment opportunity for minorities, women, persons with disabilities, and veterans through its affirmative action program. Persons with disabilities requiring accommodations in the application and interview process please call (828) 227-7218 or email at [email protected].

    University Safety

    The Western Carolina University Annual Safety Report is available online at University Annual Safety Report or in hard-copy by request at the office of the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, 227 HFR Administration Building, Cullowhee, NC 28723 (828-227-7147) or the Office of University Police, 111 Camp Annex, Cullowhee, NC 28723 (828-227-7301). The report, required of all universities participating in Title IV student financial aid programs, discusses crime statistics, procedures for reporting suspicious or criminal activity, security, police authority, crime prevention strategies, university policies on substance abuse and sexual offenses, workplace violence and fire safety.

    Applicant Documents

    Required Documents

  • Cover Letter/Letter of Application
  • Resume
  • List of references
  • Optional Documents

    Supplemental Questions

    Required fields are indicated with an asterisk ().

  • How did you hear about this employment opportunity?
  • HigherEdJobs.com
  • Inside Higher Ed
  • HERC - Higher Education Recruitment Consortium
  • Website - Jobs.wcu.edu
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  • Job details


    Academic Advisor - #192879


    Western Carolina University


    United States


    May 25, 2023

    Application deadline

    June 11, 2023

    Job type



    Education,Psychology,Social Science

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