Essential Duties and Responsibilities Provide academic advising services and academic support to student athletes from a caseload of football, and other assigned teams, on a full-time 12 month basis. Lead oversight of football academics in collaboration with two other football academic advisors. Serve as a mentor and resource to student athletes, and make appropriate referrals to services on campus such as Counseling & Psychological Services, Learning Specialist, and/or Office of Disability Services, as needed. Closely monitor at-risk student athletes and provide additional academic resources as needed. Demonstrate commitment to, and compliance with, Appalachian State University’s and the Department of Athletics policies and procedures as well as the Sun Belt conference and NCAA constitutions, bylaws, legislation and regulations. Keep accurate records and documentation of all student contacts for accountability purposes while maintaining confidentiality. Keep current on NCAA eligibility standards in order to monitor and communicate student athlete eligibility with students and coaches. Work closely with the Eligibility Specialist to ensure accurate NCAA Eligibility Certification for all student athletes in caseload. Assist with data collection for reports such as Academic Progress Rate, Graduation Success Rate and the Annual Report. Assist football coaching staff, and coaching staff of other assigned sport(s), with providing academic information to prospective students and their parents during official and unofficial recruiting visits. Attend monthly compliance meetings with team administrators, compliance and coaching staff. Supervise two (2) Graduate Assistants (20 hours/week) for football. Coordinate academic meetings and grade reports for the football coaching staff and academic staff. Maintain positive working relationships with faculty, coaches and administrators, and serve as an advocate for student athletes across campus and in the community. Work closely with colleagues within the Student Learning Center and serve as a liaison between the Student Learning Center, Athletics Department, and faculty. Position requires some evening and weekend work. Monitors all students in the caseload who are on academic probation. All advisors are expected to stay abreast of university academic policies and procedures and the Department of Athletics policies and procedures as well. Represents Academic Services for Student Athletes (ASA) on various committees and University-related functions. Assists with special projects as deemed appropriate by the Director. Evaluation Competencies:
Student-Centered Advising Skills: Advisor demonstrates skills that create a positive advising session: listening, flexibility, patience, receptivity, and responsiveness. Advisor is consistently available to meet with students via appointments and walk-ins, including students whose advisor is unavailable. Adherence to work schedule: Advisor works 40 hours each week, except on holidays, vacation and sick days. Advisor maintains a reasonably detailed calendar indicating appointments and clearly communicates with supervisor about scheduling, requesting days off, etc. Professional Contributions and Development: Advisor seeks to improve skills and effectiveness as a professional. Advisor presents and participates in meetings and conferences beyond the office and attends appropriate and relevant workshops and professional development opportunities. Continuing advisors: Attend training and professional development sessions scheduled for all academic advisors during the summer and academic year as well as the monthly sessions on advising updates and issues. Interpersonal Skills: Advisor demonstrates ability to collaborate and communicate effectively and respectfully with colleagues, supervisors, students, and parents. Technological skills appropriate for performance of job duties: Uses technology in an appropriate and professional manner and stays current with advising and orientation technology (Banner: Internet Native and Faculty Self Services Portal, DegreeWorks, JumpForward, Early Registration Advising, MapWorks, Slate, OneNote etc.).
Master’s degree from an accredited institution.
3 years advising experience; 1 year of experience working with Student Athletes.
Experience working with students in a college setting and a demonstrated commitment to the educational development of students.
Evidence of a commitment to diversity and serving the needs of a diverse population.
Exhibits a high level of ethics, integrity, confidentiality, and professionalism.
Knowledge of NCAA rules and regulations.
Experience supervising Graduate Assistants.
4 or more years of athletic academic advising experience and 1-2 years working with football.
Experience working with academically at-risk student athletes.
Ability to establish excellent rapport with students, parents and families, colleagues and the campus community.
Advanced technology skills and experience with the ability to quickly learn technical advising tools including Banner, Degree Works, Jump Forward, and One Note.
Evidence of excellent verbal and written communication skills as well as outstanding organizational, interpersonal and problem solving skills.
Knowledge of NCAA rules and regulations.
Experience supervising Graduate Assistants.
Internal Number: 084921
About Appalachian State University
The Student Learning Center embodies the public commitment of access to education for our citizens. Since 1972, our services have been designed to make higher education accessible by providing students the insights they need to navigate their college environment successfully.Students come here to learn how to learn effectively. We believe that in addition to tutoring, study skills strategies and academic advising, our role is to aid students in gaining a deeper awareness of what helps them learn and succeed. In this role, we are available to all undergraduates at Appalachian through our tutoring and academic strategy instruction. Further, we provide holistic advising from orientation to graduation to the students who would most benefit from our services. We offer academic resources that will complement and enhance classroom experiences. In these ways, the Student Learning Center offers support to students to develop themselves in a comprehensive and sustainable manner.We are committed to the goal of a transformative education. We form relationships based on trust and genuine regard for our students as individuals. This kind of holistic advising and teaching enables us to connect st...udents to resources on and off-campus that will enrich them academically, personally, and professionally.The Student Learning Center is also committed to creating a vision of a just system of education. We treat every student with respect and dignity, and we celebrate the diverse ways each student at Appalachian has something special to contribute. To that end, our services are individualized because we believe there is no such thing as an average student. We approach our work with a commitment to flexibility to adapt to the changing and varying needs of our students. We are physically located in the center of campus and instrumentally positioned in the role of advisors, tutors, and teachers where we can be most present and available to our students.As a unit, we are responsible for accuracy in the information we provide, in particular in compliance with specific regulations set by outside stakeholders, including the NCAA, the ACCESS endowment for students at or below the poverty level, and the federally-funded Student Support Services grant for first-generation/low-income studentsWe recognize that our students must become active participants in achieving success, including enhanced awareness of their responsibilities to themselves, this campus, and the greater community. In every contact with students, we emphasize and facilitate active learning as a means to engage fully in the opportunities at Appalachian. Through individual and small group instruction, we help students develop self-efficacy, interdependence, and a growth mindset so that they may become lifelong learners and engaged global citizens. In positive ways we challenge students to articulate and pursue prodigious dreams--to stretch beyond the familiar-- in achievable ways.