Essential Duties and Responsibilities Participate as an integral part of the Student Learning Center (S.L.C.) in providing support services to student athletes. Provide academic and career advising to student athletes for specific teams on a full-time 12 month contract. Serve as a mentor and resource to student athletes, and make appropriate referrals, as needed. Assist with orientation for all new student athletes in their case load. Demonstrates commitment to and compliance with the University’s and Department of Athletics policies and procedures as well as the Sun Belt conference and NCAA constitutions, bylaws, legislation and regulations. Assist assigned sport coaches in providing academic information to prospective students and their parents and with on campus recruiting efforts. Establishes and maintains collegial, respectful relationships with colleagues, students, parents and families and appreciates and encourages diversity. Keep current on NCAA eligibility standards, monitor student athlete eligibility, and communicate eligibility requirements with students and coaches. Keeps accurate records of student contacts, documents student visits for accountability purposes, and maintains confidentiality. Keep current on curricular and policy changes that affect advising services to student athletes. Assist with data collection for reports, including Academic Progress rate, Graduation Success rate and Annual Report. Attend monthly compliance meetings with team Administrators, Compliance and coaching staff. Serve as the Assistant to Orientation for Student Athletes. Maintain positive working relationships with faculty, coaches and administrators, and serve as an advocate for student athletes and serve as a liaison between the Student Learning Center and Athletics. Work closely with other staff members of the S.L.C. to meet the academic needs of students in caseload, including tutoring, learning skills and other academic support. 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.
Experience working with students in a college setting and a demonstrated commitment to the educational development of students.
1 year student athlete academic support experience.
Master’s degree from an accredited institution with an emphasis in student development, higher education, counseling or related area.
Experience with Banner Student and Self Service, DegreeWorks, Slate, and OneNote.
Working knowledge of Appalachian State University General Education program and the North Carolina Comprehensive Articulation Agreement.
Experience with online course registration.
Experience understanding and explaining academic policies.
Experience working with student-athletes, 1-4 years advising experience preferred.
Internal Number: 080311
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.