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Academic Adviser

The University of Cincinnati embraces diversity and inclusion as core values that empower individuals to transform their lives and achieve their highest potential. By using talents of people from different backgrounds, experiences and perspectives, this vibrant, urban research university demonstrates its commitment to creating a community that values the contributions of all its members.


Position Description 

This position supports the undergraduate students within the College of Education, Criminal Justice, Human Services, and Information Technology (CECH) at the University of Cincinnati by providing student-centered academic advising. This position provides academic advising, supports recruitment efforts, assists with orientation, monitors degree audits for accuracy, and works with CECH faculty and staff to maintain consistent academic program information. This position will primarily serve students in our CECH Criminal Justice and Human Services online programs, and will also have responsibility for strategic retention initiatives.


This position, located in the CECH Student Services Center (SSC), is a high visibility position that requires a high degree of accountability and responsibility to our students. Work often involves handling information that is sensitive and confidential in nature: therefore; discretion is of critical importance. The individual will be expected to exercise sound judgment and critical thinking as it relates to dealing with students, faculty, staff, administrative personnel, parents, and representatives of outside organizations. This person must be a resourceful and disciplined individual who is dedicated to the mission, goals, and objectives of higher education as represented by UC, CECH, and the SSC.


Job Description   

Under general supervision from a designated administrator, the advisor will advise current and prospective students on how to meet their educational and career goals.  This will be accomplished through best practices in proactive, intrusive, and appreciative advising.


Job Characteristics Duties

Academic Advising: Utilize a student-centered approach to assist and advise current students with the goal of student success and retention. Provide academic advising, intervention, course planning information, support services, and programming for current students through various formats, with specific attention to the online learner. Utilize the degree audit system and the student information system to assist students in constructing academic plans. Make effective use of designated advising technological tools.

Prospective and Transfer Student Advising: Support students in making transitions to CECH from other university programs. Provide students with in-person, email, online, and phone advising regarding the admissions process, admission criteria, and the policies and procedures for transferring academic credit. Be knowledgeable regarding UC's academic programs and transfer credit evaluation policies and procedures.


At-Risk Student Advising: Outreach to CECH students who are at-risk academically and in jeopardy of not successfully completing their respective degree programs.


Retention Initiatives: Works with students, faculty, and staff to offer resources and interventions that enhance student success. Analyze retention and attrition data to identify trends and potential solutions.


Team Member: Serve as a contributing member of the CECH Dean's Office staff and provide general student support services as needed. Participate actively in staff meetings and provide support, input, and feedback on programs and activities. Represent CECH through active participation in university committees concerning advising. Serve as a departmental liaison with other offices and departments at the university as needed. May have administrative responsibility for one or more specialized functions.



Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree and one (1) year experience; -OR- Associate's degree and three (3) years’ experience; -OR- five (5) years’ experience.
  • Experience must be in advising high school and/or college students or related field.


Preferred Qualifications

We are looking for someone with knowledge in the field of online advising, as well as in the area of retention. Student centered, high level of work ethic, team player, timely, great interpersonal communication skills, extremely detail oriented, able to retain a high volume of college, programmatic, and university related information, and able to critically think through situations.


  • Utilize a student-centered lens and approach in decision-making and a high level of service orientation with all constituencies.
  • Ability to multitask and work independently.
  • Actively participate as a constructive, outcomes-oriented member of the team.
  • Prioritize projects and manage time as aligned with the critical priorities of the job.
  • Communicate effectively and professionally with respectful, inclusive, and supportive interactions.
  • Seek feedback and respond appropriately to supervisory coaching and staff expectations.
  • Manage conflict appropriately. Contribute positively to healthy team dynamics with peers and colleagues.


Position Details

  • UC Benefits package:
  • Standard Days Worked: M-F: Hours: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00p.m.
  • Type of Appointment: Full-Time (Year-round)
  • Work Location: UC Uptown Campus


Required Application Documents:

  • Cover Letter – please attach as under “additional documents” on the application.
  • CV/ Resume


The University of Cincinnati, as a multi-national and culturally diverse university, is committed to providing an inclusive, equitable and diverse place of learning and employment. As part of a complete job application you will be asked to include a Contribution to Diversity and Inclusion statement.


As a UC employee, and an employee of an Ohio public institution, if hired you will not contribute to the federal Social Security system, other than contributions to Medicare. Instead, UC employees have the option to contribute to a state retirement plan (OPERS, STRS) or an alternative retirement plan (ARP).


The University of Cincinnati is an Affirmative Action / Equal Opportunity Employer / M / F / Veteran / Disabled.


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