Academic Advisor

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JOB TITLE: Academic Advisor

DEPARTMENT:  Advising Center

REPORTS TO: Director, Advising Center

Summary: The academic advisor provides general academic advising and academic support to undergraduate and graduate students of a comprehensive, urban arts university.  The advisors work closely with first-year students, students making a choice of major or minor, students on academic probation, and students approaching graduation. Advisors work in collaboration with the University’s academic departments and are assigned as a liaison to an academic school. While assigned to specific schools, advisors maintain core competencies in advising all students - this position is assigned to the School of Dance. This is a full-time, exempt, salaried ten-month position reporting to the director of the Advising Center.


Essential Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Provides overall advising that integrates academic planning, career and/or graduate school goals, and personal values to support students in all aspects of their college experience.
  • Understands, explains, and communicates the university’s curriculum and academic policies to students, parents, faculty, and staff.
  • Regularly consults with faculty advisors, directors, and deans about students' academic progress as needed.
  • Reviews and processes Care Reports for assigned advisees, performing intervention and developing success plans when necessary.
  • Approves student requests for minor declaration, grade replacement, credit overload, and course withdrawals.
  • Monitors and advises students on academic probation including assisting students in the development of an academic success plan and midterm review.
  • Provides academic and learning support through tutoring and academic coaching to undergraduate and graduate students.
  • Assesses student needs and refers students to appropriate campus resources.
  • Maintains accurate records of advising sessions. Prepares student contact reports and maintains student files. Assists in the on-going assessment activities of the department.
  • Designs and presents academic advising workshops at orientation, advising & registration periods, and periodically throughout the year.
  • Participates in program planning, including orientation, admissions events, commencement, art exhibits, and cultural events. 
  • Liaises with assigned academic school, attends program department meetings as requested, trains and informs advising staff colleagues of curricular changes/updates as well as learning and student development opportunities within their areas. 

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed by the incumbent; they do not purport to describe all functions.  Incumbent may be assigned other duties, and the essential functions may change from time to time as necessary.



  • Bachelor’s degree in the humanities, education, arts, or related discipline required. Master’s degree preferred.


  • Advising, teaching and/or tutoring experience in a college setting required.

Competencies, Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

  • Ability to establish and maintain positive and cooperative working relationships with academic programs, administrative departments, students, and their families.
  • Strong interpersonal, organizational, and oral and written communication skills.
  • Ability and desire to work collaboratively with members of a team.
  • Proficiency in online CMS and student advising and data systems.

About The University:

University of the Arts’ mission is simple: to advance human creativity. Established in 1876, UArts believes creativity is the most essential skill for success in today’s society and has educated generations of groundbreaking artists, performers, designers and creative leaders for more than 141 years.  After being granted university status in 1987, University of the Arts became the largest institution of its kind in the nation, offering programs in design, fine arts, media arts, crafts, music, dance, theater and writing. It now features 30 undergraduate arts majors, 15 graduate programs and the nation’s first PhD program in Creativity. UArts is also home to innovative centers across disciplines, including the Center for Immersive Media, Lightbox Film Center, Philadelphia Art Alliance and Rosenwald-Wolf Gallery. Learn more about UArts.


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