Senior Academic Advisor
University of Iowa

Iowa City, Iowa

Posted in Call Centre and Customer Service

$51,500.00 per year

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Job Info

The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS) is searching for Senior Academic Advisor.

CLAS senior academic advisors are instrumental in supporting both the departments they serve and ensuring student success. They provide individual guidance to students throughout their university journey, whether in-person or through Zoom meetings, focusing on academic planning and goal setting, fostering an inclusive environment, and promoting engagement in opportunities and resources for academic and career growth.

Senior advisors offer additional support to students facing academic challenges, actively participating in college retention and graduation efforts, and helping transfer students transition to the University.

Advisors actively collaborate with their respective departments and the College to enhance the undergraduate experience. They engage students in career exploration, personal and professional development, and the cultivation of a lifelong learning mindset, all aimed at creating a meaningful and transformative college experience for each student.

In addition, CLAS advisors work cohesively, supporting one another through cross-training, programming, and staff development. They also play a vital role in committees that collectively improve the advising experience. Advisors engage in weekly and monthly developmental and community-oriented activities within the College and may take part in Commencement ceremonies.

CLAS advisors facilitate connections between students and faculty for specialized advising and mentoring, monitor student academic progress, and maintain confidential student records. They coordinate the evaluation of transfer credits for both domestic and international coursework, represent their departments and the College at campus meetings, participate in recruitment initiatives, and assist with course enrollments. Advisors also develop written materials for distribution, both in print and online. They actively contribute an advising-based perspective to departmental committees, offering insights on curriculum, policies, and procedures. Senior advisors provide assessments and recommendations to their departments, addressing student issues, course scheduling, curriculum requirements, and obstacles that may hinder timely graduation.


  • Advise undergraduate majors on departmental, collegiate and University policies and procedures. Monitor completion of General Education Program requirements and advise students on selection of courses that satisfy the requirements. Advise and monitor student progress regarding major requirements and on the development of appropriate academic plans.
  • Coordinate or facilitate exceptions to department policies and procedures concerning transfer courses, study abroad courses or major requirements.
  • Sit on department committees or represent unit on campus committees, task forces, and initiatives. Collect and analyze data and information about each program for the department and /or College. Facilitate surveys of undergraduate students for advising or department assessment.
  • Coordinate and/or implement advising strategies. Conduct and/or participate in special projects, campus-wide committees and search committee's areas of functional advising coordination.
  • Provide feedback, suggestions, and recommendations to Departmental and College administration, and to faculty as appropriate, regarding policies and procedures and/or proposed changes.
The salary for this position is $51,500.

For a full job description or questions about this position, please send an email to

About the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS)

The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS), established in 1900, is the largest of the 11 colleges that comprise the University of Iowa, with 37departmentsspanning the visual, performing, literary, and cinematic arts; humanities; natural and mathematical sciences; social and behavioral sciences; and communication disciplines.

Education Required
  • A Master's degree in a core liberal arts and sciences discipline or higher education administration, or a combination of education and experience.

Required Qualifications

  • Typically, 3 years of direct experience working with undergraduate students as an academic advisor, providing guidance on major and university graduation requirements, or in a related student services role where the primary responsibility involves conducting one-on-one meetings with students to support their educational journey.
  • Demonstrated experience working effectively in a welcoming and respectful workplace environment.
  • Proven track record of managing an advising caseload or related student services caseload, consisting of 100 or more students.
  • Demonstrated capability in designing, participating in, or implementing programs aimed at enhancing student success and retention or creating an inclusive educational environment.
  • Proficiency in oral and written communication, particularly in sensitive situations that may require negotiation, empathy, and diplomacy, with a focus on the educational context.
  • Competency in Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and social media.
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills, enabling the completion of a diverse range of tasks while meeting deadlines and maintaining a professional demeanor.
  • Extensive experience in maintaining strict confidentiality, particularly concerning student records.

Desired Qualifications
  • Undergraduate or master's degree in mathematics, Chemistry, Physics, Astronomy, Cinema, Screen Writing or Theatre Arts is preferred.
  • Experience working as a full-time professional academic advisor for undergraduate students at a public or private college/university for a minimum of 1 year.
  • Knowledge of University of Iowa policies and procedures are desirable.
  • Experience teaching in a liberal arts and sciences core discipline, career course or college transition course.

Position and Application details:

For additional job details and to apply please visit and access requisition #24002899.

In order to be considered for an interview, applicants must upload the following documents and mark them as a "Relevant File" to the submission.

  • Resume
  • Cover Letter

Job openings are posted for a minimum of 14 calendar days and may be removed from posting and filled any time after the original posting period has ended. Successful candidates will be required to self-disclose any conviction history and will be subject to a criminal background check and credential/education verification. Up to 5 professional references will be requested at a later step in the recruitment process. Please note that this position is not eligible for visa sponsorship in the United States.

The salary range for this position is $48,500-$51,500.

This position is eligible forhybridwork within Iowa and will require a work arrangement form to be completed upon the start of your employment. Per policy, work arrangements will be reviewed annually, and must comply with theremote work program and related policiesandemployee travel policy when working at a remote location.

For additional questions, please contact:

Additional Information
  • Classification Title: Senior Academic Advisor
  • Appointment Type: Professional and Scientific
  • Schedule: Full-time
  • Work Modality Options: On Campus, Hybrid within Iowa
  • Pay Level: 4A
  • Starting Salary Minimum: 51500.00
  • Starting Salary Maximum: 51,500.00
Contact Information
  • Organization: College of Liberal Arts
  • Contact Name: Melia Pieper
  • Contact Email:

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