Academic Adviser 4

Penn State University

University Park Campus
Date Announced:
Date Closing:
open until filled
Job Number:
Level/Salary Band:
04 – I – Exempt
Work Unit:
College of Health and Human Development
Biobehavioral Health
Full/Part Time:


The Department of Biobehavioral Health in the College of Health and Human Development seeks a highly professional and motivated Academic Adviser for the position of Lead Advisor. The successful individual will work closely with the Biobehavioral Health Undergraduate Student Services team, i.e., advisors, undergraduate professor in charge, internship coordinator, Global Health Minor coordinator, honors advisors, administrative staff, faculty, and Department Head, to provide an optimal experience and outstanding support for Biobehavioral Health students. Specifically, the candidate will be responsible for providing academic advising to students enrolled in and exploring majors in Biobehavioral Health; sharing career information with students and assisting them in identifying other educational resources regarding careers in Biobehavioral Health; meeting with prospective students and their families; interpreting university policies and procedures to students and faculty; guiding students in course selection, scheduling and long-range planning; assisting in resolving academic problems; making professional referrals; documenting and maintaining confidential advising notes and maintaining confidentiality of student records; monitoring student academic progress; assisting in data management and preparation of reports, surveys, and other documentation; contributing accurate and current information to the department’s advising website; consulting with departmental alumni about career planning and required training; supervising other academic advisors in the department; delegating work load and duties among advisors; compiling and approving appropriate course substitutions in consultation with the Undergraduate Program Committee; participating in monthly Undergraduate Program Committee meetings and advising on program curriculum; identifying professional development opportunities for advisors; serving as the point of contact between the advising team and the department; developing methods for ongoing improvements in academic advising; consulting and assisting faculty with award recipient identification and nomination. The successful candidate will represent the department and college in university-sponsored recruitment and retention initiatives including New Student Orientation, Accepted Student Programs, Spend a Summer Day, Link UP, and Majors Night. Typically requires a Master's degree or higher plus four years of related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Experience with Starfish, PeopleSoft, Word, and Excel is a plus. This position requires a positive attitude, the ability to lead and work collaboratively in a team environment, high integrity and a strong work ethic, motivation to work for the overall well-being of the student, a commitment to ethics and diversity, and dedication to the mission of the department. Competencies critical to success include outstanding interpersonal, strong leadership skills: verbal, and written communications; effective analytical, problem-solving and organizational skills; accuracy and attention to detail; the ability to handle multiple tasks; effective time management; and the use of sound judgment and professionalism. The successful candidate will have a strong background in academic advising with a proven track record and commitment to serving diverse student populations. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until a successful candidate is identified. Please include the names and contact information of three professional references with your cover letter and resume. Additionally, please include a paragraph that outlines your advising philosophy. This is a fixed-term appointment funded for one year from date of hire with excellent possibility of re-funding.

These salary bands have been established to provide salary guidelines for staff positions.

Salary Band Minimum Midpoint Maximum
A $16,584 $24,456 $32,328
B $18,240 $26,904 $35,556
C $19,728 $29,592 $39,456
D $21,708 $32,568 $43,416
E $24,312 $36,468 $48,612
F $27,228 $40,848 $54,456
G $30,012 $45,744 $61,500
H $34,188 $52,140 $70,080
I $38,988 $59,424 $79,908
J $43,716 $67,740 $91,812
K $50,712 $78,600 $106,488
L $58,836 $91,176 $123,528
M $68,232 $105,756 $143,292
N $80,508 $124,788 $169,068
O $93,492 $147,252 $201,024
P $110,340 $173,760 $237,192
Q $126,396 $199,056 $271,728
R $151,668 $238,872 $326,088