Academic Adviser

Penn State University

University Park Campus
Campus City:
University Park, PA
Date Announced:
Date Closing:
open until filled
Job Number:
Level/Salary Band:
  • 02 – G – Exempt
  • 03 – H – Exempt
Work Unit:
Donald P. Bellisario College of Communications
Full/Part Time:


Serve as Academic Adviser for the Donald P. Bellisario College of Communications. Assist students in resolving academic problems, make appropriate referrals and maintain academic records. Advise students in the selection of courses, major, long-range planning and in navigating University policies. This position assists with undergraduate orientation, new student registration, change of campus student programs, and various recruitment events. Act as liaison with other PSU campuses to communicate important College information, build relationships with campus representatives and with prospective students in the 2+2 program with goals of entering a Communications major at University Park. Organize engagement activities for Communications student including the fall and spring involvement fairs and commencement receptions, while also advising the College’s Student Council and supporting them in planning events. Maintain and update academic information to be distributed to students and posted online. This job will be filled as a level 2, or level 3, depending upon the successful candidate's competencies, education, and experience. Typically requires a Master's degree or higher plus one year of related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience for a level 2. Additional experience and/or education and competencies are required for higher level jobs. A Master's degree in higher education, student affairs, or counseling and/or academic advising experience is preferred. PowerPoint/Prezi and web design experience a plus. Occasional evening and weekend hours required to assist with programs. Travel to other commonwealth campuses also expected a few times throughout the academic year. Competencies critical to success include: attention to detail; excellent written and verbal communication skills, including public speaking; experience working with a diverse body of students; demonstrated time management skills, which includes ability to manage multiple responsibilities; ability to work independently and as a member of a team; adaptability to change.

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