Academic Adviser 3

Penn State University

University Park Campus
Campus City:
University Park, PA
Date Announced:
Date Closing:
Job Number:
Level/Salary Band:
03 – H – Exempt
Work Unit:
College of Health and Human Development
Biobehavioral Health
Full/Part Time:


The Department of Biobehavioral Health (BBH) in the College of Health and Human Development seeks highly motivated, professional candidates for the position of Academic Adviser. The successful candidate will work closely with the students, faculty, and staff to build on the legacy of BBH’s student-centered culture. The position will be responsible for providing academic advising to students enrolled in and exploring the major; meeting with prospective students and their families; interpreting university policies, procedures and curriculum to students and faculty; guiding students in course selection, scheduling, and long-range planning; assisting in resolving academic problems; monitoring academic progress; making professional referrals; assisting in data management and the preparation of reports, surveys, and other documentation; assuring that information on the department’s website is accurate and current; and maintaining the confidentiality of student records. They will represent the department and college in university-sponsored recruitment and retention initiatives including New Student Orientation (NSO), Accepted Student Programs (ASPs), Spend a Summer Days (SASDs), and Majors Night. Typically requires a Master's degree or higher plus two years of related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Experience with Starfish, PeopleSoft, Word, Excel, and Access is a plus. An understanding of the diverse opportunities available within fields related to Biobehavioral Health, particularly in the areas of public health, health promotion, and clinical training programs (i.e. nursing, medicine, physical therapy, occupational therapy, etc.), is preferred. The position requires a positive attitude, ability to work collaboratively with faculty and staff, high principles, and motivation to work for the overall well-being of the student, a commitment to ethics and diversity, a strong work ethic, a willingness to serve in a broad variety of roles as needed, and dedication to the mission of the department. Competencies critical to success include outstanding interpersonal verbal and written communications; effective analytical, problem-solving and organizational skills; accuracy and attention to detail; the ability to handle multiple tasks and meet deadlines; a thorough understanding of student confidentiality, and the use of sound judgment and professionalism. Occasionally, limited evening and weekend hours will be required for university-related events. The review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. 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