Academic Adviser 4 (Academic Recovery Specialist)

Penn State University

University Park Campus
Campus City:
University Park, PA
Date Announced:
Date Closing:
open until filled
Job Number:
Level/Salary Band:
04 – I – Exempt
Work Unit:
College of the Liberal Arts
Undergraduate Studies
Full/Part Time:


The Academic Recovery Specialist will manage the interventions for students in the College of the Liberal Arts who are on Academic Warning, Academic Suspension, Academic Dismissal or near a 2.0 cumulative GPA (academically at-risk). This role includes several responsibilities. They will provide consistent and on-going academic recovery advising to students in the College of the Liberal Arts who are on Academic Warning, Academic Suspension, or near a 2.0 cumulative GPA. They will design and implement policy, procedure and interventions around Academic Warning, Academic Suspension, Academic Dismissal and students near 2.0 for the College in collaboration with appropriate units and individuals in Liberal Arts Undergraduate Studies. They will manage identification of students on Academic Warning, Academic Suspension, and near 2.0, provide communication to those students about their status, and conduct appropriate interventions. They will manage the appeal process for students on Academic Suspension and Academic Dismissal. They will assess the interventions for students on Academic Warning, Academic Suspension, and near 2.0. Other responsibilities may include: assisting with Faculty Senate petitions for the College; addressing Early Progress Reporting and other alerts from course instructors for students in warning or academically at-risk; and providing training to Liberal Arts advisers on University and College policy and procedures around Academic Recovery. In this role, they will participate on the academic advising leadership team consisting also of the lead advisers and the Director of Academic Advising. They will communicate regularly with all of the advising staff, academic departments and Liberal Arts Undergraduate Studies (LAUS) around academic warning and suspension policies, procedures, expectations, and student needs. They will operate as a resource on students in distress and crisis in Liberal Arts Undergraduate Studies and on academic success resources available to students at Penn State. They will build relationships with student support offices across the University and participate on College and University committees, as appropriate. As a member of the Liberal Arts Academic Advising team, they may also participate in New Student Orientation, recruitment initiatives, and advising students in Liberal Arts majors and students outside the College interested in Liberal Arts majors. Typically requires a Master's degree or higher plus four years of related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Preferred qualifications include counseling training and/or experience, experience working with people in distress or crisis, and working knowledge of spreadsheets and databases. Competencies critical to success include academic advising; experience with academically at-risk students; 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 and to support College events and programs; ability to work independently and as a member of a team; attention to detail and a willingness to follow best practices concerning record-keeping and documentation of student interventions. In addition, successful candidates must either have demonstrated a commitment to building an inclusive, equitable, and diverse campus community, or describe one or more ways they would envision doing so, given the opportunity. Review of applications begin on November 22, 2019 and continue until the position is filled. Penn State is committed to and accountable for advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion in all of its forms. We embrace individual uniqueness, foster a culture of inclusion that supports both broad and specific diversity initiatives, leverage the educational and institutional benefits of diversity, and engage all individuals to help them thrive. We value inclusion as a core strength and an essential element of our public service mission. 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