Academic Advisor

Bentley University
November 11, 2023
Waltham, MA
Job Type


Job Description Summary
The Undergraduate Academic Services (UAS) team is committed to working with students throughout their academic career to help them attain goals that they have set for themselves. UAS is responsible for academic advising, academic support services, disability support, and new student academic programs. Additionally, UAS provides primary support to the undergraduate campus community of faculty, staff, and students by interpreting and implementing college academic curriculum, policies, and procedures.

Undergraduate Academic Advisors provide a safe, non-judgmental, and comfortable advising atmosphere where students are encouraged to grow intellectually and personally. Advisors help students make positive decisions to move forward in their academic lives, challenge them to maximize their strengths and experience new things, and empower them to use their time in the university as a learning experience. Academic Advisors assist students in all areas of the curriculum, including academic planning, education abroad, major and minor selection, and academic support.

Essential Duties

  • Provide in-depth academic counseling and developmental advising to all Bentley undergraduate students while maintaining accurate records of all sessions. The position requires the acquisition of in-depth knowledge in all areas of the curriculum, institutional policies, and formal processes as well as areas of academic advising specialization (academic difficulty, exploratory, honors, and study abroad.)
  • Participate in and create academic advising programs for the Bentley community.
  • Maintain an advanced knowledge of developmental and intrusive advising practices and student development theory as it pertains to the undergraduate population.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of current educational and developmental challenges serving the needs of the undergraduate student population including transfers, international students, and students from underrepresented populations.
  • Establish and maintain collaborative and supportive relationships with faculty, Academic Affairs and Student Affairs staff, and student leaders on campus.

Other Duties

  • Participate in and help develop large-scale undergraduate academic advising initiatives and interventions such as, but not limited to, First Year and Transfer Online Registration, New Student Orientation, Academic Programs Fair, PopUp Advising, Open House & Admitted Students Day, and Family Weekend.
  • Coach students through writing and submitting academic petitions and complete other administrative duties as assigned.
  • Serve on ad hoc campus committees as requested and engage with appropriate professional organizations

Minimum Qualifications

  • Master's degree (preferably in education, student affairs administration, counseling, or related field) plus 1 year of relevant experience is required.
  • Strong interpersonal communication (oral and written) and organizational skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage multiple tasks and set priorities while working both independently and as part of a team.
  • Able to work in a fast-paced environment of constant change and variety.
  • Strong attention to detail and knowledge of the university curriculum is required.
  • An aptitude for technology and ability to learn new technology is essential for the position.
  • Experience and commitment to working with a diverse student population.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office 365. Knowledge of various higher education technology such as, Workday (Student), EAB Navigate, Zoom, College Scheduler, or other student information and advising systems.
  • Experience with social, digital and print media.

Work Environment

  • Office setting, occasional evening and weekend work is required.
  • Requires some long periods of sitting or standing and use of computer.

Bentley University requires references checks and may conduct other pre-employment screening.


Bentley University strives to create a campus community that welcomes the exchange of ideas, and fosters a culture that values differences and views them as a strength in our community.

Bentley University is an Equal Opportunity Employer, building strength through diversity. The University is committed to building a community of talented students, faculty and staff who reflect the diversity of global business. We strongly encourage applications from persons from underrepresented groups, individuals with disabilities, covered veterans and those with diverse experiences and backgrounds.


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