Professional Academic and Career Adviser

Newberry College

Professional Academic and Career Adviser

  • Institution: Newberry College
  • Institution Type: Four-Year/Advanced Degree (B.A., M.A., Ph.D.)
  • Location: Newberry, South Carolina, USA
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Professional Academic and Career Adviser

  • Newberry College | Newberry, South Carolina, USA
  • Hourglass IconJob Post Expiration: October 26, 2023
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Job TitleProfessional Academic and Career Adviser

Position TypeFull Time

Job Category Staff

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Location Newberry, South Carolina, USA

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Job Description

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This is an exciting time for Newberry College, which is experiencing significant growth at the undergraduate and graduate level.  The college has recently completed construction of the Darby Nursing and Health Science Center and the Federal Financial Field House.  It expects to begin construction of a new Residence Hall soon and is currently raising funds for a new student center and a new building to house the Division of Business, Communication & Sport.


With this growth comes the need for a Professional Adviser to support students in meeting their personal, academic, and career goals over their four years at Newberry.  The Adviser will use Newberry’s Developmental Coaching Advising model which focuses on an adaptive, individualized approach to connect strengths and explore purpose, and to support students’ ownership of their success.  This position reports to the Dean of Business, Communication & Sport and works closely with the Director of the Center for Student Success.


Our students are the heart of Newberry College and we are committed to providing them with opportunities for success through service and personal attention. We are also committed to the values of diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging. The successful candidate will demonstrate a history of success working with students from diverse identities and backgrounds.  The successful candidate will also value student learning and development and helping students reach their goals. The Academic and Career Adviser is a 12-month employee who works to support students majoring in Business, Communications, Marketing, & Sports, and related programs.



Work with a cohort of 250-300 new returning students to support them in reaching their academic and career goals.
Support and guide students with meaningful personal attention, utilizing inclusive and equitable practices, to develop achievable academic and career goals and a plan to achieve those goals.
Work closely with the Dean and faculty in Business, Communications, & Sports to develop and annually update three and hour- year plans for graduation.
Work with the Dean, faculty, and Director of Career Services to design first and second year activities focused on career development and purpose.
Teaches one class per academic year or the equivalent through leading workshops, professional development, or other student-learning and development activities.
Evaluate student needs and ensure advisees know about and engage with appropriate institutional academic and social support.
Coordinate with The Center for Student Success to address early alerts in a timely and meaningful manner.
Identify advisees who are at risk of attrition to the Dean and Center for Student Success.
Work closely with faculty mentors to identify experiential learning opportunities and timelines.
Ensure each advisee participates in experiential learning.
Maintain accurate and detailed electronic files on each advisee.
Perform other duties related to academic & career advising as well as student persistence and success, as assigned.
Annual Responsibilities

In the prior to new student matriculation, the adviser will work with the Director of Advising to identify incoming students majoring in Business, Communications, & Sport and set up individual (virtual) meetings with each student to:
Introduce the purpose of academic and career advising.
Begin to get to know each student’s academic and career goals.
Review student transcripts to identify.
Dual enrollment, A/P and other credit for first year students.
Ensure maximum credit for transfer students.
Guide the student through schedule development and orientation.
Provide each student a schedule at orientation.
Follow up with all new students after orientation to answer questions and support the enrollment process.
In summer, conduct individual virtual meetings with all returning students to:
Discuss academic performance from the Spring semester.
Engage with students in academic distress to modify their schedule, align academic and/or student support.
Have meaningful conversations about career and purpose & the alignment to academic and co-curricular goals.
In Fall and Spring:
Hold in-person check-in meetings with all new students which:
i.     Focus on academic and co-curricular progress and identify any early signs of academic distress.

ii.     Finalize the graduation plan.

iii.     Finalize the career preparation plan, including participation in experiential learning, resume development, participation in seminars and other professional development, professional networking, etc.

Hold in-person check-in meetings with all upper-class students which:
i.     Focus on academic success and career planning.

ii.     Ensure students are meeting their career preparation plan by identifying and participating in experiential learning.

Working close with the Division Dean, Director of Academic Advising, and Center for Student Success on annual class scheduling and enrollment data.

Bachelor’s degree required.  A Master’s degree or higher with experience working and/or teaching in higher education is preferred.  Those with relevant work history are strongly encouraged to apply.  Excellent verbal and written communication skills as well as detail-oriented management of multiple projects.  Be an outgoing, friendly, curious learner who thrives on working with students to help them achieve success. An understanding that each student is unique and a strong commitment to the Newberry College inclusivity, equity, and belonging ideals. Innovative and adaptable to the different needs of individual students. Ability to work with technology, particularly Microsoft 365. Familiarity with online resources to support student development. Comfort using student data to inform decision making and make recommendations. Ability to work with a team of highly motivated faculty and staff to ensure student success. Ability to balance multiple projects simultaneously and work independently.









Review of applications will begin September 20th and continue until position is filled. Applicants should send a letter of interest, resume, and contact information for three professional references. References will not be contacted without the candidate’s approval.  The successful candidate must submit to a background check and submit all official transcripts before beginning employment.  Electronic application materials should be emailed to and include “Professional Adviser” in the subject line.


Newberry College does not discriminate against any person or group on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, pregnancy, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, veteran status or genetic information. Newberry College is building a culturally diverse faculty and staff committed to working in a multicultural environment and encourages applications from people from diverse identities and backgrounds.



Currently the college uses E-Verify for employment verification. E-Verify is an internet-based system that compares information entered by an employer from a n employee’s Form I-9 (Employment Eligibility Verification) to records available to the US Department of Homeland Security and the Social Security Administration to confirm employment eligibility.


College Employment Policy

This job description reflects the general details considered necessary to describe the principal functions of the job identified and shall not necessarily be construed as a detailed description of all the work requirements that may be inherent in the job.  Job descriptions do not constitute an employment agreement or contract of employment, expressed or implied.  Unless designated in writing and signed by the College President, all College employees are considered to be “EMPLOYED AT WILL.” Newberry College reserves the right to change, alter and amend job descriptions, functions and duties at the pleasure of the College President or Board of Trustees.

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