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Academic Advisor

Apply now Department: 3670055010 Health & Human Sciences Dean
Job no: 517755
Employment type: Staff Full Time (Unclassified - Term)
Location: Manhattan, Kansas
Worksite: On-site requirement
Categories: Academic Advising / Support
Pay Grade: 08A

About This Role:

The College of Health and Human Sciences (HHS) seeks an Academic Advisor to join their team. This position is responsible for advising approximately 240 undergraduate students seeking health science degrees in HHS. The Academic Advisor will advise students on their academic plans, progress, and academic goals to assist them in making personal education decisions and meeting graduation requirements. This position reports to the Assistant Dean.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Establish and maintain relationships with program faculty and staff to understand college expectations and maintain current knowledge of HHS degree programs, curriculum changes, and requirements
  • Develop student success and retention tracking system for all advisees
  • Assist advising leadership with projects and collaborate with colleagues on initiatives to support student degree progress
  • Meet with prospective students and families
  • Represent programs at recruitment events in conjunction with campus events
  • Collaborate with HHS recruiters on working with high schools and community colleges to raise program awareness
  • Monitor academic progress of student caseload and proactively support student success through re-enrollment campaigns, retention initiatives, and graduation checks
  • Utilize SSC-Navigate to manage caseload and communicate with students, record advising notes, and oversee minor completion approval at the time of graduation
  • Advise new students during orientation and enrollment throughout the summer
  • Support student engagement at program events
  • Support and advise undergraduate curriculum committee and participate in HHS and university committees on recruitment and retention efforts
  • Support students in a range of areas, including but not limited to SAP appeals, completion grants, veteran certification forms, and requests for exceptions
  • Distribute job, internship, and networking opportunities to students

Why Join Us:

The College of Health and Human Sciences is home to six academic departments (Applied Human Sciences; Food, Nutrition, Dietetics & Health; Hospitality Management; Interior Design & Fashion Studies; Personal Financial Planning; and Kinesiology), the Center on Aging, Physician Assistant program, and a Nursing partnership with Wichita State University. The College enrolls more than 2,300 undergraduate and 400 graduate students and employs more than 115 full-time faculty members in teaching, research, and Extension positions ( The College is committed to promoting research, scholarship, creative activity, and discovery with a strategic and cohesive focus on health and human behavior.

Kansas State University offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes health insurance, life insurance, retirement plans, and paid time off (vacation, sick, and holidays). To see what benefits are available, please visit

We Support Diversity and Inclusion:

Kansas State University embraces diversity and inclusion. The university actively seeks individuals who foster a collegial environment and cooperative interactions with coworkers, students, and others. The University is dedicated to promoting the Principles of Community.

Worksite Options:

This position is required to be performed on-site. Work is performed on employer premises or designated assignment location.

What You’ll Need to Succeed:

Minimum Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • One year of relevant experience

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree or certificate in academic advising or closely related field
  • Familiarity with Kansas State University
  • Experience in higher education advising
  • Possess extensive knowledge of university academic programs, policies, procedures, and student support services
  • Demonstrated competence in online advising and enrollment systems
  • Ability to work independently and as a team member
  • Excellent verbal, written, and interpersonal communication skills
  • Demonstrated effectiveness in working with diverse individuals in a variety of situations
  • Ability to meet deadlines, be detail-oriented, and prioritize tasks
  • Adherence to strict confidentiality and other ethical standards
  • Strong computer skills

Other Requirements:

  • Applicants must be currently authorized to work in the United States at the time of employment

How to Apply:

Please submit the following documents:

  1. Cover letter addressing your interest in the position and experiences in aging and/or nursing homes
  2. Resume
  3. Three professional references

Inquiries about the position should be directed to the search committee chair, Jenn Cook, at with the subject line: Academic Advisor Search.

Anticipated Hiring Salary Range:

$45,000 - $60,000

Equal Employment Opportunity:

Kansas State University is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, age, national origin, disability, or status as a protected veteran.

Background Screening Statement:

In connection with your employment application, Kansas State University will procure a Background Screen on you as part of the process of considering your candidacy as an employee.

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