Academic Advisor, IDEAL Program

Academic Advisor, IDEAL Program


Reporting to the Associate Dean for Academic Advising, the Academic Advisor plays a critical role to ensure each student advisee makes satisfactory academic progress from initial enrollment to graduation. The primary duties include advising students in the areas of degree-plans, course scheduling, selection and registration of courses, promoting continuous enrollment, program planning, and graduation/exit interview process. This position requires some evening hours.

 Primary Responsibilities: 


  • Advise IDEAL students in the following areas:

    • Academic program selection; major/minor and/or certificate; guide students in the successful development of a development of a degree plan.

    • Course selection and registration; assure that courses comply with academic program requirements.

    • Academic policies and procedures.

    • Graduation requirements and procedures.

    • Successful progress based on grade point average.


  • Collaborate with and inform admissions and advising staff toward maintaining a Student Handbook and a Program Advisor's Handbook; make periodic revisions/adjustments as needed.


  • Analyze current student enrollment and registration procedures; make recommendations/strategies for improvement; design and implement policy and procedure enhancements.


  • Consult and collaborate on the development of the course schedule.


  • Promote continuous enrollment that achieves a high level of retention.


  • Maintain statistical records for the Program concerning student registration, teaching locations, courses, enrollment trends, student attitudes, perceptions, progress, etc.


  • Provide assistance and information to students in regard to non-traditional credit options such as portfolio (CLWEP) and testing (CLEP).


  • Prepare and submit written reports as needed or requested.


  • Serve as a liaison for IDEAL students with the Registrar, Financial Aid, and Bursar Offices.


  • Serve on university committees and/or task forces as assigned.


  • Assist with programs and activities sponsored by the Program.


  • Notify the Associate Dean of any situations that arise which may jeopardize or negatively impact the goals and objectives of the Program.


  • Represent the Program through various outreach efforts; provide prospective student services; strengthen and encourage corporate participation and support for the Program by conducting information sessions as needed.


  • Perform additional job related duties as delegated by the Associate Dean of the Program.


Job Qualifications:   

  • Bachelor's degree is required; Master’s degree preferred; preferably in educational administration or counselor education.

  • A minimum of five years professional experience in higher education, preferably in the areas of admissions, registration and/or student advising.

  • Working knowledge and experience in transcript evaluation.

  • Previous supervisory and/or managerial experience.

  • The ability to communicate well both orally and in writing.



    Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. 

    Please send a letter of application and CV/resume electronically or by mail to:


    University of Bridgeport

    Human Resources

    Academic Advisor, IDEAL Program Services

    Wahlstrom Library, 7th Floor

    126 Park Avenue

    Bridgeport, CT  06604


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