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Academic Advisor

The Academic Advisor is a full-time Landmark College staff member who provides developmental, academic, and career advising, executive function coaching, and just in time academic support to students throughout the calendar year. Advisors are expected to be well versed in the Landmark College curriculum and current student development theories such as: adolescent and emerging adult development, cognitive, identity, and moral development. Advisors are expected to incorporate a variety of formal approaches such as life coaching, motivational interviewing, and appreciative inquiry. Advisors are expected to stay current in these areas through professional development and scholarship opportunities. In addition to their advising duties, advisors are expected to be active contributors to the Landmark College strategic plan initiatives and community building activities.

SPECIFIC RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Foster student self-determination and independence by working closely with each student to address academic, career, social, and transitional needs.
  • Understand varied learning and cognitive profiles.
  • Support students in a process that draws upon their own self-understanding and resourcefulness to create individualized strategies to address issues such as, planning and prioritizing, remembering to do intended tasks, activating, sustaining motivation, managing long term assignments, following through, and balancing academics, professional development, and social life.
  • Communicate the College’s mission, policies, and program to students and parents.
  • Guide students in problem-solving and establishing educational, career, and personal goals that reflect the personal interests, values, and abilities of the student.
  • Encourage and support students to think critically, seek out resources, and implement action plans that support the attainment of educational, career, and personal goals.
  • Reinforce the use of technological reporting and communications tools at use in the college, such as Student Central, Canvas, Self-Service, and Outlook email with students.
  • Coordinate communication among students, resident deans, professors, and other staff as needed.
  • Facilitate meetings and support students in facilitating meetings with faculty and staff as needed.
  • Monitor student progress in Canvas, Student Central, Self-Service and engage in consultation, and make appropriate referrals to support student success.
  • Consult with Advising Office, Career Services, the Registrar and other campus resources as needed.
  • Use the Academic Intervention Team process appropriately.
  • Help students and families (within FERPA guidelines) to understand and navigate Landmark College academic policies and processes, support structure and services, degree requirements, academic deadlines, co-curricular opportunities, and resources.
  • Assist students in selecting courses and developing appropriate plans for graduation and career path.
  • May be asked to provide drop-in and/or online advising or academic support, as needed.
  • May be asked to provide academic support for student reading, writing, and project planning activities.
  • Participate in annual assessment and planning activities for the department, school and college.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

QUALIFICATIONS

Requires a minimum of a Master’s degree in a related field, knowledge of theoretical information on advising and advising students with LD/ADHD and ASD, and student development. Experience working with students as an advisor, coach, or academic support provider at the College level is preferred.

An understanding of learning differences, including the research basis for understanding specific learning disabilities and attention disorders, as well as a comprehensive knowledge of the developmental and instructional challenges of working with students with learning differences, is expected. A familiarity with higher education career services support is preferred. Excellent written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills. Strong organizational skills and proficiency/comfort working with online communication tools. Understanding of FERPA, ADA law, and other laws/regulations that pertain to working with college students. The position requires regular interaction with Faculty, Staff, Students, and Parents. Must have the ability to represent Landmark College professionally in all interactions. The ability to responsibly handle confidential/sensitive information is critical. This is a salaried and exempt position that requires a willingness to occasionally work weekends and after-hours.

WORKING CONDITIONS

General office and campus conditions, may include online delivery of services. Computer use involving repetitive hand and wrist motion may be required.

Located in southern Vermont, Landmark College is a premier institution for students who learn differently. As the nation’s first accredited college for students with learning disabilities (including dyslexia), ADHD, and ASD, we are a mainstream college with a unique, resource-rich academic model.

The Landmark College Office of Human Resources strives to ensure that we are an employer of choice, attracting and retaining uniquely talented individuals able to advance the College’s position as the college of choice for students who learn differently. We are committed to a philosophy that recognizes each person as an individual, worthy of respect, trust, dignity and fair treatment, and we apply these tenets to serve, support, and value all members of our community.

We recognize the importance of providing a work environment that is conducive to carrying out the College’s mission and contributes to the personal and professional growth of our faculty and staff. For Human Resources, this means the administration of employment policies, benefit plans, and compensation programs that are regularly evaluated and remain competitive and fair.

How to Apply

Interested individuals should provide a cover letter, resume or CV, and the names of three references. Electronic submissions are preferred. Please email your application to humanresources@landmark.edu. Applications may also be mailed to Director of Human Resources, Landmark College, 19 River Road South, Putney, Vermont 05346. No phone calls please.

Diversifying the student body, faculty, and administration is congruent with our mission. We value diverse populations and cultures including, but not limited to, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, national origin, neurodiversity, race, and religion. Landmark College is an EO/AA/Vet/Disability employer.

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