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Academic Advisor - Division of Child, Family, and Community Engagement

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For full consideration, applicants must apply for position number 02771z at; complete and submit the online application; and upload a cover letter, resume, and a list of three professional references with contact information.

Position Information

Position Information

Department College of Education and Human Development (CEHD)
Alternate Department Description
Criminal Background Check Standard Background Check
Motor Vehicle Background Check No
Restricted Position? No, is eligible for layoff or severance benefits.
Job Category Classified Staff
Role (State) Job Title Education Support Specialist III
Working Title Academic Advisor - Division of Child, Family, and Community Engagement
Job Type Full-Time
Position Number 02771z
Recruit Number Staff - 8398
Working Hours
Location Fairfax, VA
Other Location
Pay Band Payband 4
Salary Commensurate with education and experience.
Web Announcement

Academic Advisor – Division of Child, Family, and Community Engagement

The George Mason University Division of Child, Family, and Community Engagement (CFCE)—within the College of Education and Human Development (CEHD)—invites applications for an Academic Advisor who can work with Early Childhood Education, Counseling and Development, and Human Development and Family Science undergraduate and graduate students. This is a full-time benefited staff position designed to help prospective and current students meet their educational and career goals. George Mason University has a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its faculty and staff, and strongly encourages candidates to apply who will enrich Mason’s academic and culturally inclusive environment.


The Academic Advisor works with undergraduate and graduate students with a focus on helping them choose an appropriate course of studies and then pursue that academic program in an efficient manner. The Academic Advisor works closely with the CFCE Division Director and Academic Program Coordinators as well as with other student service professionals in the College’s Student and Academic Affairs Office. Specific responsibilities of this position include:

  • Facilitate information sessions and attending events for prospective students;
  • Assist students with academic course planning and scheduling;
  • Participate in outreach events;
  • Facilitate new student orientations;
  • Communicate advising information to students;
  • Help students initiate academic actions (e.g., course substitutions, transfer credit inquiries and evaluations, course waivers);
  • Maintain an advising record for each student;
  • Identify and assist students who are academically at risk; and
  • Serve as liaison to university and college advising committees.

Occasional weekend activities are required in conjunction with Mason’s Admission Office, college recruitment efforts, and academic program events and orientation schedules.

Required Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree (preferably in higher education administration, counseling, or a similar field), or an equivalent combination of education and/or experience;
  • Strong interpersonal, organizational, time management, and coordination skills;
  • Excellent oral and written communication capabilities with a diverse audience;
  • Ability to work independently as well as collaboratively in a flexible and professional manner;
  • Proactive problem-solving skills, attention to detail, and ability to learn new tasks quickly; and
  • Ability to work one to two evenings a week until 7:00 pm (days of the week flexible).

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Professional academic advising or counseling experience in an educational setting, a proactive work orientation, and a strong commitment to facilitating the work of students and their instructional faculty; and
  • Familiarity with Ellucian Banner, Student Success Collaborative, and Blackboard.
Special Instructions to Applicants

For full consideration, applicants must apply for position number 02771z at; complete and submit the online application; and upload a cover letter, resume, and a list of three professional references with contact information.

For Full Consideration, Apply by: October 27, 2017
Posting Date 10/16/2017
Job Close Date
Open Until Filled? Yes
Telework Friendly?
Mason Ad Statement

Great Careers Begin at Mason!

George Mason University is an innovative, entrepreneurial institution with national distinction in both academics and research. Mason holds a top U.S. News and World Report “Up and Coming” spot for national universities and is recognized for its global appeal and excellence in higher education.

Mason is currently the largest and most diverse university in Virginia with students and faculty from all 50 states and over 135 countries studying in over 200 degree programs at campuses in Arlington, Fairfax and Prince William, as well as at learning locations across the commonwealth. Rooted in Mason’s diversity is a campus culture that is both rewarding and exciting, work that is meaningful, and opportunities to both collaborate and create.

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Equity Statement

George Mason University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, committed to promoting inclusion and equity in its community. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status.

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Supplemental Documents

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Resume
  3. List of Professional References
Optional Documents