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Academic Advisor

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Please see Special Instructions for more details.

For full consideration, applicants must apply for position number 02767z 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 Volgenau School of Engineering
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
Job Type Full-Time
Position Number 02767z
Recruit Number Staff - 8422
Working Hours
Location Fairfax
Pay Band Payband 4
Salary Commensurate with education and experience.
Web Announcement

Academic Advisor—Volgenau School of Engineering

The George Mason University Volgenau School of Engineering is seeking an Academic Advisor to work with undergraduate students. 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 is primarily responsible for advising the undergraduate undeclared students in the Volgenau School of Engineering (VSE), students who want to change their major within VSE, and students who want to change their major from a non-VSE major to a major in VSE, to develop a plan of study consistent with the student’s interests and abilities.

Responsibilities include:

  • Tracking progress of the student’s major declaration eligibility;
  • Reviewing student records with regard to VSE academic policies;
  • Participating in Student Success Collaborative (SSC) and other outreach activities to help students work towards declaring a VSE major;
  • Working with VSE department advisors to ensure up-to-date on all curriculum changes within the programs;
  • Participating in freshman and transfer admissions events, some on weekends;
  • Participating in freshman and transfer orientations, some in evenings;
  • Acting as a point of contact to the university community with regard to undergraduate VSE major declaration policies, procedures and advising; and
  • Other duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated experience in advising students; and
  • Ability to utilize electronic databases and other technology to track students’ academic progress.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in a higher education administration, college student personnel, counseling, or a related field;
  • Demonstrated experience advising students in a university setting;
  • Highly organized, self-disciplined, able to work independently, and thrive in a fast-paced environment;
  • Excellent writing and interpersonal communication skills; and
  • Ability to work with a diverse community of faculty, staff and students.
Special Instructions to Applicants

For full consideration, applicants must apply for position number 02767z 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: November 13, 2017
Posting Date 10/27/2017
Job Close Date
Open Until Filled? Yes
Telework Friendly? No
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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