Lamar University - Director of Academic Advising and Retention

Monday, December 03, 2018 10:24 AM | Anonymous

Director of Academic Advising and Retention 

Position Information

Security Sensitive Statement

This position is security sensitive and subject to Texas Education Code 51.215, which authorizes the employer to obtain criminal history record information.

Posting Information

Position Title

Director of Academic Advising and Retention

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Close Date

Open Until Filled


Special Instructions To Applicants

Review of qualified applications will begin December 14, 2018. To insure consideration, please submit prior to that date.

Please Note: A criminal background check will be conducted on candidate finalist prior to the offer of employment. The application must be completed in full detail (including work history) for your qualifications to be considered. An incomplete application will not be considered. Your application is not complete until you receive an online confirmation number at the end of the application process.

The following documents are requested: resume, unofficial copies of official transcripts and licenses (if applicable), and name, phone number, and e-mail addresses of three (3) references. Applicants selected for interviews may be asked to provide letters of reference. Official transcripts will be required upon hire.

In compliance with House Bill 558 passed during the 76th Legislative session, Lamar State College – Port Arthur requires that all male U.S. citizens from 18 to 26 years of age provide proof of registration with the Selective System or exemption from such registration, prior to employment.

If you have questions, please contact the Human Resources Office at (409) 984-6237.
Lamar State College-Port Arthur is an E-Verify Employer.

Job Summary

The Director of Academic Advising and Retention reports to the Dean of Student Services and is responsible for improving the quality of academic advising and student retention by providing information, advice and assistance to students. Directs the activities of the advising office. Other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications

Master’s degree in education, guidance counseling, student development, or related discipline. Requires three to five years of experience providing effective academic advising to students in higher education.
Must have an understanding of student development, student learning, career development, and other relevant theories in education, social sciences, and humanities.
Must be a multi-task oriented individual with an appreciation for working within deadlines. Must have working knowledge of personal computer and various software.
Ability to communicate effectively including public speaking. Ability to supervise. Ability to deal with students, faculty and staff in professional manner. Must be able to demonstrate sensitivity to the needs of students from diverse backgrounds. Ability to plan, schedule, and manage projects and assignments. Ability to establish effective working relationships with others. Ability to follow established college policies and procedures.

Requires frequent sitting, walking, and seeing. Requires frequent standing, lifting, pushing, pulling, and carrying objects up to 50 pounds; and lifting objects up to 50 pounds; operating a personal computer, calculator, and various office equipment. Requires infrequent stooping, bending, sorting, and filing.

Preferred Qualifications

Preference given to candidates with advising experience in public two year colleges. Familiarity or ability to learn TSI and other Texas Higher Education requirements. Communicate with the campus regarding student experiences and concerns. Stay abreast of the research, theories, legislation policies, technology, and developments that affect services provided by the Advising Department. Support and assist advisors in management of special projects, i.e. Scholarship Program, New Student Orientation, Students of Concern Program, Prison Program, International Students, and other campus programs. Participate in graduation ceremony. Institutional planning duties for the advising office. Participate in Student Services Departmental staff meetings. Supervise and educate Academic Advisors, Faculty Advisors, and Coordinator of Disability Services. Assign users for advising in Banner. Provide access to continuing and advanced education and appropriate professional development opportunities to improve the leadership ability, competence, and skills of all employees. Participate in local, state, and/or national professional associations. Supports campus events and activities. Perform other duties as assigned.


Commensurate with experience; minimum $54,000.; Plus Benefits

Work Hours

8am -5pm M-F, other times occasionally

Essential Job Functions

Essential Job Functions

Provide an advising program that is efficient and effective. Interpret institutional, general education, and major requirements, policies, and procedures.

Essential Job Functions

Responsible for the development of staff and the services they provide. Plan the New Student Orientation, assist with Campus Open Houses, and other events as assigned.

Essential Job Functions

Provide information for Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, IPEDSreport, and other agencies.

Essential Job Functions

Promote student retention and persistence. Identify and promote environmental conditions that may influence academic achievement.

Essential Job Functions

Enforce TSI Compliance.

Essential Job Functions

Coordinate and track responses for students of concern identified by faculty and staff. Identify at-risk students and provide an intrusive intervention plan for each student.

Essential Job Functions

Provide a minimum of two training sessions for Academic Advisors and any employee with advising responsibilities prior to registration each semester.

Essential Job Functions

Refer students with mental health issues to counseling centers. Refer students with learning challenges to resources on campus.

Essential Job Functions

Evaluate advising staff to assure accurate advising, registration, and TSICompliance for students.

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