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Director of Academic Advising

Apply now Posting Number: 493272
Type of Position: Full-time
Location: Poughkeepsie, NY
Categories: Administration

Position Title:

Director of Academic Advising


School of Communications & The Arts

Job Summary:

The School of Communication and the Arts at Marist College invites applications for a Director of Academic Advising. We seek a student-centered, collaborative candidate who is up-to-date in the latest best practices in advising and promoting student success. Reporting to the Dean of the School of Communication and the Arts, the goal of this position is to foster and support holistic student academic development from first year and beyond. The Director will work with faculty, chairs, staff and students within the school, and will coordinate and liaise with the Registrar, Center for Advising and Academic Services, the Office of Accommodations and Accessibility, Athletics, Student Affairs, and the Office of International Programs.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Masters Degree in an appropriate field
  • Three years’ experience in academic advising
  • Excellent interpersonal, oral, digital, and written communication skills
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion

Essential Functions:

  • Serves as the school coordinator of all advising efforts
  • Develops and implements a new first-year advising system in the School of Communication in the Arts, and advises all first-year students in conjunction with part-time advisors
  • Advises transfer students, including summer transfers, in conjunction with department/program chairs
  • Provides “back up” advising to faculty members
  • Performs and interprets degree audits, especially of first-year students
  • Develops an annual retention report for SCA majors with identification of issues and suggestions for actions
  • Serves as Study Abroad coordinator for non-Marist Italy students
    • Advise study abroad students working with chairs and faculty to get approval for courses taken at other institutions
    • Serves as liaison to LdM and other study abroad sites
  • Approves “change of major” and “courses to be taken at another institution” forms in coordination with the chairs and faculty and in accordance with Marist College guidelines
  • Develops advising materials and presentations to support individual and group student sessions, including advising boot camps and regular communications with students
  • Collaborates with all student support units in Academic and Student Affairs for the development and continual improvement of student services

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively with undergraduate students, parents, peers, faculty, and deans.
  • Proficiency in various software tools such as Microsoft Office Suite. Experience with Banner, Salesforce, and web management systems

Required Application Documents:

Resume, Cover Letter, & 3 Professional References

About the Department:

The School of Communication and the Arts prepares students for careers in communication, media, fashion & art practices, building valuable skills that complement a foundation in a liberal arts education. With nationally ranked programs and Centers of Excellence in Sports Communication and Social Media, we foster an inclusive and engaged community of industry experts and research faculty dedicated to student success. We aim to inspire students to become empathetic and ethically responsible professionals with an understanding of the values of community engagement, sustainability, and social responsibility. Marist’s location in the Hudson Valley offers a traditional college experience that is only a train ride away from the rich cultural and professional opportunities New York City has to offer, while our global campus in Florence, Italy gives students the opportunity to expand their world.

About Marist College:

Located on the banks of the historic Hudson River and at its Florence, Italy campus, Marist College is a comprehensive, independent institution grounded in the liberal arts. Its mission is to “help students develop the intellect, character, and skills required for enlightened, ethical, and productive lives in the global community of the 21st century.” Marist educates approximately 5,000 traditional-age undergraduate students and 1,200 adult and graduate students in 53 undergraduate majors and numerous graduate programs, including fully online MBA, MPA, MS, and MA degrees, and also Doctor of Physical Therapy and Physician Assistant programs. Marist is consistently ranked among the best colleges and universities in America by The Princeton Review (Colleges That Create Futures and The Best 386 Colleges), U.S. News & World Report (3rd Most Innovative School/North), Kiplinger’s Personal Finance (“Best College Values”), and others. Marist’s study abroad program is ranked #2 in the nation by the U.S. State Department’s “Open Doors Report” and has also received the Senator Paul Simon Award for First Year Abroad programs in Italy and Ireland. Marist’s Joint Study partnership with IBM, which began in 1988, has brought the College the kind of world-class technology platform typically found at leading research institutions. To learn more, please visit

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Monday-Friday 8:30am-5:00pm and some weekends when appropriate

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Marist College Main Campus

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Equal Employment Statement:

Marist College is committed to creating a diverse workforce on our campus by ensuring that barriers to equal employment opportunity and upward mobility do not exist here. To this end, the College will strive to achieve the full and fair participation of minorities, women, people with disabilities, and any other protected groups found to be under represented.

Equal opportunity means employment, development, and promotion of individuals without consideration of race, color, disability, religion, age, sex, marital status, national origin, sexual orientation, or veteran status unless there is a bona fide occupational requirement which excludes persons in one of these protected groups. The College will review its employment policies and procedures to ensure that barriers which may unnecessarily exclude protected groups are identified and eliminated. The College will also explore alternative approaches if any policy or practice is found to have a negative impact on protected groups.

Marist's policy of non-discrimination includes not only employment practices but also extends to all services and programs provided by the College. It shall be considered a violation of College policy for any member of the community to discriminate against any individual or group with respect to employment or attendance at Marist College on the basis of race, color, disability, religion, age, sex, marital status, national origin, sexual orientation, veteran status, or any other condition established by law.





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