Academic Advisor - Native American Specialist - Utah Valley University in Orem Utah

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Utah Valley University

Orem, Utah 84058

United States

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Detailed Job Description

Advises new, prospective, transfer, and continuing Native American and Multicultural students to develop, pursue, and achieve their academic goals. This includes recruiting, developmental, and career advising. Emphasis is placed on striving to meet Native American student's cultural/ethnic needs.
Essential Functions, Major Duties, and/or Accountabilities:
1. Maintains an advising caseload of incoming and continuing undergraduate students, particularly those of Native American background, in terms of advisement and other school-related support. Responds to informational requests from potential students, new and continuing students, parents, staff, and high school counselors via a variety of methods (e.g. e-mail, phone, in-person, in the field, etc.).
2. Assists students with the enrollment, registration, and financial aid processes; including tribal scholarship information and processes.
3. Maintains student advising records using computer applications relevant for file maintenance and organization of case load.
4. Assists in recruiting of prospective Native American students; assists in event planning (i.e. Pow-Wow); provides information, assistance, and referrals to student support services to assist advisees in managing their college experience. Assists the Native American Club.
5. Interprets placement test scores and assist student in appropriate course placement. Advises students in academic difficulty to facilitate their progress. Advocates and problem solves with faculty, administration, and staff on student academic problems, issues and concerns.
6. Represents the department on any relevant University events, committees, departmental programs, or professional associations/organizations as needed and/or assigned, and performs other duties as assigned.  

Minimum Qualifications

Graduation from an accredited institution with a Bachelor degree in a social science or a related field and two years experience in activities related to the summary of duties.  

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

- Knowledge of cultural nuances and background of Native American students.
- Knowledge of tribal scholarship processes (applications, deadlines, etc.) for various Native American tribes.
- Knowledge of federal financial aid processes.
- Knowledge of student development, and the ability to assist students create effective academic plans and career and life goals, in order to promote student retention and academic success.
- Knowledge of recruiting and retention strategies for Native American students, as well as Native American culture and history.
- Knowledge of financial aid policies, procedures, and eligibility requirements.
- Knowledge of student advising and techniques including content, curriculum, and graduation requirements and the ability to anticipate departmental and student needs.
- Skill in the use of computers, and academic and office software platforms (e.g. Microsoft Office Suite, BANNER, etc.) as applied to management of student records, report preparation, and related activities.
- Ability to creatively and independently problem solve by prioritizing and multitasking while under pressure.
- Ability to communicate effectively orally and in written format.
- Ability to work in a team environment.
- Ability to collaborate with various entities inside and outside of the department.  

Selective Placement Factors

Must possess a valid driver's license.  

Special Instructions to Applicants

- To be considered an applicant for employment you must apply online through the UVU.Jobs website.
- To receive full consideration for post-secondary education, please submit copies of transcripts or diploma of highest degree earned. Transcripts do not have to be official copies.
- To be considered in the first screening, the online application and required application documents (see below) must be submitted by the screening or closing date.
- Our system can only accept supplemental documents (such as cover letters or transcripts) in PDF or Word format. The file size of documents must be less than 2MB. It is strongly recommended that you take documents that are not in an electronic form and scan them into a separate black and white PDF file so you can attach them electronically to the online application. You can get help with this at a local copy center if needed.
- Any offer of employment will be contingent upon the results of a background check, which includes a criminal records check. A criminal conviction is not necessarily a bar to employment.
- Application materials become the property of UVU.
- For questions contact Human Resources at  

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  • Native American Specialist
  • Multicultural Center
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Employment Type:Administrative Staff
Degree Required: Bachelors
Experience: See Job Description
Level of Job: Analyst / Staff
Salary: See Job Description
Type of School:4 - Year / Masters Institution
Application Requirements: CV/Resume
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