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Academic Advisor (Student Services Professional II)

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Work type: Staff
Location: San Diego
Categories: Unit 4 - APC - Academic Professionals of California, Probationary, Full Time, Education Support Professionals, Telecommute eligible (work onsite as scheduled and/or as requested and telecommute as scheduled)

Position Summary

The PSFA Academic Advisor serves as a staff member in the College of Professional Studies and Fine Arts assigned to the office of the Assistant Dean for Student Affairs. Under general supervision, the Academic Advisor provides equity-minded academic advising and critical support for the diverse student and prospective student population in the College of Professional Studies and Fine Arts.

The Academic Advisor is responsible for the academic advising and student support of an assigned caseload within the College of PSFA. The Advisor focuses on academic advising including major, GE, and graduation requirements, as well as supporting students with retention, probation, disqualification, unsatisfactory academic progress toward degree requirements, withdrawals, and similar student statuses. The position supports students holistically, such as connecting students to campus resources and facilitating initiatives to facilitate progression to a degree and is responsible for advising-related services to the designated caseload, such as new student orientation and representing the designated majors at campus events such as Explore SDSU.

The Academic Advisor serves as a team member in the development and implementation of college and/or School-level student success initiatives, and coordinates/leads student-focused events, councils, initiatives, for example, as directed by the Assistant Dean.

The advisor serves at the direction of and in collaboration with the PSFA Assistant Dean for Student Affairs; they are expected to work collaboratively and collegially with a diverse workforce.

This is a full-time (1.0 time-base), benefits eligible, permanent/probationary position. This position is designated exempt under FLSA and is not eligible for overtime compensation. Standard SDSU work hours are Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., but may vary based on operational needs.

This position is approved for partial telecommuting with onsite work in San Diego.

Department Summary

The College of Professional Studies and Fine Arts (PSFA) is one of eight instructional units of San Diego State University.  The College is comprised of ten diverse departments and schools:  the departments of Aerospace Studies, Military Science and Naval Science; the schools of Art, Design and Art History, Communication, Hospitality and Tourism Management, Journalism and Media Studies, Music and Dance, Public Affairs, and Theatre, Television and Film as well as ten research centers.  The College is staffed by 49 positions comprised of administrative, clerical and technical staff in addition to approximately 260 tenured/tenure-track faculty and lecturers serving over 5,000 majors.       

The Dean’s Office is responsible for the creation, implementation and continued support of the instructional, research, and development processes in the College.

For more information regarding the College of Professional Studies and Fine Arts, click here.

Education and Experience

Equivalent to graduation from a four-year college or university in one of the behavioral sciences, public or business administration or a job-related field. Additional specialized experience during which the applicant has acquired and successfully applied the knowledge and abilities shown below may be substituted for the required education on a year-for-year basis.

Possession of the required knowledge and abilities is typically demonstrated through the equivalent of two years of professional experience in one of the student services program areas or in a related field; experience should give evidence of competence and indicate the potential for further growth. A Master’s degree in a job-related field may be substituted for one year of professional experience.

Key Qualifications

  • A master’s degree in student personnel, higher education/student affairs, counseling or related field is preferred.
  • Experience utilizing SDSU Navigate advising (EAB) and/or other academic advising tools.
  • Knowledge of a variety of academic disciplines in terms of course requirements and career paths.
  • Two years of experience in interpreting and explaining academic policies governing public or private university admissions is preferred.
  • Two years of experience working in a college or university’s admissions, advising, evaluations, registrar or other student service-related office is preferred.
  • Expertise or demonstrated commitment to developing expertise in cross-cultural communication and collaboration.

Compensation and Benefits

Starting salary upon appointment is not expected to exceed $4,610 per month. 

Salary placement is determined by the education, experience, and qualifications the candidate brings to the position, internal equity, and the hiring department’s fiscal resources.

San Diego State University offers a rich benefits package that constitutes a major portion of total compensation. For more information regarding SDSU benefits, please click here.

CSU Classification Salary Range: $4,610- $6,556 per month. 

Diversity and Community at SDSU

At SDSU, our diversity gives us power and benefits every single member of our community. 

Through our commitment to equity and inclusion, we encourage all members of our community to purposefully learn from one another through open and respectful dialogue and responsible engagement.  For more information, click here.

Principles of Community

At San Diego State University, we are a community of diverse individuals who have and represent many perspectives, beliefs and identities. This diversity lends our community strength, and we commit to creating and sustaining an inclusive and intellectually vibrant environment that benefits all members of our university. 

SDSU’s Principles of Community is an aspirational statement that is intended to evolve over time. The statement reflects the ideals we are encouraged to uphold in our interactions with one another. 

Supplemental Information

Initial review of the required application materials, including cover letters and resumes, will begin on October 16, 2023. To receive full consideration, apply by October 15, 2023.  The position will remain open until filled.

The person holding this position is considered a ‘mandated reporter’ under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment. 

San Diego State University is not a sponsoring agency for staff or management positions (e.g., H-1B visa). Applicants must currently be authorized to work in the United States on a full-time basis. Offers of employment are contingent upon the presentation of documents that demonstrate a person's identity and authorization to work in the United States, which are consistent with the provisions of the Immigration Reform and Control Act. 

A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily and is required for employment. SDSU will make a conditional offer of employment, which may be rescinded if the background check reveals disqualifying information, and/or it is discovered that the candidate knowingly withheld or falsified information. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the continued employment of a current SDSU employee who was conditionally offered the position.

SDSU is a smoke-free campus. For more information, please click here.

SDSU is an Equal Opportunity Employer that considers all qualified candidates for employment and does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, ancestry, age, disability, genetic information, gender, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, medical condition, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, covered military and veteran status, or any other protected characteristic or status. Reasonable accommodations will be provided for qualified applicants with disabilities who request an accommodation by contacting Tina Deesen at

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