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Academic Advisor

Please note: All Virginia Wesleyan University employees, including primary contract services, are required to submit proof of full COVID-19 vaccination and booster. A copy of an individual's vaccination card or certificate will be required upon employment.

Virginia Wesleyan University seeks an Academic Advisor to serve in its University Advising Program and Learning Center. This Academic Advisor will play a key role in first-year student success including onboarding and retention efforts. An Academic Advisor is an expert in the VWU curriculum and fosters collaborative relationships with faculty and staff to assist students in a variety of ways including major declaration. To support student success and retention, an Academic Advisor uses student data to determine how to help students in their studies, course completion, and scheduling. The Academic Advisor will oversee the Academic Alert system and Academic Renewal in the Learning Center and direct students to appropriate departments and college resources based on their needs.

An Academic Advisor’s time and related tasks can be roughly broken down as follows:


  • Advise students individually and/or in groups regarding curriculum requirements, class selection, academic policies and procedures, and campus resources
  • Assist First-Year and Undeclared Students with a four-year plan to graduate
  • Create and maintain case notes, student records, reviews, and related documents
  • Work closely with faculty, staff, and student success personnel to ensure assigned student populations are successful in their degree programs
  • Advocate for and intervene on behalf of students, when necessary
  • Other assigned duties as required or deemed necessary to meet academic advising goals

Enrollment and Retention Support

  • Assist with enrollment and retention initiatives
  • Represent University Advising at on-campus and off-campus events, such as New Student Orientation and Marlin Days
  • Prepare a variety of reports using campus-wide databases and software


  • Assist with faculty and professional advisor training initiatives
  • Assist with the creation of training materials

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Knowledge of basic word processing software and the ability to operate standard PC/PC software applications, including Microsoft Office suite, student records management software
  • Knowledge of student success strategies
  • Good Interpersonal skills
  • Good oral and written communication skills
  • Ability to advise students
  • Ability to tutor students
  • Ability to create training materials
  • Ability to effectively teach a variety of topics
  • Ability to respond to several demands at one time in a fast-paced environment
  • Ability to maintain records and safeguard confidential information
  • Ability to work effectively with students, public, college community and external constituencies, with an appreciation for cultural and group differences

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree from a college or university accredited by a US Department of Education or an internationally recognized accrediting organization.
  • Knowledge of higher education academic policy, program requirements, and advising which can be demonstrated through part-time or full-time work experience, education, or clearly articulated complimentary experiences.
  • Experience working with a student records management system.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master's degree in Education, Higher Education Administration, Counseling, or related area.
  • Experience and proficiency working with Colleague/Ellucian student records management system.
  • Experience working in academic advising or a related area.
  • Understanding of and experience working with federal and state regulations for financial aid.
  • Experience working with a retention software tool.

Application Instructions

Applicants should submit, electronically (as a single PDF), a cover letter, résumé/curriculum vitae, and statement of advising philosophy and three letters of reference to Human Resources, at Review of applications will continue until the position is filled. Questions prior to application may be directed to Lauren Nelms, University Advising Coordinator, via (757) 455-2127 or

About Virginia Wesleyan University

Virginia Wesleyan University is Coastal Virginia's premier university of the liberal arts and sciences. Situated on a 300-acre park-like campus in Virginia Beach, the University annually enrolls approximately 1,600 students in undergraduate, graduate, and online programs. Undergraduate degrees include a Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Musical Arts, and Bachelor of Social Work with 42 majors, 32 minors, and 19 pre-professional tracks. Graduate degrees include a Master of Business Administration, a Master of Education, and a Master of Arts in Education. The Batten Honors College, a residential honors program, recruits high-achieving students and equips them to be problem solvers who are environmentally-conscious, strategic-thinking global citizens. Students thrive in average class sizes of 15 and through the University's experiential learning, high-impact leadership, and career-development programs. An inclusive community dedicated to scholarship and service grounded in the liberal arts and sciences, Virginia Wesleyan University inspires students to build meaningful lives through engagement in Coastal Virginia's dynamic metropolitan region, the nation, and the world.


Virginia Wesleyan is a university with a coastal edge. Located in Virginia Beach, where the Atlantic Ocean meets the Chesapeake Bay, our region is proud of its vibrant city life, sandy beaches, and rich history. Learn more at

Statement of Non-Discrimination

Virginia Wesleyan University is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Applicants are considered on the basis of skills, experience, and qualifications without regard to race, religion, color, creed, gender, national and ethnic origin, age, marital status, covered veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, the presence of non-job-related medical disability, or any other legally protected status.