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Academic Advisor Pre-Professional Duties and Responsibilities

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Purpose of Classification:

Interviews, advises, and counsels students regarding admission procedures and academic requirements for a specific professional degree program. Coordinates recruitment, orientation, and retention efforts of pre-professional students.

Distinguishing Characteristics:

This is third in a series of four classifications and is distinguished from the Academic Advisor Senior in that the medical and legal fields require knowledge of more complex regulations and requirements; also these individuals advise students, parents and counselors concerning the specific academic requirements throughout the country, in addition to coaching individual students on aspects of the application and admission processes. Academic Advisors Pre-professional, supervise support staff and coordinate the efforts of other academic advisors and/or faculty who are assisting with the program. They work independently and require little supervision and review.

Examples of Duties:

  • Establishes pre-professional program mission and goals; designs program structure and adjusts it to accommodate changing conditions; manages available resources (e.g., money, space, staff, supplies) designated for program operation.
  • Coordinates the activities of faculty and subordinates, including Academic Advisors and clerical staff, who assist with the pre-professional program.
  • Develops and conducts informational seminars and workshops for students planning to enter the professional program phase.
  • Coordinates pre-professional internships and scholarship programs; recruits student participants, places students and promotes program.
  • Hires,coaches, reviews, supervises and terminates assigned employees, or makes effective suggestions and recommendations that are given particular weight regarding the employment status of assisgned employees.
  • Writes letters of recommendation; reviews committee letters and assists students in establishing a file of recommendation letters for application to professional schools or programs throughout the country.
  • Advises and counsels students on academic, curricular, career and personal issues; identifies the educational and career options appropriate for each student and assists with the analysis of each option; explains professional program policies, admission qualifications and enrollment procedures.
  • Identifies the diverse needs of students who are striving to meet the professional program requirements; creates individualized action plan to help each student achieve goals; implements appropriate retention strategies to support students' efforts.
  • Speaks to various organizations, college and high school counselors, students, prospective students and parents concerning the pre-professional program for recruitment and orientation purposes; prepares materials to promote and support the program and designs presentation format to address concerns of diverse groups; identifies target markets for recruitment.
  • Coaches students in writing essays that are required for application to the professional school or program; writes and/or edits newsletters and brochures.
  • Makes decisions regarding student disqualification; reviews petitions for re-admittance, interviews applicants, recommends re-admittance or denial and monitors student's progress.
  • Provides information and statistical data, such as detailed enrollment statistics, on the pre-professional program; analyzes data and writes reports as needed; maintains academic files.
  • Assists in the preparation of the class schedule and university catalog.
  • Serves on various committees to give input into the development, refinement and updating of university/college academic policies and procedures.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of student development theory.
  • Knowledge of university and pre-professional curriculum requirements.
  • Knowledge of supervisory practices and principles.
  • Knowledge of advising practices and principles.
  • Skill in teaching.
  • Skill in public relations.
  • Skill in both verbal and written communication.

Minimum Qualifications:

Master's Degree in Higher Education, Counseling or in a field related to area of assignment AND two years experience in teaching and/or advisement; OR, Bachelor's degree in a field related to area of assignment AND four years experience in teaching and/or advisement; OR, Any equivalent combination of experience and/or education from which comparable knowledge, skills and abilities have been achieved.


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