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Academic Advisor

University of Maryland

Job Description

Position Number:



Academic Advisor

Functional Title:

Academic Advisor

Category Status:

33-Exempt Regular

Applicant Search Category:


University Authorized FTE:




Campus/College Information:

Founded in 1856, University of Maryland, College Park is the state’s flagship institution. Our 1,250-acre College Park campus is just minutes away from Washington, D.C., and the nexus of the nation’s legislative, executive, and judicial centers of power. This unique proximity to business and technology leaders, federal departments and agencies, and a myriad of research entities, embassies, think tanks, cultural centers, and non-profit organizations is simply unparalleled. Synergistic opportunities for our faculty and students abound and are virtually limitless in the nation’s capital and surrounding areas. The University is committed to attracting and retaining outstanding and diverse faculty and staff that will enhance our stature of preeminence in our three missions of teaching, scholarship, and full engagement in our community, the state of Maryland, and in the world.

Background Checks

Offers of employment are contingent on completion of a background check. Information reported by the background check will not automatically disqualify you from employment.

Position Summary/Purpose of Position:

The Department of Economics is seeking a full-time Academic Advisor. The person in this position advises undergraduate students on degree requirements, course selection, experiential learning opportunities (e.g., internships, study abroad, research), and postgraduation planning. The advisor interprets, explains and implements departmental, college, and campus policies and will also carry out different activities that support students’ career readiness and the department’s undergraduate program. Strong organizational, administrative, interpersonal, and communication skills are essential. Competency with both general office software (including word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, and web-based applications) is necessary, as is the ability to quickly learn and master UM-specific policies and computer applications (including U-Achieve, SIS, ELMS, TerpEngage, Advise-on-the-Web).

Responsibilities include:

  • Working with a population of students who possess a wide variety of interests and aptitudes and determining each student’s specific needs in order to provide individualized guidance.
  • Providing students with accurate information on curriculum requirements and assisting with course selection.
  • Conducting academic audits and degree clearances.
  • Reviewing and compiling student records for new student orientations, leading orientation presentations, creating/updating orientation presentations and materials as needed.
  • Managing the departmental major and minor declaration process, processing paperwork, and creating/updating major/minor declaration materials and online course modules as needed.
  • Maintaining accurate advising-related records, including student files, training manuals, and forms; ensures accuracy of information published on the undergraduate website.
  • Aiding students with career-related decisions and assisting in the creation and implementation of career outreach activities.
  • Planning and implementing communications strategies to effectively convey information to large numbers of students.
  • Utilizing databases to compile statistical profiles of various groupings of students.
  • Developing materials and organizing and participating in events that help attract prospective students to our major and minor.
  • Serving as a Department of Economics representative at campus events including Maryland Day and commencement; assisting with the planning of Maryland Day and the coordination of volunteers.
  • Completing administrative tasks as needed to support the Department of Economics.
  • Assuming other duties as assigned by the Associate Director and the Director of Undergraduate Studies.

Benefits Summary

Top Benefits and Perks:

Exempt Benefits Summary

Minimum Qualifications:

A bachelor’s degree and 1-2 years of relevant experience is required.


  • Degree preferred in any of the behavioral or social sciences, business, higher education, counseling, or a related field. 
  • Experience in higher education advising and administrative support is strongly preferred. Knowledge of University of Maryland, College Park requirements, policies, and information management systems is desirable. 
  • Demonstrated skills in creating communication visuals and social media highly desirable.

Additional Information:

Anticipated hiring range in the high 50’s/ low 60’s depending on experience. Please include a cover letter, resume, and contact information for at least 3 professional references.

Job Risks

Not Applicable to This Position

Physical Demands

There may be occasions when the incumbent will need to work outside their normal work shift to accommodate department events.

Sedentary work. Exerting up to 10 pounds of force occasionally and/or negligible amount of force frequently or constantly to lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise move objects. Repetitive motion. Substantial movements (motions) of the wrists, hands, and/or fingers. The worker is required to have close visual acuity to perform an activity such as: preparing and analyzing data and figures; transcribing; viewing a computer terminal; extensive reading. Spend long hours sitting and using computers.

Work is performed in an office environment and requires the ability to operate standard office equipment and keyboards. Must have the ability to lift and small carry parcels, packages, and other items. The position occasionally requires walking some distance to attend meetings.

Posting Date:


Open Until Filled


Best Consideration Date


Diversity Statement:

The University of Maryland, College Park, an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, complies with all applicable federal and state laws and regulations regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action; all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment. The University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, physical or mental disability, protected veteran status, age, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, creed, marital status, political affiliation, personal appearance, or on the basis of rights secured by the First Amendment, in all aspects of employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions.

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