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Graduate Academic Counselor

The Graduate Academic Counselor provides academic and advising support to graduate students as needed or requested by students and/or graduate coordinators. Advises new graduate students to help them plan their programs of study according to specified degree plans and to maximize their academic potential and professional success. Serves as an advocate for graduate students. Responsibilities include helping in the delivery, development, and implementation of effective academic counseling services as well as informational and academic advisor training programs and materials. The Graduate Academic Counselor also works with students who are conditionally admitted, and those on probation. Works with students who need to re-evaluate their degree program choices and may need intervention and/or referral to campus services. Participates in outreach programs and relevant program presentations. Reports to the Dean of the McAda Graduate School and may serve on the Academic Advising Committee.


Works primarily with students to provide academic counseling and develop academic study plans. When requested, collaborates with academic departments to assist with advising services for students. Participates in program assessments, training, and professional development workshops; maintains complete and accurate records; develops and participates in informational presentations during orientation and other relevant university sponsored events. Performs other duties as assigned.

Physical Condition

A minimum of two years of academic experience in higher education preferred. Should be experienced in the use of computer software programs such as Word, Excel, and Outlook. Familiarity with Banner (or similar student information systems) and Radius (or similar admissions management systems) preferred. Experience assisting distance and nontraditional students is helpful.


Must have knowledge of or be able to quickly learn the curricula and requirements of the McAda Graduate School’s various programs. Must have excellent organizational, interpersonal, and communication skills.


Bachelor's degree required. Master's degree strongly preferred.

Additional Requirements

Requires the ability to work well with diverse populations and maintain positive working relationships with students, faculty, staff, and the community. Must have a demonstrated interest in working with and assisting students. Must be able to handle a heavy volume of student traffic. Must be able to work on multiple projects concurrently. Must be able to maintain confidentiality. Must be able to make group presentations and participate in other professional activities. May serve as Campus Security Authority as outlined by the Clery Act. *Regular reliable attendance is required. *Designated as a Responsible Employee as outlined by Title IX. *This position is designated as security sensitive (Mod) and requires a criminal background check.

Last Updated 05-26-2021