As a Guilford Guide, you will be joining an innovative group of professional advisors in the Guided Discovery program at Guilford College. An integrated academic and career advising office, Guided Discovery supports students throughout their college career. This emerging, integrated advising program connects all students with faculty, staff, alumni, campus resources, and community partners. Guilford Guides play a vital role in ensuring that every student benefits from expert mentorship in taking full advantage of their college education and creating a plan for post-graduation and career success. This position offers a unique chance to be part of an emerging program and team, and to co-design an innovative approach to student success in the context of a vibrant and dedicated liberal arts environment.
Guilford Guides are central to The Guilford Edge, a college-wide initiative which includes major curriculum revisions and an innovative calendar being implemented in Fall 2019. Through the Edge, every student at Guilford will graduate with a major and a passion (a talent, issue, or endeavor, in addition to their major), that spark strong personal commitment and creativity. Each semester will have a 3-week experiential learning term wherein students work in teams on projects based in real world applications followed by 12-week coursework.
The Guilford Edge connects four points of emphasis: team-based advising/coaching, collaborative learning, community-oriented vibrant campus life, and ethical leadership. Through the Guided Discovery program, Guilford provides team-based advising and coaching and offers distinctive advantages in preparing Guilford graduates to make wise decisions about their four-year college experience using their time to envision, understand, and plan for the mark they will make in the world.
During the students’ first and second years, the Guides will have close and regular contact. They will assist students in learning how to navigate the new curriculum. From the first day they arrive on campus, career exploration and planning are integrated within professional academic advice for every student.
Each student, with the coaching of their Guides, forms an advising team comprised faculty, staff, peers, alumni, and professionals who work in areas of interest to the student. Once the student declares a major, a faculty member assumes the academic advising role and the Guide continues to serve in the final two years as team member.
Named one of the Colleges That Change Lives, Guilford College supports a variety of student learning styles and differences. Rooted in Quaker heritage, we value and promote the good in every person by supporting a diverse array of student passions and interests.
Primary Responsibilities of Guilford Guides:
About two-thirds of the Guides will have a primary focus on academic advising: -Engage in exploratory conversations with students identifying interests, assessing strengths, and setting aspirations in order to offer guidance regarding academic planning and pursuit of career goals -Help students develop an innovative academic and career plan and maintain a networking team through systematic and frequent contact between the advisee and their team members -Work collaboratively with the Guided Discovery team to support students’ course of study and experiential and co-curricular education -Teach first-year transition-to-college courses in our new General Education curriculum or courses related to academic and career planning -Collaborate with faculty and staff to support students and advocate for students’ needs -Work closely with the various student support offices and services on campus -Help design and implement the Guided Discovery advising syllabus and curriculum -Meet with students (through scheduled appointments or through general walk-in advising) to address academic, career or personal questions or concerns and help them navigate potential next steps -Stay abreast of changing institutional information including admission requirements, new programs, curriculum, deadlines, and important dates. -Serve as the primary academic advisor to a cohort of students for their first two years within a grouping of majors (called “Pathways”). -Maintain a working knowledge of academic requirements within the Pathway; registration advising; reviewing and interpreting degree audits, transcripts, placement, and other relevant data; developing materials and presentations to support individual and team advising sessions; intervening with academically struggling students -Instruct advisees in multiple sections of first-year transition-to-college courses
About one-third of the Guides will have a focus on career advising: -Develop and deliver exploratory and career-focused programming/workshops/classes -Offer career advising services for all students including resume editing, cover letter composition, internship searches, job searches, interview preparation, graduate school preparation and professional social media editing -Research career-specific opportunities for the designated pathway majors/minors -Train and mentor Student Peer Guides
Work Schedule: Generally 9am-5pm Monday to Friday with some nights and weekends.
Education: Minimum of a Master’s Degree in a related field required.
Experience: Minimum 2-3 years of professional experience in higher education or related field, e.g. teaching first-year students, career development, student development.
Knowledge/Skills/Abilities: -Understanding of and commitment to collaboration as central to a vibrant, interdisciplinary teaching and learning environment that prepares students for a fulfilling and successful life -Interest in pioneering support systems and building a culture of comprehensive, integrated academic and career advising -Ability to work effectively with students, faculty, staff, community partners and others from a variety of different backgrounds, experiences, and abilities and to provide effective integrated advising -Demonstrated ability to interact effectively with undergraduate students -Exceptional interpersonal and communication skills, both verbal and written -Demonstrated ability to work independently and collaboratively and to maintain confidentiality -Demonstrated excellence in planning and organizing work; keeping adequate records and effectively communicating results; coordinating with others to complete tasks in a timely manner; and bringing work flows to a successful conclusion -Knowledge of student development theories and familiarity with current advising trends/best practices -Knowledge of career development best practices, trends, and values/strengths based assessment tools -Demonstrable proficiency with MS Word, Excel, Google email and web applications; knowledge of Banner, EAB/Navigate or similar student database software -Familiarity and skill with online recruiting programs -International and multicultural experience
Additional Salary Information: Grade 7 ($38,583-$49,386+ Depending on Qualifications)
Internal Number: S00424
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