Director of Academic Advising and Student Support
Millsaps College, a nationally recognized, selective four-year liberal arts college
in Jackson, Mississippi, invites applications for the position of Director of Academic
Advising and Student Support.
The director is responsible for overseeing the academic advising program, the academic
support services, and retention efforts. This individual will provide strategic vision
and leadership to coordinate the student-success efforts of professionals from the
faculty, student life, athletics, admissions, financial aid, the records office, and
the business office. The director reports to the senior vice president for academic
affairs and dean of the college and collaborates closely with the vice president for
student life and the vice president for enrollment and communications. Further information
about the position is below in the job description and responsibilities.
A master’s degree, experience in academic advising and student development, and excellent
skills in communication and organization are required. Outstanding applicants with
a terminal degree and experience in higher education may be considered for appointment
at the level of assistant dean, with the opportunity to teach 1-2 courses per year
in their field of expertise.
Interested applicants should send a letter of interest, vita, a statement addressing
how they would contribute to Millsaps’ commitment to providing a diverse and inclusive
community, and contact information for 3-4 professional references to AdvisingDirSearch@millsaps.edu. Applications received by May 1st will be given full consideration.
Millsaps College is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from
members of underrepresented groups. Employment will be contingent on complete background
A job description and responsibilities follow:
Management of Academic Advising Program
- Recruit, select and train all summer advisors.
- Coordinate on-campus and by-phone summer advising sessions for new incoming students.
- Select and train all first-year (pre-major) academic advisors.
- Serve as ex officio member of the Academic Advising Committee of the Faculty.
- Coordinate the major declaration process and Major Declaration Day
- Advise freshmen students, advisees whose advisors are on sabbatical, and provide general
Administration and Management of Academic Student Support
- Monitor the progress of all students on academic probation or those re-admitted to
- Work with the Registrar to refine and administer the College’s early alert system.
- Identify and coordinate academic support of academically at-risk students.
- Maintain attrition lists and providing exit interviews.
- Provide semester and annual retention reports to administration.
- Provide guidance and counseling for students needing improvement in study skills,
time-management, or referrals for tutoring.
- Advise students who must withdraw from classes during a term or who need to take a
leave of absence.
- Approve routine requests for Withdrawals and Leaves of Absence.
- Submit recommendations to Dean of the College for Emergency Withdrawals, Medical Withdrawals,
and Administrative Withdrawals.
- Advise Dean of the College on matters of academic actions, appeals of suspension,
and petitions for readmission.
- Make referrals to on-campus and off-campus health care providers including therapeutic
counselors, physicians, and forensic psychologists.
- Coordinate retention planning for the College, working with representatives from Institutional
Research, Office of Records, Academic Affairs, and Student Life.
- Serve as Co-Chair on Retention and Care Committee.
- Serve on Enrollment Management Committee.
Other Administrative Duties
- Plan and coordinate the academic awards as part of the annual Awards Day ceremony,
held in the spring of each year to recognize top scholars in all departments and divisions
of the College.
- Work with Enrollment Services to help recruit and advise prospective students.
- A master’s degree from an accredited college or university is required.
- Experience in higher education and student development.
- Experience in academic advising.
- Excellent communication and organizational skills.