Degree Completion Advisor

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  • Job Number:525880
  • Classification:Student Services Professional 3
  • Grade:Grade 79
  • Work type:On Campus, Staff Full-time
  • Administrative Unit:University of Alaska Fairbanks
  • School/Business unit:UAF Rural College
  • Location:Fairbanks
  • Categories: Academic Advising/Student Support & Services

Position Summary:

The College of Rural and Community Development, Rural Student Services (RSS) is looking to find the ideal candidate to join our team as a comprehensive academic advisor. This position will focus on working with students who are close to degree completion. We are seeking an organized, energetic, and self-motivated advisor to welcome, support, and advise Alaska Native and rural students, specifically those students returning to complete degree programs through UAF, and to actively support Alaska Native student success.


Since 1969, Rural Student Services has been committed to responding to student needs by providing quality services to Alaska Native and rural students who expend positive effort in the pursuit of higher education and its opportunities. Our comprehensive approach is unique in recognizing students' efforts to develop and maintain academic and personal balance as they contribute to the cultural richness of the University of Alaska Fairbanks and beyond.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities: Passion for higher education and student success. Strong knowledge of University programs, policies and procedures, and campus support services. Demonstrated experience in working with individuals from diverse academic, cultural, and economic backgrounds. Knowledge of Alaska Native cultures. Previous experience working with Alaska Native organizations and an understanding of Alaska Native student experiences, programs, and all related Alaska Native resources available at UAF preferred. Exceptional customer service and interpersonal skills, including active listening skills and a willingness to initiate dialogue. Strong oral and written communication skills. Sound professional judgement and discretion. Excellent computer skills with various software programs to include databases, spreadsheets, and word processing programs (BANNER; Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint; and Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides preferred) and social media platforms. The advisor must be able to work independently and as a member of a larger, collaborative team in a fast-paced environment and complex organizational structure.
Required Experience & Education:

The successful candidate must have a minimum of a Bachelor’s degree and three years of relevant experience or a Master’s degree and one year of relevant experience.

Minimum of one year of experience successfully advising or supporting the academic success of college students of diverse ages, abilities, and cultures.

Salary Information:

This is a full-time, exempt staff position complete with both a competitive salary and full employee benefits package. New hires will be placed on the UA staff salary schedule, Grade 00_79, based on education and experience.

Special Instructions to Applicants:

Please attach a resume, cover letter, and the names and contact information for three (3) professional references with your application.

The review process for applications will begin on October 16, 2023, the position is open until filled. 

To be eligible for this position, applicants must be legally authorized to work in the United States without restriction. Applicants who now or may in the future require visa sponsorship to work in the United States are not eligible.

This position is a term-funded position and is reviewed annually for contract renewal at the University's discretion.



The University of Alaska (UA) is responsible for providing reasonable accommodations to individuals with disabilities throughout the applicant screening process. If you need assistance in completing this application or during any phase of the interview process, please contact UA Human Resources by phone at 907-450-8200.



UA is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer, educational institution and provider and prohibits illegal discrimination against any individual:



The successful applicant is required to complete a background check. Any offer of employment is contingent on the background check.



Your application for employment with the University of Alaska is subject to public disclosure under the Alaska Public Records Act.



If you have any questions regarding this position, please contact Annastasia Craddick, CRCD HR Coordinator, at or (907)474-6569.





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