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Academic Advisor - College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences

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Work type: Staff
Location: San Luis Obispo
Categories: Unit 4 - APC - Academic Professionals of California, Probationary, Full Time, Environmental Health and Safety
Position Description

Job Summary

Under the general direction of the CAFES Associate Dean, this position works very closely with the ASCI Department Head/Associate Head, and the CAFES Advising Center lead advisor in all areas of student academic and administrative advising; develops and implements college and department policies as they pertain to student matters; implements university academic policies; monitors students’ progress through a variety of circumstances; and participates in coordination of CAFES events regarding advising orientation.  This position also acts as an advising resource and subject matter expert for the ASCI Department's 15 Faculty Advisors.

Department Summary

The College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences (CAFES) consists of nine academic departments, approximately 150 faculty, 60 staff, and 4200 students with 15 majors. The main purpose of this position is to lead academic advising, and related services for more than 800 current, and former returning undergraduate students in the Animal Science (ASCI) Department and to train peer mentors for the Multicultural Advising Program. This position will serve as the University’s lead for student and faculty inquiries and training regarding the Veterinary Health Profession.  This position guides students with academic and personal challenges on development of academic plans.

Key Qualifications

  • Working knowledge of, or the ability to quickly acquire general knowledge of, the overall operation, practices, procedures, and activities of advising in the Animal Science Department
  • Demonstrated customer service skills, including a very high level of diplomacy and professionalism.
  • Ability to provide individual and group advising and counseling on complex student-related matters.
  • Ability to analyze complex situations accurately and adopt effective courses of action.
  • Thorough knowledge of the principles of individual and group behavior.
  • General knowledge of individual counseling techniques and developmental principles, research and interview techniques, and the ability to obtain factual and interpretive information through interviews.
  • Demonstrated ability to advise students on academic requirements and provide course planning through graduation.

Education and Experience

Equivalent to graduation from a four-year college or university in a related field, including or supplemented by upper division or graduate course work in counseling techniques, interviewing, and conflict resolution. Three years of progressively responsible professional student services work experience.

A master’s degree in Counseling, Clinical Psychology, Social Work, or a directly related field may be substituted for one year of experience.

A doctorate degree and the appropriate internship or clinical training in counseling or guidance may be substituted for the three years of experience for positions with a major responsibility for professional career or personal counseling.


Anticipated Hiring Range: $56,292 - $66,000 Per Year

Classification Range: $56,292 - $80,196 Per Year

Cal Poly

Known for its Learn by Doing pedagogy, Cal Poly is the flagship of the world-renowned California State University system. Annually recognized as one of the top public universities in the nation, Cal Poly continues to offer an academic curriculum based on learned experience gained through real-world practice. Located in San Luis Obispo, Cal Poly is nestled comfortably among the coastal foothills, minutes from the Pacific Ocean and equidistant to the Bay Area and Los Angeles.

Cal Poly offers a best-in-class benefits program, including health, dental and vision insurance, retirement participation in the Public Employees' Retirement System, and educational benefits for eligible employees. See our benefits website for additional information.  

Diversity Statement

At Cal Poly, we believe that cultivating an environment that embraces and promotes diversity is fundamental to the success of our students, our employees and our community. Bringing people together from different backgrounds, experiences and value systems fosters the innovative and creative thinking that exemplifies Cal Poly's values of free inquiry, cultural and intellectual diversity, mutual respect, civic engagement, and social and environmental responsibility.

Cal Poly's commitment to diversity informs our efforts in recruitment, hiring and retention. California Poly is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer. 

Supplemental Information

Following a conditional offer of employment, a background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate may start work with Cal Poly. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may result in the withdrawal of the offer of employment. Current employees who are offered positions on campus will be required to undergo a background check for any position where a background check is required by law or that Cal Poly has designated as sensitive.

The person holding this position is considered a 'mandated reporter' under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.

This position may be "Designated" under California State University's Conflict of Interest Code. This would require the filing of a Statement of Economic Interest on an annual basis and the completion of training within 6 months of assuming office and every 2 years thereafter.

Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo is not a sponsoring agency for staff positions (i.e. H-1B visas).

Positions are posted for a minimum of 14 calendar days.

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