Academic Advisor

Posting Number

Classification Title
Student Services Program Coordinator II - Exempt

Internal Title
Academic Advisor


Work County

USC Upstate College/Division Level

UPS Dept of Human Perform and Hlth


Advertised Minimum Salary

Advertised Salary Range
Salary commensurate with education and experience.

Location of Vacancy
USC Upstate, Spartanburg, SC

Part/Full Time
Full Time

Hours per Week

Work Schedule

Monday-Friday 8:30 am- 5 pm; extended hours and weekends as needed.

Type of Staff Position
Full-time Equivalent (FTE)

12 months

Job Search Category
Student Services

About UofSC

The University of South Carolina System is comprised of the state's flagship university in Columbia (founded in 1801 and currently one of the top 50 "Best Colleges" according to U.S. News and World Report), three regional comprehensive universities (USC Aiken, USC Beaufort and USC Upstate), and Palmetto College consisting of four two-year campuses (USC Lancaster, USC Salkehatchie, USC Sumter, USC Union and Fort Jackson/Extended University). Together, the USC System institutions offer more than 450 degree programs on campus and online and are uniquely positioned to meet the state's educational, cultural, health and research needs. The System employs nearly 14,000 people who work daily to improve the lives of students, fellow South Carolinians and the world. Our diverse engaged faculty and staff enjoy a dynamic and intellectually stimulating work environment.

Benefits for FTE, Research Grant or Time-Limited Positions Are Indicated Below

The University of South Carolina (UofSC), through the State of SC and Public Employee Benefit Authority (PEBA), offers employees a valuable benefits package, including health and life insurance, generous paid leave and retirement programs. To learn more about UofSC benefits, access the About Benefits section on the Applicant Portal at
Research Grant or Time-limited positions may be eligible for all, some, or no benefits, based on the grant or project funding.

Benefit Eligibility Type
Full-Time Equivalent (FTE)

South Carolina Retirement

State Insurance Programs

Annual Leave

Sick Leave

Position Description

Advertised Job Summary

Academic Advisors are responsible for advising declared, undeclared and prospective students, promoting good advisement practices. Academic advisors assess students’ needs, goals, interests and prior academic experiences in order to guide students in the design and implementation of a successful academic plan. This position will serve School of Education, Human Performance, and Health majors at USC Upstate and is responsible for coordinating comprehensive programs and initiate support, professionalism, protocol training and career development.

  • Maintains an advising load and works directly with students to accomplish educational goals. Key aspects include maintenance of the integrity of academic policies, while being a student advocate and fostering a culture of student responsibility and success, providing students with information about possible consequences of academic decisions, and creating plans of study. Must maintain current knowledge of all the degree programs. Able to evaluate transcripts for equivalency.
  • Maintains accurate data for reports and informed decision-making. Keeps advising statistics, work schedule, and other reporting documents up-to-date. (e.g.: Banner, Degree Works, Starfish and SharePoint).
  • Assist, organize, and manage student-centered events and materials (e.g. fliers, spirit events, club activities, student volunteer events)
  • Assists and or leads recruitment efforts such as Fab Friday, Open Houses, OAR and Transfer orientations.
  • Assist with implementation of the Early Intervention Program and manage student follow-up visits. Ensure timely communications with students of unsatisfactory reports.
  • Assists with targeted student success efforts for various cohorts of USC Upstate students. Participates in and works in conjunction with the Student Success Center on initiatives, meetings, and special events.
Minimum Qualifications (Classified and Unclassified positions)

Bachelor’s degree in education, human services or social services, or a related field with a minimum of 3 years experience in secondary or higher education, academic advising, academic support services, human services, or human resources. Successful background check is required.

Preferred Qualifications

Master’s degree with 1-3 years experience exceptional leadership skills and excellent computer skills, written, and oral communication skills.


Ability to work and motivate traditional and non-traditional students, strong computer skills, and strong interpersonal skills required.

Position Attributes

Employees in Safety-Sensitive or Security-Sensitive positions will be subject to pre-employment and post-employment drug testing in accordance with University policy HR 1.95 Drug and Alcohol Testing.

Safety Sensitive or Security Sensitive

Hazardous weather category

Posting Detail Information

Number of Vacancies

Desired Start Date

If Research Grant/Time Limited, give end date

Job Open Date

Job Close Date

Open Until Filled

Special Instructions to Applicant

Quicklink for Posting

EEO Statement

The University of South Carolina does not discriminate in educational or employment opportunities on the basis of race, sex, gender, age, color, religion, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, genetics, protected veteran status, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions.

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

Are you willing and able to submit to a pre-employment background check that may include, but it is not limited to, criminal history, national sex offender search and motor vehicle history as a condition of hire?



This University of South Carolina Upstate position is located in Spartanburg, South Carolina.

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Do you have at least a bachelor’s degree in education, human services or social services, or a related field with a minimum of 3 years experience in secondary or higher education, academic advising, academic support services, human services, or human resources?



Applicant Documents

Required Documents

Cover Letter


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