Professional Graduate Advisor in Education

Description of Job

The Professional Graduate Advisor in Education provides student academic advising and mentoring for prospective and admitted students in graduate licensure and MA programs in the Division of Curriculum and Instruction: Advanced Certificate Elementary (ACE), Accelerated Secondary Program (ASP), Bilingual Education, ESL Education, Literacy Education, Professional Educator, and Special Education.


 Admissions and Advising

  • Oversee and coordinate advising for prospective and admitted graduate students on program components, licensure certification requirements, and class registration
  • Coordinate student induction into the program, creating degree plans and collaborating with coordinators to determine equivalencies, and referring students to appropriate offices on campus as needed, including student development, the business office, the registrar’s office, and Edgewood Central.
  • Maintain student files and communications, including documentation to employers.
  • Work with the Director of Graduate Admissions to provide advising support for other populations of students when general advising assistance is needed.
  • Provide advising and some coordination support for graduate student advising and registration events and marketing and recruitment events, such as open houses.
  • Assist with advisor training when appropriate, and with revisions of Graduate Education advising materials.

School of Education Service

  • Contribute to the facilitation of graduate student assessment, including management of language proficiency exams.
  • Collaborate with program coordinators in recruitment efforts to attract a diverse pool of candidates, including the development and facilitation of pathways from undergraduate to graduate licensure programs across the college and with neighboring institutions of higher education.
  • Work with Education deans, directors, and coordinators to evaluate the needs of graduate students, regularly conferring with Curriculum & Instruction faculty and staff regarding student issues.
  • Attend Curriculum & Instruction meetings to contribute to issues related to the admissions process, advising, curriculum, and student teaching.
  • Serve as the main contact between the Education faculty and staff and the Graduate Admissions Office, Career Services and those members of the Edgewood College community, who work with Education graduate students, to make students’ transitions smooth and successful.
  • Serve on Education, Curriculum & Instruction, and college committees
  • Other duties as assigned, including service to the college community.

Job Qualifications

Necessary Education or Work Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree required; Master’s degree in higher education or student services desired, or equivalent experience.
  • Previous academic advising experience in Higher Education preferred.
  • Previous PK-12 teaching experience preferred.
  • Familiarity with state statues and administrative rules related to licensure in order to advise students related to DPI compliance and with the changing interpretations of administrative codes such as PI-34.

Required Knowledge and Skills

  • Excellent oral, written and interpersonal communications skills, including ability to develop rapport with graduate students and to work with faculty.
  • Demonstrated organizational and administrative skills to include handling multiple projects, meeting deadlines, attentiveness to detail and accuracy.
  • Familiarity with research and theory in the fields of higher education and student development desirable.

Specialized Technology Skills:

  • Willingness to learn computer applications to effectively participate in advising practices and conduct advising sessions in various formats, including WebEx.

Other Qualifications/Requirements:

  • Spanish language proficiency preferred

Other Qualifications

Edgewood College, an Equal Opportunity Employer, is committed to academic excellence through diversity in its faculty, staff, and students. Candidates must demonstrate multicultural competence — the awareness, knowledge, and skills needed to work with others who are culturally different from self in meaningful, relevant, and productive ways. Applicants from traditionally underrepresented populations including women and racial and ethnic minorities are especially encouraged to apply. The selected candidate must actively support the mission of the College by working with faculty, staff and students to share in our core values — truth, compassion, justice, partnership, and community.

To apply: Send a cover letter, resume, and references to:

Edgewood College
Human Resources - PGAE
1000 Edgewood College Drive
Madison, WI 53711
Equal Opportunity Employer