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Academic Advisor

Danville Community College

Job Description


Full Job Description

Posting Summary


Working Title
Academic Advisor

Role Title
Education Support Spec III

Role Code


Pay Band

Position Number

Danville Community College

Danville Community College (Div)

Work Location
Danville - 590

Hiring Range

Emergency/Essential Personnel

EEO Category
F-Admin Supp

Full Time or Part Time
Full Time

Does this position have telework options? -Telework options are subject to change based on business needs-

Does this position have a bilingual or multilingual skill requirement or preference?

Work Schedule
Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; may require occasional evenings and weekends.

Sensitive Position

Job Description


Danville Community College developed from two institutions, Danville Technical Institute and the Danville Division of Virginia Polytechnic Institute opened in 1936 as Danville Textile School, becoming Danville Technical Institute just after World War II. The Danville Division of Virginia Polytechnic Institute first began as an engineering division in 1946, and was later expanded to include the first two years of course work for all engineering, business administration, liberal arts, and science majors. Beginning in the summer of 1966, all programs taught by Danville Technical Institute were brought under the Virginia Department of Community Colleges. Effective July 1, 1968, the Danville Division of Virginia Polytechnic Institute merged with the existing community college providing the comprehensive programs now offered.

  • Assist potential students from the point of inquiry to credential completion
  • Assist with college application process
  • Connect students to financial aid resources through the FAFSA and/or FANTIC application and to scholarship opportunities through the college’s foundation
  • Discuss career and educational goals and available pathways with students, including traditional academic degree programs, transfer programs and short-term workforce credential opportunities.
  • Assist student with using Navigate to develop and document academic and career plans o Ensure the student successfully completes the enrollment process, including course registration o Understanding of institutional policies, procedures, and resources.
  • A desire to help students in their academic journey, from enrollment to graduation.
  • Discussing career and educational goals with students.
  • Aiding in the course selection process to ensure progress towards student goals.
  • Displaying an interest in student development. o Identifying student strengths and weaknesses.
  • Maintaining updated reports on student progress. o Intervening if behavioral or academic abnormalities occur.
  • Connecting students with resources, such as tutoring, library resources etc.
  • Demonstrate a strong understanding of institutional policies. Support students through their academic and/or workforce-credentialing journey
  • Orient students to resources available through the college (food pantry, transportation, etc.)
  • Provide proactive academic advising and career counseling
  • Guide students to tutoring and other academic supports as needed
  • Assist students with barriers that may affect success/retention
  • Respond to early alerts in Navigate and provide interventions as appropriate, in consultation with faculty members
  • Provide follow up to ensure students meet benchmarks on pathway to completing credentials or degrees
  • Utilize technology and other resources to connect with students
  • Utilize Navigate to manage communication campaigns with students, including outreach to potential students as needed
  • Document interactions with students through Navigate’s case management systems
  • Manage and respond to Navigate’s early alert interventions
  • Assist students in learning to utilize important registration and advising technology
  • Contribute to the success of student services team
  • Accurately account for all inquiries and admissions activity
  • Ensure that all necessary documents and forms are completed accurately and in a timely manner
  • Keep all required reports current and accurate
  • Work collaboratively with college faculty and staff in support of student success
  • Attend all required department meetings and training sessions

Special Assignments

May be required to perform other duties as assigned. May be required to assist the agency or state government generally in the event of an emergency declaration by the Governor.

KSA's/Required Qualifications
  • Bachelor’s degree in related field
  • Excellent customer service skills, including the ability to effectively follow up and follow through
  • Work experience in an educational setting
  • Effective oral and written communication skills
  • Proficient in use of technology, including Microsoft Office
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively both independently as well as part of a team
  • Strong interpersonal skills to help engage, provide support to, and motivate students
  • Excellent organizational skills



Preferred Qualifications
  • Masters degree in higher education, counseling, or related field
  • Work experience in a higher education setting in counseling or academic coaching Knowledge of available financial aid and scholarship information
  • Knowledge of PeopleSoft, Navigate and other educational technologies
  • Knowledge of barriers to educational success and a desire to help others reach their educational goals
  • Experience working with racially, ethnically, economically and age diverse individuals
  • Desire to learn and grow as professional needs arise



Operation of a State Vehicle

Supervises Employees

Required Travel
Some travel may be required
Posting Detail Information


Posting Number

Recruitment Type
General Public - G

Number of Vacancies

Position End Date (if temporary)

Job Open Date

Job Close Date

Open Until Filled

Agency Website

Contact Name
Rachel Rimel


Phone Number

Special Instructions to Applicants
In support of the Commonwealth’s commitment to inclusion, we are encouraging individuals with disabilities to apply through the Commonwealth Alternative Hiring Process. To be considered for this opportunity, applicants will need to provide their Certificate of Disability (COD) provided by a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor within the Department for Aging & Rehabilitative Services (DARS). Veterans are encouraged to answer Veteran status questions and submit their disability documentation, if applicable, to DARS to get their Certificate of Disability. If you need to get a Certificate of Disability, use this link:

Additional Information

Background Check Statement Disclaimer

The selected candidate’s offer is contingent upon the successful completion of a criminal background investigation, which may include: fingerprint checks, local agency checks, employment verification, verification of education, credit checks (relevant to employment). Additionally, selected candidates may be required to complete the Commonwealth’s Statement of Economic Interest. For more information, please follow this link:

EEO Statement

The Virginia Community College System, an EEO employer, welcomes applications from people of all backgrounds and recognizes the benefits of a diverse workforce. Therefore, the VCCS is committed to providing a work environment free of discrimination and harassment. Employment decisions are based on business needs, job requirements and individual qualifications. We prohibit discrimination and harassment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, sexual orientation, mental or physical disabilities, political affiliation, veteran status, gender identity, or other non-merit factors.

ADA Statement

The VCCS is an EOE and Affirmative Action Employer. In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Acts (ADA and ADAAA), VCCS will provide, if requested, reasonable accommodation to applicants in need of access to the application, interviewing and selection processes.

E-Verify Statement

VCCS uses E-Verify to check employee eligibility to work in the United States. You will be required to complete an I-9 form and provide documentation of your identity for employment purposes.

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