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Seawolf Scholars Advisor (Student Services Professional III)

Company: Sonoma State
Location: Rohnert Park
Posted on: November 14, 2023

Job Description:

Seawolf Scholars Advisor (Student Services Professional III)

Job No: 530579
Work Type: Staff
Location: Sonoma
Categories: Unit 4 - APC - Academic Professionals of California, Probationary, Full Time, Student Services

Application Process

This position is open until filled. For full consideration, please submit application, along with cover letter and resume, by 8am on August 31, 2023.

Please review the position description listed above for full scope of responsibilities and qualifications.

Job Summary

Under general direction of the Seawolf Scholars Manager, the Seawolf Scholars Advisor performs a wide variety of generally complex Student Services Professional work by providing comprehensive academic advising and program support for Seawolf Scholars. The Seawolf Scholars Advisor will assist with the delivery of the day-to-day support services provided by the Seawolf Scholars Program participants. The primary assignment involves providing specialized support (personal, career, and educational advising) to students within the Seawolf Scholars program (current and former foster youth, wards of the court, unaccompanied homeless youth, youth under guardianship care/kinship care, independent by appeal). This position will also develop and provide intrusive and specialized strategies for Seawolf Scholars students. The incumbent works collaboratively as a team player with other university-wide Professional Academic Advisors, university staff, faculty, administrators, and coaches to support the educational experience of Seawolf Scholars students; identify student challenges and barriers; and use preventative approaches to solve issues affecting the Seawolf Scholars student experience; as well as perform other activities related to student success and academic advising. In addition, the incumbent provides information and strategic guidance to create a safe space supporting the educational success, retention, and graduation of Seawolf Scholars students.

Key Qualifications

Possession of these knowledge and abilities is typically demonstrated through the equivalent of three years of progressively responsible professional student services work experience. One year in the program area to which assigned may be preferred, but is not required. A master's degree in Social or Behavioral Sciences, Counseling, Clinical Psychology, Educational Psychology, Social Work, or a directly related field may be substituted for one year of work 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. Equivalent to graduation from a four-year college or university in a related field, including or supplemented by upper division or graduate coursework in counseling techniques, interviewing, and conflict resolution where such are job-related. Must possess thorough knowledge of the policies, procedures and practices of Student Affairs, student success, and academic advising, or the ability to quickly acquire such knowledge. A Master's degree is desired. A Master's degree in School Counseling, Clinical Counseling or Educational Psychology, Social Work, Student Affairs and Higher Education or a directly related field is preferred. Knowledge of professional counseling theories and techniques is desired. Upper division or graduate course work in individual and group counseling, career counseling and conflict resolution is preferred. Demonstrated experience working with current or former foster youth. Working knowledge or experience in relaying university degree requirements including major and general education coursework and developing educational plans. Knowledge in how to operate standard office equipment and software including PeopleSoft, Microsoft Office (PowerPoint, Excel and Word), Google Suite and database management. EAB Student Success Collaborative preferred.

This position also requires the following abilities:

  • Analyze complex situations accurately and adopt effective courses of action.
  • Determine appropriate courses of action and proper techniques to utilize while engaged with individuals in personal interactions of an argumentative or sensitive nature.
  • Interpret and evaluate descriptions and explanations of problems brought forward by individuals or student organizations, analyze and define the problem, draw valid conclusions and project consequences of various alternative courses of action.
  • Interpret and apply program rules and regulations.
  • Use initiative and resourcefulness in planning work assignments.
  • Advise students individually and in groups on complex student-related matters.
  • Demonstrate multicultural competence through knowledge, skills, and abilities.
  • Ability to be innovative and open to researching and implementing current academic advising best practices.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills, including excellent customer service skills.
  • Adhere to strict confidentiality requirements and ethical standards.
  • Carry out a variety of professionally complex assignments without detailed instructions.
  • Coordinate and prioritize multiple, competing tasks to meet project deadlines.
  • Work effectively both independently and as part of a team.
  • Be flexible in handling change and challenges.
  • Think critically and stay focused under pressure.
  • Work in a fast-paced environment.
  • Develop positive interpersonal relationships with students, faculty, staff, and community members.
  • Learn and effectively apply a variety of state, federal, CSU, and SSU policies and procedures.
  • Independently plan work, solve problems, and use sound judgment to take action.
  • Make decisions within established parameters, regulations, and guidelines; and recommend changes in procedures to address student support needs.

    Salary and Benefits

    Starting salary placement depends on qualifications and experience and will not exceed $5,025 a month. This is a full time, exempt position, which will lead toward permanent status following the successful completion of a probationary period.

    This position is eligible for a broad range of benefits, including medical, dental, vision, life and disability insurances, retirement (CalPERS), tuition waiver, vacation and sick leave. In addition, 14 paid holidays are offered each year; 13 scheduled on specific days and a Personal Holiday that may be taken any time during the year.

    A comprehensive benefits summary for this position is available online by clicking here to be taken to the CSU benefits page.

    Supplemental Information

    Sonoma State University is committed to achieving excellence through teaching, scholarship, learning and inclusion. In line with our Strategic Plan and our Seawolf Commitment, our values include diversity, sustainability, community engagement, respect, responsibility, excellence and integrity. We strive to cultivate a community in which a diverse population can learn and work in an atmosphere of civility and respect. We encourage innovation, experimentation and creativity, as well as contributions to equity and inclusion, in the pursuit of excellence for all members of our university community.

    The University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. We consider qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, age, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, disability, marital status, or protected veteran status. Mandated Reporting: This position may be 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.

    Per the CSU COVID-19 Vaccination Policy, it is strongly recommended that all faculty, staff, administrators, and students who are accessing campus facilities follow COVID-19 vaccine recommendations adopted by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) applicable to their age, medical condition, and other relevant indications. Any candidates advanced in a currently open search process should be prepared to continue to help us protect and maintain a healthy Seawolf Community. More information related to campus level requirements can be found here:

    CSU Out of State Policy - Sonoma State University, as part of the CSU system, is a State of California Employer. As such, the University requires all employees upon date of hire to reside in the State of California. As of January 1, 2022 the CSU Out-of-State Employment Policy prohibits the hiring of employees to perform CSU-related work outside the state of California.

    A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered a position. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current employees who apply for this position.

    Sonoma State University is not a sponsoring agency for staff positions (i.e. H-1B visas).

    Positions are posted for a minimum of 14 calendar days.

    For questions related to the application process, please reach out to The ADA Coordinator is also available ( to assist individuals with disabilities in need of accommodation during the hiring process.

    Sonoma State University's Annual Security Report includes summaries of institutional policy relating to campus safety, drug and alcohol use, sexual assault, and other matters. The report is published in compliance with the Clery Act and includes three years of certain crime statistics that occurred in Clery Act defined geography. A paper copy of the report may be requested in person by emailing the Clery Compliance and Safety Office at

    Pursuant to the Higher Education Opportunity Act, the Annual Fire Safety Report (AFSR) is available for viewing at The purpose of this report is to disclose statistics for fires that occurred within Sonoma State University student housing facilities for three years, and to distribute fire safety policies and procedures intended to promote safety on campus. A paper copy of the AFSR is available upon request by contacting the Residential Education and Campus Housing at

    Application Close: Open Until Filled

    To apply, visit


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