INCLUSIVE POSITION DESCRIPTIONS
Inclusive position descriptions signal to potential applicants that you are conducting an equitable search. Use inclusive language and focus on advising expertise rather than institution-specific knowledge. The aim is to increase the diversity and quality of the applicant pool.
Sample Position Qualifications:
The qualifications required for unique positions will inevitably vary from one to the next. This is a non-exhaustive list to provide a basis from which to work. Per HR standards, position descriptions should contain 5-7 minimum qualifications and 2-4 preferred qualifications.
- Minimum: bachelor’s degree / preferred: master’s degree in Higher Education, Counseling, or related field
|Experience identifying and determining appropriate level of advising or referral services for individual students, providing immediate crisis counseling, triage, and referrals to students in academic, financial, or personal difficulty||Experience applying holistic advising and guidance techniques in an academic environment at the university/college level||Skills to examine and assess college transcripts and accurately compute grade point averages and grade point balances|
|Effective interpersonal communication and listening skills to interact in a positive and cooperative way with students, parents, faculty, administrators, staff, and the general public||Problem solving skills and experience to identify and document patterns of student academic needs and to develop strategies and programs to successfully meet those needs||Experience with general curricular elements and structures (e.g., courses, unit prerequisites, majors, and minors)|
|Skills to establish and maintain effective working relationships in a collaborative and cross-cultural environment||Analysis skills to understand complex policies and interpret and apply rules and philosophy||Experience with advising tools and technology, including ability to develop expertise in using software and information management systems|
|Knowledge and experience working with culturally diverse communities in an academic environment||Experience with multicultural and student development theories and advising||Knowledge of statewide, national, and international college and university advising programs|
|Experience with special population advising (i.e., international students, first-year, transfer, etc) in an educational setting at an institution of higher learning||Knowledge of multicultural dynamics within a university setting and the academic environment and the pressures encountered by students||Knowledge of state and federal laws governing confidentiality of student records|
|Skilled at group and public presentations||Ability to interpret and apply complex rules and regulations governing undergraduate education||Experience with rules and regulations governing undergraduate education (e.g., General Education)|
|Experience supervising student staff in a variety of venues and circumstances||Experience with implementation of advising and transition programs aimed at first-year and transfer students||Organizational and planning skills to set work priorities under pressure of competing deadlines|
|Experience implementing management policies, practices, and decisions||Knowledge of personal and social problems commonly encountered by college students of all backgrounds|