Sample Qualifications


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
Relational Conceptual Informational 
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