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CUNY Academic Senior Advisor - LEAP in New York, New York

Job Title: Academic Senior Advisor - LEAP

Job ID: 20943

Location: John Jay College

Full/Part Time: Full-Time

Regular/Temporary: Regular



John Jay College of Criminal Justice is a senior college of the City University of New York (CUNY) led by President Karol V. Mason and an internationally recognized leader in educating for justice. John Jay is a federally designated Hispanic-serving institution, it is ranked third in the nation in Black student success, and it is a top ten institution for promoting student social mobility. John Jay is proud to serve a diverse and dynamic student body of 15,000 students that includes nearly fifty percent students who are first in their family to attend college as well as students who are immigrants, from low-income families, or from other historically underrepresented groups.

The College participates in the doctoral programs of the Graduate Center of the City University of New York and offers bachelor’s and master’s degrees in traditional criminal justice-related fields of study as well as in a robust portfolio of liberal arts and sciences programs that highlight themes of justice across the arts, sciences, humanities, and social sciences. John Jay College seeks staff and faculty members who thrive in multicultural academic environments and are committed to access and excellence in higher education.


The LEAP program— Linking Experience, Academics, and Practice--will emphasize the value of, and opportunities for, experiential learning; an integrated approach to major and career advisement; documentation and presentation of academic and career development; and guidance in securing skills-enhanced pre-professional opportunities for non-cohort freshmen. The LEAP team will create a range of programming to increase visibility and value for academically-engaged experiential learning, while also tracking and measuring retention, momentum, and student engagement in all their variety.

Reporting to the LEAP Manager of the Academic Advisement Center (AAC), and collaborating with John Jay College partner offices, particularly the Center for Career and Professional Development (CCPD), the LEAP Senior Advisor is responsible for partnering with the Manager in the planning, implementation, support and assessment of interventions that impact the engagement, retention, and degree completion of non-cohort freshmen students. The successful candidate will:

  • Participate in the development and implementation of group and individual advisement and career planning sessions for first-year students.

  • Maintain accurate tracking data and notes for each student, recommending appropriate referrals and opportunity programs.

  • Help students understand current job markets by researching career options.

  • Help students identify and participate in appropriate experiential learning opportunities.

  • Keep up-to-date on industry trends to build academic and career mapping competencies among Career and Academic Advisors.

  • Conduct regular outreach to faculty and other college staff as needed to support student success and degree completion.

  • Disseminate information on college and CUNY policies and procedures and stay abreast of changing institutional information including admissions requirements, new programs, course changes, deadlines, important dates, costs, expanding facilities, updates in college-wide initiatives, transfer requirements, and state and federal mandates.

  • Engaging in professional development activities such as joining professional organizations, staying current with professional standards and literature, and building information technology skills to enhance work performance


Bachelor's degree and four years' related experience required.


  • Master's degree in education, counseling, student services/student affairs, student development, higher education leadership, or related field.

  • Strong understanding of the needs and challenges facing students from diverse urban backgrounds.

  • Knowledge of Student Development Theory and experience with student caseload management, desirable.

  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and as part of a team, within the department and with faculty and other administrators.

  • Strong organization, project management, written and oral communication, and facilitation skills.

  • Computer skills, particularly Microsoft Office (Access and Excel); and aptitude to learn new systems as needed.

  • Familiarity with CUNYFirst (PeopleSoft).


Provides expert and/or specialized academic counseling a diverse student population.

  • Offers comprehensive advisement to full-time and part-time students

  • Works with other academic affairs staff as well as enrollment and student affairs to assist students to declare majors and select appropriate courses

  • Monitors students' performances and takes appropriate action if necessary; resolves students' problems regarding curricular requirements

  • Develops academic plans and performs graduation audits

  • Provides information to students regarding student support services, college policies and program procedures and guidelines

  • Facilitates workshops; assists with other department activities such as course scheduling

  • Establishes and maintains student advisement files; prepares activity reports and analyses

  • May supervise extramural activities, such as internships and community service; may assist with accreditation efforts as needed

  • May provide career and transfer services and/or specialized program counseling

  • May supervise junior advising and/or clerical staff

  • Performs related duties as assigned.

Job Title Name: Senior Academic Advisor


Higher Education Assistant




$49,193 - $63,617

CUNY's benefits contribute significantly to total compensation, supporting health and wellness, financial well-being, and professional development. We offer a range of health plans, competitive retirement/pension benefits and savings plans, tuition waivers for CUNY graduate study and generous paid time off. Our staff also benefits from the extensive academic, arts, and athletic programs on our campuses and the opportunity to participate in a lively, diverse academic community in one of the greatest cities in the world.


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Review of resume begins August 15, 2019

Posting closes August 22, 2019


CUNY Job Posting: Managerial/Professional


CUNY encourages people with disabilities, minorities, veterans and women to apply. At CUNY, Italian Americans are also included among our protected groups. Applicants and employees will not be discriminated against on the basis of any legally protected category, including sexual orientation or gender identity. EEO/AA/Vet/Disability Employer.