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CUNY Honors Advisor (Senior Academic Advisor) - Macaulay Honors College in New York, New York

Job Title: Honors Advisor (Senior Academic Advisor) - Macaulay Honors College

Job ID: 21344

Location: Graduate Center

Regular/Temporary: Regular


In collaboration with eight of CUNY’s senior campuses, Macaulay Honors College (MHC) provides the most promising undergraduate students with an elite academic program of interdisciplinary seminars, personalized advisement, and experiential learning supported by dedicated funding for study abroad, internships, and research. With approximately 2,100 students distributed on campuses across the five boroughs of New York City, Macaulay’s student body embraces the diversity of New York and represents the best and brightest of our next generation of leaders.

The Honors Advisor position is located at Queens College. The primary responsibility of the Honors Advisor is to advise and mentor honors students to maximize their chances of successful completion of a four-year baccalaureate degree. Reporting to the Assistant Dean of Student Services at Macaulay Honors College, with an additional reporting responsibility to the Macaulay Director at Queens College, the Honors Advisor will encourage honors students to develop the intellectual curiosity, civic engagement, and meritorious conduct expected of all Honors students. Advisors are important resources to honors students, not only during their first two years in college but also as they move into their majors and begin to prepare for graduate and professional schools or other career objectives.

Duties include but are not limited to:

  • Advises students on course selection each semester and monitor progress toward degree; selecting a major and finding major advisors and faculty mentors;

  • Consults with faculty to assist students undertaking independent study and study abroad opportunities;

  • Advises students about required co-curricular activities including internships, study abroad, and community service; advises on other activities involving student organizations and events;

  • Reviews and approves student applications to utilize the Opportunities Fund;

  • Assists students with graduate school and fellowship applications and post-baccalaureate job searches;

  • Participates in regular reviews of all honors students in terms of academic performance and community engagement; works with Honors Director to identify and retain at-risk students;

  • Leads first-year student seminars and participates in other activities that help provide a firm transition for honors students into college roles and expectations;

  • Oversees peer-mentoring or buddy systems and ambassador programs;

  • Works closely with Honors Advisors on the other campuses as well as with Macaulay central staff to support student success;

  • Participates in Macaulay Honors activities on the campuses and centrally as well as in local and national professional development opportunities;

  • Acts as liaison (for both the student and the college Honors program) to campus student affairs and support services, such as Career Services, Counseling Services, Tutoring Center, Registrar, Bursar, and Financial Aid;

  • Acts as an instructor and participates in other activities that help enrich the writing, academic skills, or pre-professional skills of Macaulay students;


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

A preferred candidate should have:

  • M.A. in student counseling, guidance, or a related discipline or advanced academic degree and counseling experience.

  • Two (2) years of relevant experience with high achieving or honors students, preferably in a diverse, urban institution of higher education.

  • Excellent communication, interpersonal, and organizational skills are essential.

  • Experience with student information and automated degree audit systems.

  • Familiarity with best practices in academic advisement.

  • Ability to work as a member of a team.

  • Ability to communicate effectively with a diverse undergraduate student population.

  • Ability to work a flexible work schedule, including some evening and weekend hours.


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





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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November 21, 2019


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