Academic Advisor, School of Engineering & Computational Sciences

Academic Advisor, School of Engineering & Computational Sciences

Posted: September 8, 2023
Position Code: 1059

Position Overview

The Academic Advisor will advise and mentor undergraduate students in the School of Engineering & Computational Sciences. This position reports to the Assistant Dean of Student Advising & Services and must have the ability to work independently as well as on a team.

Advisors will be meeting 1-on-1 and in small group settings with students. Each advisor will work with an assigned group of majors/minors. In this role, advisors provide student-centered guidance, curriculum planning, academic advising, assistance in selecting concentrations/minors/courses, initial exploration into career options, a foundational level of academic support, and help students connect with clubs and organizations.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Conduct academic and career advising for undergraduate students within the School of Engineering & Computational Sciences.
  • Serve as advisor for a select group of students within the school.
  • Assist students with operational processes including: course registration, add/drop, withdrawal, change of major/minors, override requests, etc.
  • Maintain student records in accordance with existing policies, procedures and regulations.
  • Assist students with foundational career exploration and guide students to opportunities offered through the O’Brien Center for Career Development.
  • Build collaborative and supportive relationships with faculty and academic and career-related offices.
  • Assist students in tracking degree progress.
  • Represent the School of Engineering & Computational Sciences at undergraduate admission events and orientation events throughout the year (occasionally on weekends/evenings).
  • Make appropriate referrals to professionals across campus.
  • Assist with the training, mentoring and oversight of graduate student fellows.
  • Perform all other duties as assigned.


  • Master’s degree required.
  • Excellent problem solving, communication, organizational, and interpersonal skills.
  • Positive attitude and ability to work effectively as part of a team.
  • Willingness to learn and develop as an advising professional.
  • Experience and/or commitment to working with a diverse student population.
  • Ability to relate well to students, faculty, staff, and parents/family members.

Application Materials Should Include:

  • Resume
  • Cover letter stating motivation and interest in the position, citing experience relevant to the qualifications and including experience with, and commitment to, our Catholic Augustinian mission, our values, and our desire to be a more diverse, equitable and inclusive institution of higher learning.

This position is subject to the successful completion of a criminal background check.

Vaccinations and Remote Work 

This is an on-campus position as employees are essential in order to provide a fully on-campus, residential college experience for our students and the community.

The COVID-19 vaccine and booster for which an individual may be eligible are highly recommended for students, faculty and staff. Merrimack College does not require proof of COVID vaccination for enrollment, employment or to be a guest on our campus.

Statement on Our Mission

Merrimack College is a Catholic Augustinian institution of higher education committed to building a culturally and racially diverse community. Our mission is to enlighten minds, engage hearts and empower lives and is inspired by our Catholic faith and the Augustinian tradition of seeking truth through inquiry and dialogue.

Merrimack College seeks candidates who understand, respect and can contribute to Merrimack’s Catholic and Augustinian mission and values and advance our work in the area of diversity, equity and inclusion. We strongly encourage applications from members of underrepresented groups. All candidates should describe in their application previous experience related to equity, diversity, and inclusion, as well as how they will engage in fostering a culture that supports our Catholic and Augustinian mission and our values of diversity, equity and inclusion.

About Merrimack College

The only Catholic, Augustinian institution of higher education in New England, Merrimack College is a private, independent, coeducational institution with more than 4,000 undergraduate and some 1,400 graduate students from 32 states and 37 countries. The College features more than 100 career-focused undergraduate, professional and graduate programs, all taught by exceptional faculty who are passionate about their subject and student success. The College comprises five schools: arts and sciences, engineering and computational sciences, nursing and health sciences, the Winston school of education and social policy, and the Girard school of business. The College’s suburban 240-acre campus is approximately 25 miles north of Boston in the towns of North Andover and Andover, Massachusetts. Merrimack is a Master’s Colleges and Universities/Larger Programs (M1) institution in the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. Merrimack is one of the fastest growing educational institutions in the country and has steadily climbed up in the U.S. News & World Report’s ranking of Best Colleges, coming in 34th out of 175 schools ranked in the Regional Universities North category in 2022. Merrimack also ranked 3rd in the Most Innovative Schools category. Merrimack is a NCAA Division I athletic institution.

Merrimack College is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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