Academic Success Counselor

Position ID: 45763
Georgia Southwestern State University
Academic Success
Branch Campus: 
Americus, GA
Position Description
Job Class: 
Academic Success Coach
Job Description: 

Academic Success Counselor

This position is responsible for providing academic advising and success counseling to first-year and at-risk students.


  • Advises students. (25%)
    • Provides academic advisement to students.
    • Creates and modifies schedules for incoming freshmen.
    • Assists students with course selection, registration, and schedule revision.
    • Monitors and tracks advisee progress.
    • Maintains correspondence with advisees concerning appointments and other matters.
    • Refers students to campus and community resources.
    • Processes drop/add forms, withdrawal forms, registration, name changes, and changes in programs of study.
    • Develops and supports procedures for identifying at-risk students.
    • Assists students with changes in majors.
    • Work collaboratively with other University departments to provide holistic student advisement and support.
    • Collaborate with university constituent groups to advance Momentum Year priorities.
    • Responsible for student retention through intentional outreach initiatives, intrusive advising, and academic partnerships.  
  • Guides and mentors academically at-risk students. (25%)
    • Provides academic advisement and counseling to students.
    • Oversees the early alert system (Beacon) to identify at-risk students.
    • Refers students to campus and community resources.
  • Coordinates the development of individualized academic recovery plans for students. (20%)
    • Works with students and faculty to develop plans.
    • Monitors student success and compliance with recovery plans.
  • Oversees and develops courses and workshops. (20%)
    • Serves as an instructor for early intervention courses.
    • Develops and facilitates academic and professional development workshops and assessments for students relating to academic success, career planning, and social transitions.
  • Performs a variety of related duties. (10%)
    • Including but not limited to new student orientation, STORM Day, registration days, and Parent/Family programs.

Required Qualifications

  • Baccalaureate degree in a course of study related to the occupational field required.  Master’s degree preferred.
  • Minimum of 3-5 years of related experience required.

Required Documents to Attach

Please attach a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three professional references.

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities

  • Knowledge of university policies and procedures.
  • Knowledge of computers and job-related software programs.
  • Knowledge of issues and trends related to adult learners.
  • Knowledge of student success principles and practices.
  • Skill in decision making and problem solving.
  • Skill in the completion of a variety of reports.
  • Skill in the provision of counseling to students.
  • Skill in oral and written communication.

About Us

Georgia Southwestern State University – a four-year institution – cultivates excellence in learning and teaching that encourages intellectual, personal, and social growth for students, faculty, staff, and the community. Georgia Southwestern State University is a comprehensive state university within the University System of Georgia that offers a full range of bachelor degree programs, along with selected master’s and specialist degree programs.

Georgia Southwestern is committed to serving the needs of its developing region with educational programs for high school, for professional and technical graduates; post-graduate professional training; research and business services; and cultural enrichment. Through its national and international affiliations, the University links Southwest Georgia with the global economy and actively fosters a greater understanding of international business and culture.

Contact Information

For more information or questions about a job posting, please contact the Department of Human Resources by phone at 229-931-2000 or by email at

For technical support, please call the Shared Services Center at (877) 251-2644 or

Conditions of Employment

Offers of employment are contingent upon completion of a background investigation including a criminal background check demonstrating eligibility for employment with Georgia Southwestern State University, as determined by Georgia Southwestern State University in its sole discretion, confirmation of the credentials and employment history reflected in application materials and, if applicable, a satisfactory credit check and drug screen.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Georgia Southwestern State University is an equal opportunity employer. As such, the University takes affirmative action to preclude discrimination in recruiting, transferring, training and terminating of employees because of race, color, creed, age, sex, national origin, veterans status, disability or any other reason in accordance with applicable state and federal statutes, executive orders and other regulations which prohibit discriminatory employment practices.

Application Procedure: 
Please see the below "Institution Employment Link" to view a complete job description, create an application, and apply for the position.
CIP Discipline Code: 
Student Services (Admin code)
Career/Academic Advising - Student Career Guidance Serv (Admin code)
Student Success/Student Testing and Assessment Services (Admin code)
Degree Levels: 
Position Type: 
Required Qualifications
3 years
Application Deadline: 
Position Starting Date: 
Vacancy Status: 

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University System of Georgia
Applicant Clearinghouse
278 Brooks Hall
The University of Georgia
Athens, Georgia 30602

Phone: (706) 542-7817
Fax: (706) 542-2822


Janyce Dawkins, Director

Kristopher Stevens, Associate Director

Tafara Makaya, Assistant Director

Kieran Morrow, Assistant Director

Kristopher Bolden, Assistant Director

Thomas Brazzle, System Coordinator