EBE ADU Student Advisor
Wits University
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Position : EBE ADU STUDENT ADVISOR (full-time). The Academic Development Unit (ADU) in the Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment invites suitably qualified and experienced applicants for the Student Advisor (full time permanent) position.

Brief DescriptionThe ADU is a faculty support resource tasked with improving throughput and student retention through academic, eco-social and, where possible, psycho-social structures and programs.

The Faculty’s Student Advisor position will be housed in ADU and the portfolio will entail improvement of student academic success and well-being through (i) prevention of students from being at academic risk, and (ii) if they are at academic risk, use early warning detection techniques to identify the students and provide effective interventions.

Given the current academic, social and economic environment in South African Higher Education, students face several challenges that act as barriers to their academic success.

The Student Advisor position, through data-informed early identification programs, will be required to work with other members of the Support team to develop and engage in student academic and non-academic support structures within the unit and the Schools in the Faculty, as well as monitor progress of developed interventions for the identified students.

The Student Advisor will organise and run student development workshops, and have one-on-one interventions with students in first to fourth year levels of study.

QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE : Applicants must have a minimum of a Master’s degree (Engineering or Science) and at least 3 years’ experience in student support in Higher Education (preferably in an Engineering and / or Built Environment Faculty).

The ADU is looking for a candidate with certification (certificate or proof of training) in Professional Academic Advising, Basic Counselling, and Students at Emotional Risk training.

Furthermore, the candidate should be able to demonstrate the ability to develop and oversee practical, effective and transformative faculty-wide and individualised student support program(s) / intervention(s) that contribute to measurably -improved student success.

DUTIES : The successful applicant will be expected to develop faculty-wide and individualised student support interventions to improve students’ academic, eco-social and psycho-social well-being, design surveys that provide critical and timeous feedback on the student’s needs, organise and run academic and non-academic student development workshops, have one-on-one interventions (within face-to-face and online platforms) with students from first to fourth year levels of study, as well as train undergraduate and postgraduate tutors involved in student support interventions on student advising and academic mentoring.

Lastly, set up student support structures within the different Schools in the Faculty and liaise with other Wits University structures such as the Counselling and Careers Development Unit (CCDU) to provide holistic student support.

Closing date : 28 September 2020. Enquiries only : Further information can be obtained from Dr Rodney Genga on e-mail : Rodney.

Genga wits.ac.za Applicants are requested to submit applications online on the iWits recruitment website and not directly to the Director of ADU.

No application will be considered after the closing date. Applications that are incomplete or do not comply with the minimum requirements will not be considered.

The University is committed to employment equity. Preference may be given to appointable applicants from the under-represented designated groups in terms of the relevant employment equity plans and policies of the University.

The University retains the right not to make an appointment and to verify all information provided by candidates. Correspondence will be conducted with shortlisted candidates only.

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