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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: 19817

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 an entering class of approximately 550 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 primary responsibility of the Senior Academic Advisor/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 for Student Services at Macaulay Honors College, with an additional reporting responsibility to the Macaulay Director at Baruch College, the Honors Advisor will encourage honors students to develop the intellectual curiosity, civic engagement, and meritorious conduct expected of all honors students. Advisors will be an important resource 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. The Honors Advisor will engage in advisement and mentoring activities. This position is located at Baruch College.

Duties include but are not limited to:

  • 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.

  • Advises on other activities involving student organizations and events.

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

  • Advises students about required co-curricular activities including internships, study abroad, and community service.

  • Advises students on course selection each semester and monitors progress toward degree.

  • Advises students on selecting a major and finding major advisors and faculty mentors.

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

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

  • Creates and/or acts as an instructor and participates in other activities that help enrich the writing, academic skills, or pre-professional skills of Macaulay 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.

  • Participates in MHC’s activities on the campuses and centrally as well as in local and national professional development opportunities.

  • 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.

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

  • Works closely with Honors Advisors at other campuses as well as with Macaulay central staff to support student success.

  • Performs other duties as assigned.


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


A preferred candidate should have:

  • Master’s Degree.

  • Two years of related experience, with a minimum of one year of relevant experience with high achieving or honors students, preferably in a diverse, urban institution of higher education.

  • Excellent communication, interpersonal, and organizational skills.

  • Experience with student information and automated degree audit systems.

  • Familiarity with the best practices in academic advisement.

  • Ability to function well as a member of a team.

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

  • Ability to work evenings and weekends.


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




Salary commensurate with education and experience.

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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April 23, 2019


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