Role: Academic Advisor
The Academic Advisor is a certified education professional whose primary role is to guide the student towards academic success, social development and overall preparation for their post-secondary pursuits. They will serve as a coach, mentor and motivator, at the same time ensuring that each student under their care receives a customized learning experience, by utilizing all available instructional resources to ensure success. The Academic Advisor, in serving as the primary point of contact for the student and family, is responsible for the student’s global educational well being while enrolled at Odyssey Online Learning. This position is an 11 month position and is located at the school’s administrative office.
- Learn the Odyssey Online Learning curriculum for assigned grade levels and subjects
- Demonstrate knowledge of state standards, testing requirements, and graduation requirements across core content and electives
- Review student transcripts to ensure appropriates scheduling of courses
- Work with the student to determine an academically appropriate schedule and personal learning plan for the student based on the prior knowledge base and potential career path
- Enter student schedule information into the student information system (SIS) to maintain accurate academic records
- Create a personal learning plan for each student
- Ensure that each student has a well rounded schedule that best coordinate with the minimum yearly requirements
- Develop an Individualized Graduation Plan (IGP) or Personal Learning Plan (PLP), per state requirements for each of student while including their parents
- Ensure students are passing classes and maintain progress towards an on-time graduation
- Ensure that parents/guardians verify student attendance at regular intervals.
- Create individualized intervention plans for students with attendance issues
- Guidance Services
- Develop an annual long-range plan, based on identified student needs, that reflects national school counseling standards and state program components related to guidance curriculum, individual student planning, responsive services, and system support
- Develop appropriate short-term goals, including aligned activities, resources, and schedules, to ensure full implementation of the long-range plan
- Assist schools in promoting the goals of quality career development of students in ninth through twelfth grade
- Provide educators, parents, and students with information on career and technology education programs offered
- Support students in the exploration of career clusters and the selection of an area of academic focus within a cluster of study
- Learn and become familiar with ways to improve and promote career development opportunities
- Coordinate community resources and citizens representing diverse occupations in career development activities for parents and students
- Communicate with each family regarding the student schedule and progress throughout the month via phone, email, mail and other methods
- Support student technology needs working as a partner with the dedicated technology support personnel
- Manage and maintain a virtual work space that supports instruction and student achievement.
- Be available to students and families on a daily basis.
- Communicate with each family regarding the student schedule a minimum of weekly contacts via email and biweekly by phone.
- Support student technology needs working as a partner with the dedicated technology support personnel.
- Organize and participate in orientation, training, social and educational activities, field trips and clubs for students and families.
- Organize and participate in orientation, training, social and educational activities, field trips and clubs for students and families
- Commit to the use of best practices and to the use of cutting-edge technology to deliver sound
- Serve as the “Customer Service Representative” for the school, ensuring that the student’s experience in our school is maximized
- Build community by contributing to school message boards, newsletter and events
- Participate in staff meetings and professional development sessions
- Participate in the Mentoring program as either a Mentor or a Mentee
- Communicate with colleagues and supervisors on a regular basis Maintain confidentiality as required by the school and by law
Internal- Instructors, Curriculum Coordinator, Special Education Coordinator, Advisors, Data Manager, Registrar, Executive Director, and School Operations Manager
External-Parents/Guardians, Students, Charter Board, State Department of Education
Key Behavioral Competencies:
- Personal Accountability - When commits to do something, does it decisively, responsibly and with urgency
- Demonstrates a strong sense of urgency through prioritizing and following through on commitments
- Drives hard to meet and frequently exceed goals and objectives within tight time frames
- Decision Making
- Makes timely decisions
- Takes bold, decisive action or makes commitments, despite risks, conflict or uncertainty, after considering the available courses of action and the needs and values of others.
- Demonstrates concern for meeting internal and external client and stakeholder needs in a manner that provides satisfaction for the customer, (within the resources that can be made available)
- Shows a passion for improving service delivery and a commitment to continuous improvement
- Establishes rapport with people easily
- Develops and maintains a network of contacts who can provide information, help and access to others.
- Bachelor degree, Masters degree preferred
- Minimum two years guidance counseling or teaching experience in a traditional (brick & mortar) or virtual school preferred
- Experience teaching or participating in an e-learning/online learning course preferred
- Content proficiency o Baccalaureate or Advanced degree in the subject to be taught, or o Passed a rigorous state content exam in the subject
- Strong written and verbal skills Proficiency with Microsoft Excel, PowerPoint, Word, and Outlook
- Proficiency with multimedia communication tools, such as discussion boards, web logs, email, instant messaging, and audio podcasts
- Ability and availability to travel within the state as needed
- High degree of flexibility
- Demonstrated ability to thrive in a fast-paced work environment