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Academic Advisor

North Central Michigan College
Petoskey, MI 49770
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Established in 1958, North Central Michigan College (NCMC) was created to ensure that education beyond high school be available, financially possible, and conveniently located for learners in Emmet County. Initially learners attended NCMC from Michigan's tip of the mitt, however, currently the population of student learners are even more geographically diverse. Over the next several decades, programs included liberal and studio arts, nursing, allied health, criminal justice, data processing and many more continue to evolve to the present day. A 207-acre campus was established in 1960 in Petoskey, and the first buildings were opened just three years later. In 1973, College education centers were added in Cheboygan and Gaylord.

The last two decades have seen the construction of the Student and Community Resource Center (SCRC), the Health Education and Science Center (HESC), and renovation of the Library/Conference Center. What's more, the spectacular Harris Sculpture Garden was built, featuring world-class art especially commissioned from across the country. During this time, University Center partnerships were formalized, the new mobile digital Fabrication Laboratory (Fab Lab) launched, and the College garnered Achieving the Dream Leader College distinction.

In 2020 NCMC enrolled nearly 1800 students in credit-bearing courses, offering 24 Associate Degrees and 39 Certificates, leading to careers in business and industry, as well as the health, human services, and education fields. Other exceptional programs include the creative arts, natural sciences, and the social sciences. An Early College partnership with area high schools enables students to obtain their high school diploma and associate degree simultaneously. Life on campus is vibrant, led by Student Senate and Phi Theta Kappa National Honor Society.

Financial aid awarded in 2017-18 totaled nearly $6 million, with 80% of students receiving such assistance. Since 1960, NCMC has awarded more than 11,000 total credentials (degrees or certificates) to more than 10,000 students. Droves of other learners receive non-credit skills training through the Corporate and Community Education Division. With more than 230 employees and an annual budget of nearly $16 million, the College has a significant economic impact in northern Michigan. Building upon its solid foundation, NCMC strives to be impactful in the coming decades.

North Central Michigan College is poised to transform itself and the region providing exceptional, accessible, relevant education to students of all ages and all backgrounds. Having long been an essential part of the region's success, the College believes in a rapidly changing world, community colleges like NCMC have a pivotal, local role to play. With exceptional faculty, staff, and leadership teams, and a fresh strategic plan, NCMC seeks to create futures of meaning and purpose, strengthen the region's workforce, and enhance the quality of life in northern Michigan by offering vibrant educational, cultural and recreational opportunities for years to come.

Job Description:


  • Compensation: $51,500 per year
  • Vacation, sick and personal time off
  • Four medical plans to choose from
  • Several retirement plans to choose from
  • Vision, dental, life and disability insurance cost covered by the College
  • Tuition waiver and reimbursement program
  • Free access to home sporting events
  • Free access to gym and fitness center, including track, courts and equipment
  • Free access to employee assistance program


Assists students to establish academic goals and an educational plan to complete their goals. Assists students with enrollment, to include selection of classes, and transfer/degree completion strategies. Academic Advisors are responsible to enroll students in the upcoming semester during mandatory Student Registration Day. Nights and/or week-end hours may be required.


  • Advise students on proper course selection to meet program requirements at North Central.
  • Assist students with the enrollment process, covering placement of student in English/Math to ensure enrollment in appropriate classes for the student.
  • Develop educational plans with advisees, working towards North Central completion and/or transfer plans (continued connection with transfer institutions).
  • Refer students to the North Central Career Services office for those wanting to research Careers.
  • Assist students intending to transfer by reviewing transfer equivalencies, program requirements and referring to appropriate transfer resources.
  • Maintain regular contact with assigned advisees.
  • Contacting students being referred to an academic advisor from North Central's academic intervention software (Starfish). Following up with student as needed.
  • Record all pertinent student information electronically in Student Information System (SIS). Maintain confidentiality under FERPA.
  • Advise students attending orientation for semester enrollment.
  • Maintain regular contact with faculty members in selected program to keep updated on student, program and employer needs.
  • Refer students to North Central Counselor and/or Disability Services Coordinator/Academic Advisor as needed.
  • Maintain accurate information about transfer options, including University Center partners, Michigan Transfer Agreement, Michigan Transfer Network resources, and various transfer guides.
  • Maintain awareness of articulation agreements with university partners/ programs.
  • Maintain a focus on student success.
  • Maintain awareness of internal and community resources for appropriate referrals.
  • Travel to off-campus sites may be required.
  • Attend regularly scheduled committee meetings.
  • May be assigned as advisor and support for specific cohort students.
  • Other duties as assigned.



  • Bachelor's Degree required with coursework in Education, Human Relations, Psychology, Human Services or College Student Personnel. Master's Degree preferred.
  • One or more years' experience in an educational setting required (community college experience preferred).
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Understanding of student development issues desired.
  • Commitment to the community college mission and specifically North Central mission: "North Central Michigan College provides Exceptional, accessible, relevant higher education to the benefit of all."
  • Strong customer relations skills and commitment to teamwork.
  • Computer skills/experiences necessary.

Additional Information:


North Central Michigan College is committed to broaden diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging on campus through initiatives, programs and outreach; student recruitment, retention and completion; and in employment and hiring practices. Individuals from underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply.

Application Instructions:


  1. Complete the entire employment application, including job history, education level, and 3 professional references.
  2. Upload a resume and cover letter.
  3. Upload copies of your higher education transcripts. Note: Official transcripts required upon hire.


Posted: 2023-05-04 Expires: 2023-06-05

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