KU Academic Accelerator Program — Student Services and Career Advisor

Lawrence, Kansas


About Us

The KU Academic Accelerator Program (AAP) is a partnership between the University of Kansas and Shorelight Education. The mission of the AAP is to immerse international students in the academic and cultural life of the university, help them integrate into campus life, and provide the support that increases their academic successes and likelihood of obtaining their degrees.

Job Overview

The Student Services and Career Advisor (SSCA) helps to develop and support career development initiatives for all students (undergraduate and graduate) and student service programs for graduate (MAP – Master’s Accelerator Program) students in the AAP. Primary responsibilities include conducting one-on-one career coaching sessions; developing and leading workshops, career-related courses, and other career-related events; and collaborating with KU’s University Career Center and school-specific career centers on initiatives. The SSCA assists with the management of the Career Accelerator initiatives and works closely with university partners to introduce students to internship opportunities. Essential duties also include delivering high-quality extracurricular support experiences for graduate students, as well as academic support, guidance, and mentoring. Reporting to the Student Services Director (SSD), the SSCA collaborates on organizing key elements of holistic support for international students, assisting with new student orientation, facilitating accommodations, and providing academic support and acculturation services for students.

The SSCA is an energetic team player who successfully executes support services tailored to newly admitted international undergraduate and graduate students. The Advisor is committed to quality, has excellent customer service skills, and possesses the ability to focus attention on individual students.

Key Responsibilities

  • Assist students in navigating the career development, planning, and implementation process by leading students through the Career Accelerator Program
  • Assist students in obtaining internship opportunities
  • Design, present, and/or coordinate career-related workshops and classroom presentations
  • Ensure student preparedness for participation in educational internships
  • Lead information sessions for the Career Accelerator Program
  • Coordinate with Career Services to:
    • Conduct Career Exploration Series events
    • Track participation and contact of students
    • Conduct Progress and Coaching Sessions
    • Secure new internship opportunities both locally and nationally
  • Manage Career Accelerator materials:
    • Student profiles and advising forms
    • Track student participation
    • Develop marketing materials such as student success stories and blogs to promote to current and prospective students
    • Audit Career Accelerator website pages to ensure current and accurate content
  • Deliver exceptional service for student advising and support services
  • Assist in the design and implementation of incoming and ongoing orientation programs
  • Assist in the socialization/acculturation programming for graduate students
  • Help coordinate academic student satisfaction surveys and associated analyses, with an eye toward strategic planning of future graduate student-focused retention activities
  • Contribute to student services operations ensuring policies, systems, and procedures are followed; assist in creating new processes
  • Maintain accurate records and reporting for cohort of students
  • Participate in student services events (e.g., airport arrival days, orientation, graduation), student activities, familiarization tours, and through relevant memberships and affiliations
  • Assist in the development and promotion of activities for student retention


  • Master’s degree and 1-3 years’ experience
  • Exemplary student/customer service skills
  • Outstanding interpersonal skills and cultural sensitivity toward students and staff from a diverse range of backgrounds
  • Results focus and strong management skills
  • Demonstrated exceptional communication, presentation, and negotiation skills
  • Problem-solving, decision-making, and creative-thinking abilities
  • One year of teaching, training, or group facilitation experience with ESL teaching experience desired
  • Experience in career services and experiential education strongly preferred
  • Organizational and long-range planning skills with the ability to handle multiple tasks
  • Ability to thrive in a fast-paced environment, take initiative, and maintain a high energy level
  • Experience using Microsoft Office programs and databases
  • Knowledge of student services within a higher education setting preferred
  • Strong working knowledge of one or more of the following languages: Mandarin Chinese, Arabic, Spanish, Brazilian Portuguese; proficiency preferred
  • Evening and weekend work is periodically required
  • Eligible to work in and travel freely to and from the United States without sponsorship

Application Process

To apply for this position, please visit the Shorelight Careers page to submit an application with a resume and cover letter (required).

KU Academic Accelerator Program is an Equal Opportunity Employer.