Learn about the roles and responsibilities of a community advisor for a student organization.
The specific roles and responsibilities of an advisor vary depending on the organization and the advisor, but most student organization advisors have the following responsibilities:
Through personal interaction and program development, you can play a significant role in developing members' leadership skills and personal growth and in identifying new leaders for the organization.
Specific skills you could enhance include:
You can serve as a consultant by:
Officers and members change frequently, and at times the only link with the past is the advisor. To enhance continuity, you can:
Your interaction with members gives you a unique opportunity to assist individuals with problems:
As a representative of the University to the organization, you are constantly in a position to interpret University policies and regulations as well as state and federal laws relevant to student organizations. One example is the Clery Act and Crime Reporting, a federal law that requires institutions of higher education to report crimes, provide notice of security policies, and give finely warnings.
You should also be familiar with all organization policies, such as constitution, bylaws, and protocols.
You have a responsibility to both the University and the organization to keep the best interests of both in mind. In a well run organization, the supervisory role may be minimal or nonexistent, and the advisor may need to intervene only to prevent the violation of public or institutional policy.
Each organization should have a treasurer/finance director. Work with this individual to assure accurate record keeping and budgeting.
Attend all regular and special meetings of the organization to keep informed and be available for consultation or to introduce ideas and suggestions.