Academic Advisor

Boulder, CO
Aug 12, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

The College of Arts and Sciences is now accepting applications for an Academic Advisor. This professional position is responsible for building relationships with students by providing multidisciplinary, developmental academic advising for undergraduates in the College of Arts & Sciences. Advisors work in a disciplinary team setting to assist students in planning for and making informed decisions about areas of study, intended college outcomes, and post-baccalaureate plans. Advisors help students assess their interests, values, and academic skills. They teach students to navigate the systems, academic processes, and policies at CU Boulder, and work with students to personalize their academic paths, including offering co-curricular guidance and leading them in regular long-term planning. Advisors offer assistance to students' support networks, including family, faculty, and other staff. In addition to one-on-one interactions, Advisors work with students in group settings via workshops, presentations, campus events, and other activities.

Successful Advisors demonstrate an enthusiastic attitude and passion for working with students and on a team. Advisors are comfortable engaging with large numbers of students via diverse and active outreach methods, and demonstrate an advising approach that focuses on student exploration and discovery.

Who we are:

The College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Colorado Boulder is the intellectual core of the university, conducting research, scholarship, creative work and education in more than 60 fields. Our research generates new knowledge, solving some of the world's most critical problems. The college leads nationally in undergraduate and graduate education, bringing world-class research and scholarship to our students, both in and out of the classroom.

What your key responsibilities will be:

Student Facing Interactions
  • Develop trusting, supportive relationships with individual students.
  • Serve as the primary point of contact for academic questions or concerns.
  • Work with students individually through in-person, individual appointments and group meetings, drop-in hours, video conferencing, telephone and email to:
    • Personalize the academic path at CU Boulder
    • Review students' academic records and discuss appropriate course choices
    • Offer co-curricular guidance that complements academic path and goals
    • Lead students in intentional goal setting appropriate to their developmental stage
  • Proactively track, contact and work with special student populations (i.e., high-risk, first generation, students who have not been in for an appointment, students in academic difficulty, high-achieving students, etc.)
  • Lead small groups, workshops and seminars for the purpose of academic exploration; developing academic success strategies, etc.
  • Provide ad hoc coverage, as needed, for any advisor on the same disciplinary team.
  • Participate in New Student Welcome and other recruitment activities as assigned.

Planning/Administrative/Service to College
  • Develop support programs and materials for student success and persistence initiatives.
  • Liaise with assigned departments, building and maintaining vital departmental relationships.
  • Liaise with academic advisors across campus, building and maintain vital cross-campus advising relationships.
  • Liaise with student support professionals across campus.
  • Maintain accurate, detailed records of all advising contacts including but not limited to:
    • majors/minors the student is considering, specific course choices/recommendations and the rationale for those choices, student performance issues (positive/negative) and recommendations made based on performance, referrals to programs and services, as well as goals and relevant experiences expressed by the student.
  • Collaborate with others as part of a team-driven environment.
  • Develop and administer events as assigned by an advising supervisor or director.
  • Participate in unit, department and/or campus-wide committees.
  • Participate in future development and long-range planning for AAC as directed.
  • Participate in new student recruitment activities as assigned and provides advising and mentoring to prospective students and their families.
  • Help ensure the accuracy of their degree audits and, in collaboration with appropriate offices, certify degree completion of assigned students.
  • Represent the AAC, including possible presentations, at potential events offered by other campus offices.

Professional Development and Performance Planning
  • Work closely with supervisor to identify and participate in professional development opportunities, including but not limited to mentoring, relevant conferences, course work, workshops, and research.
  • Participate in ongoing training and professional development activities offered by the AAC and other campus entities.
  • Participate in advising assessment initiatives

What you should know:

This position may require limited evening and weekend hours to support student activities.

We emphasize continued professional development for our advisors.

What we can offer:

The starting salary for this position is $47,800/annually.

The University of Colorado offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO Pass. The University of Colorado Boulder is one of the largest employers in Boulder County and offers an inspiring higher education environment. Learn more about the University of Colorado Boulder.

Be diverse. Be supportive. Be proactive. Be Boulder.


What we require:
  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution.
  • Experience working with students and student success initiatives in a higher education setting.

What you will need:
  • Demonstrated interpersonal excellence with colleagues.

What we'd like you to have:
  • Master's degree from an accredited institution.
  • Experience with academic advising or a related field.
  • Familiarity with Arts and Sciences programs, policies and procedures.
  • Familiarity with student information systems utilized on the CU Boulder campus.
  • Experience/background in Biological Sciences.

Preferred qualifications may be used to further reduce the pool of applicants to those who are most highly qualified.

Special Instructions to Applicants:Please apply by August 20, 2017.

If you have technical difficulties submitting application information, please contact the CU Careers help desk at All other job related inquiries should be directed to the posting contact for this posting.

Application Materials Required:Cover Letter, Resume/CV

Application Materials Instructions:To apply, please submit the following materials to this posting at

1. A current resume.
2. A cover letter that specifically addresses the job requirements and outlines qualifications.

Please combine materials into one document and upload as titled: Last-First-10593.
Please do not upload references at this time.

Job Category: Academic Services

Primary Location: Boulder

Department: B0001 -- Boulder Campus - 10254 - Academic Advising Center

Schedule: Full-time

Posting Date: Aug 11, 2017

Closing Date: Aug 20, 2017

Posting Contact Name: Boulder Campus Human Resources

Posting Contact Email:

Position Number: 00002097