Academic Advisor

Job description

The College of Arts and Sciences is now accepting applications for an Academic Advisor in the Division of Natural Sciences. This professional advising position is responsible for building relationships with students by providing multidisciplinary, developmental academic advising for undergraduates in the College of Arts & Sciences with an emphasis on majors within the Division of Natural Sciences. These departmental majors include:

  • Astrophysical and Planetary Sciences
  • Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences (ATOC - formerly PAOS)
  • Biology - Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (formerly EPO Biology)
  • Biology - Molecular, Cellular, & Developmental
  • Chemistry and Biochemistry
  • Computer Science
  • Geological Sciences
  • Integrative Physiology (formerly Kinesiology and Applied Physiology)
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Psychology and Neuroscience

College of Arts and Sciences academic 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. In addition to one-on-one interactions, Advisors work with students in group settings via workshops, presentations, campus events, and other activities. In this job you will:
  • Provide advising to students on College and University programs, with a focus on programs aligned with their disciplinary team (Natural Sciences, Biological Sciences, and/or Psychology and Neuroscience)
  • Provide detailed and accurate information to students on major and general education requirements; graduation requirements; and opportunities for additional majors, minors and certificates both within their disciplinary areas and beyond
  • Provide detailed and accurate information to both students majoring in natural science fields and non-majors regarding course sequences, prerequisites and placement exams, suitability of transfer credit and advanced placement credit
  • Utilize degree audits as a tool to monitor student progress through to graduation; review and certify graduation for students in the fall, spring and summer
  • Participate in new Student Programs and advising, including:
    • Orientation sessions
    • Group and one-on-one advising for incoming first year and transfer students
    • Support the transfer articulation process and procedures.
  • Serve as a point of contact, along with the advising supervisor, for faculty within disciplinary areas and participate on curriculum committees and departmental workgroups, as appropriate
  • Implement retention initiatives and programs
  • Represent the College of Arts and Sciences on University and College committees
  • Partner with the Office of Admissions to work with prospective students and their families
  • Contribute to developing student learning outcomes and assessment

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.
  • Monitor degree audits and, in collaboration with appropriate offices, certify degree completion of assigned students.

Planning/Administrative/Service to College
  • Develop support programs and materials for student success and persistence initiatives.
  • Liaise regularly with departmental faculty to ensure understanding of curricula, departmental goals and career/research opportunities.
  • Liaise with advisors across campus, building and maintain vital cross-campus relationships.
  • Liaise with student support professionals across campus.
  • Maintain accurate, detailed records of all advising contacts.
  • 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 provide advising and mentoring to prospective students and their families.
  • Represent the AAC, including possible presentations, at potential events offered by other campus offices.

Salary and Benefits:

The starting salary for this position is $47,500.00, commensurate with experience.

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:
  • A bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university.
  • Two years of professional experience providing academic advising and/or support undergraduate students in a post-secondary.

What you will need:
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both in writing and orally.
  • Ability to develop detailed understanding of curricula offered by departments and the relationships between the courses in those curricula.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with employees at all levels throughout the institution.
  • Outstanding customer service skills.
  • Demonstrated commitment to advancing diversity and inclusion.
  • Demonstrated success in working with students from diverse backgrounds and within a multicultural environment.
  • Demonstrated ability to work as a member of a team and within a collaborative work environment.
  • Exceptional organizational, planning, analytical and technical skills.
  • Exceptional attention to detail.
  • Ability to work independently, prioritize multiple projects and requests, and work in a fast-paced environment.
  • Demonstrated passion for working with students from entry to graduation within a high-volume setting.

What we'd like you to have:
  • Bachelor's degree in the natural sciences or related field.
  • Master's or Ph.D. degree from an accredited college or university.
  • Experience counseling, coaching, advising, teaching, and/or mentoring college students, specifically college freshmen and transfer students.
  • Established skills and experience utilizing technology that support academic advising practices.
  • Experience or background related to Natural Sciences, Biological Sciences and/or Psychology and Neuroscience.
  • Successful experience working with faculty.
  • Successful experience enforcing and explaining complex College and University policies.
  • Significant experience cultivating relationships across campus offices, including but not limited to student affairs.

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 March 21, 2018.

If you have technical difficulties submitting application information, please contact the CU Careers help desk at [email protected]. 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-12813.
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: Mar 7, 2018

Closing Date: Mar 21, 2018, 10:59:00 PM

Posting Contact Name: Boulder Campus Human Resources

Posting Contact Email: [email protected]

Position Number: 00685965





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Posted: 3/8/2018
Application Due: 3/22/2018
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