First-Year Academic Advisor

Job description

Areas of Intereset: Academic Advising
Functional Areas: Academic Affairs
Department: Office of Undergraduate Education
Requisition Number: 12429
Location: Boulder, Colorado
Employment Type: University Staff
Schedule: Full-Time
Posting Close Date: 15-Aug-2018

Job Summary

The Academic Advising Center, within the College of Arts & Sciences, welcomes applications for a First-Year Academic Advisor. As part of the campus-wide First Year Advising Network, First-Year Advisors at CU Boulder work in a team setting and are committed to building collaborative, student-centered relationships that support achievement of academic success, promote personal and professional development, and foster a sense of community. First-Year Advisors educate the whole student through a developmental, student-focused approach and are charged with developing and implementing advising strategies and interventions to enhance the performance and persistence of students throughout their first year on campus, along with contributing to the development of student learning outcomes and assessment.

First-Year Advisors provide multidisciplinary academic and developmental advising for first-year undergraduates with interests that span the full complement of academic options within the College of Arts & Sciences. Advisors may focus on students within a particular subset of disciplines within the college or may work with students who are exploring all disciplines.

This is a position that focuses on exploration, discovery, and supportive connection with students, which requires a specialized knowledge base across many disciplines as well as a keen understanding of related functional areas. First-Year Advisors demonstrate an enthusiastic attitude and passion for working with students; are comfortable engaging with large numbers of students via diverse and active outreach methods; and exhibit a customer service orientation and strong communication skills. Other important aspects of this role include liaising with individuals and departments across campus, a commitment to professional growth and development, and strong dedication to team collaboration and innovation.

Who We Are

The AAC strives to be the primary source of support to students in the College of Arts and Sciences, helping them to identify, develop, pursue, and attain meaningful educational and personal goals. We believe that when students structure their goals toward the growth of inclusion, diversity, and equity, those goals become more socially and personally meaningful, more educated and more educational.

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

Undergraduate Academic Advising

  • Provide individual and small group work with students (via scheduled appointments, drop-ins, phone, online video, and email interactions).
  • Follow all advising protocols and utilize campus advising tools such as MyCUHub and will maintain a multidisciplinary knowledge base.
  • Assist students in planning for and making informed decisions about a choice of major, intended college outcomes, and potential career or graduate school direction; they help students to assess their interests, values and academic skills; they teach students how to navigate the systems, academic processes and policies at CU-Boulder; they review students’ academic records and discuss appropriate course choices; and they work with students to personalize their academic path, including offering co-curricular guidance that complements their goals and leading them in regular long-term planning.
  • Offer availability to students’ overall support network, including parents.
  • Work with students in group settings via workshops and presentations, and may be asked to teach academic exploration and support courses.

Outreach and Support

  • Proactively track, contact, and work with special student populations (e.g., early alert, high-risk, first generation, students who have not been in for an appointment, students in academic difficulty, high-achieving students, etc.).
  • Participate in student-facing activities, as assigned.
  • Participate in first-year programming, both college-based and campus-wide, and collaborates with faculty and other academic advisors.
  • Develop, coordinate, and assess programming for the College’s new student welcome events, onboarding, and enrollment.

Strategic Planning

  • Plan and collaborate with the First Year Advising Network as well as the Arts & Sciences advising team, including regular meetings, trainings, and evaluation. This will include targeted meetings with specific constituents as well as attendance at greater organizational meetings and participation in cross-campus committees as necessary.

Professional Development

  • Professional development, including but not limited to relevant conferences, mentoring opportunities, coursework, workshops, and research.

What You Should Know

  • Occasional evening and weekend hours necessary.

What We Can Offer

The salary for this position is $48,000.


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.

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What We Require

  • Completed Bachelor's Degree and minimum of one (1) year of professional, related experience; OR a Master’s Degree.
  • Experience with student success initiatives.

What You Will Need

  • Ability to communicate effectively, both in writing and orally.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with employees at all levels throughout the institution.
  • Outstanding customer service skills.
  • 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-pace environment.
  • Demonstrated passion for working with students within a high-volume setting.
  • Sensitivity to and appreciation of cultural, political, and geographical differences, with ability to work well with faculty, staff, and students from around the world.
  • Demonstrated commitment and leadership ability to advance diversity and inclusion.
  • Willingness to work in an environment which may demand some flexibility or evening/weekend work.

What We Would Like You To Have

  • Bachelor's Degree and three (3) years of professional, related experience; OR a Master’s Degree in higher education or related field and one (1) year of professional, related experience working with students in a higher education setting.
  • Experience in academic advising.
  • Experience working with first-year or exploring students.
  • Experience interacting with parents of college students.
  • Experience working with faculty.
  • Classroom teaching experience.
  • Familiarity with CU Boulder majors, minors, and certificate programs and undergraduate policies and processes.
  • Established skills and experience utilizing technologies that support academic advising best practices.

Special Instructions

To apply, please submit the following materials:

1. A current resume.

2. A cover letter that specifically addresses how your background and experience align with the requirements, qualifications and responsibilities of the position.

You will not be asked to upload references at this time.

Posting Contact Name: Boulder Campus Human Resources

Posting Contact Email: [email protected]

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Posted: 8/12/2018
Application Due: 8/13/2018
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