Job description


Job no: 97515-AS
Work type: Staff-Full Time
Location: Madison
Categories: Academic Advising, Student Services/Support

Position Summary:

The Advisor/Native Student Services Specialist, which is located in the Center for Educational Opportunity, will provide culturally sensitive academic counseling and support services to CeO particpants with a focus on serving Native American/American Indian college students to achieve academic excellence.

The overall mission of CeO is to increase access, retention, and graduation rates at the University of Wisconsin - Madison for CeO Scholars. In order to achieve this, CeO advisors and staff embrace a personal approach and provide support in every aspect of the student's path to achievement and sucess. These services include: Structured First and Second Year Experience; Support for Scholars with Disabilities, CeO Classes, Academic Advising; Academic Coaching; Guilding Peers to Success Mentoring Program; Career Advising; Study Abroad Advising; Assistance with Financial Aid, Housing, and Other University Services; Graduate School and Professional School Advising; Cultural and Social Activities; and Informational Resources.

The CeO Advisor provides individual and group academic advising to support college transition, persistence, and graduation for students enrolled in the Center for Educational Opportunity, with a particular emphasis in helping Native American and American Indian student populations. This position assists students with navigating campus, identifying resources and opportunities, exploring educational options and understanding academic requirements. This position is part of a professional team with a commitment to student development, collaboration, equity and diversity in education. Other responsibilities include advising documentation and reporting, program planning and implementation (i.e., orientation, student recognition), with an effort to support the objectives of CeO.

Successful candidates have knowledge and understanding of college academic advising, supporting and working with a diverse student population, along with excellent skills in communication, problem-solving, organization, and college-knowledge. This position is part of a committed team of student service professionals and requires a genuine desire to assist college students in achieving academic success.

This position reports to the Advising Manager.

Position Duties:

List of Duties

Institutional Statement on Diversity:

Diversity is a source of strength, creativity, and innovation for UW-Madison. We value the contributions of each person and respect the profound ways their identity, culture, background, experience, status, abilities, and opinion enrich the university community. We commit ourselves to the pursuit of excellence in teaching, research, outreach, and diversity as inextricably linked goals.

The University of Wisconsin-Madison fulfills its public mission by creating a welcoming and inclusive community for people from every background - people who as students, faculty, and staff serve Wisconsin and the world.

For more information on diversity and inclusion on campus, please visit: Diversity and Inclusion

Degree and Area of Specialization:

Bachelor's degree required. Master's degree preferred.

Minimum Years and Type of Relevant Work Experience:

Experience working with and in American Indian communities and/or Native American Student Pre-college or college support services with an educational and cultural focus.
At least one year of professional college/university student services, advising and/or administrative experience required.
Demonstrated high level of cultural competency and success working with students.
Experience and confidence in advising underrepresented students from an array of diverse backgrounds including those who are first-generation college students and/or students from economically diverse backgrounds and/or students with disabilities.
Ability to work with Tribal communities and demonstrated knowledge of Tribal traditions in theory and practice.
Excellent oral and written communication and organizational skills are essential.
Ability to effectively advise in course and major selection, career development and transitional issues.
Availability to work evenings and weekends as necessary is required.

Additional Information:

The Division of Diversity, Equity and Educational Achievement is not able to sponsor work visas for this position, thus, in compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify eligibility to work in the United States by completing the require I-9 form upon hire.

A criminal background check is required.

Additional knowledge and skills preferred:
At least two years of full-time work experience in working with undergraduate and/or precollege students, college advising or counseling, student services, orientation, student affairs, housing/residence life, counseling, enrollment management or other related areas.
-Knowledge of university policies and procedures, electronic advising tools, and campus/community resources.
-Previous work experience with TRIO programs (Talent Search, Upward Bound, Student Support Services, or McNair) or programs that serve similar populations.
-Demonstrated knowledge or willingness to learn about the financial aid process in a higher education setting.
-Technical skills in database, presentation, scheduling, spreadsheets and word processing software, web forms and related tools.
-Experience working with the Degree Audit Reporting System (DARS) and Student Information System (SIS) or similar tools.
-Ability to collaborate and connect with campus partners including schools and colleges, registrar, dean of students, career services, admissions, financial aid, health services, housing, and academic support services.
Outstanding interpersonal skills as well as a commitment to helping scholars achieve personal and academic excellence.



Work Type:

Full Time: 100%

Appointment Type, Duration:



Minimum $38,276 ANNUAL (12 months)
Depending on Qualifications

Instructions to Applicants:

Please click on the "Apply Online" button to start the application process. Applicants will be asked to upload a resume and cover letter outlining relevant qualifications and experience. In your cover letter, please specifically address your professional experience working with American Indian tribal communities and American Indian/Native American students. In addition, you will be asked to provide 3 professional references that are relevant to the position in which you are applying for. Pay will be based on experience and qualifications.


Kate O Connor
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Employment Class:

Academic Staff-Renewable

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The University of Wisconsin is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer. We promote excellence through diversity and encourage all qualified individuals to apply.

If you need to request an accommodation because of a disability, you can find information about how to make a request at the following website:

Employment will require a criminal background check. It will also require you and your references to answer questions regarding sexual violence and sexual harassment.

The University of Wisconsin System will not reveal the identities of applicants who request confidentiality in writing, except that the identity of the successful candidate will be released. See Wis. Stat. sec. 19.36(7).

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Applications Open: Apr 29 2019 Central Daylight Time
Applications Close: Jun 3 2019 11:55 PM Central Daylight Time




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Posted: 5/13/2019
Application Due: 6/3/2019
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