Academic Advisor

Colorado Springs, CO
Jun 04, 2021
Administrative Jobs
Student Affairs, Academic Advising
Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
Partnering with students to successfully navigate college is the mission of Academic Advising at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs. Academic advisors at UCCS accomplish this mission by providing high quality, personalized, and comprehensive advising to degree seeking students from orientation through graduation. Advisors partner with students and the campus community to empower students to take ownership of their education and be successful in college. Advisors support and challenge students in their learning and development by:

  1. Providing practical and developmental guidance that respects each student’s individual path,
  2. Facilitating student exploration and navigation of educational and personal goals,
  3. Developing strategies for student success in college and connecting students to opportunities and resources available for their growth, and
  4. Helping students to develop self-authorship and personal responsibility and to value higher education as they engage in their educational journey.
Who We Are:
The University of Colorado Colorado Springs (UCCS) is one of four campuses in the University of Colorado system and is home to over 10,500 undergraduate and 1,900 graduate students.
Colorado Springs  (pop. 400K+) is situated at the base of Pikes Peak, offers many recreational and cultural activities and was recently ranked by U.S. News & World Report as one of the top Best Places to Live in the U.S.

Job Duties:

  • Provide proactive and developmental academic advising to undergraduate students by analyzing student’s career and academic goals, degree progress, deficiencies and test results, and by recommending appropriate course of action or referrals.
  • Interpret and communicate accurate information about campus policies and degree requirements.
  • Provide essential advising information to new students at orientations and help students get registered for their first semester of classes before the end of the orientation session.
  • Evaluate transfer credit from other colleges for application toward undergraduate degree programs by determining how the transfer courses equate to our requirements.
  • Work closely with academic and other departments, while providing outstanding customer service.
  • Determine how to best facilitate the student’s success and development and provide advising that improves overall student retention.
  • Contribute to the success of the department and University by abiding by team norms, accomplishing tasks affecting other team members in a timely manner, work closely with team members in creating presentations and advising resources, and representing Academic Advising in a professional way at all times. 
  • Appropriately document all contact with students, including appointment notes, email, and phone conversations.
  • Actively participate in department initiatives for student success, including required first year advising and early alert outreach and intervention.
  • Collaborate with campus departments and partners such as Career Services and Office of First Year Experience to support student success.
  • Practice effective management of student caseload and seek out improvements in students’ advising experience.
  • Job Competencies:

  • Knowledge of student services programs, including student recruitment, academic advising, and admission policies and procedures.  Demonstrated knowledge of student advising strategies.
  • Demonstrated level of competency in public relations, customer service, and communication. 
  • Energetic, pro-active, and service-driven, exhibiting a balance of initiative and team orientation.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Excellent presentation skills.
  • Demonstrated experience working with diverse populations in a multi-cultural environment that is committed to diversity and equality in education.
  • Excellent organizational skills; capable of handling a great deal of detail effectively.
  • Demonstrated ability to exercise independent judgment; identify and resolve problems.
  • Ability to uphold the values of UCCS and academic advising at UCCS
    • We are Student-Centered, understanding that we exist for students and we work hard to appropriately support and challenge our students from orientation through graduation.
    • We are Inclusive, believing that all students should have access to equitable, safe, and supportive advising.
    • We are Collaborative, believing advisors must work closely with students and the campus community to connect students to faculty, resources and opportunities available at UCCS.
    • We are Innovative, understanding that to achieve our mission we must continue to improve and evolve our office and our advising practices to better meet the needs of students and the campus community.
    • We are Relational, believing that students are best served by advisors who ask questions, get to know students, and work with students beyond course selection.
    • We are Responsible to students, the campus, and to higher education, and will provide timely, accurate, intentional, and high quality advising to students. We will always operate with integrity as ethical, professional, and respectful members of our UCCS and Academic Advising communities.
  • This position has been determined to be eligible for overtime (non-exempt) under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

    What We Offer:

    Salary Range: Generally starting at: $36,403 - $45,504. Typically starts at $40,000 - $41,000

    The salary of the finalist(s) selected for this role will be set based on a variety of factors, including but not limited to, internal equity, experience, education, specialty and training.

    The University of Colorado offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid vacation and time off, and a tuition benefit. Information on university benefits programs, including eligibility, is located at Total compensation goes beyond the value on the paycheck.  Please consider reviewing the Total Compensation page at Total Compensation Calculators | University of Colorado.

    Tentative Search Timeline:

    • The potential dates for interviews with the search committee will be the week of 7/5/2021.
    • The potential dates for interviews with the supervisor and appointing authority will be the week of 7/12/2021.
    • The potential employee start date is 8/1/2021.
    The University of Colorado Colorado Springs is committed to providing a safe and productive learning, living and working community. To assist in achieving this goal, we conduct background investigations for all prospective applicants being considered for employment. Background investigations include a criminal history record check, and when appropriate, a financial and/or motor vehicle history check. 

    UCCS is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. In compliance with applicable laws and in furtherance of its commitment to fostering an environment that welcomes and embraces diversity, the University of Colorado does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, disability, age, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, political affiliation or political philosophy in its programs or activities, including employment, admissions, and educational programs. Alternative formats of this ad can be provided upon request for individuals with disabilities by contacting the Office of Human Resources at (719) 255-3372.

    To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each of the established essential functions and meet the physical and environment demands described satisfactorily. The requirements listed are representative of the knowledge, skill, ability, physical and environmental conditions required of the employee on the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions, physical and environmental demands.

    Applicants with disabilities: If you have a mental or physical impairment, which limits one of your major life activities (e.g. walking, hearing, seeing, speaking, breathing, or learning) and require special accommodations for testing or interviewing, it is your responsibility to notify the office scheduling the interview or test at least 3 working days before the interview or test date.  If you need special accommodations at the work site, you must notify the appointing authority or Human Resources.

    The Immigration Reform and Control Act requires that verification of employment eligibility be documented for all new employees by the end of the third day of work.

    Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university.
  • One (1) to two (2) years progressively responsible experience in advising college level students or other work in directly assisting students in supporting their educational and developmental needs.
  • Physical Requirements:

    While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to sit. Employee is occasionally required to move. Tasks may involve using a computer screen continuously for long periods of time. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 20 pounds.

    Job Category: Academic Services
    Primary Location: Colorado Springs
    Schedule: Full-time
    Posting Date: Jun 2, 2021
    Unposting Date: Ongoing

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