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Academic Advisor

The University of Kansas
Lawrence, KS

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Academic Affairs, International Programs, Student Affairs, Academic Advising
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Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
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Position OverviewThe Academic Advisor in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (College Advising & Student Services) is part of a fast paced office, serving a large caseload of excited undergraduate students pursuing degrees in the liberal arts and sciences. This position advises students interested in a particular field of study within the academic units using a variety of delivery methods, and conducts targeted outreach to higher risk students. Benefits include some hybrid work flexibility, the opportunity to partner with department leaders on student success matters, and the ultimate reward of making a difference in our students’ lives as they navigate this key time in preparation for their future.

The Academic Advisor helps create an advising environment where differences are valued and each person is supported. Students work with their academic advisor and are also connected to faculty advisors/mentors in their chosen area of studies. This position also collaborates with campus partners on key advising initiatives.

Academic Advisors bring a positive, collaborative attitude to the CASS team, and help maintain a supportive atmosphere both within their division and in College Advising & Student Services as a whole.

All report to a senior advising leader in College Advising & Student Services, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences.
Job Description75% - Provides individual advising and targeted outreach to students in assigned departments, including focus on students in higher risk categories.
  • Serves as initial point of advising contact for students in partnership with undergraduate coordinator or other faculty advisor/mentor in the academic unit. Connects students with faculty to explore shared area-specific interests and opportunities.
  • Focuses additional efforts on students in higher risk categories.
  • Connects with students in at-risk groups at the direction of senior advisor using comprehensive outreach/communication plan as guide.
  • Works with students who are in “notice” status to complete academic action plan.
  • Serves individual students at all advising functions related to new student orientations.
  • Ensures students engage in the shared completion of a detailed semester-by-semester graduation plan.
  • Covers long range progression plans and has ongoing discussions with students regarding opportunities for support and engagement, including career possibilities, and other opportunities such as study abroad, research, internships, and clubs.
  • Tracks students in targeted concern groups who have not engaged in advising services.
  • Completes periodic follow up contacts by various means to encourage students to connect each semester.
  • Reviews student feedback regarding satisfaction of advising services and determines with CASS team the best approach for any needed targeted improvements.
10% - Maintains current knowledge of University and College policies and procedures affecting undergraduate education at KU.
  • Effectively communicates and explains policies and procedures to students and stakeholders.
  • Collaborates with faculty on matters relating to University undergraduate policy and procedures, including student petitions, the curricular and program change process, and the Academic Catalog. Offers feedback as appropriate from a student/advisor perspective.
  • At request of unit, attends undergraduate faculty meetings, admissions and awards committee meetings.
  • Collaborates with faculty regarding use of systems related to advising.
5% - Assists with faculty advisor training and curriculum feedback.
  • Assists with training as needed to new faculty undergraduate coordinators and advisors on the basics of advising, policy, and procedures.
  • Works with College departments to offer feedback from a student/advisor perspective and provide reports, as departments develop innovative curriculum paths that allow for a more seamless completion of the major. May assist with curriculum process as needed.
5% - Collaborates with campus partners on key advising initiatives.
  • Working with senior advisors, collaborates with campus partners, including liaisons with Undergraduate Advising Center advisors, to facilitate students’ progression from exploration to chosen pathway, giving attention to support services throughout their undergraduate academic career.
  • As a member of the CASS team, works with the University Career Center to connect students to a variety of resources available to assist students in the career readiness process.
5% - Other duties as assigned.
Required Qualifications
  1. Bachelor’s degree with one-year relevant experience.
  2. One year minimum experience working in a college or university setting, or one year working directly with students/youth outside of a college or university setting as evidenced by application materials.
  3. One year minimum of work experience that demonstrates ability to perform detailed work, prioritize multiple tasks, and meet deadlines as evidenced by application materials.
  4. Demonstrated strong communication and organizational skills as evidenced by letter of application and work history.
Preferred Qualifications
  1. Master's degree.
  2. Degree in the liberal arts and sciences.
  3. Demonstrated academic advising experience with students in a college or university setting.
  4. Demonstrated experience working at an institution with large student populations.
  5. Demonstrated experience with and commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts.
  6. Knowledge of KU and the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences' requirements, policies, and procedures.
  7. Demonstrated experience with relevant computerized student information and communication systems, including but not limited to, Excel, Access, and Tableau.
Additional Candidate InstructionsA complete online application includes a resume, cover letter and contact information for three professional references.
Application deadline is Nov 8th, 2021. For first consideration, please apply before that date.
Contact Information to ApplicantsBridget Bradley
[email protected]
785-864-3500 Advertised Salary Range$40,000 Work Schedule40 hours/week Application Review Begins09-Nov-2021 Anticipated Start Date06-Dec-2021


Working at the University of Kansas 

Join the University of Kansas, and you’ll become part of a Jayhawk family that spans the globe. Wear your KU shirt in London, Istanbul, Buenos Aires, Nairobi or anywhere else, and you will likely hear a resounding “Rock Chalk!” from a stranger. Of course, the appropriate response is an enthusiastic “Jayhawk!” Because, after all, they’re not really strangers, they’re family.

The Jayhawk community is united by more than 150 years of tradition and by our commitment to pushing the boundaries of knowledge, transforming the academic experience, and creating solutions through innovative research. KU’s mission is to lift students and society by educating leaders, building healthy communities and making discoveries that change the world.  

The University of Kansas is the state’s flagship university and one of just 66 invited members of the prestigious Association of American Universities (AAU). We consistently earn high rankings for academics and recognition as a premier research university.

KU faculty and staff embrace our role as the state’s flagship university, AAU member and R1 institution that serves the state, nation and world. We celebrate the energy and compassion that infuse the Jayhawk spirit; and, we remain true to KU’s historic values: the elevating force of education, the transformative power of research and the healing power of service.

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging 

The University of Kansas is committed to a learning and workplace environment that is representative of our nation and global society, accepts and values everyone, appreciates our common humanity and understands that our multiple differences are the cornerstone of academic preparation, professional excellence and distinction. KU must be a place where all people feel they belong and have access to resources and support that help them attain their educational and professional goals.

We recognize there are inequalities and privileges generated by historical and persistent intersecting differences by race, ethnicity, gender identities, gender expressions, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, age, abilities, religion, regional background, veteran status, citizenship status and nationality. And we hold ourselves accountable for policies, processes and programs that appreciate these and other differences and create more fair, safe and just learning, working and living environments for KU students, faculty and staff.


KU offers a broad array of undergraduate and graduate study programs, and we fulfill our mission through academic and research programs of international distinction, coupled with outstanding libraries, teaching museums and information technology. These resources enrich the academic experience for students from all 50 states and 112 countries, and provide enrichment resources for KU faculty and staff.


The university attains high levels of research productivity and recognizes that faculty are part of a network of scholars and academicians that shape a discipline as well as teach it. KU staff are integral to our research success, participating in and supporting discoveries that expand knowledge and improve lives.


The university and our employees serve society through research, teaching and the preservation and dissemination of knowledge. KU's academic programs, arts facilities and public programs provide cultural enrichment opportunities for the larger community. And, KU offers educational, research and service programs throughout the state. KU employees are encouraged to participate in and serve the campus and surrounding communities in a way that is meaningful to them.

International Dimension 

KU offers more than 100 programs of international study and cooperative research for KU students and faculty at sites around the world. The university offers teaching and research that draw upon and contribute to the most advanced developments throughout the United States and abroad. At the same time, KU's extensive international ties support economic development in Kansas.


The University of Kansas, our students and employees are committed to excellence. We foster a multicultural, inclusive environment in which the dignity and rights of individuals are respected. Intellectual diversity, integrity and disciplined inquiry in the search for knowledge are of paramount importance.

Our City and State 

KU sits atop Mt. Oread in the center of Lawrence, a town full of natural beauty and culture. In fact, Rolling Stone magazine named Lawrence one of the best college towns in the United States. Lawrence is home to more than 100,000 people, and has a charming, Midwestern friendliness that welcomes visitors and celebrates diversity. In addition to KU, Lawrence is home to Haskell Indian Nations University, the premiere tribal university in the United States.

Lawrence’s historic and thriving downtown features restaurants, nightlife and local shops offering unique finds that you won’t find anywhere else. The town has more than 50 parks, an encompassing mixed-use trail, and quick access to biking/hiking trails along the Kansas River and around Clinton Lake. A five-minute drive from Lawrence, Clinton Lake offers fishing, boating, beaches, camping and other outdoor activities.

Located just 40 minutes west of Kansas City, Lawrence offers the appeal of a mid-size, suburban town with quick access to the amenities of a large city, including an international airport. The Kansas City metro area is home to world-class museums and cultural activities, Jazz clubs and other nightlife venues, expansive shopping options, and exciting professional sports with the Kansas City Chiefs, Kansas City Royals and Sporting KC.

Kansas is in the center of the country, making it convenient and cost effective to fly or drive to destinations throughout the United States. Far from flat, the Flint Hills, just 90 minutes from Lawrence, offer panoramic vistas that showcase the breathtaking beauty of America.

Making KU Your Home 

Something about Lawrence is magnetic. Long-time residents are never surprised when a KU student or employee from out of state decides to make Lawrence their permanent home. And, even those who do leave often find themselves returning to “the nest” at some point in the future. In fact, Lawrence has been named by several publications as one of the best places to retire.

At the University of Kansas, you’ll join a global Jayhawk family and find a place to call home.

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