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Specialist - Advisor-Continuing

Michigan State University
East Lansing

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Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
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Job Details

Job no: 766654
Work type: Faculty/Academic Staff
Major Administrative Unit / College: Arts & Humanities, Residential Coll In
Department: Residential College Arts & Human Dean 10006257
Sub Area: FAS- Fac./Acad Staff
Salary: Salary Commensurate with Experience
Location: East Lansing
Categories: Advising/Counseling, Continuing System Academic Staff, Full Time (90-100%), Non-Union
Position Summary


Advising and Working with Students

● Advises students on course selection and monitor students’ progress to graduation;

● Leads implementation of University and College policies and initiatives related to academic advising and student success, including data analysis and strategic planning implementation;

● Certifies students for degrees using current University processes and technologies;

● Has primary action responsibility for all undergraduate, student-specific academic matters and actions, including (but not limited to) approval of course waivers, grief absences, late course drops, withdrawals, warnings, probation, admission and readmission to the college, removal from the college, recess, and dismissal;

● Refers students, when necessary, to other units in the University for assistance with educational, career, and personal concerns, provides proactive solutions, and serves as primary liaison to Student Life offices on campus.

Coordination and Support

● Coordinates the New Student Orientation (NSO) and Fall Welcome program for RCAH and meets with students during orientation to inform them about the major and RCAH community;

● Develops, implements, and assesses student success initiatives regarding RCAH’s extra-curricular experience, including non-course learning outcomes, residential experience, and non-classroom student engagement;

● Coordinates communication and programming for caregivers of RCAH students, including writing welcome letters, organizing caregiver events, and communicating with caregivers in regard to specific concerns;

● Meets regularly with the Associate Dean to review advising and student success accomplishments and goals;

● Provides strategic support for course scheduling, including providing projected course and seat demands;

● Supports Associate Dean and faculty to develop and implement summer “pipeline” and bridge programs.

Training and Collaboration

● Regularly collaborates with the Dean, Associate Dean, and faculty related to retention, enrollment management, curricular issues, etc.;

● Assists in training and serves as a resource to faculty, staff, Associate Dean, and Dean in regard to academic policies and processes.

Committee Participation

● Maintains contact with advisors across campus and liaises with other units, including as RCAH’s representation on the University Advising Leadership Team and other committees (for example UGAAD, College Student Success Group, Registrar’s Office planning, student success and neighborhood retention committees, etc.).


● Supervises advising staff, if any.


● Develops co-curricular programming with other residential colleges, living-learning communities, and undergraduate success initiatives;

● Works with RCAH faculty and staff to support current RCAH registered student organizations.

OTHER (10%)

● Participates in professional development activities, both on and off campus, including conferences, workshops, and seminars to enhance the ability and knowledge to perform as an advisor;

● Other duties as assigned, including RCAH committee service.

Required Qualifications

Master’s Degree in higher education, student development or related field;

At least three years experience in advising, student affairs, student recruitment or other area of higher education;

Demonstrated commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship, age, disability or protected veteran status.

Required Degree


Minimum Requirements

Master’s Degree in higher education, student development or related field;

At least three years experience in advising, student affairs, student recruitment or other area of higher education;

Demonstrated commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.

Desired Qualifications

Demonstrated experience in undergraduate education, particularly in a residential college setting.

Required Application Materials

Please submit a letter of application, resume, and names and contact information for three references.

Together-we-will StatementThe university is requiring all MSU students, faculty and staff to be vaccinated against COVID-19 with limited exceptions. Learn more at: Instructions

This is an in-person position and the successful candidate will work primarily on-campus.

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MSU Statement

Michigan State University has been advancing the common good with uncommon will for more than 160 years. One of the top research universities in the world, MSU pushes the boundaries of discovery and forges enduring partnerships to solve the most pressing global challenges while providing life-changing opportunities to a diverse and inclusive academic community through more than 200 programs of study in 17 degree-granting colleges.

Advertised: Mar 17, 2022 Eastern Daylight Time
Applications close: Mar 17, 2024 Eastern Daylight Time


Working at Michigan State University 

Spartans work every day to advance the common good in uncommon ways.

Together, we tackle some of the world’s toughest problems to find solutions that make life better—from alternative energy to better food safety to breakthrough medical and environmental applications achieved through rare isotope research.

We teach. We explore and we discover. We collaborate and lead. We innovate, inspire, and empower. We achieve our potential and create circumstances that help our students and others achieve theirs.

We're good at it, and we've been at it for more than 150 years.

The nation’s pioneer land-grant university, MSU began as a bold experiment that democratized higher education and helped bring science and innovation into everyday life. The revolutionary concept became a model for the nation.

Today, MSU is one of the top research universities in the world—on one of the biggest, greenest campuses in the nation. Home to nationally ranked and recognized academic, residential college, and service-learning programs, we’re a diverse community of dedicated students and scholars, athletes and artists, scientists and leaders.

In ways both practical and profound, we work to create a stronger, more sustainable, and more hopeful future for all.

Top Distinctions

U.S. News & World Report ranks MSU

  • 29th among the nation’s public universities
  • First in the nation for 19 years for graduate programs in elementary and secondary education
  • First in the nation for graduate programs in nuclear physics and industrial and organizational psychology
  • First in the nation for undergraduate program in supply chain

Recognized for 11 consecutive years as one of the top 100 universities in the world by Shanghai Jiao Tong University in its annual Academic Ranking of World Universities

Ranks 46th among public universities for in-state students in Kiplinger’s 2013 edition of Best Values in Public Colleges

Silver rating from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education’s STARS program, which measures and encourages sustainability in education and research; operations; and planning, administration, and engagement

Member of the prestigious 62-member Association of American Universities

Only university in the country with on-campus medical schools graduating allopathic (MD) and osteopathic (DO) physicians, and veterinarians (DVMs)

Among the largest single-campus residence hall system in the country with 27 halls in five neighborhoods and two apartment villages.


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