Academic advisors support the mission of the University of Minnesota Crookston by assisting students in course selection and planning, educational goals, and graduation requirements. Advisors work with students to develop course plans that support their career choices and degree requirements; recommend and/or approve exceptions to registration and other related academic policies and procedures; assist students through their college transition and academic milestones; provide support through academic difficulties and learning, psychological, or physical challenges. Academic advisors are responsive to college UMN Crookston’s strategic initiatives in the areas of enrollment management; diversity, equity, and inclusion, and student engagement.
- Recognizes, affirms, and helps students to draw upon cultural, communal, and identity-based ways of knowing, being, and doing to achieve educational outcomes.
- Applies a thorough knowledge of curricular options, requirements, policies, and academic planning skills to assist a caseload of 200-300 on-campus and/or online students in making registration choices that promote degree progress and attainment while optimizing collegiate engagement experiences.
- Monitors student progress in order to proactively and, when necessary, intrusively intervene, advocate, and recommend resources and solutions to academic difficulties and barriers student experience in policies and processes.
- Demonstrates self-awareness of one's own cultural beliefs, perspectives, and privileges as a part of meeting the needs of all students in a fair, caring, and non-discriminatory manner.
- In collaboration with faculty mentors, coaches on-campus and online students through major and career decision-making processes to assist students in degree completion.
- Creates and utilizes a network of relationships with faculty, and student affairs educators to effectively deliver advising and support services.
- Applies strong interpersonal techniques including active listening, empathetic responses, and questioning through in-person and virtual interactions to develop trusting relationships with students in order to promote their sense of belonging to campus.
- Demonstrates a strong commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion by creating and establishing practices that are appropriate for students' individual needs and identities.
- Critically applies various student development theories and advising practices to assess readiness and then appropriately challenge and support students with diverse assets, needs, backgrounds, and talents to make informed decisions about personal, academic, and career goals.
- Reviews student records and progress to certify degree completion and determine academic standing related to satisfactory progress policies and guidelines.
- Evaluates and acts upon requests for exception to policy through petitions; consults as appropriate with colleagues, faculty, and academic administrators in making final decisions.
- Executes detailed degree planning through the use of technology and interpretation of data to communicate accurate information about students.
- Counsels students using independent judgment and problem-solving skills.
Programming & Initiatives:
- Participates in the planning and implementation of student success initiatives, workshops, orientations, and other programs.
- Offer new, creative, and innovative approaches and practices to accomplish academic advising goals including the use of group modalities
- Provides input on the development, evaluation, and continuous improvement of advising systems and processes.
- Contributes toward program development and evaluation metrics.
- Leverages existing technology to foster better outreach to students to promote timely academic progress toward degree.
Review of application materials will begin April 15, 2019 and will continue until the position is filled. Visit https://www.myu.umn.edu/employment for complete instructions on how to apply electronically.
The University of Minnesota Crookston (UMC) is one of five campuses comprising the University of Minnesota system. UMC is dedicated to equitable and inclusive education as well as to its access mission as a land-grant university. With an enrollment of 1,800 students spanning on-campus and online programs, UMC serves the highest proportions of first generation, low-income, and adult learner populations within the University of Minnesota system. The racial diversity of the student body is significantly higher than that of the region, though it lags behind the demographics of elementary and high schools in the region. UMC has strategically committed to closing this gap by further diversifying its faculty, student affairs staff, and student body. As a part of its commitment to comprehensive equity and inclusion, UMC is a leading educational provider for college students from rural communities. Located in the small college town of Crookston, Minnesota, UMC proudly carries on a tradition of over a century of educational service to northwestern Minnesota. UMC delivers educational programs that build upon a broad academic foundation and combine theory, practice, and experimentation in a technologically rich environment. Since 1993, UMC has equipped all on-campus students and faculty with laptop computers in a technology-rich environment. UMC has received national recognition for the value of its education, and U.S. News has named UMC as one of its top three “Midwest Top Public Regional Colleges” for 22 consecutive years.
POSITION: Twelve-month, full-time, annual renewable position based on funding and performance starting July 1, 2019 or as soon as possible thereafter. Budgeted salary range is $40,000 to $50,000 per year plus benefits. Benefits package includes retirement, medical, dental, disability and life insurance. Complete benefits package can be viewed as the following web page: http://www1.umn.edu/ohr/eb/uplan/summary.htm.
Masters degree in student affairs, counseling, or a closely related areas; one year of full-time or two years of part-time professional work experience in academic advising, student affairs, or a closely related field; demonstrated self-awareness, cultural competence, and achievement in working with diverse student populations. Final job offer is contingent upon a completed background check, receipt of official college transcripts and authorization to work in the United States.
Three years of full-time professional work experience in academic advising, student affairs, or a closely related field; experience working in a one-stop or similar multifunctional student success center; proficiency in a second language, preferably Spanish; demonstrated commitment to the land-grant mission of the University of Minnesota Crookston, especially as related to access and student success; strong interpersonal and communication skills; and proven ability to work collaboratively with faculty, student affairs educators, and students.