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Academic Success Coordinator

Categories: Rocky Mountain Region 10




Colorado State University

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Position Description

The Department of Biology at Colorado State University has established a team of Academic Success Coordinators (ASCs) to promote student retention and success through a variety of advising and program activities designed to assist students in making critical transitions, developing academic plans, connecting with academic units and campus resources and engaging with learning communities. The team of ASCs emphasize and enhance students’ abilities and they support the campus priority for a diverse and supportive learning environment.The Department of Biology seeks an individual who will join the advising team and strengthen departmental efforts to provide quality advising and promote undergraduate student success. The ASC will be a full time, regular, administrative professional position. This position will support an innovative and holistic approach to providing students with the assistance, guidance and resources necessary to be successful. The primary functions of the ASC will be to foster successful transition to the university environment by students in their initial semesters, to promote appropriate choice of majors and use of action plans to support timely graduation.The ASC, in collaboration with faculty, will promote undergraduate student success by working directly with students majoring in Biological Science, Botany and Zoology to foster their academic success. The ASC will work closely with the Assistant Chair for Undergraduate Programs, Undergraduate Coordinator, Curriculum Committee and other advising staff, and will report to the Biology Department Chair.


  • Advise students on academic requirements, scheduling classes and university policies related to academics
  • Advise transfer students at Orientations, reviewing transfer evaluations to clarify and recommend any needed re-evaluations
  • Advise new students at summer Orientations
  • Assist students on academic probation to improve GPA and overcome academic difficulties
  • Make appropriate referrals to campus resources for academic or personal support
  • Guide students in preparing to enter health professions and professional and graduate schools
  • Counsel students on career planning including career exploration, decision-making, preparation, internships, and job search
  • Provide students with easy access to timely and relevant information by posting items on Facebook and contribute to other informational resources (such as an email newsletter)
  • Contribute to ongoing development of the departmental First Year Seminar, improving course materials and analyzing student data
  • Classroom instruction & grading
  • Design and present workshops and/or presentations on advising and departmental topics for various events and groups on campus. (i.e. Orientation, Ram Welcome, Curriculum Workshops)Assessment
  • Track success indicators of cohorts of entering Biology/Zoology majors; measure progress of individual students
  • Participate in assessment of advising services
  • Utilize information provided by other assessments to best meet individual student needs
  • Assist in gathering and reporting data in the form of an annual reportAdministrative Tasks
  • Help maintain written biology curriculum rules and department processes and update changes on the Biology Department Website
  • Electronically document appointment notes
  • Send emails on advising services and information policies
  • Assist coordination of meetings, activities and field trips for Biology and Zoology Clubs
  • Write letters of recommendation and letters of support for academic appeals for students as appropriate
  • Participate on undergraduate studies committeeOutreach
  • Meet with and advise prospective students and their guests; inform them of opportunities available to Biology and Zoology majors at Colorado State University.
  • Represent the department at various outreach events and collaborate with external constituents
  • Complete all campus outreach at designated times throughout the year for targeted student populationsProfessional Development/Training
  • Commitment to improve and develop skills through CSU advisor, computer and university training as well as participation in Professional Associations for advisors
  • Participate in advising cohorts such as monthly all-advisor training, networking, projects and program development

Application Process

Institution Information

Colorado State University does not discriminate on the basis of race, age, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, gender, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, or gender identity or expression. Colorado State University is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce and complies with all Federal and Colorado State laws, regulations, and executive orders regarding non-discrimination and affirmative action. The Office of Equal Opportunity is located in 101 Student Services.Colorado State University is committed to providing a safe and productive learning and living community. To achieve that goal, we conduct background investigations for all final candidates being considered for employment. Background checks may include, but are not limited to, criminal history, national sex offender search and motor vehicle history.

Additional Information


Contact Information

Joe Von Fischer 970-491-2679


Required Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in Higher Education, Counseling, Human Services, Psychology, Education, Liberal Arts/Social Sciences, Natural Sciences or a related field with one year of professional experience OR Bachelor’s degree in Higher Education, Counseling, Human Services, Psychology, Education, Liberal Arts/Social Sciences, Natural Sciences or a related field with three year’s professional experience working directly with students in a higher education setting to provide academic advising, and/or conducting student development activities such as orientation, multicultural affairs, residence life, and career services.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Excellent communication skills, including interpersonal communication, presentation, writing and computer skills
  • Demonstrated awareness and understanding of issues facing students from under-represented groups, experience with students from diverse backgrounds and commitment to diversity and inclusion
  • Educational background in science coursework, especially Biology, Botany or Zoology
  • Self-motivated team player with demonstrated ability to prioritize multiple tasks and meet deadlines in a fast paced work environment