Job Positions

Director of Advising

Categories: Rocky Mountain Region 10


Collaborative for Student Achievement


Colorado State University

Date Posted:

Oct 29 2018 10:00PM

Close Date:

Nov. 12, 2018

Position Description

The Director of Advising is responsible for the large scale strategic visioning, supervision, administrative and budget oversight, designing programs, and evaluation of Undeclared student advising which averages (approximately 2700 students per year) and Health Profession Advising (25% of incoming freshmen express interest). The Director takes responsibility for building a positive culture around advising, developing and promoting effective advising practices guided by best practices, assessing learning outcomes and institutional data. Additionally, the Director supports unit growth and enrichment that align with the University’s Strategic Plan, diversity goals, Principles of Community, and Student Success Initiatives. Student Achievement has been a leader for advising across campus for decades, reporting to both the VPUA and the VPSA, and is appointed to collaboratively lead a number of campus-wide programs and initiatives including leadership for campus-wide support for advisors to implement student success initiatives that promote student retention and graduation, share university updates that pertain to advising, and provide resources such as training and websites. The position is a 12 month, full-time, Administrative Professional position and reports to the Executive Director of the Collaborative for Student Achievement.


Strategic Planning and Program Implementation Assessment Supervision and Team Development University Wide Leadership Campus Collaborations

Application Process

For full consideration, application materials must be submitted by Monday, November 12, 2018 at 11:59 p.m. MT. A complete application includes a cover letter and a resume addressing all job qualifications along with the names and contact information of three professional references. Please submit all materials electronically to this posting. References will not be contacted without prior notification of candidates. Applicants needing assistance, accommodations or questions may contact Cameron Smistek at or (970) 491-3638.

Institution Information

Mission and Goals The Collaborative for Student Achievement’s mission is empowering students to create and achieve their personal and educational goals. Student Achievement is a dynamic organization that integrates the curricular and co-curricular experiences for students and creates inclusive communities that have positively impacted the academic success, retention and graduation of CSU students. The Collaborative for Student Achievement’s goals are to:

  • Positively impact retention and graduation by providing innovative and intentional programs and services.
  • Enhance learning by engaging students in curricular and co-curricular experiences.
  • Support successful student transitions to and through the university.
  • Provide opportunities for students and staff to create meaningful connections.
  • Foster a thriving, healthy, inclusive work environment that encourages growth.
  • Promote a welcoming and diverse environment in which students learn about others with backgrounds and experiences different from their own.

Organizational Structure The Collaborative for Student Achievement reports to both Academic Affairs and Student Affairs and consists of the following student service units: Advising for Undeclared Students, Community for Excellence Scholar Programs, Key Communities, Orientation and Transition Programs, Outreach and Support Programs, and Health Professions Advising. In all its activities, Student Achievement emphasizes and enhances students’ abilities and assets, and supports the campus priority for a diverse and supportive learning environment. Along with student service units, Student Achievement has four support areas, which include the Welcome Center, Fiscal Office, human resources, and technology; along with oversight of the undeclared student computer labs. The Collaborative for Student Achievement has 50 full time staff, and 187 student staff; providing services to a large volume of students (6,600 incoming students, all second year students, 676 students involved in Key Communities, over 11,000 student appointments, 23,000 phone calls, 1,200 appeals and 5,000 Scholastic Standard Letters). The Collaborative for Student Achievement is a complex enterprise overseeing a 4.8-million-dollar operational budget, including student fees, state appropriated, and auxiliary funds; along with stewardship of 4.4 million-dollars for scholarships, scholar programming, and endowments.

Additional Information

Contact Information

Cameron Smistek, (970) 491-3638,


Required Qualifications

  • Master’s degree required
  • Minimum 7 years academic advising experience in a higher education setting with knowledge of advising standards, best practices, and trends
  • Demonstrated experience and commitment to diversity and inclusiveness, experience working with students from diverse backgrounds

Preferred Qualifications

  • Knowledge of decision making processes on a large university campus
  • Ability to provide vision and leadership to the University advising community
  • Understanding of undergraduate education and undergraduate planning and implementation
  • Developed abilities supervising and evaluating professional staff (through experience and/or training)
  •  Knowledge of decision-making processes on a large university campus
  • Ability to collaborate and serve in a leadership capacity on campus-wide committees and outside organizations
  • Demonstrated ability to plan, coordinate, prioritize, and effectively execute multiple initiatives, programs, and events
  • Experience resolving complex issues, proposing and implementing change
  • Demonstrated ability to interact effectively with academic and student support leaders
  • Demonstrated ability to make data-informed decisions or use assessment to guide practices
  • Excellent communication skills, including interpersonal communication skills, presentation and writing skills
  • Proven ability to utilize technology to promote academic advising
  • Affiliation with NACADA, The Global Community for Academic Advising