Job Positions

Professional Academic Advisor/17498

Categories: Rocky Mountain Region 10


Academic Advising Center


University of Colorado Boulder

Date Posted:

Apr 18 2019 10:00PM

Close Date:


Position Description

The Academic Advising Center, within the College of Arts and Sciences welcomes applications for a Professional Academic Advisor specializing in Environmental Studies/Geography. In this role, you will work in a disciplinary team setting to assist students in planning for and making informed decisions about areas of study, intended college outcomes, and post-baccalaureate plans. Advisors help students assess their interests, values, and academic skills. They teach students to navigate the systems, academic processes, and policies at CU Boulder, and work with students to personalize their academic paths, including offering co-curricular guidance and leading them in regular long-term planning. In addition to one-on-one interactions, Academic Advisors work with students in group settings via workshops, presentations, campus events, and other activities. Academic Advisors stay up-to-date on curricular changes and opportunities in their areas of specialty, and provide students with accurate and timely information and guidance. A successful Academic Advisor demonstrates an enthusiastic attitude and passion for working with students and on a team. Advisors are comfortable engaging with large numbers of students via diverse and active outreach methods and demonstrate an advising approach that focuses on student exploration, discovery, and success on an individual level.


Student Facing Interactions

  • Develop trusting, supportive relationships with individual students.
  • Serve as the primary point of contact for academic questions or concerns.
  • Work with students individually through in-person, individual appointments and group meetings, drop-in hours, video conferencing, telephone and email to: 
  1. Personalize the academic path at CU Boulder.
  2. Review students’ academic records and discuss appropriate course choices.
  3. Offer co-curricular guidance that complements academic path and goals.
  4. Lead students in intentional goal setting appropriate to their developmental stage.
  • Proactively track, contact and work with special student populations (i.e., high-risk, first generation, students who have not been in for an appointment, students in academic difficulty, high-achieving students, etc.)
  • Lead small groups, workshops and seminars for the purpose of academic exploration; developing academic success strategies, etc.
  • Provide ad hoc coverage, as needed, for any advisor on the same disciplinary team.
  • Participate in New Student Welcome and other recruitment activities.
  • Monitor degree audits and, in collaboration with appropriate offices, certify degree completion of assigned students.

Outreach, Planning and Support

  • Develop support programs and materials for student success and persistence initiatives
  • Liaise regularly with departmental faculty to ensure understanding of curricula, departmental goals and career/research opportunities.
  • Liaise and create cross-campus relationships with: 
  1. Departmental faculty to ensure understanding of curricula, departmental goals and Career/research opportunities.
  2. Advisors across campus.
  3. Student support professionals across campus.
  • Maintain accurate, detailed records of all advising contacts.
  • Collaborate with others as part of a team-driven environment.
  • Develop and administer events as assigned by an advising supervisor or director.
  • Participate in unit, department and/or campus-wide committees.
  • Participate in future development and long-range planning for AAC.
  • Participate in new student recruitment activities.
  • Represent the AAC, including possible presentations, at potential events offered by other campus offices.

Application Process

To apply, please submit the following materials:  A current resume. A cover letter that specifically addresses how your background and experience align with the requirements, qualifications and responsibilities of the position. You will not be asked to upload references at this time.  Please apply by April 24, 2019 for consideration.  Note: Application materials will not be accepted via email. For consideration, applications must be submitted through CU Boulder Jobs. Salary Starts at $48,000.

Institution Information

The College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Colorado Boulder is the intellectual core of the university, conducting research, scholarship, creative work and education in more than 60 fields. Our research generates new knowledge, solving some of the world’s most critical problems. The college leads nationally in undergraduate and graduate education in the natural sciences, social sciences and arts and humanities, bringing world-class research and scholarship to our students, both in and out of the classroom. 

Additional Information

The University of Colorado offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO Pass. The University of Colorado Boulder is one of the largest employers in Boulder County and offers an inspiring higher education environment. Learn more about the University of Colorado Boulder.

Contact Information

Posting Contact Name: Boulder Campus Human Resources Posting Contact Email:


Required Qualifications

Completed Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university and a minimum of one (1) year of professional related experience; OR a Master’s Degree from an accredited college or university. Experience with student success initiatives.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master’s degree from an accredited college or university in a related field.
  • Experience, background or demonstrated interest in the fields/disciplines of STEM, Environmental Studies and/or Geography (Environmental Studies and/or Geography is highly preferred)
  • Experience counseling, coaching, advising, and/or mentoring college students.
  • Established skills and experience utilizing academic advising applications and platforms.
  • Successful experience enforcing and explaining complex academic policies.
  • Significant experience working with staff, faculty and administrators in higher education.