Job Positions

20464BR/Academic Advisor

Categories: South Central Region 7


College Advising & Student Services


University of Kansas

Date Posted:

Oct 15 2021 1:32PM

Close Date:

Nov 8 2021

Position Description

The Academic Advisor in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (College Advising & Student Services) is part of a fast paced office, serving a large caseload of excited undergraduate students pursuing degrees in the liberal arts and sciences. This position advises students interested in a particular field of study within the academic units using a variety of delivery methods, and conducts targeted outreach to higher risk students. Benefits include some hybrid work flexibility, the opportunity to partner with department leaders on student success matters, and the ultimate reward of making a difference in our students’ lives as they navigate this key time in preparation for their future. The Academic Advisor helps create an advising environment where differences are valued and each person is supported. Students work with their academic advisor and are also connected to faculty advisors/mentors in their chosen area of studies. This position also collaborates with campus partners on key advising initiatives. Academic Advisors bring a positive, collaborative attitude to the CASS team, and help maintain a supportive atmosphere both within their division and in College Advising & Student Services as a whole. All report to a senior advising leader in College Advising & Student Services, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences.


75% - Provides individual advising and targeted outreach to students in assigned departments, including focus on students in higher risk categories.
• Serves as initial point of advising contact for students in partnership with undergraduate coordinator or other faculty advisor/mentor in the academic unit. Connects students with faculty to explore shared area-specific interests and opportunities.
• Focuses additional efforts on students in higher risk categories.
• Connects with students in at-risk groups at the direction of senior advisor using comprehensive outreach/communication plan as guide.
• Works with students who are in “notice” status to complete academic action plan.
• Serves individual students at all advising functions related to new student orientations.
• Ensures students engage in the shared completion of a detailed semester-by-semester graduation plan.
• Covers long range progression plans and has ongoing discussions with students regarding opportunities for support and engagement, including career possibilities, and other opportunities such as study abroad, research, internships, and clubs.
• Tracks students in targeted concern groups who have not engaged in advising services.
• Completes periodic follow up contacts by various means to encourage students to connect each semester.
• Reviews student feedback regarding satisfaction of advising services and determines with CASS team the best approach for any needed targeted improvements.

10% - Maintains current knowledge of University and College policies and procedures affecting undergraduate education at KU.
• Effectively communicates and explains policies and procedures to students and stakeholders.
• Collaborates with faculty on matters relating to University undergraduate policy and procedures, including student petitions, the curricular and program change process, and the Academic Catalog. Offers feedback as appropriate from a student/advisor perspective.
• At request of unit, attends undergraduate faculty meetings, admissions and awards committee meetings.
• Collaborates with faculty regarding use of systems related to advising.

5% - Assists with faculty advisor training and curriculum feedback.
• Assists with training as needed to new faculty undergraduate coordinators and advisors on the basics of advising, policy, and procedures.
• Works with College departments to offer feedback from a student/advisor perspective and provide reports, as departments develop innovative curriculum paths that allow for a more seamless completion of the major. May assist with curriculum process as needed.

5% - Collaborates with campus partners on key advising initiatives.
• Working with senior advisors, collaborates with campus partners, including liaisons with Undergraduate Advising Center advisors, to facilitate students’ progression from exploration to chosen pathway, giving attention to support services throughout their undergraduate academic career.
• As a member of the CASS team, works with the University Career Center to connect students to a variety of resources available to assist students in the career readiness process. 5% - Other duties as assigned.

Application Process

A complete online application includes a resume, cover letter and contact information for three professional references. Application deadline is Nov 8th, 2021. For first consideration, please apply before that date.

Institution Information

Founded in 1865, The University of Kansas is a major comprehensive research and teaching university that serves as a center for learning, scholarship, and creative endeavor. The University of Kansas is the only state university in Kansas to hold membership in the prestigious Association of American Universities (AAU), a select group of 62 public and private research universities that represent excellence in graduate and professional education and the highest achievements in research internationally. The University enrolls more than 28,000 students, offers 5,000 courses, more than 400 degree and certificate programs and employs 2,800 faculty members, many of them at the top of their fields. In KU’s dynamic, cross-disciplinary research and learning environment, students exchange ideas, discover new ways of processing the world, and address society’s grand challenges.

Additional Information

The University of Kansas prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religion, sex, national origin, age, ancestry, disability, status as a veteran, sexual orientation, marital status, parental status, gender identity, gender expression, and genetic information in the university's programs and activities. Retaliation is also prohibited by university policy. The following persons have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the nondiscrimination policies and are the Title IX coordinators for their respective campuses:
Director of the Office of Institutional Opportunity & Access,, Room 1082, Dole Human Development Center, 1000 Sunnyside Avenue, Lawrence, KS 66045, 785-864-6414, 711 TTY (for the Lawrence, Edwards, Parsons, Yoder, and Topeka campuses);
Director, Equal Opportunity Office, Mail Stop 7004, 4330 Shawnee Mission Parkway, Fairway, KS 66205, 913-588-8011, 711 TTY (for the Wichita, Salina, and Kansas City, Kansas medical center campuses).

Contact Information

Bridget Bradley


Required Qualifications

• Bachelors degree.
• One year minimum experience working in a college or university setting, or one year working directly with students/youth outside of a college or university setting.
• One year minimum of work experience that demonstrates ability to perform detailed work, prioritize multiple tasks, and meet deadlines.
• Demonstrated strong communication and organizational skills as evidenced by letter of application and work history.

Preferred Qualifications

• Master's degree.
• Degree in the liberal arts and sciences.
• Demonstrated academic advising experience with students in a college or university setting.
• Demonstrated experience working at an institution with large student populations.
• Demonstrated experience with and commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts.
• Knowledge of KU and the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences' requirements, policies, and procedures.
• Demonstrated experience with relevant computerized student information and communication systems, including but not limited to, Excel, Access, and Tableau.