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School of Planning, Design and Construction


Michigan State University

Date Posted:

Oct 3 2019 10:00PM

Close Date:

October 14, 2019

Position Description

This position provides academic services to undergraduate students in the School of Planning, Design and Construction (SPDC) programs of Construction Management (CM), Interior Design (ID), Landscape Architecture (LA), and Urban and Regional Planning (URP) and supports SPDC, the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (CANR), and the College of Social Science (CSS) undergraduate program goals, missions, and initiatives. This Academic Specialist in Advising position is continual/permanent following two successful probationary reviews at year 2 and 5. The position is expected to start in January 2020.


Responsibilities include undergraduate student advising (including education abroad, career development, probation conferences, campus resource referrals, and related topics); academic program planning; orientation initiatives; development and implementation of activities related to recruitment and student success; scholarships; admissions support; degree certification; co-leading the annual school Open House; and commencement. Additional responsibilities include facilitation of the SPDC internship course; co-chairing monthly Student Advisory Council (StAC) meetings; and attending career-readiness events on and off campus (involves travel that may include evening and weekend attendance). Further responsibilities may include supervision of student employees; management of a weekly SPDC newsletter; data collection and analysis; and other duties as assigned.

Application Process

Please apply for this position (posting # 611441) at Qualified applicants should submit: 1) a resume/CV, 2) cover letter, and 3) names and contact information for three professional references (one of which must be an immediate or past supervisor). Letters are not initially required, but these individuals may be approached for additional information.

Institution Information

Michigan State University has been advancing the common good with uncommon will for more than 160 years. One of the top research universities in the world, MSU pushes the boundaries of discovery and forges enduring partnerships to solve the most pressing global challenges while providing life-changing opportunities to a diverse and inclusive academic community through more than 200 programs of study in 17 degree-granting colleges.

Additional Information

At Michigan State University's College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, we do not just accept difference, we celebrate it, we support it, and we thrive on it for the benefit of our faculty, our staff, or students, and our community. The College of Agriculture and Natural Resources is proud to be an equal opportunity workplace and an affirmative action employer that is committed to achieving inclusive excellence through attracting diverse candidates and fostering a culture of equity where everyone can reach its individual and collective goals. The School of Planning, Design and Construction is leading the integration of planning, design and construction to create a sustainable built and natural environment that enriches communities, economic and family life, through leadership, entrepreneurial creativity, social responsibility, cultural relevance and environmentally sustainable planning and policy. Please refer to the Schools homepage available at:

Contact Information

Questions regarding this position should be directed to the search committee chair: Jennifer Knowles,, 517-353-0862.


Required Qualifications


Masters -Student affairs or related field. Master’s degree in counseling, higher education, social work, student affairs or related field. Ability to interpret and implement academic policies and procedures. Demonstrated competency in the use of university technologies. Familiarity with online student information/databases and MS Excel. Excellent communication, organizational, interpersonal, problem solving, and decision-making skills. Ability to establish rapport across ethnic, racial, cultural and gender differences, as necessary.

Preferred Qualifications

Three to five years of experience advising undergraduate students, academic administrative/coordination experience, or comparable experience with college/university students.