Job Positions

Academic Advisor/20696

Categories: Rocky Mountain Region 10


Academic Advising


University of Colorado Colorado Springs

Date Posted:

May 3 2021 10:03AM

Close Date:

May 28 2021

Position Description

Partnering with students to successfully navigate college is the mission of Academic Advising at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs. Academic advisors at UCCS accomplish this mission by providing high quality, personalized, and comprehensive advising to degree seeking students from orientation through graduation. As members of a centralized advising office, advisors partner with students and the campus community to empower students to take ownership of their education and be successful in college. Advisors support and challenge students in their learning and development by: Providing practical and developmental guidance that respects each student’s individual path, Facilitating student exploration and navigation of educational and personal goals, Developing strategies for student success in college and connecting students to opportunities and resources available for their growth, and Helping students to develop self-authorship and personal responsibility and to value higher education as they engage in their educational journey. Lead Academic Advisors build off of this mission to provide leadership and ownership to advising initiatives, academic departments


Provide leadership, direction and supervision to teams of advisors within the department. Mentor staff and create and implement professional development plans for direct reports. Work with the Director and Advising Leadership Team in strategic planning and assessment for the department. Responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operations of academic advising teams and supporting department operations. Provide proactive and developmental academic advising to undergraduate students by analyzing student’s career and academic goals, degree progress, deficiencies, and test results, and by recommending appropriate course of action or referrals. Lead advisors also provide leadership and support to advising teams to provide proactive advising. Provide advising that improves overall student retention. Actively lead and participate in department initiatives for student success, including required first year advising and early alert outreach and intervention. Assist students experiencing academic difficulties (early alert warnings, academic probation, and suspension) and students identified as being at-risk to develop a plan of action to promote academic success; conducts appropriate academic counseling intervention; refers students to appropriate resources. Collaborate with campus departments and partners such as Career Services and Office of First Year Experience to support student success and create content to support student success at UCCS. Evaluate transfer credit from other colleges for application toward undergraduate degree programs by determining how the transfer courses equate to our requirements. Provide leadership and assist with orientation preparation and execution; review and equate transfer work, check for high school deficiencies, and ensure that students are ready for registration and advising at orientation; provide essential advising information to new students at orientations and help the students get registered for their first semester of classes before the end of the orientation session. Keep accurate, detailed, and complete records, while maintaining confidentiality at all times. Contribute to the success of the department and University by abiding by team norms, accomplishing tasks affecting other team members in a timely manner, work closely with team members in creating presentations and advising resources, and always representing Academic Advising in a professional way. Responsible for training new advisors on all aspects of advising. Represent advising in committees and in presentations to constituents. Practice effective management of student caseloads and seek out improvements in students’ advising experience.

Application Process

Application Materials Instructions:
To apply, please submit the following application materials to this posting.
1. A current resume. Must include date ranges and whether the position was full time or part time.
2. A cover letter that specifically addresses the job requirements and outlines qualifications.
3. Unofficial transcripts.
When submitting the materials, check the Job Specific Attachments box next to each document in order for the search committee members to see your materials.

Institution Information

The University of Colorado Colorado Springs is committed to providing a safe and productive learning, living and working community. To assist in achieving this goal, we conduct background investigations for all prospective applicants being considered for employment. Background investigations include a criminal history record check, and when appropriate, a financial and/or motor vehicle history check. UCCS is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. In compliance with applicable laws and in furtherance of its commitment to fostering an environment that welcomes and embraces diversity, the University of Colorado does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, disability, age, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, political affiliation or political philosophy in its programs or activities, including employment, admissions, and educational programs. Alternative formats of this ad can be provided upon request for individuals with disabilities by contacting the Office of Human Resources at (719) 255-3372. To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each of the established essential functions and meet the physical and environment demands described satisfactorily. The requirements listed are representative of the knowledge, skill, ability, physical and environmental conditions required of the employee on the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions, physical and environmental demands. HCM Step-by-Step Guide

Additional Information

Special Instructions to Applicants:
• Applications submitted by 5/28/20221 will receive full consideration.
• Applications submitted through email or surface mail will not be considered. Please apply at CU (job #: 20696).
• Upon request, please be prepared to provide five professional references (at least two previous/current supervisors), including their email contact information.
• Official transcripts will be required upon hire. If you have technical difficulties with your application, please contact the CU Careers help desk at 303-860-4200 #5 or Job related inquiries should be directed to the posting contact. The University of Colorado Colorado Springs will not sponsor work visas or permanent resident applications for this position. This position reports to campus and is not eligible for remote work.

Contact Information

Valerie McClinton


Required Qualifications

Master’s degree from an accredited college or university and 3 years of professional experience in academic advising of college level students or related higher education field directly supporting student growth and development. Additional years of advising experience may substitute for master’s degree.

Preferred Qualifications

Supervisory experience in a University setting. Experience in leading teams of co-workers in a University setting. Direct experience in creating and implementing retention and graduation initiatives. Professional experience with 5 years academic advising of college level students or related higher education field directly supporting student growth and development.