Job Positions

Academic Advisor - 3 Positions (Exploratory, TRIO, and DOW STEM)

Categories: Great Lakes Region 5, Not Region Specific


Neighborhood Student Success Collaborative (NSSC)


Michigan State University

Date Posted:

Sep 20 2021 10:31AM

Close Date:

Oct 1 2021

Position Description

We are currently seeking advisors for our Exploratory, TRIO, and DOW STEM populations. Key components of the NSSC advising include: Intensive, intrusive professional advising, coaching, and peer mentoring throughout students’ tenure at MSU, designed to address academic, career planning, and socio-emotional aspects of the college experience. Academic, socio-emotional, and career-oriented programming that supports student success by developing a sense of belonging. Specialized academic support and tutorial services and, for TRIO students, an academically focused summer bridge program. High impact learning experiences such as study abroad, mentoring, internships. and first-year seminars. Financial literacy, graduate school preparation, and other relevant services. The Academic Advisor will provide comprehensive individual advising and coaching focusing on both the academic and social/development of Exploratory Preference or TRIO SSS students. In addition, they will develop and provide support for programming aspects of the program. They should have a strong background in academic advising or similar 1-on-1 support with students, and a proven commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion in higher education.


Advise students on both academic and social needs; use intrusive and proactive advising techniques Participate in NSSC academic events and programs
Work closely with advisors across campus ensuring successful transition of students from high school to MSU and to ensure continued success throughout the scholar’s academic experience
Provide 1-on-1 advisement for students, including but not limited to course planning and registration, early warning outreach, major and career exploration, campus and local referrals, campaigns and case management, institutional navigation, academic orientation, data collection and analysis, and education abroad.
Understand, interpret, and implement academic policies and procedures at the university.
Interact effectively with colleagues and partners as well as academic and student affairs professionals in the academic colleges and Enrollment Services
Participate in campus advising community and participate in relevant meetings/trainings with academic units. Use digital systems (e.g., Electronic Student Academic Folder, Degree Navigator, Campus Solutions-Student Information System, Blumen), to initiate and facilitate advising interactions, maintain confidential records, enter information about students, and respond to referrals from others.

Application Process

Application closes on October 1, 2021.

Institution Information

Additional Information

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Contact Information

Justin St. Charles, LMSW (


Required Qualifications

Master’s degree or equivalent experience in higher education, student affairs or another related field. Experience with student support technology systems; experience in higher education, preferably in the areas of advising and/or academic development for underserved students; strong communication skills and student-centered approach. Master's degree or evidence of advanced work leading to a master's. Minimum of three years of experience with academic advising experience
Proven commitment to undergraduate student success
Excellent communication skills; including an ability to work diplomatically and effectively with campus partners Demonstrated ability to work with students and colleagues from diverse backgrounds
Ability to access, understand, and interpret data from multiple sources to facilitate advising interactions and promote student success through pro-active and innovative advising practices. Ability to use data to evaluate individual and group efforts to promote student success through academic advising
Computer literacy including Microsoft Office

Preferred Qualifications

The ideal candidate will have experience in academic advising within a college or university setting; knowledge of undergraduate student success concepts, theories and/or practice; and experience teaching, advising, leading, and/or mentoring diverse undergraduate students. Personal experience similar to the student population served by Exploratory Preference and/or the TRIO SSS program or professional experience serving similar populations. Strong skills in documentation, tracking, and data compliance. Knowledge of academic advising/student information technology platforms. This position requires occasional evenings and weekends. Experience with online student success platforms.
Teaching experience with secondary or post-secondary students.
 One to three years of advising experience.
Experience with data collection and visualization.
Proficiency with cloud-based office software (e.g., Microsoft Office, Google Apps).
Experience implementing strategic initiatives to support the academic success of minoritized populations.