Job Positions

Academic Advisor; Job ID: 342864

Categories: North Central Region 6


College of Design


University of Minnesota-Twin Cities

Date Posted:

Aug 23 2021 1:53PM

Close Date:

Sep 10 2021

Position Description

Position Overview:
The College of Design Student Services Office has an immediate opening for an Academic Advisor supporting students in apparel design, graphic design, interior design, and retail merchandising. As a member of the College of Design’s Student Services team, this position delivers the full range of direct-service academic advising activities to undergraduate students from diverse backgrounds, from the point of admission through degree completion, as well as participates in some prospective student events. Major responsibilities include curricular and co-curricular planning and progress, as well as coaching and guidance regarding academic, career, and personal development. The Academic Advisor contributes significantly to the planning, development, and implementation of efforts to enhance advising practices, processes, tools, and resources. The Academic Advisor is an active participant in College and University efforts to improve retention and graduation rates, while enhancing the experiences of all undergraduate students. In addition to academic advising, this position coordinates select initiatives regarding academic advising, student retention, and the student experience. We are committed to attracting candidates from historically underrepresented groups knowing that diversity enriches the academic experience and provides a knowledge base for innovation. This position reports to the Director of Academic Advising.

Appointment Details: This is a 100%-time, 12-month, annually renewable academic administrative appointment at the level of Academic Advisor (University job code #9708). Renewal is contingent upon successful performance, funding and the needs of the College. Salary starts in the mid-$40’s with excellent benefits and is commensurate with experience and qualifications. This position will be primarily located in McNeal Hall, with the possibility to combine work in-person/on-campus with remote work.

The University of Minnesota and the College of Design offers a comprehensive benefits package including:
- Commitment to a healthy work-life balance
- Paid holidays, vacation, and medical leave
- Low-cost medical, dental, and pharmacy plans
- Health care and dependent daycare flexible spending accounts
- Excellent retirement plans with employer match
- Disability and employer-paid life insurance
- Wellbeing program with reduced insurance premiums
- Tuition reimbursement opportunities covering 75%-100% of eligible tuition
- Student loan forgiveness opportunity
- Opportunities for growth and promotion
- Employee Assistance Program


Academic Advising (85%)
- Student Degree Progress and Retention
- Student Support, Advocacy and Development
- Academic Program Liaison
- Advising Program and Service

Enhancement Program Coordination (10%)
Service to the College/University and Professional Development (5%)

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Application Process

External applicants, please visit:
Applications must be submitted online. To be considered for this position, please click the Apply button and follow the instructions. You will be given the opportunity to complete an online application for the position and attach a cover letter and resume. Additional documents may be attached after application by accessing your "My Job Applications" page and uploading documents in the "My Cover Letters and Attachments" section.

In order to be fully considered for the position, applicants must submit the following materials:
1 - Cover letter outlining your interest, experience, and qualifications
2 - Current resume
3 - One-page statement describing your approach to working with undergraduate students, both overall and with students of backgrounds and identities other than your own

Institution Information

About the U of M The University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (UMTC), is among the largest public research universities in the country, offering undergraduate, graduate, and professional students a multitude of opportunities for study and research. Located at the heart of one of the nation's most vibrant, diverse metropolitan communities, students on the campuses in Minneapolis and St. Paul benefit from extensive partnerships with world-renowned health centers, international corporations, government agencies, and arts, nonprofit, and public service organizations. About the Department The College of Design (CDes) encompasses the full range of design disciplines at the University of Minnesota (apparel design, architecture, graphic design, human factors and ergonomics, interior design, landscape architecture, product design, and retail merchandising). We are home to eight undergraduate degree programs, nine graduate degree programs, and ten research and outreach centers. Our mission is to advance the quality and value of the natural, designed, and social environments with an emphasis on sustainable, socially responsible, civically engaged, user-sensitive, critical and collaborative design work. The College of Design Student Services offers a full range of services and opportunities to meet the needs of its undergraduate students including prospective student advising, admissions, academic advising and support, engagement opportunities, scholarships, and College to Career programming. Diversity The University recognizes and values the importance of diversity and inclusion in enriching the employment experience of its employees and in supporting the academic mission. The University is committed to attracting and retaining employees with varying identities and backgrounds. The University of Minnesota provides equal access to and opportunity in its programs, facilities, and employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, age, marital status, disability, public assistance status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression. To learn more about diversity at the U:

Additional Information

Background Check Information Any offer of employment is contingent upon the successful completion of a background check. Our presumption is that prospective employees are eligible to work here. Criminal convictions do not automatically disqualify finalists from employment.

Contact Information

Inquiries about the position may be addressed to the Search Committee Chair, Mary Vincent, at
Inquiries about the search process may be addressed to Zang Lee, HR Generalist, at
To request an accommodation during the application process, please e-mail or call (612) 624-UOHR (8647).


Required Qualifications

- Master’s degree in hand by start date.
- Minimum one year of academic advising or student-related experience.
- Demonstrated experience fostering student learning.
- Excellent oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills.
- Demonstrated ability to work independently and collaboratively to build effective relationships with individuals from diverse backgrounds and experiences.
- Demonstrated multicultural awareness and commitment to equal opportunity and access.
- Demonstrated effectiveness in complex problem solving, time management, organization, and attention to detail.
- Demonstrated computer literacy.
- Ability to work in a fast-paced environment and prioritize conflicting demands.

Preferred Qualifications

- Master's degree in a field related to collegiate advising (such as higher education student affairs or college student personnel psychology).
- Three or more years of academic advising-related experience in higher education.
- Familiarity with student development theory.
- Experience with database programs or client/student record systems.
- Educational program development and management experience.
- Training or experience with career development programming.
- Experience advocating for diversity, equity, and inclusivity in the academic environment.