Job Positions

Academic Advisor/Senior Academic Advisor ID#342870

Categories: North Central Region 6


Student Services


University of Minnesota, College of Biological Sciences

Date Posted:

Sep 9 2021 10:38AM

Close Date:

Sep 13 2021

Position Description

The College of Biological Sciences is a college of approximately 2200 undergraduate students pursuing degrees in the life sciences at the University of Minnesota. The college offers eight majors and ten minors to prepare students to solve biological problems facing our world. CBS Student Services is a team of 19 professional staff members; each contributing to the shared responsibility of advancing the mission and vision of the college. These staff serve students in three functional areas: academic advising, career coaching, and student engagement. The person in this role will join a team of eight others focused on academic advising, and will have a student caseload of about 275 undergraduate students. This role reports to the Assistant Director for Academic Advising.


Principal Duties and Responsibilities
Academic Advising (65%)
The cornerstone of academic advising is the ability to build authentic relationships with individuals with varied backgrounds, perspectives, and identities. The responsibility of this role is to first build relationships, then utilize those relationships to holistically support and guide students throughout their undergrad career.
Build authentic relationships with students as you:
Connect with students through one-on-one appointments, drop-in advising, group advising, telephone and email communication
Guide students through the process of formulating personalized educational plans and strategies for academic success that are reflective of their unique set of values, strengths, interests, and identities Implement the CBS advising philosophy to foster student learning and success
Help students build skills and make commitments that guide their educational plans, facilitate timely graduation, and make progress toward career goals
Communicate the value of the liberal education curriculum within STEM Apply organizational and student development theory to guide students in reflection on their decisions and plans
Champion the value of engagement in co-curricular experiences and how they connect to students’ academic and career goals
Utilize a holistic advising model to guide, challenge, and support students in becoming self-reliant and learning to make important reflective decisions about major, personal, and career aspirations
Help students navigate policies and procedures and determine when exceptions may be appropriate.
Coach students on making registration choices that promote timely and realistic degree progress
Strategically refer to campus resources, including how they contribute to retention and an outstanding student experience Serve as a cultural navigator of the system of higher education
Technical competence is crucial in leveraging university-wide systems to provide excellent student support, make data-informed decisions, and focus efforts most efficiently.
The person in this role will be trained in the many systems required to advise effectively.
Develop a high level of competency in the University’s student success tools (APLUS, APAS, Schedule Builder, PeopleSoft, etc.) as you:
Conduct timely outreach to students as needs arise to meet student need, build relationships, and encourage timely degree completion
Review student progress reports at key academic markers, such as probation, degree application, or major declaration to determine appropriate next steps for student success.
Maintain accurate records about student interactions in order to best support the student as they navigate campus, and engages a campus-wide wide effort to provide informed, nuanced student support

Program Development & Management (15%)
Design and implement student development activities based on assessment data and best practices.
Manage select student services initiatives and programs by identifying needs, outcomes, and resources, and evaluating effectiveness
Collaborate with faculty and campus staff to develop programs and plans to effectively deliver advising and support services to students
Participate in Student Services efforts to improve retention rates, four-year graduation rates, and student satisfaction.

CBS Student Services Collaborations (10%)
CBS Student Services is a blended student affairs unit, and is most successful when the unit works collectively for the student good.
Attend CBS Student Services staff meetings and engage in the broader work being done on behalf of CBS undergraduates
Engage in cross-functional area collaborative projects
Participate in college-wide functions to provide an excellent student experience

Professional Development & Service (10%)
Commitment to ongoing social justice and racial equity work in order to identify, challenge, and remove barriers to access at the individual, community, and system level
Engage in professional development and service activities related to the advising and student services profession, within the University of Minnesota community and beyond.
Continue professional development and scholarly activity in the field of academic advising to maintain knowledge of trends and best practices (e.g., membership in professional associations, attendance at conferences and seminars, write and publish articles, serve on teams and collaborate with other professional groups, etc.)
Participate on Student Services, College and University-wide committees as requested

Application Process

How to Apply
Instructions for using the University’s Employment System can be found at the link below:
This search will be conducted virtually. Starting salary and classification is determined by the candidate's previous experience, with a focus on experience obtained after conferral of master’s degree. Expected salary range begins at $43,500 and can go up to $53,000 for an exceptional candidate. Regular in-person services are resuming at the start of the Fall 2021 semester. The candidate selected will need to be located near the MSP metropolitan area. This position will primarily work out of the Molecular and Cellular Biology building, with possibility for some remote work. For more information about working in CBS Student Services, visit: If you have questions, please contact Christie Her (

Institution Information

The University of Minnesota has a wide array of benefits available as a professional and administrative employee, such as: University paid contribution (10% of your salary) to your retirement account - vested immediately. 22 paid vacation days per year, in addition to sick leave and 11 paid holidays. Reduced tuition opportunities covering 75% of eligible tuition. Excellent and affordable health care benefits. Wellness program with opportunity to earn lower health care rates. Free disability insurance. The University of Minnesota shall provide 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.

Additional Information


Contact Information

Christie Her,


Required Qualifications

Master's degree. Previous experience in an educational setting performing academic advising or student support activities. Evidence of effective relationship-building, team-building, and oral/written communication skills
Ability to effectively communicate across race, class, and culture
Demonstrated commitment to fostering student learning and applying organizational/student development theory to work with students

Preferred Qualifications

Master's degree in higher education and student affairs, college student personnel psychology, counseling, social work, or field transferrable to advising
Previous academic advising experience
Familiarity with the challenges and opportunities of working with STEM students
Knowledge of assessment best practices