Job Positions

Academic Advisor / Study Away Coordinator

Categories: Rocky Mountain Region 10


Academic Resource Center


Western Colorado University

Date Posted:

Jun 18 2019 10:00PM

Close Date:


Position Description

The Academic Advisor/Study Away Coordinator position coordinates Study Abroad Programs, National Student Exchange, and support services for international students. This position supervises the international student ambassadors. The position is an integral part of the Exploratory Program and advises undeclared students and provides assistance with other operations of the Academic Resource Center including new student registration, first year seminar workshops, information sessions, classroom presentations, and Orientation and Preview Day tabling. This position is also responsible for new student registration and ARC office coverage.


The Study Away Coordinator is responsible for the coordination and maintenance of third party study abroad partnerships and programs. This position assists students in seeking academic study abroad opportunities from application to return. The Study Away Coordinator will help problem-solve logistics, policies and transfer credits for students before, during and after their studies away. The Coordinator must maintain professional development memberships and supervise the International Student Ambassadors. This position is responsible for hosting two Study Abroad Fairs and two Study Abroad Orientation Sessions per year and facilitates informational sessions and Lessons Abroad for returnees. This position is the campus contact for the Gilman and Boren Scholarships. This position provides student support services for international students and serves as the campus Fulbright student advisor. The Study Away Coordinator facilitates the National Student Exchange program, and upholds the NSE membership. This position facilitates outgoing exchanges and provides support for incoming NSE students. The position also serves as an undeclared advisor providing registration, advising, and major discovery guidance while collaborating with other academic advisors within the Exploratory Program. The Advisor assists with Orientation, first year seminar workshops, and other programming as needed. This position is responsible for general office functions: greeting students, answering questions, problem solving, and providing support for all ARC events and services. This position is also responsible for new student advising and registration.

Application Process

Apply online at

Required attachments for online application include a letter of application, addressed to the Director of the Academic Resource Center, Katie Wheaton, resume, copy of transcripts, and list of three references.

Institution Information

Western is a residential, public university with an enrollment of 3000 students who come from across Colorado and all fifty states. Faculty members share a strong commitment to personalized education with the liberal arts as its core. They are student-oriented, collegial, energetic, and engaged in the campus and community. The curriculum provides flexibility where experiential learning and interdisciplinary approaches are valued. Western supports diversity, equity, and inclusivity of all types including ability (physical, mental), social class, racial/ethnic, linguistic, religion, sexual orientation, age, experience, gender, and cultural. Please see our diversity statement, and our DEII Committee charge. The University is located in Gunnison, Colorado, a rural community 200 miles southwest of Denver. At an elevation of 7,700 feet in the southern Rocky Mountains, the Gunnison Valley provides exceptional year-round outdoor recreational opportunities. Professionals have chosen Western because of the quality of life combined with rewarding careers. Visit to learn more about the university. Western Colorado University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and is committed to a diverse, equitable and inclusive campus.

Additional Information

Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until a successful candidate is hired.

Contact Information

Katie Wheaton 970-943-7056


Required Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree, Microsoft Office proficiency, navigating databases, and astute attention to detail. Excellent oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills. Ability to work with diverse student populations. Ability to work independently and take initiative. Comfortable with public speaking.

Preferred Qualifications

MA/MS/M.Ed. in higher education or related field. Experience working in higher education within international student support services. Firsthand experience abroad. Academic advising or counseling experience and/or knowledge of student success strategies and best practices. Leadership skills.