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Academic Advisor

Categories: Rocky Mountain Region 10


Mechanical Engineering


Colorado State University

Date Posted:

Sep 5 2019 10:00PM

Close Date:


Position Description

The individual in this position will report to the Manager of Undergraduate Programs in the department of Mechanical Engineering and advise and support the undergraduate student population through a variety of efforts, initiatives, and programs designed to assist students in making critical transitions, developing academic plans, and connecting with campus resources.


• Will be cognizant of current departmental, University, college, and ABET (Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology) requirements necessary for undergraduate students to obtain their Mechanical Engineering degree;
• Advise current and prospective students;
• Advise students on academic requirements, scheduling of classes, semester-to-semester academic path, and administrative procedures related to academics;
• Advise students on review of transfer evaluation of coursework and clarify and recommend any needed reevaluations;
• Assist students to improve GPA’s and overcome academic difficulties;
• Process documents related to graduation, overrides, exceptions, appeals, study abroad, military, athletics, and other advising related issues;
• Work within FERPA guidelines to uphold student’s privacy;
• Disseminate advising related information to prospective, current, and former students;
• Evaluate credentials of graduating seniors to determine if departmental, university and ABET requirements have been met;
• Communicate with the Registrar and Degree Office staff as needed in supporting students;
• Maintain accurate and detailed advising records, including appointment notes;
• Attend conscientiously to the diversity of the student population, including unique needs and strengths of students from underrepresented ethnic/racial/gender groups and first generation and low-income backgrounds;
• Collaborate as a member of the Mechanical Engineering advising team to model principles of community, promote a welcoming environment, and continuously strive to enhance support to students in a streamlined and consistent manner;
• Develop and maintain detailed knowledge of and referral to campus resources and opportunities;
• Provide advising support at orientation sessions, including First Year and Ram Orientation, using this opportunity to establish the foundation for students’ academic expectations as well as the foundation of a continuous relationship with their advisor for semesters to follow;
• Represent the department and provide support for outreach opportunities/activities such as Engineering Exploration Days; and
• Enhance support for academic transitions and strengthen the ability to track progress to graduation. Program Administration:
• Assist with the undergraduate program’s day-to-day operations with programmatic matters and critical missions;
• Help maintain current information and links in the Mechanical Engineering Department website;
• Coordinate student survey administration and assess data;
• Assist in managing the waitlist change of major process;
• Develop and manage an academic success workshop program targeting students on or near academic probation; • Create, edit, and develop advising materials; and
• Other duties as assigned; as the position develops.
At times this position may be required to participate in professional activities that occur outside the established work day.

Application Process

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Institution Information

Colorado State University (CSU), Walter Scott, Jr. College of Engineering (WSCOE). The Mechanical Engineering program at CSU includes both Mechanical Engineering and Biomedical Engineering; both curricula combine classroom learning with engineering practice. Our goal is to give our graduates the engineering skills they need to obtain leading positions in advanced technology fields. Mechanical Engineering is comprised of approximately 40 faculty, 1000 undergraduate students and 150 graduate students.

Additional Information

CSU is an EO/EA/AA employer and conducts background checks on all final candidates.

Contact Information

Toni-Lee Viney -


Required Qualifications

Note: Please detail each of these 6 requirements in your cover letter.
• Bachelor’s degree plus 1 year of experience advising, counseling, and / or providing academic support to students;
• experience coordinating multiple projects effectively and efficiently;
• Proficiency in Microsoft Office, specifically Excel;
• Excellent organizational and communication skills (written, verbal, interpersonal, and public speaking);
• Demonstrated experience working with diverse populations; and
• Experience working as a member of a team.

Preferred Qualifications

Note: Please highlight any applicable items in your cover letter.
• Master’s Degree in Human Development, Psychology, Counseling, Communication Studies, Student Affairs, or related human-studies content area;
• Demonstrated understanding of student development and awareness of the transition issues of students entering and progressing through higher education;
• Demonstrated experience assisting students in achieving educational goals;
• experience designing, implementing, evaluating, and collaborating on programs;
• Experience developing interventional strategies for supporting the academic success of students;
• Self-motivated team player with demonstrated ability to be successful in a fast-paced work environment;
• Experience supervising student groups;
• Experience working in Higher Education; and • Experience with Oracle and Banner software systems.