Job Positions

Academic Advisor

Categories: North Central Region 6


College of Design


University of Minnesota-Twin Cities

Date Posted:

Apr 19 2020 10:00PM

Close Date:

Review of applications begins April 30

Position Description

The College of Design has an immediate opening for an Academic Advisor supporting students in architecture, landscape design and planning, and product design. 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 graduation clearance, 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 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.

Appointment: This is a 100%-time, 12-month, annually renewable academic administrative appointment at the level of Academic Advisor (#9708). Renewal is contingent upon successful performance, funding and the needs of the College. Starting salary in the mid-$40's with excellent benefits; salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications.


ACADEMIC ADVISING (70%) Student Degree Progress and Retention
● Support academic progress and career preparation for a diverse student body; apply student development theory to individual circumstances; adapt to the changing needs of students.
● Positively influence and coach students on making choices that promote student retention and timely, realistic degree progress for individual circumstances.
● Assist in the development and delivery of new student orientation in order to provide a seamless, positive, and productive entry into the College of Design.
● Maintain advanced understanding of programmatic, collegiate and University policies, procedures and practices; effectively communicate relevant changes to students.
● Analyze student progress, approve appropriate exceptions, and guide students in academic planning and student success; proactively intervene to assist students at risk of unsatisfactory academic performance and/or degree progress.
● Use various software information systems to maintain accurate and confidential student information. Student Support, Advocacy and Development
● Provide individualized, holistic guidance to students on co- and extracurricular engagement activities.
● Coach students on self-reliance, wellness, and decision-making skills regarding academic, professional, and personal goals and interests.
● Demonstrate expertise in working effectively with students with diverse needs and backgrounds by adapting advising strategies within appropriate contexts.
● Advocate as appropriate for policy exceptions based on an in-depth understanding of university policies, college procedures and practices, program requirements, and resources.
● Make accurate, appropriate referrals to University resources; guide and support students through academic and personal difficulty. Academic Program Liaison
● Serve as primary communication conduit between Student Services and College of Design academic programs.
● Provide guidance and support to faculty and program staff on various issues including degree progress, collegiate/University policies and procedures, and individual student situations.
● Provide feedback and input to faculty on course scheduling, enrollment management, and program development.
● Actively participate in faculty program meetings regarding curricular and student life issues. Advising Program and Service Enhancement
● Collaborate in the creation of new approaches, practices, and processes to accomplish academic advising goals, improve systems, and impact policy.
● Collaborate in the strategic planning, development, implementation, and promotion of select student services programs and initiatives.
● Participate in college recruitment events and initiatives.

● In conjunction with the director of academic advising, coordinate select initiatives and programs in support of academic advising, student retention, and enhancing the student experience.

● Actively participate in service activities, including (in)formal committees/work groups in the department, College, University, and/or broader community that support students and the academic advising profession.
● Maintain an in-depth knowledge of current trends, models, and philosophies in academic advising through personal study and participation in professional development activities.

Application Process

HOW TO APPLY Applications must be submitted online at Job # 336205.

Please click the Apply button and follow the instructions to complete an online application, submitting your:
1) cover letter outlining your interest, experience, and qualifications;
2) current resume; and
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.

Note: The statement MUST be attached AFTER your application by accessing your "My Job Applications" page and uploading documents there. References will be required from those applicants selected for a screening interview. To navigate to the "My Job Applications" page, click on the “Actions” menu and select “Careers” and then "My Job Applications." At the bottom of the page, click on the "Add Attachments" button to upload the additional document. Inquiries about the position may be addressed to the Search Committee Chair, Mary Vincent, at 612-624-4762 or Inquiries about the search process may be addressed to Jan Batt, Director of Human Resources, at 612-624-0788 or Review of Applications Begins: April 30, 2020. BACKGROUND CHECK Any offer of employment is contingent upon 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.

Institution Information

The College of Design (CDes) encompasses the full range of design disciplines at the University of Minnesota (apparel design, architecture, graphic design, housing studies, 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. 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: To request an accommodation during the application process, please e-mail or call (612) 624-UOHR (8647).

Additional Information

Special Notice for COVID-19 Hiring: The University of Minnesota has suspended hiring for most positions. However, we will continue hiring for positions critical to the University's mission and operations. Applications are being accepted for this position, and you are encouraged to apply. In-person interviews are suspended indefinitely and will be replaced by interviews in a virtual format. Thank you for your continued interest in working at the University of Minnesota.

Contact Information

● Inquiries about the position may be addressed to the Search Committee Chair, Mary Vincent, at 612-624-4762 or
● Inquiries about the search process may be addressed to Jan Batt, Director of Human Resources, at 612-624-0788 or


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.