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Academic Advisor

Categories: Rocky Mountain Region 10


Academic Advising


Adams State University

Date Posted:

Apr 23 2021 2:43PM

Close Date:

May 28 2021

Position Description

Adams State University is seeking a caring and self-motivated individual with excellent communication skills to advise students in an academic setting. A state-supported Hispanic Serving Institution in the beautiful San Luis Valley of south-central Colorado, Adams State University offers undergraduate majors, minors and emphases as well as master's degree programs and a doctoral program. We are distinguished by caring professors, small classes, and a diverse, yet close-knit community. This environment fosters student engagement, and individual attention helps students achieve their best. This position in the First Year Advising Center delivers academic advising (which includes intervention as deemed necessary) to admitted undergraduate students and provides support to the Director of Academic Advising.


Coordinates all major/minor/advisor assignments and changes, including communication to various departments
Provides academic advising services to undergraduate students, including the use of intrusive advising methods, as deemed necessary, for advisees identified as not making Satisfactory Academic Progress
 Develops and coordinates relationships with various offices on campus (e.g., Registrar’s Office, Admissions, Financial Aid, Student Support Services) to better serve students
Refer advisees to other ASU resources as needed
Initiates retention contacts with advisees who are behind in registration for the subsequent semester
Participates in departmental and committee meetings as appropriate for supporting assigned students
Participates on Academic SOS committee
 Assists Director of Academic Advising in verifying majors of newly admitted students and assigning appropriate advisors
 Supervises Student Success Center kiosk ambassadors in absence of director of academic advising
Serves as a Campus Security Authority, as federally mandated under the Clery Act.
Other duties as assigned.

Application Process

Salary is $36,000 annually plus benefits. Adams State University offers a competitive benefits package. Required Application Materials: Letter of application, describing interest in and directly addressing qualifications of the position.

Institution Information

Adams State University is a state-supported regional comprehensive university in Alamosa, Colorado, United States. Adams State is Colorado’s premier Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) and is also a Minority Serving Institution (MSI) with over 54% of our students representing diverse backgrounds. We have a high percentage of first-generation students with an equally high percentage of students who are Pell eligible. The university offers undergraduate programs in physical and social sciences, kinesiology, fine arts, business and nursing, and specializes in educator curricula in several disciplines. Adams State also offers graduate degrees in history, art, business (MBA), and educator programs, including counselor education; the university also has a doctoral (PhD) program in counselor education. The university has an active athletic program, both in participatory sports and in athletics educator training as well as thriving theater and musical performance opportunities. Students play a major role in shared governance through AS&F (Associated Students & Faculty).

Additional Information

About Alamosa, Colorado and the San Luis Valley:
The city of Alamosa was established in May 1878 by the Denver and Rio Grande Railroad and quickly became an important rail center. The railroad had an extensive construction, repair, and shipping facility in Alamosa and for many years headquartered its remaining narrow gauge service in Alamosa with tracks reaching many points throughout southwest Colorado and northern New Mexico. Alamosa is a notable tourist town with many nearby attractions, including the Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve, Colorado Gators Reptile Park, surrounded by national forest and several mountain ranges with peaks exceeding 14,000 feet in elevation. The town hosts "Summer Fest on the Rio" which occurs the first weekend in June, the Early Iron car show over the Labor Day weekend, and "Weekends on the Rio" on various Sundays throughout the summer. Alamosa has a population of 9500 with recently built elementary schools, a moderate cost of living, and affordable housing. The city takes its name from the Spanish adjective Alamosa, meaning "of cottonwood," for the cottonwood forests which grow along the Rio Grande and throughout town. Located in the beautiful San Luis Valley between the Sangre de Cristo and San Juan mountain ranges of southern Colorado, Alamosa is over 7,500 feet in elevation and is a high desert basin. Alamosa is located approximately 3.5 hours from Denver, 1.5 hours from Taos, NM and 2.5 hours from Santa Fe, NM. The region is known for its abundant sunshine with over 320 days of sun. The altitude and dryness of the air cause day-night temperature differences to be severe year-round. Surrounding Alamosa, the region is rich with large and small farms with high agriculture output. Alamosa's geography and nighttime temperatures account for it often being listed as the coldest city in the contiguous United States. Alamosa features a cold desert climate with long, cold winters and warm summers, and dry weather year-round. Normal temperatures range from a low of -4 °F (-20 °C) in January to a high of 82 °F (28 °C) in July. Annual precipitation is only 7.25 inches (184 mm), with summer being the wettest. The aridity depresses mean snowfall to around 32 inches (81 cm) and the median to only 22.3 inches (57 cm).

Contact Information

Kendra Marquez, Office of Enrollment Management E-mail:


Required Qualifications

Bachelor’s Degree
Knowledge of degree programs and corresponding career options
Understanding of educational requirements and advising processes
Excellent oral and written communication skills
Demonstrated technology proficiency with various software applications
Strong organizational skills including an ability to multitask
Ability to work occasional flexible hours
Ability to work with diverse, non-traditional, and underserved student populations in a compassionate, firm and structured manner.
Ability to treat others with respect, civility, and courtesy and to work honestly, effectively, and collegially with employees, students, and the community. This includes the ability to use appropriate conflict management skills to effectively manage any disagreement that might arise or to bring the disagreement to management for assistance in productive resolution when the situation requires.
 Ability to perform with diplomacy, confidentiality and professionalism.

Preferred Qualifications

Master’s degree
Bilingual, English/Spanish.
Experience working in higher education as part of an academic team
Experience in academic advising and/or adult counseling
Experience with student data systems such as Banner
Ability to perform above primary duties