Job Positions

Academic Advisor and Retention Specialist, College of Letters, Arts, & Sciences

Categories: Pacific Region 9


College of LAS-Office


Metropolitan State University of Denver

Date Posted:

Apr 3 2020 10:00PM

Close Date:


Position Description

The Academic Advisor and Retention Specialist (AARS) works with students in the College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences (CLAS) and will be housed in the Department of Psychological Sciences. Using developmental advising techniques, this position will be responsible for helping incoming and continuing students in Psychology and Human Development & Family Studies. Serving both on-campus and online students, the AARS will help students determine an appropriate academic path, including selecting an appropriate major/minor, choosing classes, and beginning to define a career path. In collaboration with chairs and other faculty members in the academic department served, the AARS will also make targeted outreach to students to identify potential obstacles to retention and graduation.


The primary responsibilities are to provide informed guidance and accurate information in the most efficient, accessible, and comprehensive manner possible to assist students in reaching their educational, life, and career goals.

Academic Advising (50%)
• Conduct individual advising sessions with students, in person, via email, or by phone
• Assist with course selection, scheduling and registration • Help students with long-term degree planning
• Help students begin or continue career planning process • Refer students to appropriate University resources

Retention (20%)
• Identify students who are not reaching program milestones as defined by department chairs or faculty advising coordinators
• Design and implement appropriate interventions
• Prepare reports on student progress

Recruiting (15%)
• Participate in new student orientation
• Participate in University recruitment events, including outreach and involvement with under-represented groups

Training and Professional Development (10%)
• Remain up to date on advising systems and trends in developmental advising
• Become/remain knowledgeable about the curriculum over time
• Make appropriate use of technology as it changes

Application Process

To apply, visit

Institution Information

We empower Colorado’s students to advance their lives and careers through high-quality, real-world education. And we power the state economy through our 95,000 work-ready graduates, more than 80% of whom stay in Colorado. Based in the heart of the Mile High City, MSU Denver provides unparalleled access to internships and professional networks that jump-start careers.

Additional Information


Contact Information

Human Resources


Required Qualifications

• Bachelor’s Degree

Preferred Qualifications

• Master’s Degree in either Psychology or a related discipline OR Higher Education, College Personnel, Counseling, or related field
• Working knowledge of student information system software (e.g. Ellucian Banner, PeopleSoft, CampusVue, etc.)
• Two years demonstrated experience with developmental advising techniques (or equivalent experience) at an accredited institution
• Demonstrated experience working with students in a discipline taught in the College of Letters, Arts & Sciences • Demonstrated experience working with advising software (e.g. Student Success Collaborative, GradesFirst, Starfish, or similar)
• Demonstrated experience in program assessment
• Demonstrated experience using social media technology in advising
• Demonstrated experience in pre-health advising
• Bilingual in Spanish
• Experience working with diverse, urban populations, including but not limited to people of color, veterans, or other underrepresented groups