Job Positions

Academic Success Coordinator (202000718AP)

Categories: Rocky Mountain Region 10


Design and Merchandising


Colorado State University

Date Posted:

Sep 28 2020 10:00PM

Close Date:

October 12, 2020

Position Description

Academic Success Coordinators in the Department of Design and Merchandising (DM) in the College of Health and Human Sciences are 12-month, full time Administration Professional positions. The department offers programs of study in two undergraduate majors (Apparel and Merchandising and Interior Architecture and Design), one minor (Merchandising), and a graduate program. Academic Success Coordinators play an integral role in the department by providing an innovative and holistic approach to enhancing the student experience and fostering academic success among students in the Apparel and Merchandising and Interior Architecture and Design programs. The primary roles of the Academic Success Coordinator are to: (1) provide quality academic advising and support to DM students; (2) partner with DM advisors, faculty, and staff to develop and implement student recruitment and retention activities/programs; (3) serve as advisors for the Design and Merchandising Leadership Team; and (4) teach DM 192 – Design and Merchandising First Year Seminar. Academic advising and support includes assisting students in their transition to the university environment, engaging students in discussion and exploration around selected programs of study (e.g., major, concentration, minor, honors program, study abroad), encouraging students to actively participate in departmental and university activities and organizations, and supporting students in achieving their goals related to educational attainment/graduation. Specific duties or responsibilities include taking a leadership role in Ram Orientation, Ram Welcome (CSU’s freshman/transfer student welcoming event), Spotlight on Design and Merchandising (departmental recruitment event), and CSU student visit days. Academic Success Coordinators also participate in the CSU Cross-Campus Network of Cross-Campus Academic Success Coordinators, collaborating to meet the goal of gaining knowledge/expertise of ‘best practices’ in student advising/success as well as campus resources for students. This position requires occasional evening and weekend work hours.


Academic Advising and Student Support (70%)
Engagement in CSU Network of Academic Success Coordinators (10%)
Administrative, Service, and Teaching (20%)
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Application Process

For full consideration, please apply by Monday, October 12th, 2020, 11:59 pm (MT) with a cover letter addressing how your experiences meet the required and preferred qualifications, a resume, and contact information for 3 professional references. References will not be contacted without prior notification of candidates. In your cover letter, please include specific information that supports your evidence of strong oral communication experience/skills.

Institution Information

Colorado State University is located in Fort Collins, Colorado. For detailed information about CSU, please go to

Additional Information

The Department of Design and Merchandising has 19 full-time faculty positions, tenure and non-tenure-track faculty, as well as administrative professionals and staff who support approximately 600 undergraduate students and 20 graduate students. The department is housed in the new Nancy Richardson Design Center, which opened in January 2019 and features new classrooms and fabrications labs designed to foster innovative teaching and learning as well as in the neighboring Gifford Building. The department is also home to the Avenir Museum, a new facility with a repository of 20,000 historically and culturally significant items of dress, textiles and interior artifacts representing regional, national, and international cultures. To learn more about Department of Design and Merchandising (DM), visit:

Contact Information

Kendra Allen, M.Ed


Required Qualifications

• Bachelor’s of Arts (B.A.) or Science (B.S.) degree in Education, Psychology, Social Work, Student Affairs, Apparel and Merchandising, or Interior Architecture and Design.
• Two or more years of professional experience in student affairs/academic advising working directly with students in a college/university setting
• Demonstrated strong interpersonal, written and oral communication, computer, and data base management skills
• Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively and to manage projects effectively and efficiently
• Demonstrated commitment to diversity, professionalism, and team-work

Preferred Qualifications

• Master’s (M.A. or M.S) degree in Higher Education, Psychology, Student Affairs or related area, Apparel and Merchandising, or Interior Architecture and Design.
• Evidence of strong oral presentation experience/skills
• Teaching experience/skills