Job Positions

Academic Success Coordinator/202100979AP

Categories: Rocky Mountain Region 10


Computer Science


Colorado State University

Date Posted:

Sep 3 2021 9:22PM

Close Date:

Oct 11 2021

Position Description

The Department of Computer Science is seeking a dynamic and committed Academic Success Coordinator (ASC), formerly known as “student advisor”, who will play a significant role in promoting undergraduate student success. This ASC will work directly with students majoring in computer science (CS) and applied computing technology (ACT). This position is funded for two years. Subject to available funding, the department intends to continue the position after the initial funding expires. The Academic Success Coordinator, in collaboration with the department’s advising and mentoring team, department faculty, and ASCs across campus, will provide academic guidance for students in ways that are both holistic and strategic and will contribute to the department’s ongoing initiatives to build a diverse and welcoming community of students, staff, and faculty. The primary functions of the ASC will be (1) to proactively advise computer science and applied computing technology students from the time they arrive at new student orientation through graduation; and (2) to coordinate key undergraduate programs that will support recruitment and retention of a diverse and inclusive student body, providing students with an excellent undergraduate educational experience. The Academic Success Coordinator will work closely with the advising and mentoring team and will report to the department chair.


70% - Academic Advising of Undergraduate Students:
•Assist with advising during new freshmen and transfer student orientation. Participate in Ram Orientation •Develop and maintain ongoing advising/mentoring relationships with students beginning at freshmen/transfer orientation and continuing through graduation
•Strategically advise computer science and applied computing technology undergraduate students regarding majors, curriculum matters, course offerings, degree plans, and progress towards degree completion. Assist with short-term and long-term planning, including career planning
•Make referrals and connections to appropriate department and campus resources to promote student success •Provide major and career advice for CSU students seeking to change major to computer science or applied computing technology. Establish on-going relationship with students who are in the process of changing majors through the major change and graduation •Participate in student recruitment efforts. Meet with and advise prospective students and their guests
•Contribute to on-going development and teaching of the department’s First Year Seminar, particularly with respect to degree planning, careers, academic success, and major selection
•Actively participate in the campus Academic Success Coordinator Network, including sharing best practices •Participate in campus-wide intervention strategies •Analyze data and produce reports on student success (e.g., admissions, retention/graduation, diversity). Use analysis to drive strategic initiatives and develop appropriate programs

30% Program Coordination: Coordinate and participate in one or more of the following areas:
•Diversity initiatives, including statistics on participation by underrepresented groups in computer science, relationship with the College of Natural Sciences Learning Community, and mentoring programs •Administrative support of outreach programs such as summer camps, high school coding clubs, university STEM initiatives
•Management of department’s undergraduate student employees including recruitment and management of undergraduate teaching assistants and helpers used in undergraduate courses, coordination and management of help desk staffed by undergraduate teaching assistants, and training for undergraduate teaching assistants
•Management of undergraduate departmental policies such as academic integrity, class enrollments and capacities

Application Process

For full consideration, applications must be received by 11:59 pm (MST) on 10/11/2021. A complete application includes a cover letter addressing the required and preferred qualifications, resume, diversity and inclusion statement and contact information for three references. References will not be contacted without prior notification of candidates. The diversity and inclusion statement should address your professional commitment to diversity and inclusion; this is to be uploaded in the Special Required Documents. To see full position announcement and to apply, please visit:

Institution Information

The Department of Computer Science at Colorado State University (CSU) is one of eight departments in the College of Natural Sciences. The department has a strong commitment to undergraduate and graduate teaching, as well as excellence in research. The computer science department currently supports approximately 925 undergraduate majors and over 86 graduate majors.

Additional Information

To see full position announcement and to apply, please visit:
CSU is an EO/EA/AA employer and conducts background checks on all final candidates

Contact Information

Chuck Anderson


Required Qualifications

• Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution by start of the appointment
• Two years of professional experience working with students in a high school or higher education setting OR two years professional experience with computer science (or a related field)

Preferred Qualifications

• Experience with mentoring and advising
• Strong interpersonal, written, and oral communication skills
• Proven ability to work collaboratively in a team-oriented environment
• Experience and interest in organizing and participating in outreach activities
• Commitment to increasing participation of underrepresented groups in the computer science field
• Experience in a STEM field
• Professional experience working with student programs in a higher education setting
• Demonstrated ability to do detailed work, prioritize multiple tasks, and meet deadlines
• Experience collecting and analyzing data