Job Positions

Academic Success Coordinator

Categories: Rocky Mountain Region 10


Human Development & Family Studies


Colorado State University

Date Posted:

Mar 22 2023 1:41PM

Close Date:

March 27, 2023

Position Description

The Academic Success Coordinator (ASC) within the Department of Human Development and Family Studies in the College of Health and Human Sciences is a 12-month, full time Administrative Professional position. The Academic Success Coordinator plays a critical and supportive role in strengthening departmental efforts to provide quality advising and promote undergraduate student success. This position supports an innovative and holistic approach to providing students with the assistance, guidance and resources necessary to be successful. The primary functions of the Academic Success Coordinator are to foster successful transition to the university environment by students in their initial semesters, promote career exploration to ensure students’ choice of appropriate major, foster students’ engagement with faculty advisors/mentors at critical points, and promote timely graduation and retention. Academic Success Coordinators, in collaboration with faculty, play a critical role in promoting undergraduate student success. The Academic Success Coordinator works directly with students on campus and online majoring in HDFS in order to foster their academic success by developing, implementing and monitoring an action plan for success. The Academic Success Coordinator’s duties include: advising students, connecting students to faculty, maintaining student records, outreaching to struggling students and probation students, programming various events throughout the year that can foster connection to the major, explore new opportunities, or work on improvement, interacting with faculty members, partnering with campus offices, and teaching HDFS 277: Professional Skills Development, which is a one credit introductory course that students take in their first semester in the major. The Academic Success Coordinator works closely with the Internship and Practicum Coordinator, two other Academic Success Coordinators, graduate assistants, undergraduate Peer Advisors, faculty, other HDFS ASC’s and reports to the Advising Director in HDFS.


Advising: Provide comprehensive advising at the First Year and Transfer Student Orientations, participation in Ram Welcome, and through a continuous advising relationship with students Provide pre-admission advising to students considering both the Human Development and Family Studies major, including both residential and online program delivery models, and the Early Childhood Education major Advise students in the HDFS major and Gerontology Interdisciplinary Minor (GIM) on campus and online and on campus ECE majors Provide attention to issues of first-and second-year students as well as transfer students, including transitions and career exploration Work with students to develop an Academic Plan both in the short and long-term Proactive outreach and tracking, and use data to continually measure progress of individual students through graduation Participate in strategic interventions, local and cross-campus Assist current students, prospective students and their families to understand HDFS ECE, and GIM curricula and opportunities within department Develop familiarity with issues certain populations of students may face (non-traditional students, students of color, first generation college students, transfer students, etc.) and incorporate this perspective into developmental advising approaches Treat each student as an individual, understanding that each student’s path to degree attainment may be different Provide programming for students including probation, connecting students to the department needed and to support a positive transition to post grad life Facilitate and promote honors program involvement by HDFS majors Develop and utilize advising best practices that combine department-level knowledge and campus-wide perspective Actively participate in the Academic Success Coordinator Network, including sharing of best practices Participate in campus-wide intervention strategies and outreach initiatives Develop and maintain detailed knowledge of and referral to campus resources and opportunities. Teach HDFS 277 Introductory Seminar, Professional Skills Development online and on campus utilizing Canvas Assist in data collection and tracking as needed for program assessment Host information sessions for relevant post-graduation opportunities Develop connections to campus resources and opportunities. Implement intentional plans to engage students and faculty in mentoring and advising relationships Facilitate connections that engage students in faculty research Provide service to the department and initiate special projects as requested by the Department Head.

Application Process

To apply, please submit a resume/CV and cover letter directly to this posting. Emailed applications will not be accepted. References will not be contacted without prior notification of candidates.

Institution Information

Founded in 1870, Colorado State University is among the nation’s leading research universities and enrolls approximately 32,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students. Located an hour north of the Denver metro area, Fort Collins is a vibrant community of approximately 157,000 residents that offers the convenience of a small town with all the amenities of a large city. Fort Collins is situated on the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains with views of 14,000 foot peaks, and offers access to numerous cultural, recreational, and outdoor opportunities

Additional Information

The Department of Human Development and Family Studies has ~958 undergraduate majors, 25 M.S., and 13 Ph.D. students. The faculty is committed to developing a department of excellence grounded in science and the discovery process. Recent and ongoing facility additions and remodeling provide modern classroom and research facilities. Applicants are encouraged to visit the department at:

Contact Information

Sara Geyer:


Required Qualifications


Minimum of a Master’s degree in Higher Education Counseling/Student Affairs or content area – OR a Bachelor’s degree with at least 2 years experience in academic advising working directly with students in a college/university setting, and a commitment to diversity.

Preferred Qualifications

Experience advising transfer students; strong interpersonal and oral communication skills; proven ability to work collaboratively, demonstrated written communication skills as evidenced by application materials, presentation experience, computer skills, data base management skills, demonstrated ability to do detailed work, prioritize multiple tasks and meet deadlines.