Job Positions

Exploratory Preference Advisor and Trio Advisor

Categories: Great Lakes Region 5




Michigan State University

Date Posted:

Sep 23 2021 8:42PM

Close Date:

Oct 1 2021

Position Description

The Neighborhood Student Success Collaborative (NSSC) is an innovative and collaborative organization of experts driving Michigan State University to continually improve the services, practices, and activities for holistic student success. The NSSC promotes academic proficiency, institutional navigation and socio-emotional engagement to promote student success. Our unit is committed to empowering undergraduate students to pursue knowledge, access resources, and develop skills needed for success. Our goals align with the broader institution goals of closing opportunity gaps for underserved (first generation, low-income, Black, Latinx, and/or Native American/Indigenous) students by increasing persistence, retention and graduation rates, and decreasing time to degree. Housed in the Office of the Provost, the unit reports to the Associate Provost for Undergraduate Education (APUE). The NSSC works closely with Student Affairs and Services, Residential and Hospitality Services and other key units on campus to meet University student success goals. The goal of NSSC is to support undergraduate students in their pursuit of knowledge and ongoing development of their social, cultural, and intellectual abilities. The NSSC uses the student success model (academic achievement, socio-emotional engagement, and institutional navigation) in the advising practice. NSSC serves the entire undergraduate student population including students in the TRIO Student Support Services (SSS) program as well as those students who are exploring majors and declared as Exploratory-Preference majors. We are currently seeking advisors for both populations. Key components of the NSSC advising include: Intensive, intrusive professional advising, coaching, and peer mentoring throughout students’ tenure at MSU, designed to address academic, career planning, and socio-emotional aspects of the college experience. Academic, socio-emotional, and career-oriented programming that supports student success by developing a sense of belonging. Specialized academic support and tutorial services and, for TRIO students, an academically focused summer bridge program. High impact learning experiences such as study abroad, mentoring, internships. and first-year seminars. Financial literacy, graduate school preparation, and other relevant services. The Academic Advisor will provide comprehensive individual advising and coaching focusing on both the academic and social/development of Exploratory Preference or TRIO SSS students. In addition, they will develop and provide support for programming aspects of the program. They should have a strong background in academic advising or similar 1-on-1 support with students, and a proven commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion in higher education.


Teaching (10%)
Possible teach/Co-teach 1st-year seminar (e.g., UGS 110-1 credit) as requested.

Advising (75%)
Advise students on both academic and social needs; use intrusive and proactive advising techniques
Participate in NSSC academic events and programs Work closely with advisors across campus ensuring successful transition of students from high school to MSU and to ensure continued success throughout the scholar’s academic experience
Provide 1-on-1 advisement for students, including but not limited to course planning and registration, early warning outreach, major and career exploration, campus and local referrals, campaigns and case management, institutional navigation, academic orientation, data collection and analysis, and education abroad.
Understand, interpret, and implement academic policies and procedures at the university. Interact effectively with colleagues and partners as well as academic and student affairs professionals in the academic colleges and Enrollment Services
Participate in campus advising community and participate in relevant meetings/trainings with academic units. Use digital systems (e.g., Electronic Student Academic Folder, Degree Navigator, Campus Solutions-Student Information System, Blumen), to initiate and facilitate advising interactions, maintain confidential records, enter information about students, and respond to referrals from others.

Research (0%)

Outreach (5%)
Assist with recruiting and outreach presentations as needed.

Other (10%)
Provide support for team of undergraduate peer coaches to support academic advising and coaching efforts for program participants. Assist in planning and implementing student support programming such as workshops and community building events. Support New Student Orientation advising, and programming as needed. Serve as a member of the NSSC advising community and support advising related programs, events, and committees.

Other duties as assigned.

Application Process

Cover letter and resume to the attention of: Committee Chair

Institution Information

Michigan State University has been advancing the common good with uncommon will for more than 160 years. One of the top research universities in the world, MSU pushes the boundaries of discovery and forges enduring partnerships to solve the most pressing global challenges while providing life-changing opportunities to a diverse and inclusive academic community through more than 200 programs of study in 17 degree-granting colleges.

Additional Information

Contact Information

Justin P. St. Charles, LMSW Academic Advising Director Brody Neighborhood Neighborhood Student Success Collaborative (NSSC)


Required Qualifications

Master’s degree or equivalent experience in higher education, student affairs or another related field. Experience with student support technology systems; experience in higher education, preferably in the areas of advising and/or academic development for underserved students; strong communication skills and student-centered approach. Master's degree or evidence of advanced work leading to a master's. Minimum of three years of experience with academic advising experience
Proven commitment to undergraduate student success
Excellent communication skills; including an ability to work diplomatically and effectively with campus partners Demonstrated ability to work with students and colleagues from diverse backgrounds
Ability to access, understand, and interpret data from multiple sources to facilitate advising interactions and promote student success through pro-active and innovative advising practices.
Ability to use data to evaluate individual and group efforts to promote student success through academic advising Computer literacy including Microsoft Office

Preferred Qualifications

The ideal candidate will have experience in academic advising within a college or university setting; knowledge of undergraduate student success concepts, theories and/or practice; and experience teaching, advising, leading, and/or mentoring diverse undergraduate students. Personal experience similar to the student population served by Exploratory Preference and/or the TRIO SSS program or professional experience serving similar populations. Strong skills in documentation, tracking, and data compliance. Knowledge of academic advising/student information technology platforms. This position requires occasional evenings and weekends. Experience with online student success platforms.
Teaching experience with secondary or post-secondary students.
One to three years of advising experience.
Experience with data collection and visualization.
Proficiency with cloud-based office software (e.g., Microsoft Office, Google Apps).
Experience implementing strategic initiatives to support the academic success of minoritized populations.