Adams State University is seeking a caring and self-motivated individual with excellent communication skills and strong advising experience to advise students in an academic setting. A state-supported Hispanic Serving Institution in the beautiful San Luis Valley of south-central Colorado, Adams State University offers undergraduate majors, minors and emphases as well as master's degree programs and a doctoral program. We are distinguished by caring professors, small classes, and a diverse, yet close-knit community. This environment fosters student engagement, and individual attention helps students achieve their best. This position in the First Year Advising Center delivers academic advising (which includes intervention as deemed necessary) to admitted undergraduate students, specializes in academic areas with complex degree plans and pathways, provides support to the Director of Academic Advising, and trains advisors.
Coordinates all major/minor/advisor assignments and changes, including communication to various departments
Provides academic advising services to undergraduate students, including the use of intrusive advising methods, as deemed necessary, for advisees identified as not making Satisfactory Academic Progress
Develops and coordinates relationships with various offices on campus (e.g., Registrar’s Office, Admissions, Financial Aid, Student Support Services) to better serve students
Advises students for complex degree plans, such as very prescribed STEM degrees or individualized interdisciplinary studies degrees
Refer advisees to other ASU resources as needed
Initiates retention contacts with advisees who are behind in registration for the subsequent semester
Participates in and often facilitates departmental and committee meetings as appropriate for supporting assigned students
Participates on Academic SOS committee
Assists Director of Academic Advising in verifying majors of newly admitted students and assigning appropriate advisors
Provides training to other advisors and facilitates workshops.
Supervises Student Success Center kiosk ambassadors
Serves as a Campus Security Authority, as federally mandated under the Clery Act.
Other duties as assigned.
Letter of application, describing interest in and directly addressing qualifications of the position.
Names and contact information of three to five professional references.
Unofficial or official transcripts from all post-secondary education institutions attended (official transcripts required upon hiring).
The city of Alamosa was established in May 1878 by the Denver and Rio Grande Railroad and quickly became an important rail center. The railroad had an extensive construction, repair, and shipping facility in Alamosa and for many years headquartered its remaining narrow gauge service in Alamosa with tracks reaching many points throughout southwest Colorado and northern New Mexico. Alamosa is a notable tourist town with many nearby attractions, including the Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve, Colorado Gators Reptile Park, surrounded by national forest and several mountain ranges with peaks exceeding 14,000 feet in elevation. The town hosts "Summer Fest on the Rio" which occurs the first weekend in June, the Early Iron car show over the Labor Day weekend, and "Weekends on the Rio" on various Sundays throughout the summer. Alamosa has a population of 9500 with recently built elementary schools, a moderate cost of living, and affordable housing. The city takes its name from the Spanish adjective Alamosa, meaning "of cottonwood," for the cottonwood forests which grow along the Rio Grande and throughout town. Located in the beautiful San Luis Valley between the Sangre de Cristo and San Juan mountain ranges of southern Colorado, Alamosa is over 7,500 feet in elevation and is a high desert basin. Alamosa is located approximately 3.5 hours from Denver, 1.5 hours from Taos, NM and 2.5 hours from Santa Fe, NM. The region is known for its abundant sunshine with over 320 days of sun. The altitude and dryness of the air cause day-night temperature differences to be severe year-round. Surrounding Alamosa, the region is rich with large and small farms with high agriculture output. Alamosa's geography and nighttime temperatures account for it often being listed as the coldest city in the contiguous United States. Alamosa features a cold desert climate with long, cold winters and warm summers, and dry weather year-round. Normal temperatures range from a low of -4 °F (-20 °C) in January to a high of 82 °F (28 °C) in July. Annual precipitation is only 7.25 inches (184 mm), with summer being the wettest. The aridity depresses mean snowfall to around 32 inches (81 cm) and the median to only 22.3 inches (57 cm).
Salary is $38,500 to $40,000 annually plus benefits. Adams State University offers a competitive benefits package.
Kendra Marquez, Office of Enrollment Management
Master’s Degree in Advising, Student Affairs or related field
Three years of academic advising experience
Knowledge of degree programs and corresponding career options
Understanding of educational requirements and advising processes
Excellent oral and written communication skills
Demonstrated technology proficiency with various software applications
Strong organizational skills including an ability to multitask
Ability to work occasional flexible hours
Ability to work with diverse, non-traditional, and underserved student populations in a compassionate, firm and structured manner.
Ability to treat others with respect, civility, and courtesy and to work honestly, effectively, and collegially with employees, students, and the community. This includes the ability to use appropriate conflict management skills to effectively manage any disagreement that might arise or to bring the disagreement to management for assistance in productive resolution when the situation requires.
Ability to perform with diplomacy, confidentiality and professionalism.
Experience working in higher education as part of an academic team
Experience with student data systems such as Banner
Ability to perform above primary duties