Colorado Opportunity Scholarship Initiative (COSI) Advisor

Colorado State University-Pueblo
Colorado, United States
$40,000.00 - $40,000.00
Jul 30, 2020
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

The Center for Academic Enrichment at Colorado State University-Pueblo is dedicated to providing accurate, responsive, and respectful service to students with the goal of fostering retention to the university. The main function of the Center for Academic Enrichment is to ensure that students receive a positive experience during their academic career with regard to advising, coursework, and extracurricular activities. The department seeks to provide students with a smooth transition into higher education via personal and regular contact so they do well academically and socially and stay enrolled at CSU-Pueblo.

The Colorado Opportunity Scholarship Initiative (COSI) Advisor position engages in retention and outreach activities with the purpose of increasing the enrollment, retention and persistence for COSI students at CSU-Pueblo. The COSI Advisor assists with monitoring progress for COSI scholars, submitting reports, and recruiting for COSI scholars.

Primary Duties:

Case Management
  • Advises, registers, monitors, and maintains a caseload of first-year, continuing, and transfer students.
  • Works with new students to ensure a smooth transition to CSU-Pueblo. Meets individually and in groups with students to develop structured Student Success Plans, DARS reports, FAFSA completion, career counseling, and any other activity that fosters student success.
  • Tracks student academic progress for the caseload, which includes all COSI scholars.
  • Utilizes Starfish enrollment management system to identify students whom are struggling and provide academic interventions as well as make referrals when elicited.
  • Conducts individualized follow-up sessions to provide support to students as to contribute to their holistic development to promote positive learning and social environments.
  • Works with student-athletes to maintain NCAA compliance.
  • Creates and presents workshops on university policies, degree audits, and course registration.
  • Helps students in one-on-one meetings and assists students in connecting with other departments on campus including the academic department of their major. 
  • Updates COSI caseload each year to ensure accurate reporting.

  • Works closely with the academic departments including CAE Success Coaches and faculty mentors to ensure students are taking correct courses for major.
  • Works individually with faculty and staff from appropriate offices to ensure that related academic problems experienced by caseload of students are satisfactorily resolved.
  • Collaborates with University Track personnel to engage in outreach activities at local high schools.

  • Recruits locally at high schools and assists CAE with registration and recruitment events off campus in Pueblo.

Data Collection
  • Collects both quantitative and qualitative data related to each COSI student, major, and caseload.
  • Generates reports based on collected data.
  • Conducts program evaluations and reports the results of such evaluations.
  • Contributes to end-of-semester and annual reports on student success, persistence, and retention.
  • Serves on various University committees
  • Other duties assigned

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university, strong written and oral communication skills.
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment
  • Proficient computer skills, including Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and Excel

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Degree in psychology, sociology, history, or social work from a regionally accredited institution.
  • Experience working with high school or college students; demonstrated ability to work successfully in a team environment and with a diverse population of students.
  • Experience advising at an institution of higher education.
  • Experience with Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act.
All interested candidates must apply through the on-line application system. No other format of application materials will be accepted.

Applicants must attach the following documents, in order to be considered for this position: 
  1. a letter of intent (cover letter);
  2. a current resume or CV;
  3. an unofficial transcript; and
  4. three professional references with contact information to the on-line application.
Applications submitted without the required attachments above will be considered incomplete and will not move forward in the selection process. Once submitted, applicants will not be able to make changes or add information to their application packet, with the exception of their personal contact and demographic information.

Early submission of application materials is encouraged. Screening of application materials will begin immediately and continue until the position is closed at 4 p.m. (MST) on Wednesday, August 12, 2020.

About Colorado State University-Pueblo

Colorado State University-Pueblo is a comprehensive state university with an enrollment of 4,000 students. CSU-Pueblo provides relevant professional coursework and superior instruction with a small professor-to-student ratio for an ever-changing global economy. Students can choose from 28 undergraduate programs with 70 fields of study in the College of Science and Mathematics, the Hasan School of Business, the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, and the College of Education, Engineering, and Professional Studies and 10 graduate programs.

CSU-Pueblo is equally committed to serving the diverse population of the region; this emphasis is reflected in the demographic characteristics of the student body. Because more than 25 percent of our students are Hispanic, the Federal Government has designated CSU-Pueblo a Hispanic Serving Institution. Besides reflecting our commitment to serve this critically important and rapidly-growing segment of the student population, that designation also allows the University to compete for certain federal grant funds to support its ability to better serve all students. The University also seeks to provide a rich and diverse cultural environment that allows freedom of expression within a spirit of civility and mutual respect. The public service expected of all members of our community benefits our society--local and global--and builds our sense of citizenship.

Among its unique features, CSU-Pueblo is one of seven schools in the nation to offer a degree in mechatronics, which combines electrical and mechanical engineering. The Hasan School of Business ranks among the top 15 percent of all business schools internationally with graduate and undergraduate programs in business administration accredited by the AACSB International Board of Directors. The College of Education, Engineering and Professional Studies houses an undergraduate engineering program that was ranked in the nation's top 100 by U.S. News and World Report. CSU-Pueblo has an ever-changing campus landscape that features a newly renovated Library, a new general academic classroom building, and a newly renovated and expanded student center.

At CSU-Pueblo, Student Life offerings have increased significantly with the transition of the campus from a commuter environment to a more traditional collegiate experience. Competing at the NCAA Division II level, CSU-Pueblo is a member of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference and offers 22 varsity intercollegiate sports and also has active intramural and club sports teams that allow students to get involved in campus life.

About Pueblo, Colorado 

The city of Pueblo is a historically and culturally rich, diverse city of more than 100,000, located in the southern part of the state along the Arkansas River near the Wet Mountains and the majestic Sangre de Cristo range. Pueblo enjoys ideal year round climate with four distinct mild seasons, crisp mountain air and 300+ days of sunshine per year. Pueblo attracts outdoor enthusiasts to a full slate of summer and winter recreational activities, encompassing water sports at Lake Pueblo, biking or running along Pueblo's beautiful river trail system, golfing, tennis, hiking or skiing in the mountains to the west. The region is heavily agricultural, with large and small-scale farming and ranching, and a diverse mix of service, manufacturing, and technology industries.

CSU-Pueblo is committed to providing a safe and productive learning and living community. To achieve that goal, we conduct background investigations for all final candidates being considered for employment. Background checks may include, but are not limited to, criminal history (felony and misdemeanor), national sex offender search, and/or motor vehicle history. Candidates who are extended an offer of employment must submit to and pass a background check prior to beginning employment. Some positions depending on the job duties may be required to complete a DMV and/or credit check.

The University reserves the right to check additional references, with prior notification given to the candidate.

Note: The successful candidate must provide official transcripts of academic work completed and, under U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services regulations, be able to submit evidence of the ability to accept work in the U.S. by the day employment begins.

It is the policy of Colorado State University-Pueblo to provide reasonable accommodations for employees and applicants with disabilities.  If you need accommodations, please contact the Human Resources at (719) 549-2441 or

In compliance with the Clery Act of 1990, the University's annual security report is available at: 

Colorado State University-Pueblo is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, or veteran status. Additionally, the University complies with all other relevant, federal, state, and local laws regarding employment practices. 


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