Academic Advisor

University of Colorado Boulder
Colorado, United States
Salary Not Specified
Jun 08, 2021
Employment Type
Full Time

Job Summary

CU Boulder encourages applications for an Academic Advisor! Academic Advisors are responsible for building relationships with students and fostering success by providing multidisciplinary academic and developmental advising for exploratory undergraduates with interests across all colleges and schools. This position is part of a collaborative team of academic advisors and coaches in the University Exploration and Advising Center (UEAC) This first-year advising role works with specific student populations to empower and support them in exploration and decision-making toward their choice of a major and an outlay of goals for their collegiate career at CU Boulder and beyond. Students with whom these positions will specialize include those who were not admitted to their college of choice, prospective students, international students, and transfer students; populations that finds themselves between colleges or in need of campus-wide exploration.

We are looking for someone who is passionate about exploration, discovery, and supportive connection with students, which requires a specialized knowledge base across many subject areas. Other important aspects of this role include collaborating with individuals and departments across campus, a dedication to professional growth and development, and strong dedication to team collaboration and innovation.
The University of Colorado Boulder is committed to building a culturally diverse community of faculty, staff, and students dedicated to contributing to an inclusive campus environment. We are an Equal Opportunity employer, including veterans and individuals with disabilities.

Who We Are

The University Exploration & Advising Center (UEAC) is a first-year advising unit at CU Boulder designed to work with students in exploring and transitioning to a variety of academic paths. The UEAC partners with all the colleges on campus and works with students in discovering any number of interests and possible outcomes while at CU Boulder. The unit primarily serves students specifically assigned to UEAC advisors, but also offers support to various other transitioning student groups on campus. The UEAC is part of the Office of Undergraduate Education (UE), whose charge is to examine the entire undergraduate student experience, assess outcomes, identify gaps, and launch and support student-facing campus initiatives. For more information please see: .

We are looking for collaborative, student centered candidates who will support the academic exploration of all undergraduate students through advising and guided decision-making to empower individuals to reach their goals. Through relationship building UEAC advisors connect students to campus resources, cultivate growth attitude and encourage self-reflection. The ideal candidate should value and promote integrity, inclusivity and innovation to the campus community.

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

Student Support

Individual and small group work with students (via scheduled appointments, walk-ins, phone and email interactions) and related administrative duties; student traffic will vary over the course of the year so included in this role is proactive outreach and engagement with students who have not been in for an appointment and/or are in academic difficulty. Advisors will follow all advising protocols and utilize campus advising tools such as Buff Portal Advising and will maintain a multidisciplinary knowledge base.

Advisors will:

  • Assist students in planning for and making informed decisions about a choice of major, intended college outcomes, and potential career or graduate school direction.
  • Help students to assess their interests, values and academic skills.
  • Teach students how to navigate the systems, academic processes and policies at CU Boulder.
  • Work with students to personalize their academic path, including offering co-curricular guidance that complements their goals and leading them in regular long term planning.

Advisors also offer availability to students’ overall support network, including parents. In addition to one-on-one interactions, the individual in this position will work with students in group settings via workshops, presentations, and for-credit courses such as FYXP 1000: Academic Exploration & Critical Decision Making.

Cross-Campus First Year Advising Network

Actively engage in planning and collaboration as a member of the cross-campus First Year Advising Network, which includes regular meetings and trainings. Assist with the development of first year advising student learning outcomes and ongoing assessment. Contribute to and participate in critical initiatives and goals related to campus-wide first-year advising and ensure alignment with key elements of the campus-wide first-year advising model; proactively develop knowledge of standard methodologies related to first-year student transition, retention, and advising. Share that knowledge with others and work implement practices aligned with that knowledge.

Planning & Student Success Initiatives

Planning and collaboration with the UEAC team, including regular team meetings, trainings and evaluation. This will include targeted meetings with specific constituents as well as attendance at greater organizational meetings and participation in cross-campus committees as necessary.

Professional Development

Professional development, including but not limited to relevant conferences, mentoring opportunities, coursework, workshops, and research.

What You Should Know

Full time hours on a normal university schedule. Some occasional evening or weekend work is possible.

What We Can Offer

Annual Salary Range is $48,000-$52,000.


The University of Colorado offers excellent benefits , including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO Pass. The University of Colorado Boulder is one of the largest employers in Boulder County and offers an inspiring higher education environment. Learn more about the University of Colorado Boulder .

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What We Require

  • Completed Bachelor’s degree and minimum of one (1) year of professional advising experience in a higher education setting;
  • Equivalent combination of education and experience may substitute.

What You Will Need

  • Proven success managing parent concerns;
  • Experience/knowledge of student success initiatives;
  • Experience applying/knowledge of student development theory;
  • Demonstrated interpersonal excellence with colleagues;
  • Collaboration;
  • Communication;
  • Empowerment;
  • Inclusivity;
  • Innovation;
  • Integrity;
  • Leadership;
  • Positive and Professional Approach;
  • Student-centered.

What We Would Like You To Have

  • Bachelor’s degree and three (3) years of professional, related experience;
  • OR a completed Master’s degree in higher education administration or related field and one (1) year of professional, related experience working with students outside the classroom;
  • Experience managing student success initiatives in a higher education setting;
  • Classroom teaching experience;
  • Experience working with students on the CU Boulder campus and familiarity with CU Boulder majors, minors, and certificate programs and undergraduate policies and processes.

Special Instructions

To apply, please submit the following materials:
  1. A current resume.
  2. A cover letter that specifically addresses how your background and experience align with the requirements, qualifications and responsibilities of the position.
  3. A short essay (no more than 1 page) that addresses the following statement: "Our unit recognizes that our mission is strengthened by contributions from diverse perspectives. Describe what your commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion looks like in practice."

You will not be asked to upload references at this time.

Please apply by June 20, 2021 for consideration.

Note: Application materials will not be accepted via email. For consideration, applications must be submitted through CU Boulder Jobs .

Posting Contact Information

Posting Contact Name: Boulder Campus Human Resources

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