This position is part of a campus-wide First-Year Advising Network
and is embedded within the College of Media, Communication and
Information. First-year advisors at CU Boulder work in a team
setting and are committed to building collaborative,
student-centered relationships that support achievement of academic
success, promote personal and professional development, and foster
a sense of community. First-year advisors educate the whole student
through a developmental, student-focused approach and are charged
with developing and implementing advising strategies and
interventions to enhance the performance and persistence of
students throughout their first year on campus, along with
contributing to the development of student learning outcomes and
First-year advisors provide multidisciplinary academic and
developmental advising for first-year undergraduates with interests
that span the full complement of academic options within the
College of Media, Communication and Information.
This position focuses on exploration, discovery, and supportive
connection with students, which requires a specialized knowledge
base across many subject areas as well as a keen understanding of
related functional areas. First-year advisors demonstrate an
enthusiastic attitude and passion for working with students; are
comfortable engaging with large numbers of students via diverse and
active outreach methods; and exhibit a customer service orientation
and strong communication skills. Other important aspects of this
role include liaising with individuals and departments across
campus, a commitment to professional growth and development, and a
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
Established in 2015, the College of Media, Communication and
Information is at the forefront of the revolution in communication
and digital technology. CMCI prides itself on offering students an
interdisciplinary education with a focus on innovation and
creativity. Our students and faculty from six departments and an
independent PhD program think across boundaries, innovate around
emerging problems and create culture that transcends
CMCI strives to be a community whose excellence is premised on
diversity, equity and inclusion. We seek candidates who share this
commitment and demonstrate understanding of the experiences of
those historically underrepresented in higher education. We welcome
applications from minoritized racial and ethnic identities,
ciswomen, non-normative genders and sexualities, persons with
disabilities, and others who have encountered legacies of
What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be
Undergraduate Academic Advising
- Engage in individual and small group work with students (via
scheduled appointments, drop-ins, phone, online video, and email
interactions) and perform related administrative duties.
- Follow all advising protocols and utilize campus advising tools
such as Buff Portal and will maintain a multidisciplinary knowledge
- 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
- Teach students how to navigate the systems, academic processes
and policies at CU-Boulder.
- Review students’ academic records and discuss appropriate
- Work with students to personalize their academic paths,
including offering co-curricular guidance that complements their
goals and leading them in regular long-term planning.
- Offer availability to students’ overall support networks,
- In addition to one-on-one interactions, the individual in this
position will work with students in group settings via workshops
Outreach and Support
- Proactively track, contact, and work with special student
populations (e.g., early alert, high-risk, first generation,
students who have not been in for an appointment, students in
academic difficulty, high-achieving students, etc.).
- Participate in student-facing activities as assigned.
- Participate in first-year programming, both college-based and
campus-wide, in collaboration with faculty and other academic
- Work with the Assistant Dean for Student Experience to develop,
coordinate, and assess programming for the College’s new student
welcome events, onboarding, and enrollment.
- The individual in this position will plan and collaborate with
the First Year Advising Network as well as the CMCI advising team,
including regular 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 Practice Implementation
What You Should Know
- The individual in this position will proactively develop
knowledge of standard methodologies related to first-year student
transition and advising through relevant conferences, mentoring
opportunities, workshops, coursework, and research, and will share
that knowledge with others in CMCI, particularly advising staff,
working to help ensure that practices aligned with that knowledge
are implemented in CMC.
This position requires occasional evening hours during the academic
year as well as various weekend commitments.
What We Can Offer
Annual Salary Range: $48,000-$50,000.
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
What You Will Need
- Completed Bachelor's degree and minimum of one (1) year of
professional, related experience; OR, a Master's Degree.
- Equivalent combination of education and experience may
What We Would Like You To Have
- Ability to communicate effectively, both in writing and
- Ability to establish and maintain effective working
relationships with employees at all levels throughout the
- Outstanding customer service skills.
- Demonstrated ability to work as a member of a team and within a
collaborative work environment.
- Exceptional attention to detail.
- Exceptional organizational, planning, analytical, and technical
- Ability to work independently, prioritize multiple projects and
requests, and work in a fast-paced environment.
- Demonstrated passion for working with students within a
- Demonstrated interpersonal excellence with colleagues.
- Sensitivity to and appreciation of cultural, political, and
geographical differences, with ability to work well with faculty,
staff, and students from around the world.
- Demonstrated commitment and leadership ability to advance
diversity and inclusion.
- Willingness to work in an environment which may demand some
flexibility or evening/weekend work.
- Bachelor's degree and three (3) years of professional, related
experience; OR, a Master's Degree in higher education or related
field and one (1) year of professional, related experience working
with students in a higher education setting.
- Experience in academic advising.
- Experience with student initiatives.
- Experience working with first-year or exploring students.
- Experience interacting with parents of college students.
- Experience working with faculty.
- Classroom teaching experience.
- Familiarity with CU Boulder majors, minors, and certificate
programs and undergraduate policies and processes.
To apply, please submit the following materials:
- A current resume.
- A cover letter that specifically tells us how your background
and experience align with the requirements, qualifications, and
responsibilities of the position.
We may request references at a later time.
Please apply by July 31, 2021 for consideration.
Note: Application materials will not be accepted via email. For
consideration, please apply through CU Boulder Jobs
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