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Graduate Student Advisor, Accelerate the Future (part-time, 5 openings)

Framingham State University
Massachusetts, United States
Salary Not specified
Date posted
Oct 10, 2023

Company Description:

Framingham State University was founded in 1839 for a singular purpose - meeting a public need to promote the public good. At our founding as the nation's first public normal school, that need was for comprehensively educated public school teachers who would, in turn, promote an educated citizenry. FSU continues to offer exceptional teacher education programs and, while we are proud of our roots as a teachers' college, we have grown far beyond them. Public need continues to evolve and FSU right along with it. Our students and alumni are making waves in the fashion industry, designing nutrition plans for professional athletes, writing for major media and news organizations, and working for Fortune 500 companies right here in Framingham. FSU is unapologetically a public institution offering accessible, affordable educational opportunities that integrate an academically challenging liberal arts education with workforce preparation programs, in a highly personalized teaching environment. Our programs have expanded but our purpose and commitment to public education for the public good remain steadfast.

At FSU, we are deeply committed to inclusive excellence and strive to promote a culture of antiracism, encouraging a challenging yet collaborative learning environment, and providing culturally relevant education. FSU is designated as an emerging Hispanic-Serving Institution by the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities and also belongs to the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) Inclusive Excellence community, providing national leadership in science education and exploring strategies that will lead to more inclusive science education. We are honored that our commitment earned FSU six Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Awards from INSIGHT Into Diversity. We encourage applications from those who share our commitment to promoting a diverse, welcoming, and inclusive community.

FSU currently enrolls about 3,000 undergraduate and 1,000 graduate and professional students, offers 39 undergraduate majors, and enrolls 41% BIPOC students in our undergraduate programs. Ideally situated between Boston and Worcester, FSU and the surrounding area are steeped in history, achievement, and innovation and provide access to urban hotspots, verdant landscapes, natural and cultural amenities, and diverse communities.

Our founding motto, LIVE TO THE TRUTH, was said at the end of each class by beloved first principal, Cyrus Peirce, who sought to discover and teach "truth in theory and principle...truth in spirit and motive...truth in manner and form...truth intellectual and truth moral." Early leaders found this motto "speaks of sincerity of spirit...of intensity of effort, of resolution to succeed, of joy in achievement." LIVE TO THE TRUTH aptly reflects our past and our pledge for the future as it continues to guide our institution in practice and endeavor. If you share in this quest for truth and a commitment to living it fully, make the next chapter of your career the best chapter at Framingham State University.

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Job Description:


Framingham State University, in conjunction with the Accelerate The Future Foundation have created community based cohorts with participating Mental Health agencies across Massachusetts. These cohorts are part of the Department of Graduate and Continuing Education department. The students who participate in these cohorts will graduate with a Master's Degree in Counseling Psychology. The part-time Accelerate the Future (ATF) Cohort Program Graduate Advisor provides support to students within the FSU ATF Cohort Program. This person will work with faculty within the program, and have direct communication with students, and have regular check ins with all staff within the program.


Works directly under program director




  • Keep in touch with Director, Faculty, and Program Coordinators to determine if students are having trouble in the program.
  • Support students in discussing barriers to success
  • Utilizes "intrusive advising" in order to provide some additional check ins and support to students who have been identified as struggling within the program.
  • Gather and summarize student professional growth feedback from faculty, summarize and share with Program Director and Program Coordinators
  • Support with Practicum and Internship placements as needed
  • Work in a diverse environment and contribute in a meaningful way to the diversity, equity, anti-racism, and inclusion efforts of the university.
  • Meet with students in small groups and/or individually (in person, telephone or video call) at least once per semester to provide support in various ways
  • Maintain communication with other program staff and director
  • Other responsibilities as needed


This is an approximately 6-hour/week position in the FSU ATF Cohort Program. The expectation is about 98 hours per semester, covering Fall, Spring, and Summer semesters. Occasional evening work may be required. Part of the work may be done remotely.

Position is grant funded and expected to last approximately 3 years.



  • Bachelor's Degree
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office


  • Evidence of strong written and communication skills
  • Experience developing and sustaining collaborative relationships with colleagues, preferable in support of student success
  • LMHC/LMHC eligible candidates strongly encouraged to apply
  • Candidates who are bilingual in English and Spanish or English and Portuguese are strongly encouraged to apply.

Additional Information:

These are part-time, non-benefited, contract positions for approximately 6 hours per week, not to exceed 98 hours per semester (294 hours per year). The pay rate is $31.75 per hour.

This is a grant-funded position. Grant funding is anticipated for approximately three years and ongoing employment is contingent upon available grant funding.

Framingham State University conducts criminal history and sexual offender record checks on recommended finalists prior to final employment for all positions.

Framingham State University is an equal opportunity employer.

Members of underrepresented or minoritized groups, women, veterans, persons with disabilities, and all persons committed to equity, diversity, and inclusive excellence are strongly encouraged to apply.

Application Instructions:

Candidates must apply online by submitting:

  • Cover Letter,
  • Resume/CV,
  • Equity and Inclusion Statement (optional)*,
  • Names and contact information for three (3) professional references.

*The Equity and Inclusion Statement is an opportunity for candidates to discuss professional skills, experience and/or willingness to engage in activities that would enhance the university's efforts to promote a diverse, equitable, and inclusive community. Equity and inclusion statements will be considered as part of a transparent and comprehensive review of candidate application materials.

For best consideration, please submit application materials by November 13, 2023. The review of applications may continue beyond that date and until the position is filled, at the discretion of the search committee.

Framingham State University only accepts application materials through our online application system. We are unable to accept application materials through mail, email, fax, or hand delivery. If you experience technical issues with the online application process, please submit a helpdesk ticket.

Framingham State University understands that persons with specific disabilities may need assistance with the job application process and/or with the interview process. For confidential assistance, please contact the Human Resources Office at 508-626-4530 or


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