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Academic Advisor

Metropolitan State University (MN)
Minnesota, United States
Salary Not Specified
Date posted
Dec 4, 2023
Position Details

Position Information

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Working Title
Academic Advisor

Hire Types

Academic Affairs 2

Individualized Studies




Full/Part Time
Full Time


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Posting Details

Metro State University, Minnesota’s public, urban university, and four-time recipient of the Insight Into Diversity Higher Education Excellence in Diversity ( HEED ) Award is seeking to hire up to three (3) Academic Advisors. These are a full-time/probationary positions within the Advising Department in the Academic Affairs division.

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Job Description

This position exists to advance the teaching and learning mission of Metro State University by providing regular academic advising to students pursuing a College of Liberal Arts major or minor, a College of Individualized Studies degree, and/or students who enter Metro State as an undecided student. The incumbent also leads and/or contributes to continuous improvement projects that enhance advising and student support outcomes in the context of institutional commitments toward social mobility, high-quality education, and innovation. Primary responsibilities are as follows:
  • Serve as academic advisor for assigned caseload of advisees to support retention and persistence to degree completion.
  • Maintain education records to support continuity of service, assessment, and legal compliance.
  • Lead and/or contribute to small and medium-sized projects for continuous improvement to enhance advising and student success.
  • Engage in ongoing professional development in order to maintain a broad set of knowledge, skills and abilities with an emphasis on culturally responsive advising in a minority-serving institution.
Required Qualifications
  • Master’s degree plus one year of professional experience advising students in an educational setting; or Bachelor’s degree plus two years of professional experience advising students in a higher education setting.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of and ability to apply a complex body of advising theories and practices, including approaches such as intrusive advising, developmental advising, and student success strategies.
  • Demonstrated ability to understand and communicate degree program requirements, pre-requisites, and graduation requirements sufficient to advise students in multiple degree programs.
  • Demonstrated ability to understand and relate the work of multiple areas, including multiple academic departments, admissions, financial aid, and student services.
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively in student record and customer relationship management systems, including compliance with FERPA and similar regulations.
Preferred Qualifications
  • A record of professional development related to serving non-traditional and diverse students, including development on topics such as anti-racism and inclusion.
  • Work experience with education in minority-serving institutions or similar contexts.
  • Experience with project management, program assessment, or regional accreditation sufficient to independently manage small-to-medium projects.
  • Experience providing academic advising through telephone, email, social media, and video conferencing, or other innovative approaches to connecting with students.
Other Requirements

Notice : In accordance with the Minnesota State Vehicle Fleet Safety Program, employees driving on university business who use a rental or state vehicle shall be required to conform to Minnesota State’s vehicle use criteria and consent to a motor vehicle records check.


We are the urban, public, comprehensive university in the Minneapolis-St. Paul metropolitan area where the faculty, staff, and students of Metro State will reflect the area’s rich diversity, build a culturally competent and anti-racist learning community, and demonstrate an unwavering commitment to civic engagement.

Metro State University provides an excellent, inclusive, and engaging education to eliminate opportunity gaps and empower our students to change the world their way, pursing and applying knowledge to create a better future for our communities. The university offers programs leading to baccalaureate, masters, and applied doctoral degrees. We equip our diverse, contemporary learners with the knowledge, communication and critical thinking skills, and information literacy to analyze and resolve the problems of today and tomorrow through high quality liberal arts, professional, and graduate education.

Metro State is a five-time recipient of the Insight into Diversity Higher Education Excellence in Diversity ( HEED ) Award, most recently in 2023. Federally recognized as a Minority Serving Institution, our employees serve more than 9,000 diverse, contemporary learners, two-thirds of whom identify as belonging to communities of color or American Indian nations, are first in their family to attend college, and/or are eligible for Pell Grants. Since we do not operate residential facilities, Metro State University students all commute to class locations across the Minneapolis-Saint Paul metro area or take their courses wherever they are through our many distance-learning and hybrid course offerings, allowing Metro State to truly be “where learning meets living.” Metro State is recognized by CollegeNet as a leading higher education promoter of social mobility for students (In the top 1.6% and ranked # 22 out of 1,441 in 2022). Recognized in 2008 and 2016 by the Carnegie Foundation for Community Engagement, the university is committed to academic excellence and community engagement through curriculum, teaching, scholarship, and services designed to support an urban mission.

As a member of Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System, Metro State University actively works to achieve the Equity 2030 goal of the system, with initiatives to close disparities among student groups that focus on academic programs, policies and procedures, and effective student support. In addition, equity and anti-racism strategies are focused on building an inclusive and welcoming campus climate, hiring and retaining a diverse workforce, and developing our capacity to serve students in a culturally responsive manner. The university is guided by a strategic plan with a theme of “Building a Resilient, Student Ready University.”

Visit the Metro State University website to learn more about the university, our programs, and our students. Learn more about Minnesota State Colleges and Universities at their website .

The School/Academic Department: Metro State University is currently reorganizing academic advising activities into one department, the Department of Academic Advising, that will be led by an Executive Director of Academic Advising with guidance from the Provost. The department will consist of four advising clusters: Business and Management; Health Sciences, Nursing, and Sciences; a Community Studies, Public Affairs, and Urban Education; and Individualized, Liberal Arts, and Undecided. Each cluster will be led by a Director of Academic Advising who will report to the Executive Director of Academic Advising. Within each cluster, the Academic Advisors will develop specializations for academic advising and have the ability to provide all students assigned to the cluster with general advising support. Significant collaboration between academic advising clusters and with teaching faculty associate the programs in each cluster will support consistent, and high-quality academic advising.

Benefits Info

Salary: This is a Minnesota State University Association of Administrative and Service Faculty ( MSUAASF ) Range C position with a salary range of $45,352 (minimum) to $91,288 (maximum). Salary is commensurate with education and experience, and is determined by the collective bargaining agreement between Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (Minnesota State) and the MSUAASF organization.
Employment for this position is covered by the collective bargaining agreement for the MSUAASF which can be found at: MSUAASF -Contract.pdf

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Special Instructions Summary

*To comply with privacy and data practices requirements, please refrain from including personal information or photographs in your application materials.

Applications must be received by 11:59 PM on Closing Date: Open until filled, with priority date of 01/01/2024.

Qualified applicants are required to attach the following documents to their online application:
  • Cover letter of interest addressing how your qualifications align with the requirements of this position.
  • Current curriculum vita or resume.
  • Statement of advising or student development philosophy, including methods and approaches in the context of historically underserved adult learners.
  • Names of four (4) references with addresses, email addresses and telephone numbers.
  • Transcripts – Valid unofficial copies of your transcript showing conferred/awarded date, your name and the academic institution’s name/logo are required. We do not accept copy/paste word documents with a list of courses/grades or DARS reports. If selected for hire, official original transcripts will be required.
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Posting Contact
Allex Roberge

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

Metro State University is an Equal Opportunity employer/educator committed to the principles of diversity. We prohibit discrimination against qualified individuals based on their race, sex, color, creed, religion, age, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, marital status, status with regard to public assistance, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, or membership in a local commission as defined by law. As an affirmative action employer, we actively seek and encourage applications from women, minorities, persons with disabilities, and individuals with protected veteran status.

The university provides reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request.
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  1. * How did you hear about this employment opportunity?
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  2. * Are you legally eligible to work in the U.S.?
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Documents Needed to Apply
Required Documents
  1. Resume/CV
  2. Cover Letter
  3. Transcripts
  4. Names of four (4) references with addresses, email addresses, and telephone numbers
  5. Statement of advising or student development philosophy, including methods and approaches in the context of historically underserved adult learners.
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