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Academic Advisor in Org Leadership, Policy, & Dev (OLPD)

University of Minnesota Twin Cities College of Education and Human Development
Minneapolis, Minnesota (US)
Minimum starting salary of $54,000 + Benefits
Date posted
Jan 30, 2024

Position Overview:

Provide direct, holistic academic advising and support to undergraduate students each semester who come from a variety of backgrounds and identities and are pursuing various degree programs within OLPD (Business & Marketing Education and Human Resource Development), and provide additional support to students outside of OLPD pursuing the HRD Certificate, Sales Certificate, Inter-College Program degree option, the Individualized Degree Program, and other programs that partner with OLPD for access to OLPD courses. Collaborate with department and college partners on initiatives related to program development and enrollment management in order to strengthen the quality of education students receive, expand on the resources and opportunities available to our students, and to contribute to a more collective, cohesive, and efficient workplace. Expand and establish networks within and outside of the University that serve to provide developmental experiences for our students and increase the exposure to the department and college. This position actively supports and advances the University's commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion.

College of Education and Human Development Mission:

The mission of the University of Minnesota College of Education and Human Development is to contribute to a just and sustainable future through engagement with the local and global communities to enhance human learning and development at all stages of the life span.

Advising Model

The OLPD and Student Services advising model emphasizes a strong responsibility to diversity, equity, and inclusivity within the context of student progress and development. We seek professionals who can communicate and develop relationships effectively with faculty, students and colleagues, who can expertly advocate for students and solve problems, are flexible in responding to change and changing situations, are committed to integrating equity minded awareness into their work, and can function both independently and collaboratively.

Job Responsibilities:

Direct Service Advising (70%)

  • Using a holistic advising model, guide, challenge and support undergraduate students majoring in BME and HRD, as well as those pursuing other undergraduate programs offered by OLPD, through direct advising and educational planning that promotes timely degree progress.
  • Deliver equity-minded and culturally relevant advising and support to students, through drop-in hours, individual student appointments, email and phone.
  • Understand liberal education and program curriculum and determine its possibilities within the context of the strengths, interests, and needs of the individual student.
  • Understand and communicate the interconnectedness of campus resources to individual students to support retention and an engaged student experience.
  • Interpret, uphold, and communicate policies established by the University of Minnesota to students, and influence how decisions are made using equity-minded thinking in application of policy.
  • Review petitions, exceptions, and waivers, as submitted by student, Student Services, or other colleagues, making decisions in consultation with, but not limited to, other Academic Advisors, the Coordinator of Undergraduate Studies, and the Director of Undergraduate Studies.
  • Develop and integrate career development and use of Career Services in advising.
  • Advise potential Inter-College Program (ICP), Bachelor of Individualized Studies (BIS), and Interdisciplinary Degree Program (IDP), and other students who may have access to OLPD course on work on course access, and processes that support their degrees as it relates to OLPD courses and concentrations.
  • Keep accurate, up-to-date advising notes and student information as appropriate.

Program Development and Management (20%)

  • Partner with the Coordinator of OLPD Undergraduate Studies & Advising and other OLPD Advisors to analyze and summarize data to understand trends and make recommendations for improvement of advising practices.
  • Support the creation and implementation of additional workshops/resources for students in OLPD majors.
  • Support the Coordinator of OLPD Undergraduate Studies & Advising and other OLPD Advisors in the identification and resolution of enrollment management issues and development of tracking mechanisms to reduce barriers.
  • Stay abreast of current trends and philosophies in academic advising, engage in scholarly or creative activities in the areas of advising, academic progress, curricular materials development, and service delivery.

Outreach and Networking in Support of Service (10%)

  • Organize and communicate timely outreach to students from a variety of backgrounds about academic progress, registration and sequencing requirements, course offerings, and other resources available to them in support of academic and personal goals.
  • Identify and develop opportunities to engage with students over social media and the Undergraduate newsletter as additional means for communication and engagement with students.
  • Compile and send biweekly career-related information to students, including regular information regarding the OLPD major practical requirements.
  • Utilize and build relationships and networks that make a large university manageable and navigable for all students to ensure a student’s ability to make sufficient progress and feel a sense of belonging.
  • Staff annual commencement events, representing the undergraduate programs in OLPD.

Required Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in hand by position start date and two years of relevant experience.
  • Demonstrated commitment to integrating equity awareness into work practices and ability to build meaningful relationships with students, staff, and faculty with diverse backgrounds and experiences.
  • Demonstrated understanding of student development theories and ability to integrate advising philosophies with daily practice.
  • Proven experience showing excellent oral and written communication skills, including a strong ability to present to large groups.
  • Effective interpersonal skills, including the ability to deal with conflict.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master's degree in higher education and student affairs, college student personnel psychology, counseling, social work, or field related to advising.
  • Two to five years of progressively responsible experience providing college level academic advising.
  • Excellent time management, attention to detail, organization, and problem-solving skills. Demonstrated ability to work independently and collaboratively.
  • Demonstrated understanding of the career development process and experience supporting undergraduate students in their career journey.
  • Technological competence with the ability to learn new systems and software programs.

About Department

Our world is full of systems and policies that affect how individuals learn, grow and relate to one another. Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development (OLPD) studies how those systems and policies are shaped by culture and power. We prepare leaders and researchers to transform our education and organizations for the better.

We teach our students how to design, test, implement, and revise our institutional strategies in both the public and private sectors, from the international to the local level. Our students gain practical experiences in creating approaches to increase social and economic development, foster human flourishing, disrupt power structures, and promote a more just society.

College Overview

The College of Education and Human Development (CEHD) is a world leader in discovering, creating, sharing, and applying principles and practices of multiculturalism and multidisciplinary scholarship to advance teaching and learning and to enhance the psychological, physical and social development of children, youth and adults across the lifespan in families, organizations and communities.

Working at the University

At the University of Minnesota, you’ll find a flexible work environment and supportive colleagues who are interested in lifelong learning.  We prioritize work-life balance, allowing you to invest in the future of your career and in your life outside of work.

The University also offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes:

  • Competitive wages, paid holidays, and generous time off
  • Continuous learning opportunities through professional training and degree-seeking programs supported by the Regents Scholarship
  • Low-cost medical, dental, and pharmacy plans
  • Healthcare and dependent care flexible spending accounts
  • University HSA contributions
  • Disability and employer-paid life insurance
  • Employee wellbeing program
  • Excellent retirement plans with employer contribution
  • Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) opportunity
  • Financial counseling services 
  • Employee Assistance Program with eight sessions of counseling at no cost
  • Employee Transit Pass with free or reduced rates in the Twin Cities metro area

Please visit the Office of Human Resources website for more information regarding benefits.

How to Apply

Applications must be submitted online through the University of Minnesota's job board under Job Opening 359479. To be considered for this position, please click the Apply button and follow the instructions.  You will be given the opportunity to complete an online application for the position and attach a cover letter and resume.

Additional documents may be attached after application by accessing your "My Job Applications" page and uploading documents in the "My Cover Letters and Attachments" section.

Please include the following with your online application:

  • Current Resume
  • Cover Letter
  • References

To request an accommodation during the application process, please e-mail or call (612) 624-8647.

The search committee will start to review applications starting on February 12, 2024.

Diversity and Inclusion

The University recognizes and values the importance of diversity and inclusion in enriching the employment experience of its employees and in supporting the academic mission.  The University is committed to attracting and retaining employees with varying identities and backgrounds.

The University of Minnesota provides equal access to and opportunity in its programs, facilities, and employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, age, marital status, disability, public assistance status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.  To learn more about diversity at the U:

Employment Requirements

Any offer of employment is contingent upon the successful completion of a background check. Our presumption is that prospective employees are eligible to work here. Criminal convictions do not automatically disqualify finalists from employment.

About the U of MN

The University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (UMTC)

The University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (UMTC), is among the largest public research universities in the country, offering undergraduate, graduate, and professional students a multitude of opportunities for study and research. Located at the heart of one of the nation's most vibrant, diverse metropolitan communities, students on the campuses in Minneapolis and St. Paul benefit from extensive partnerships with world-renowned health centers, international corporations, government agencies, and arts, nonprofit, and public service organizations.

At the University of Minnesota, we are proud to be recognized by the Star Tribune as a Top Workplace for 2021, as well as by Forbes as Best Employers for Women and one of America’s Best Employers (2015, 2018, 2019, 2023), Best Employer for Diversity (2019, 2020), Best Employer for New Grads (2018, 2019), and Best Employer by State (2019, 2022).

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