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Exploratory Advisor

Metropolitan State University of Denver
Denver, Colorado, United States
Salary Not Specified
Date posted
Apr 26, 2024
Salary for Announcement

The minimum of the pay range for this position is $41,200. We anticipate the qualified candidate to be placed between $46,300 - $51,500 . The salary of the finalist(s) selected for this role will be set based on a variety of factors, including but not limited to, internal equity, experience, education, specialty and training. Additionally, Student Affairs has committed to tying our salaries to an understanding of a living wage. To that end, we will not pay less than $46,300.

The above salary range represents the University’s good faith and reasonable estimate of the range of possible compensation at the time of posting.

Position Summary

The MSU Denver Exploratory Advisor position reports to the Director of College Completion and Student Success Initiatives within Student Support and Retention, part of the Classroom to Career Hub. The position advises students, organizes advising-related programming, and collaborates with University departments and offices to provide cohesive advising support for MSU Denver students. By adapting best-practices grounded in current theories around the promotion of higher education attainment and university retention, the Advisor will develop and execute practices and procedures to support students as they chart a degree plan at MSU Denver.

MSU Denver educates a diverse student body, and embeds inclusive excellence within our practices and philosophies. The successful candidate will work with and be sensitive to the educational needs of a diverse urban population.

Metropolitan State University of Denver is an equal opportunity employer.



(60%) Direct Service to Students
  • Provide proactive (intrusive) advising to students in three areas: exploratory students, students transitioning majors, and college completers.
  • Meet with students to evaluate their educational progress and make appropriate recommendations and referrals. Provide basic information related to career planning, financial aid, admissions, and other applicable information related to student needs.
  • Teach students about advising-based systems and how to best utilize them for success (e.g. Degree Progress Reports, Student Hub, Navigate, Canvas etc.).
  • Direct students to the proper resources throughout the campus community.
  • Utilize intrusive advising techniques to ensure that students are persisting toward degree completion.
  • Refer students to Academic Advising as appropriate.
(20%) Collaboration and Retention Programming:
  • Organize collaborations in support of programmatic advising efforts such as those that occur during orientation and throughout the year.
  • Liaison with departments and offices to provide comprehensive advising support for all students.
  • Prepare and submit reports on student progress.
  • Participate in university-wide outreach campaigns (e.g. registration, high-risk students, early alert, etc.) and effectively document outreach efforts.
  • Participate in the planning and execution of programming focused on retention, exploration, and completion
  • Utilize advising-based systems to track assigned students who are at risk of not retaining.
(10%) Data and Technology
  • Utilize Advising Systems tools and other technological platforms (EAB Navigate, VZ)
  • Degree Progress Report, Microsoft Teams, Skype etc.) to support advising functions.
  • Track and report on individual student appointments.
  • Utilize Early Alert data to support identified students.
  • Utilize technology to advance best practices in advising.
  • Utilize technology to assess the effectiveness of programming efforts and to make changes based on assessments.
(10%) Professional Development and Other Duties as Assigned
  • Remain current with regard to trends and developments in higher education and high-impact practices related to advising and student support through self-directed professional reading, the development of professional contacts with colleagues, attendance at professional development courses/conferences, and trainings as directed by the Supervisor.
  • Perform additional duties as assigned by the Director, including but not limited to service on various University committees/taskforces related to student retention and academic support issues and/or event planning.
Required Qualifications
  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Experience with advising, counseling, or coaching diverse student populations.
Important Note: Successful applicants will ensure their resumes clearly demonstrate that their work experience describes how they meet ALL required qualifications.

Preferred Qualifications
  • Master’s degree.
  • Experience and knowledge working with a diverse student population including, but not limited to, students of color, LGBTQIA students, students from low-income backgrounds, first-generation students, students with disabilities, undocumented students, nontraditional students, Military Veterans, and English-language learners. 
  • Experience working in a student retention program.
  • Experience utilizing and knowledge of pro-active (intrusive) advising techniques, student retention theories, and financial aid processes.
  • Experience with tracking data and program assessment.
  • Proven track record of effective cross-campus collaboration.
  • Bi-lingual Spanish/English speaker.
  • Experience in effectively engaging in anti-racism within previous professional roles
  • An understanding of the concepts of institutional and structural racism and bias, and the impact on underserved and underrepresented communities
  • Experience utilizing technology in a remote work environment

Work Hours
  • 40 hours per week,
  • Hybrid schedule (on-campus and remote) available for this position.
  • Some evening and weekend work included
Instructions to Apply

For full consideration, please submit the following documents:
  • Resume
  • Cover letter describing relevant job experiences as they relate to listed job qualifications and interest in the position
Official transcripts will be required of the candidate selected for hire.

If you are an Internal applicant, please apply via the Career tab within the WorkDay Menu

​​ Important Note: Successful applicants will ensure their resumes clearly demonstrate that their work experience describes how they meet ALL required qualifications.

Closing Date

Open Until Filled

Posting RepresentativeCarlos Alcala

Posting Representative


MSU Denver is pleased to offer our current and potential employees a wide array of benefit options. To learn more, please visit the following link:

Employee Benefits Offerings

The University will provide reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities throughout the employment application process. To request an accommodation pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act, please contact the Human Resources ADA Coordinator at .

Diversity Statement

Metropolitan State University of Denver is a unique, access-oriented campus community that values diversity, equity, and inclusion in all its forms. Our student population consists of nearly 58% first generation students and over 50% students of color. We are a designated Hispanic Serving Institution located in downtown Denver.

We create an equitable learning and working environment in concert with individuals who consistently demonstrate commitment to equity and inclusion. We greatly value the diverse identities and perspectives of our students, faculty, and staff and recognize that in order to achieve a just and equitable society, diversity must go beyond simple representation. It requires critical inquiry and dialogue and a commitment to action. We strive to provide a culture of belonging for all community members to achieve personal and professional success.

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