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Academic Advisor II -Online Only Students- UM Western

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Academic Advisor II -Online Only Students

Department: Student Success
Position: Full-Time with complete benefits package
Wage: $14.25 - $17.18/hourly
Union Affiliation: MFPE
Starting Date: ASAP
Benefits Include:

· Insurance package,

· Mandatory retirement plan,

· Dependent partial tuition waiver,

· Faculty/staff tuition waiver

· Wellness program


The Academic Advisor II is responsible for:

  • · Working with Online-only students.
  • · One-on-one and small group academic advising to students.
  • · Assisting with the referral of students to faculty advisors.
  • · Assisting students with the resolution of academic-related issues and questions.
  • · Making advisor/advisee assignments on an ongoing basis.
  • · Developing and maintaining accurate program advising forms.
  • · Completing student transcript evaluations.
  • · Assisting with institutional transfer articulation.
  • · Interpreting academic rules and regulations.
  • · Corresponding with students regarding various academic issues.
  • · Referring students to other campus resources.
  • · Serving as a liaison with faculty on advising related issues.
  • · Assisting with building schedules of classes.
  • · Working as part of the larger UMW Student Success team to implement best practices for retaining students.
  • · Ongoing maintenance of the advising website and development of new tools to assist students.
  • · Assist in implementation and maintenance of degree works auditing program.

The successful candidate must possess:
  • · Bachelor’s degree or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • · Experience in higher education, or equivalent experience in a professional setting.
  • · Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • · Demonstrated commitment to exceptional customer service.
  • · Demonstrated leadership skills.
  • · Strong organizational, time-management and multi-tasking skills.
  • · Ability to meet deadlines in a busy environment with attention to detail.
  • · Experience working under pressure, handling conflicts, making decisions and problem solving.
  • · MUST be able to work collaboratively with others.
  • · MUST be able to maintain strict confidentiality.
  • · MUST be able to pass a background check.

  • Master’s Degree.
  • Experience advising students at college/university level.
  • Working knowledge of DegreeWorks or other degree progress audit software.
  • Working knowledge of BANNER, SLATE, Moodle, CANVAS.
  • Experience with a Block course schedule.

The University and Dillon Area

The University of Montana Western is a dynamic, innovative, undergraduate university with over 75 full-time faculty and over 1,300 students. It is located in Dillon, Montana in the scenic Rocky Mountains and has been awarded numerous top national rankings for delivering high quality, affordable education.

Montana Western is the only public four-year college in the nation offering Experience One (X1), experiential learning delivered on the block schedule. Class sizes are small and students take a single course at a time, three hours each day for 18 days, before moving on to the next course. Each course is four credits and four blocks are offered each semester. The block schedule facilitates field and lab work, undergraduate research, study travel, and interdisciplinary teaching. Montana Western’s faculty strongly believe in mentoring and inspiring students, and assisting them in the transition from university life to professional careers.

The University of Montana Western is an integral part of the Dillon Community. With a population of 5,000 people, Dillon is known for outstanding public schools, safe environments, recreational opportunities, and an excellent quality of life.

The University of Montana Western is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and encourages applications from qualified women, minorities, veterans and people with disabilities. Criminal Background Investigation is required prior to the Offer of Employment In accordance with University regulations, finalists for this position will be subject to criminal background investigations. ADA/EOE/AA/Veteran's Preference Reasonable accommodations are provided in the hiring process for persons with disabilities. For example, this material is available in alternative format upon request. As an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer, we encourage applications from minorities, veterans, and women. Qualified candidates may request veterans’ or disabilities preference in accordance with state law. References : References not listed on the application materials may be contacted; notice may be provided to the applicant. Testing : Individual hiring departments at UMW may elect to administer pre-employment tests, which are relevant to essential job functions. Employment Eligibility : All New Employees must be eligible and show employment eligibility verification by the first date of employment at UMW, as legally required (e.g., Form I-9).


Review of applications will begin immediately, but will remain open until the position is filled.

A complete application Includes:

1. Letter of Interest – addressing your qualifications and experience related to the stated required skills for the position. A general letter salutation such as “Dear Search Committee” or “Dear Hiring Manager” is acceptable.

2. Curriculum Vitae/Detailed Resume

3. Official or Unofficial undergraduate and graduate transcripts (Official transcripts will be required at time of hire)

4. Professional References – names and contact information for three (3) professional references.

* Please note: only five (5) attachments are allowed per application. Please combine documents accordingly.

** Applying through or easy apply through may result in submission of an incomplete application. Applications may be removed from full consideration if they are not complete with materials listed above under the "How to Apply" section. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure complete application materials are submitted and received by the date listed above.

Job Location Dillon, Montana, United States
Position Type Full-Time/Regular


University of Montana.

At UM, we approach everything with creativity because that’s what this evolving world needs. We are stewards of this place, its history and our future. We are driving forward together, affecting change that is right for our place and people. We know of no better place than Montana and its university to make a lasting impact on the common good.

As Montana’s flagship university, we set a high bar for academic studies, creative accomplishments and scientific exploration which benefit our students, our community and the world at large.

The University draws a diverse, global population to Missoula – our home and the state’s second-largest city with about 80,000 residents – and helps cultivate an educated, engaged and vibrant community. Our students receive a world-class education in a broad range of subjects that include the arts, sciences, trades, graduate and postdoctoral study and professional training.

Our main campus, nestled in the heart of western Montana’s stunning natural landscape, spans 56 acres at the base of Mount Sentinel and along the Clark Fork River, and includes the park-like Oval at the center of campus, more than 60 architecturally unique buildings and a 25,200-seat football stadium. UM's 180-acre South Campus offers student housing, a golf course, soccer fields and an outdoor track facility. Missoula College occupies two sites, one just across the river from the main campus, and one on the southwest side of Missoula.

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