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Academic Advisor

University of Colorado Boulder
Colorado, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted date
Oct 14, 2021

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Position Type
Administrative, Student Affairs, Academic Advising & Academic Support Services, Disabled Student Services, Minority & Multicultural Affairs, Other Student Affairs, Student Activities & Services
Employment Type
Full Time
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Job Summary

The University Exploration & Advising Center (UEAC) at CU Boulder invites applications for an Academic Advisor Position! There are multiple openings available for this role. Successful candidates will build relationships with students and foster success by providing multidisciplinary academic and developmental advising for exploratory undergraduates with interests across all colleges and schools. These positions are part of a collaborative team of academic advisors and coaches in the University Exploration and Advising Center (UEAC) and work with specific student populations to empower and support them in exploration and decision-making toward their choice of a major and an outlay of goals for their collegiate career at CU Boulder and beyond.

Students with whom these positions will specialize include those who were not admitted to their college of choice, prospective students, international students, and transfer students; populations that finds themselves between colleges or in need of campus-wide exploration.

These positions focus on exploration, discovery, and encouraging connection with students, which requires a specialized knowledge base across many fields, as well as a keen understanding of related functional areas. Other important aspects of the role include collaborating closely with individuals and departments across campus, a dedication to professional growth, development, and innovation; as well as, a strong dedication to team collaboration.

The University of Colorado Boulder is committed to building a culturally diverse community of faculty, staff, and students dedicated to contributing to an inclusive campus environment. We are an Equal Opportunity employer, including veterans and individuals with disabilities.

Who We Are

The University Exploration & Advising Center (UEAC) is a first-year advising unit at CU Boulder designed to work with students in exploring and transitioning to a variety of academic paths. The UEAC partners with all the colleges on campus and works with students in discovering any number of interests and possible outcomes while at CU Boulder. The unit primarily serves students specifically assigned to UEAC advisors, but also offers support to various other transitioning student groups on campus. The UEAC is part of the Office of Undergraduate Education (UE), whose charge is to examine the entire undergraduate student experience, assess outcomes, identify gaps, and launch and support student-facing campus initiatives. For more information, please see: .

We are looking for collaborative, student centered candidates who will support the academic exploration of all undergraduate students through advising and guided decision-making to empower individuals to reach their goals. Through relationship building UEAC advisors connect students to campus resources, cultivate growth mindset and encourage self-reflection. The ideal candidate should value and promote integrity, inclusivity and innovation to the campus community.

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

Student Support

Individual and small group work via scheduled appointments, walk-ins, phone and email interactions) and related administrative duties. Student traffic will vary over the course of the year, so included in this role is proactive outreach and engagement with students who have not been in for an appointment and/or are in academic difficulty. Advisors will follow all advising protocols, use campus advising tools such as Buff Portal Advising and maintain a multidisciplinary knowledge base.

Advisors will:

  • Assist students in planning for and making informed decisions about a choice of major, intended college outcomes, and potential career or graduate school direction.
  • Help students to assess their interests, values and academic skills.
  • Teach students how to navigate the systems, academic processes and policies at CU-Boulder.
  • Assist students with personalizing their academic path, including offering cocurricular mentorship that complements their goals and leads them in effective long-term planning.
  • Advisors also offer availability to students’ overall support network, including parents. In addition to one-on-one interactions, the individuals in this position will work with students in group settings via workshops, presentations, and for-credit courses such as FYXP 1000: Academic Exploration & Critical Decision Making and FYXP 1500: First Year Success Seminar.

Cross-Campus First Year Advising Network

Actively engage in planning and collaboration as a member of the cross-campus First Year Advising Network. Assist with the development of first year advising student learning outcomes and ongoing assessment. Contribute to and participate in pivotal initiatives and goals related to campus-wide first-year advising. Ensure alignment with key elements of the first-year advising model. Proactively develop knowledge of best methods related to first-year student transition, retention, and advising. Share that knowledge with others and work to implement practices accordingly.

Planning Strategically and Student Success Initiatives

Planning and collaboration with the UEAC team, including regular team meetings, trainings and evaluation. This will include targeted meetings with specific constituents as well as attendance at greater organizational meetings and participation in cross-campus committees as needed.

Professional Development

Professional development that may include: Relevant conferences, mentoring opportunities, coursework, workshops, and research.

What You Should Know

This position is anticipated to work a hybrid remote/in-person schedule.

What We Can Offer

The annual salary for this position is $48,000-$52,000.


The University of Colorado offers excellent benefits , including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO Pass. The University of Colorado Boulder is one of the largest employers in Boulder County and offers an inspiring higher education environment. Learn more about the University of Colorado Boulder .

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What We Require

  • Completed Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university and a minimum of one (1) year of professional, related experience; OR a Master’s Degree from an accredited college or university. An equivalent combination of education and experience may substitute.
  • Experience with student success initiatives.

What You Will Need

  • Proven interpersonal excellence with colleagues and student-centered approach.
  • Customer service mentality and positivity.
  • Empowerment, inclusivity, integrity, collaboration, and innovation.

What We Would Like You To Have

  • Experience applying student development theory.
  • Bachelor’s degree and (3) years of professional, related experience OR a completed Master’s degree in higher education administration or related field, and (1) year of relevant professional experience working with students outside the classroom.
  • Experience managing student success efforts in a higher education setting.
  • Classroom teaching experience.
  • Experience working with students on the CU Boulder campus.
  • Familiarity with CU Boulder majors, minors, certificate programs and undergraduate policies.

Special Instructions

To apply, please combine and submit the following materials in single submission:
  1. A current resume.
  2. A cover letter that specifically tells us how your background and experience align with the requirements, qualifications, and responsibilities of the position.
  3. A short essay (no more than one page) that addresses the following statement:
    • "Our unit recognizes that our mission is strengthened by contributions from varied perspectives. Describe what your commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion looks like in practice."
We may request references at a later time.

Please apply by October 28, 2021 for consideration.

Note: Application materials will not be accepted via email. For consideration, please apply through CU Boulder Jobs.

Posting Contact Information

Posting Contact Name: Boulder Campus Human Resources

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