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Colorado Opportunity Scholarship Initiative (COSI) FWYS Advisor

Colorado State University Pueblo
Colorado, United States
$40,000.00 - $40,000.00
Posted date
Nov 2, 2021

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Administrative, Student Affairs, Admissions, Enrollment, Retention & Registrar
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Full Time
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The Pack Center at Colorado State University Pueblo is dedicated to providing accurate, responsive, and respectful service to students with the goal of fostering retention to the university. The main function of the Pack Center is to ensure that students receive a positive experience during their academic career with regard to advising, coursework, and extracurricular activities. The department seeks to provide students with a smooth transition into higher education via personal and regular contact so they do well academically and socially and stay enrolled at CSU Pueblo.

The Colorado Opportunity Scholarship Initiative (COSI) Finish What You Started (FWYS) advisor positing engages in retention and outreach activities with the purpose of increasing the enrollment, retention and persistence for COSI FWYS-eligible students at CSU Pueblo. The COSI FWYS advisor assists with recruiting FWYS scholars, determining scholarship and aid amounts award, monitoring progress of COSI FWYS scholars, submitting reports. The Advisor collaborates with other COSI Advisors for programming to assist all COSI scholars and provides reporting on FWYS progress.

Description of Job

Primary Duties

Case Management 

  • Advises, monitors, and maintains a caseload of first-year, continuing, and returning FWYS students. Works with new students to ensure a smooth transition to CSU Pueblo. Tracks student academic progress for the caseload, which includes all COSI FWYS scholars. Updates COSI FWYS caseload each year to ensure accurate reporting.
  • Meets individually and in groups with students to develop structured Student Success Plans, DARS reports, FAFSA completion, career counseling, and any other activity that fosters student success.
  • Utilizes Starfish student support communication system to identify students who are struggling and provides academic intervention as well as makes referrals when elicited. Conducts individualized follow-up sessions to provide support to students to contribute to their holistic development and promote positive learning and social environments.
  • Works with student-athletes to maintain NCAA compliance.
  • Creates and presents workshops on university policies, degree audits, and course registration. Helps students in one-on-one meetings and assists students in connecting with other departments on campus including the academic department of their major.  


  • Works closely with the academic departments as well as PACK Center Success Coaches and faculty mentors to ensure FWYS students are taking correct courses for major.
  • Works individually with faculty and staff from appropriate offices to ensure that related academic problems experienced by caseload of students are satisfactorily resolved.
  • Works with other COSI advisors to provide workshops, data, etc. Collaborates with Academy success coach.


  • Recruits from lists of eligible students, assists with scholarship & aid determination, and assists with recruitment events off campus.

Data Collection

  • Collects both quantitative and qualitative data related to each COSI FWYS student, major, and caseload. Generates reports based on collected data. Contributes to end-of-semester and annual reports on student success, persistence, and retention.
  • Conducts FWYS program evaluations and reports the results of such evaluations.

Ancillary Duties

  • Serves on various university committees.
  • Other duties as assigned.


Minimum Qualifications, Substitutions, Conditions of Employment & Appeal Rights

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Proficient computer skills, including Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and Excel

Preferred Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in psychology, sociology, history, or social work from a regionally accredited institution
  • Demonstrated ability to work successfully in a team environment and with a diverse population of students
  • Experience working with high school or college students
  • Experience advising at an institution of higher education
  • Experience with Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act


Supplemental Information

All interested candidates must apply through the on-line application system. No other format of application materials will be accepted.

Applicants must attach the following documents, in order to be considered for this position: 

  • a letter of intent (cover letter);
  • a current resume or CV;
  • unofficial or official transcripts showing required degree conferred; and
  • three professional references with contact information to the on-line application.
  • Applications submitted without the required attachments above will be considered incomplete and will not move forward in the selection process. Once submitted, applicants will not be able to make changes or add information to their application packet, with the exception of their personal contact and demographic information.

    Early submission of application materials is encouraged. Screening of application materials will begin immediately and continue until filled, but those applications received prior to 5:00 p.m. (MST) on Thursday, November 4th will receive full consideration.

    About Colorado State University Pueblo
     Colorado State University Pueblo is a comprehensive state university with an enrollment of 4,000 students.  CSU Pueblo provides relevant professional coursework and superior instruction with a small student-to-faculty ratio for an ever-changing global economy.  Students can choose from 35 undergraduate programs with 81 fields of study in the College of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics; the Hasan School of Business; the College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences; and the College of Health, Education, and Nursing; and 13 graduate programs.
     CSU Pueblo is dedicated to interdisciplinary learning and entrepreneurship that elevates our people and our community, creates educational opportunities, fosters unique collaborations, and supports inclusion, access, and affordability as a gateway to the world. CSU Pueblo is equally committed to serving the diverse population of the region; this emphasis is reflected in the demographic characteristics of the student body. Because more than 25 percent of our students are Hispanic, the Federal Government has designated CSU Pueblo a Hispanic Serving Institution.  Besides reflecting our commitment to serve this critically important and rapidly growing segment of the student population, that designation also allows the University to compete for certain federal grant funds to support its ability to better serve all students.  
     Among its unique features, CSU Pueblo is one of seven schools in the nation to offer a degree in mechatronics, which combines electrical and mechanical engineering. The Hasan School of Business ranks among the top 15 percent of all business schools internationally with graduate and undergraduate programs in business administration accredited by the AACSB International Board of Directors. The College of STEM houses an undergraduate engineering program that was ranked in the nation's top 100 by U.S. News and World Report.  CSU Pueblo has an ever-changing campus landscape that features a newly renovated Library, a new general academic classroom building, and a newly renovated and expanded student center.
     At CSU Pueblo, Student Life offerings have increased significantly with the transition of the campus from a commuter environment to a more traditional collegiate experience.  Competing at the NCAA Division II level, CSU Pueblo is a member of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference and offers 22 varsity intercollegiate sports and also has active intramural and club sports teams that allow students to get involved in campus life.
     About Pueblo, Colorado 
     The city of Pueblo is a historically and culturally rich, diverse city of more than 100,000, located in the southern part of the state along the Arkansas River near the Wet Mountains and the majestic Sangre de Cristo range. Pueblo enjoys ideal year-round climate with four distinct mild seasons, crisp mountain air and 300+ days of sunshine per year. Pueblo attracts outdoor enthusiasts to a full slate of summer and winter recreational activities, encompassing water sports at Lake Pueblo, biking or running along Pueblo's beautiful river trail system, golfing, tennis, hiking or skiing in the mountains to the west.  The region is heavily agricultural, with large and small-scale farming and ranching, and a diverse mix of service, manufacturing, and technology industries.
     CSU Pueblo is committed to providing a safe and productive learning and living community. To achieve that goal, we conduct background investigations for all final candidates being considered for employment. Background checks may include, but are not limited to, criminal history (felony and misdemeanor), national sex offender search, and/or motor vehicle history. Candidates who are extended an offer of employment must submit to and pass a background check prior to beginning employment. Some positions depending on the job duties may be required to complete a DMV and/or credit check.
     The University reserves the right to check additional references, with prior notification given to the candidate.
     Note: The successful candidate must provide official transcripts of academic work completed and, under U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services regulations, be able to submit evidence of the ability to accept work in the U.S. by the day employment begins.
    It is the policy of Colorado State University Pueblo to provide reasonable accommodations for employees and applicants with disabilities.  If you need accommodations, please contact the Office of  Human Resources& Institutional Equity at (719) 549-2441 or
     In compliance with the Clery Act of 1990, the University's annual security report is available at: 
     Colorado State University Pueblo is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, or veteran status. Additionally, the University complies with all other relevant, federal, state, and local laws regarding employment practices.


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