Academic Advisor, Twin Cities, Minnesota

Created 08/21/2021
Reference 11405791
Job type Full Time
Country United States
State Minnesota
City Twin Cities
Zip 55401
Salary Competitive
Position Overview:
The College of Design Student Services Office has an immediate opening for an Academic Advisor supporting students in apparel design, graphic design, interior design, and retail merchandising. As a member of the College of Design's Student Services team, this position delivers the full range of direct-service academic advising activities to undergraduate students from diverse backgrounds, from the point of admission through degree completion, as well as participates in some prospective student events. Major responsibilities include curricular and co-curricular planning and progress, as well as coaching and guidance regarding academic, career, and personal development. The Academic Advisor contributes significantly to the planning, development, and implementation of efforts to enhance advising practices, processes, tools, and resources. The Academic Advisor is an active participant in College and University efforts to improve retention and graduation rates, while enhancing the experiences of all undergraduate students. In addition to academic advising, this position coordinates select initiatives regarding academic advising, student retention, and the student experience. We are committed to attracting candidates from historically underrepresented groups knowing that diversity enriches the academic experience and provides a knowledge base for innovation. This position reports to the Director of Academic Advising.

Appointment Details:
This is a 100%-time, 12-month, annually renewable academic administrative appointment at the level of Academic Advisor (University job code #9708). Renewal is contingent upon successful performance, funding and the needs of the College. Salary starts in the mid-$40's with excellent benefits and is commensurate with experience and qualifications.

This position will be primarily located in McNeal Hall, with the possibility to combine work in-person/on-campus with remote work .

The University of Minnesota and the College of Design offers a comprehensive benefits package including:
  • Commitment to a healthy work-life balance
  • Paid holidays, vacation, and medical leave
  • Low-cost medical, dental, and pharmacy plans
  • Health care and dependent daycare flexible spending accounts
  • Excellent retirement plans with employer match
  • Disability and employer-paid life insurance
  • Wellbeing program with reduced insurance premiums
  • Tuition reimbursement opportunities covering 75%-100% of eligible tuition
  • Student loan forgiveness opportunity
  • Opportunities for growth and promotion
  • Employee Assistance Program

Academic Advising - (85%)
Student Degree Progress and Retention
  • Support academic progress and career preparation for a diverse student body; apply student development theory to individual circumstances; adapt to the changing needs of students.
  • Positively influence and coach students on making choices that promote student retention and timely, realistic degree progress for individual circumstances.
  • Assist in the development and delivery of new student orientation in order to provide a seamless, positive, and productive entry into the College of Design.
  • Maintain advanced understanding of programmatic, collegiate and University policies, procedures and practices; effectively communicate relevant changes to students.
  • Analyze student progress, approve appropriate exceptions, and guide students in academic planning and student success; proactively intervene to assist students at risk of unsatisfactory academic performance and/or degree progress.
  • Use various software information systems to maintain accurate and confidential student information.

Student Support, Advocacy and Development
  • Provide individualized, holistic guidance to students on co- and extracurricular engagement activities.
  • Coach students on self-reliance, wellness, and decision-making skills regarding academic, professional, and personal goals and interests.
  • Demonstrate expertise in working effectively with students with diverse needs and backgrounds by adapting advising strategies within appropriate contexts.
  • Advocate as appropriate for policy exceptions based on an in-depth understanding of university policies, college procedures and practices, program requirements, and resources.
  • Make accurate, appropriate referrals to University resources; guide and support students through academic and personal difficulty.

Academic Program Liaison
  • Serve as primary communication conduit between Student Services and College of Design academic programs.
  • Provide guidance and support to faculty and program staff on various issues including degree progress, collegiate/University policies and procedures, and individual student situations.
  • Provide feedback and input to faculty on course scheduling, enrollment management, and program development.
  • Actively participate in faculty program meetings regarding curricular and student life issues.

Advising Program and Service Enhancement
  • Collaborate in the creation of new approaches, practices, and processes to accomplish academic advising goals, improve systems, and impact policy.
  • Collaborate in the strategic planning, development, implementation, and promotion of select student services programs and initiatives.
  • Participate in college recruitment events and initiatives.

Program Coordination - (10%)
  • In conjunction with the director of academic advising, coordinate select initiatives and programs in support of academic advising, student retention, and enhancing the student experience.

Service to the College/University and Professional Development - (5%)
  • Actively participate in service activities, including (in)formal committees/work groups in the department, College, University, and/or broader community that support students and the academic advising profession.
  • Maintain an in-depth knowledge of current trends, models, and philosophies in academic advising through personal study and participation in professional development activities.


Required Qualifications:
  • Master's degree in hand by start date.
  • Minimum one year of academic advising or student-related experience.
  • Demonstrated experience fostering student learning.
  • Excellent oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and collaboratively to build effective relationships with individuals from diverse backgrounds and experiences.
  • Demonstrated multicultural awareness and commitment to equal opportunity and access.
  • Demonstrated effectiveness in complex problem solving, time management, organization, and attention to detail.
  • Demonstrated computer literacy.
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment and prioritize conflicting demands.

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Master's degree in a field related to collegiate advising (such as higher education student affairs or college student personnel psychology).
  • Three or more years of academic advising-related experience in higher education.
  • Familiarity with student development theory.
  • Experience with database programs or client/student record systems.
  • Educational program development and management experience.
  • Training or experience with career development programming.
  • Experience advocating for diversity, equity, and inclusivity in the academic environment.

About the Department

The College of Design (CDes ) encompasses the full range of design disciplines at the University of Minnesota (apparel design, architecture, graphic design, human factors and ergonomics, interior design, landscape architecture, product design, and retail merchandising). We are home to eight undergraduate degree programs, nine graduate degree programs, and ten research and outreach centers. Our mission is to advance the quality and value of the natural, designed, and social environments with an emphasis on sustainable, socially responsible, civically engaged, user-sensitive, critical and collaborative design work.

Th e College of Design Student Services offers a full range of services and opportunities to meet the needs of its undergraduate students including prospective student advising, admissions, academic advising and support, engagement opportunities, scholarships, and College to Career programming.

How To Apply

Applications must be submitted online. 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.

In order to be fully considered for the position, applicants must submit the following materials:
  • Cover letter outlining your interest, experience, and qualifications
  • Current resume
  • O ne-page statement describing your approach to working with undergraduate students, both overall and with students of backgrounds and identities other than your own

  • Inquiries about the position may be addressed to the Search Committee Chair, Mary Vincent, at . Inquiries about the search process may be addressed to Zang Lee, HR Generalist, at .

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

    The search committee will begin reviewing applications on: September 10, 2021.


    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:

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    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 M

    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.
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