Academic Advisor, Twin Cities, Minnesota

Created 08/26/2021
Reference 11406236
Job type Full Time
Country United States
State Minnesota
City Twin Cities
Zip 55401
Salary Competitive
Position Overview:

Provide direct, holistic academic advising and support to undergraduate students each semester who come from a variety of backgrounds and identities and are pursuing various degree programs within OLPD (Business Marketing Education and Human Resource Development), and provide additional support to students outside of OLPD pursuing the HRD Certificate, Inter-College Program degree option, and the Individualized Degree Program. Collaborate with department and college partners on initiatives related to program development and enrollment management in order to strengthen the quality of education students receive, expand on the resources and opportunities available to our students, and to contribute to a more collective, cohesive, and efficient workplace. Expand and establish networks within and outside of the University that serve to provide developmental experiences for our students and increase the exposure to the department and college. This position actively supports and advances the University's commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion

Job Responsibilities:

Direct Service Advising (70% time)
  • Using a holistic advising model, guide, challenge and support undergraduate students majoring in BME and HRD, as well as those pursuing other undergraduate programs offered by OLPD, through direct advising and educational planning that promotes timely degree progress.
  • Deliver equity-minded and culturally relevant advising and support to students, through drop-in hours, individual student appointments, email and phone.
  • Understand liberal education and program curriculum and determine its possibilities within the context of the strengths, interests, and needs of the individual student.
  • Understand and communicate the interconnectedness of campus resources to individual students to support retention and an engaged student experience.
  • Interpret, uphold, and communicate policies established by the University of Minnesota to students, and influence how decisions are made using equity-minded thinking in application of policy.
  • Review petitions, exceptions, and waivers, as submitted by student, Student Services, or other colleagues.
  • Develop and integrate career development and use of Career Services in advising.
  • Advise potential Inter-College Program (ICP) concentration students, review applications and make admissions decisions on proposals.
  • Keep accurate, up-to-date advising notes and student information as appropriate.
  • Monitor central undergraduate email account (ugolpd@umn.ed) and phone line, and direct correspondence to appropriate staff and programs.

Program Development and Management (20% time)
  • Partner with the Coordinator of OLPD Undergraduate Studies & Advising to analyze and summarize data to understand trends and make recommendations for improvement of advising practices.
  • Support the creation and implementation of additional workshops/resources for students in OLPD majors.
  • Support the Coordinator of OLPD Undergraduate Studies & Advising in the identification and resolution of enrollment management issues and development of tracking mechanisms to reduce barriers.
  • Stay abreast of current trends and philosophies in academic advising, engage in scholarly or creative activities in the areas of advising, academic progress, curricular materials development, and service delivery.

Outreach and Networking in Support of Service (10% time)
  • Organize and communicate timely outreach to students from a variety of backgrounds about academic progress, registration and sequencing requirements, course offerings, and other resources available to them in support of academic and personal goals.
  • Identify and develop opportunities to engage with students over social media and the Undergraduate newsletter as additional means for communication and engagement with students.
  • Compile and send biweekly career-related information to students, including regular information regarding the OLPD major practical requirements.
  • Utilize and build relationships and networks that make a large university manageable and navigable for all students to ensure a student's ability to make sufficient progress and feel a sense of belonging.
  • Staff annual commencement events, representing the undergraduate programs in OLPD.


Required Qualifications:
  • Master's degree in hand by position start date and one year of relevant experience.
  • Demonstrated commitment to integrating equity awareness into work practices and ability to build meaningful relationships with students, staff, and faculty with diverse backgrounds and experiences.
  • Demonstrated understanding of student development theories and ability to integrate advising philosophies with daily practice.
  • Proven experience showing excellent oral and written communication skills, including a strong ability to present to large groups.
  • Effective interpersonal skills, including the ability to deal with conflict.

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Master's degree in higher education and student affairs, college student personnel psychology, counseling, social work, or field related to advising.
  • Two to five years of progressively responsible experience providing college level academic advising.
  • Excellent time management, attention to detail, organization, and problem-solving skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and collaboratively.
  • Demonstrated understanding of the career development process and experience supporting undergraduate students in their career journey.
  • Technological competence with the ability to learn new systems and software programs.

About the Department

The Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development is a leader in advancing knowledge about educational and organizational change in local, national, and international contexts. Our research, teaching, and outreach reflect a commitment to interdisciplinary and intercultural engagement with educators, scholars, and policy makers seeking to enhance leadership, policy, and development around the globe.
Diversity statement:
We affirm the contributions of all people in our community. Diversity and equity are at the core of our mission in the College of Education and Human Development.
We explicitly reject bias, discrimination, and exclusion on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, age, marital status, disability, public assistance status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.
We all are responsible for recognizing, confronting, and addressing bias and discrimination and diligently working for positive change in support of equity and diversity.

About the College:
The College of Education and Human Development (CEHD) is a world leader in discovering, creating, sharing, and applying principles and practices of multiculturalism and multidisciplinary scholarship to advance teaching and learning and to enhance the psychological, physical, and social development of children, youth, and adults across the lifespan in families, organizations, and communities. CEHD is the third largest college at the University of Minnesota, houses seven departments with ten undergraduate majors, over 30 graduate degree programs, and 25 centers and institutes. We are committed to diversity in our students, faculty and staff; 38.4% of our new first year students are students of color and more than 265 of our international students represent over 51 different countries. For further information:

At CEHD, diversity is necessary to doing our best work and fostering our humanity. That's why the CEHD community is collectively dedicated to cultivating an inclusive and equitable environment. We strive to weave these core values into the work of each department and all of programs. We are deeply engaged with our surrounding community, and our students, staff, and faculty are encouraged and empowered to enhance equity, inspire change, learn and grow personally, and prepare professionally to encounter and engage in systemic transformation. For more information, visit

CEHD and 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.

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.

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


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:

Background Check Information

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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