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Academic Advisor: Arts & Cultural Studies, UMKC Undergraduate Advising, 78408

University of Missouri - Kansas City
Job Location:
Academic Advising
Hiring Department

Roo Advising

Job Description

The Division of Student Success at UMKC is looking for an Academic Advisor to join our Roo Advising Team of professional staff advisors.

Roo Advising is UMKC's centralized advising model. Roo Advising is a proactive, personalized, and comprehensive advising experience designed to ensure students understand the requirements for their chosen degree programs and have a clear path to graduation. Roo Advising is comprised of five (5) Major Academic Paths:

*        Arts & Cultural Studies: Art History, Communication Studies (Film and Media emphasis), English, Film and Media Arts, Languages and Literatures (Classical, French, International Studies, Spanish) and Studio Art

*        Exploratory/FLEX: Undecided and Visiting Non-Degree

*        Human Behavior, Education & Justice: Communication Studies, Criminal Justice and Criminology, History, Liberal Arts, Philosophy, Political Sciences, Psychology, and Sociology (Anthropology).

*        Business & Management: Accounting, Business Administration and Economics

*        Numbers, Engineering, Technology & the Cosmos: Earth and Environmental Science, Environmental Studies, Mathematics and Statistics, Physics (Astronomy), Civil Engineering, Computer Science, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Information Technology, Mechanical Engineering, Urban Planning and Design and Urban Studie

  •        Natural & Health Sciences: Biology, Chemistry, Dental Hygiene, Health Sciences and Nursing, and Pre-Professional Health and Law Programs

The successful applicant will prioritize the advisor-student relationship and will work proactively to provide guidance and support for students to make informed choices to reach their goals and complete their degree with maximum efficiency and success. In addition, the applicant will have a strong commitment to professional development, utilizing the resources and programming made available to continue to build skills and gain knowledge related to this career path. Lastly, the Academic Advisor will live UMKC's Culture of Care and uphold our Statement of Values through their advising practice and interactions not only with students but by extension to all members of our UMKC Community.

This hire is specifically for the ARTS & CULTURAL STUDIES MAP.

Description of Duties (include, but are not limited to): 

*       Develop an advising relationship that supports student's interests, experience, values, skills, and career aspirations

*       Manage a caseload assignment of up to 350 students

*       Utilize appropriate workflow procedures to include form submission, transfer course equivalency and transcript update requests.

*       Assist students to navigate UMKC technology such as Pathway (PeopleSoft), Canvas, UMKC Connect (Starfish), and PlanMyDegree (UAchieve)

*       Understand, monitor, and assist students to successfully complete established student milestones, success plans, enrollment, and academic progress

*       Maintain accurate and timely advising notes, regularly monitor and respond to early alert notifications in consultation with the students' academic unit, success coaches and MAP Manager

*       Understand academic standing, satisfactory academic progress, GPA adjustments, and academic recovery protocols to assist students facing academic challenges and working to return to good standing

*       Attend MAP team meetings, Advisor's Forum, Advising Leadership Team (ALT) and other advisor trainings as required or requested

*       Deliver General Education First Semester Experience (GEFSE) 101 instruction as assigned (classroom instruction is limited to 1-2 class periods; additional workshops are offered by Roo Advising and scheduled outside of the FSE course)

*       Collaborate on team projects as assigne

  •       Provide caseload coverage for vacation, personal, sick days, and resignation transitions as requested
*       Participate and contribute to the scholarship and service of advising to Roo Advising, UMKC, and to all partners locally, nationally, and globally 

*       Participate and contribute to committee service to support Roo Advising (required) and UMKC as elected or requested.

  •       Other duties as assigned


The Academic Advisor must be available for walk-in advising and scheduled individual and/or group advising appointments. Work hours may include in-person and virtual advising sessions scheduled during normal business hours and up to 4 evening hours per month. Summer Orientation during the months of June and July may require occasional weekend work.  In addition, advisors must be able to monitor and respond to UMKC Connect (Starfish) early alert notifications and provide additional advising support as needed. Advisors are eligible for consideration for two (2) remote (telework) days after successful completion of a six (6) month probationary period.

Minimum Qualifications

A Bachelor's degree or an equivalent combination of education and experience and at least 1 year of experience from which comparable knowledge and skills can be acquired is necessary.

Preferred Qualifications

Master's degree preferred. 1 - 3 years of experience in student services and/or academic advising desirable. Experience may include those associated with student leadership, assistantships, or employment as an undergraduate or graduate student. 

Anticipated Hiring Range

$40,000 - $46,000 per year commensurate with education, experience, and internal equity. 

Application Deadline

Position will be open until filled, review of applications to begin immediately. 

Community Information

Kansas City offers the best of both worlds-a vibrant, urban community with Midwestern appeal. The city's rich history and its modern-day, innovative thinking come together to create an eclectic group of neighborhoods that offer a little something for everyone. From thriving arts districts, an energetic downtown nightlife, casual to upscale shopping and champion sports teams, you will have no problem making yourself at home. Of course, one of Kansas City's biggest claims to fame is its food, especially its world-famous barbecue. Foodies will delight in the culinary scene found throughout the city. Ranging from award-winning chefs to cozy pizza joints, Kansas City definitely is not lacking any flavor.  

UMKC's campuses are conveniently nestled in the middle of all the action. Volker Campus is just minutes from the legendary Country Club Plaza, perfect for shopping or restaurants for lunch or after-work happy hours. Surrounded by hip neighborhoods and eateries, the Health Sciences Campus is located downtown near University Health Truman Medical Center and Children's Mercy Hospital.  

UMKC is proud to be "Kansas City's university," and the campus and its people celebrate all the characteristics of the surrounding community. To learn more about life in Kansas City and find more resources, visit 

Benefit Eligibility

This position is eligible for University benefits. As part of your total compensation, the University offers a comprehensive benefits package, including medical, dental and vision plans, retirement, paid time off, short- and long-term disability, paid parental leave, paid caregiver leave, and educational fee discounts for all four UM System campuses.  For additional information on University benefits, please visit the Faculty & Staff Benefits website at

Values Commitment

We value the uniqueness of every individual and strive to ensure each person's success. Contributions from individuals with diverse backgrounds, experiences and perspectives promote intellectual pluralism and enable us to achieve the excellence that we seek in learning, research and engagement.  This commitment makes our university a better place to work, learn and innovate.

In your application materials, please discuss your experiences and expertise that support these values and enrich our missions of teaching, research, and engagement.

Equal Employment Opportunity

The University of Missouri System is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Equal Opportunity is and shall be provided for all employees and applicants for employment on the basis of their demonstrated ability and competence without unlawful discrimination on the basis of their race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, disability, or protected veteran status, or any other status protected by applicable state or federal law. This policy applies to all employment decisions including, but not limited to, recruiting, hiring, training, promotions, pay practices, benefits, disciplinary actions and terminations. For more information, visit or call Human Resources at 816-235-1621.

To request ADA accommodations, please call the Office of Equity & Title IX at 816-235-6910.

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