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Academic Advisor and Program Specialist

Colorado State University
Job Location:
Fort Collins, Colorado
Academic Advising
Position Location
Fort Collins, CO

Research Professional Position: No

Posting Number: 202100497AP

Position Type: Admin Professional/ Research Professional

Classification Title
Prof/Indiv Contrib II

Work Hours/Week: 40

Proposed Annual Salary Range

Employee Benefits

Colorado State University (CSU) is committed to providing employees with a strong and competitive benefits package that supports you, your health, and your family. Visit CSU's Human Resources website for detailed benefit plan information for permanent full-time and part-time faculty and administrative professional employees in the following University benefit areas.

To ensure full consideration, applications must be received by 11:59pm (MT) on

Description of Work Unit

The College of Business at Colorado State University is an AACSB accredited business school which enrolls more than 3,800 undergraduate students in ten business concentrations and approximately 1,500 graduate students across eight graduate programs. While we are the largest undergraduate and graduate major on campus, we strive to create a small college environment. Colorado State University invites nominations and applications for an Undergraduate Academic Advisor. This is a 12-month administrative professional position eligible for University benefits. The position will work within the College of Business within the Undergraduate Programs Office and will report to the Assistant Director of Undergraduate Programs.

Colorado State University is a public, land-grant institution of higher education that offers academic programs through eight colleges. Colorado State University is located in Fort Collins, a city with a population of approximately 140,000 people, which is 65 miles north of Denver. The city offers a unique blend of metropolitan advantages and small town friendliness. Situated at the western edge of the Great Plains and at the eastern base of the Rocky Mountain foothills, Fort Collins provides easy access to numerous cultural and recreational opportunities.

Mission of the Unit:

The Unit is responsible for all undergraduate recruiting efforts, retention initiatives, academic advising, diversity/inclusivity initiatives, and GO Abroad initiatives.

Position Summary

The Academic Advisor position in the College of Business Undergraduate Programs Department provide advisory services for all Undergraduate Business Majors (approximately 2400 students) at Colorado State University, including concentrations in Accounting, Computer Information Systems, Finance, Financial Planning, Human Resource Management, International Business, Organization and Innovation Management, Marketing, Real Estate, and Supply Chain Management. In addition, all Business Administration, Real Estate, and Entrepreneurship minors (approximately 2000 students) and all Business Certificates are advised by Advisors. The UPO also supports many undergraduate student groups, activities and programs.

Required Job Qualifications

Bachelor's degree in Counseling, Psychology, Sociology, Human Development and Family Studies, Student Affairs, or related field;

  • Two years of experience in higher education academic advising;
  • Experience working with historically underrepresented students such as ethnically/racially diverse students, first generation students, and international students;
  • Experience with program development, and event planning, organizing, and implementation;
  • Strong written, verbal, and interpersonal communications skills.
Preferred Job Qualifications
  • Previous experience in student advising;
  • Experience working with non-resident, diverse, veterans, and international students;
  • Demonstrated commitment to working with students
  • Knowledge of developmental/intrusive academic advising theory, models, and practices;
  • Strong listening, paraphrasing, summarizing, and problem solving skills;
  • Understanding and knowledge of higher education philosophy and practices (particularly Land Grant);
  • Conflict management and conflict resolution skills;
  • Knowledge of higher education technology systems (preferably Banner, Slate, and Navigate);
  • Understanding and appreciation of personal and professional ethics;
  • Ability to evaluate student needs and provide appropriate referral resources;
  • Ability to work collaboratively with multiple programs and resources;
  • Understanding, passion, and strength working with people from diverse/cultural backgrounds (including international)
  • Strong customer-service skills, and ability to successfully work with multiple constituents including students, parents, faculty, and staff;
  • Proficiency in MS Office Suite
  • Master's degree in Counseling, Psychology, Sociology, Human Development and Family Studies, Student Affairs, or related field.
Diversity Statement

Reflecting departmental and institutional values, candidates are expected to have the ability to advance the Department's commitment to diversity and inclusion.

Job Duty Category: Advising

  • Assist new students in transitioning to and navigating the collegiate experience; developing decision-making skills, and utilizing campus resources.
  • Provide comprehensive advising to students establishing continuous advising relationships for the first three years with attention to transition and major exploration.
  • Challenge and support undergraduate Business students (via individual meetings, workshops, and programs) to understand the complexities of self-discovery and to begin the process of choosing a concentration and career, including problem solving around difficulties or unrealistic goals and outside pressures.
  • Assist in the maintenance of student records and data gathering for reports.
  • Maintain accurate and detailed advising notes through the online system, track advisees' performance at the end of each semester, and provide intentional outreach to particular groups of students such as students with low GPA's and/or low midterm grades.
  • Advise students requesting retroactive withdrawals and academic dismissal appeals on how to create well-written appeals and how to develop and communicate a comprehensive action plan for academic improvement and success.
  • Performance of advising activities regarding course selection and sequencing, registration, class schedule revisions, and class credit load recommendations.
  • Interpret curriculum requirements, options, sequencing patterns and best practices across programs while exploring student's goals, developing academic plans, and understanding student's challenges, and obstacles.
  • Approve and administer course substitutions and waivers for degree requirements.
  • Approve and administer business course overrides for business majors.
  • Formulate transfer credit evaluations and determine transfer credit eligibility.
  • Implementation of strategic interventions; initiating proactive outreach with at risk students and participate in retention and grade monitoring activities.
  • Adapt university policies and processes, advising resources, electronic databases, degree requirements, CSU Online policies and processes to students with Business majors.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of, compassion, and relevant ability with, culturally diverse communities among potential target and constituent populations.
  • Understand issues confronting under-represented students, ethnically diverse, military veterans, non-traditional aged, international, parents, disabled students, etc. and help them navigate how and what resources to use as well as gain confidence and connection in order to achieve their personal and professional goals.
  • Learn new technology and tools designed for student success and integrate them into a balanced and holistic approach to advising.
  • Act as mentor and advocate and professionally communicate with students or families regarding complex academic policies, individual courses or grades, and/or tuition assessment and lead them to understanding and resolution.
  • Interpret conflict management and conflict resolution decision-making skills when working with dissatisfied individuals. Interpret, apply and enforce University and College of Business policies and procedures, as well as State and Federal laws.
  • Model personal and professional ethics in every decision made.
  • Counsel students regarding options and academic standing, including students on academic probation and students dismissed from the University.
  • Manage and update advising publications, websites, degree plans, and other resources.
  • Conduct website analysis for consistency and quality assurance.
Percentage Of Time: 60

Job Duty Category: Programming

  • Coordinate a College of Business recruitment, retention, mentoring, international and/or diversity related student organization, such as Peer-to-Peer Mentoring Program, Latinx Business Association, First Generation Business Association, Business Diversity and Leadership Alliance (BDLA), Near-Peer Mentoring Program, Global Business Network (GBN);
  • Depending upon Program, may teach a mentoring class for incoming mentees, or a diversity in business class for BDLA students;
  • Determine, develop, market, and coordinate all initiatives and communications programs;
  • Train, supervise, guide, support, and evaluate Student Coordinators (paid student positions);
  • Maintain website and web-based information associated with program;
  • Maintain various social media venues related to program;
  • Develop and present an annual report for each program, to the Director and Assistant Director;
  • Develop and present annual budget proposal;
Percentage Of Time: 35

Job Duty Category: College service and supervision


Serve as a member of the College of Business Undergraduate admission appeals committee. This position makes decisions on who is granted admission to the College of Business by way of an appeal process. This position may also serve on other college and university committees as assigned.

Percentage Of Time: 5

Special Instructions to Applicants

References will not be contacted without prior notification of candidates.

An application packet will consist of: 1) a cover letter indicating interest in the position at Colorado State University along with a description of the applicant's ability to meet the position's required and preferred qualifications; 2) a resume; 3) contact information of three references. References will not be contacted without prior notification of candidates. For full consideration, applications should be received no later than 11:59pm MST May 30, 2021. Please direct inquiries to Tonja Rosales, Search Committee Chair at Inquiries will be treated confidentially.

Conditions of Employment
Pre-employment Criminal Background Check (required for new hires)

Search Contact
Tonja Rosales

EEO Statement

Colorado State University is committed to providing an environment that is free from discrimination and harassment based on race, age, creed, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, gender, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or pregnancy and will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. Colorado State University is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce and complies with all Federal and Colorado State laws, regulations, and executive orders regarding non-discrimination and affirmative action. The Office of Equal Opportunity is located in 101 Student Services.

The Acting Title IX Coordinator is the Vice President for Equity, Equal Opportunity and Title IX, 123 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, CO. 80523-0160, (970) 491-1715,

The Section 504 and ADA Coordinator is the Vice President for Equity, Equal Opportunity and Title IX, 101 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, CO 80523-0160, (970) 491-5836.

Background Check Policy Statement

Colorado State University strives to provide a safe study, work, and living environment for its faculty, staff, volunteers and students. To support this environment and comply with applicable laws and regulations, CSU conducts background checks. The type of background check conducted varies by position and can include, but is not limited to, criminal history, sex offender registry, motor vehicle history, financial history, and/or education verification. Background checks will also be conducted when required by law or contract and when, in the discretion of the University, it is reasonable and prudent to do so.

Minimum References Requested

Maximum References Requested
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