Academic Advisor 0.92 FTE

Position Details

Position Information

Position Title Academic Advisor 0.92 FTE
Department Center for Human Enrichment
FTE 0.92
FLSA Exempt
Job Type Full-Time
Job EEO Category Professional Non-faculty
Physical Demands

The Academic Advisor does not experience many physical demands. Prolonged exposure to a computer is likely.

Job Summary

The Academic Advisor is a .92 FTE position with the Center for Human Enrichment/TRiO Student Support Services (CHE) program at the University of Northern Colorado (UNC). The position exists to facilitate the selection, retention, and graduation of program participants. This position exists within the federal (TRIO) Student Support Services grant and contributes to the programs’ capacity to meet the goals, mission, and objectives set forth in the grant are met.

The Academic Advisor position works collaboratively with other CHE team members and is responsible for the following: advising a caseload of undergraduate students, supervision of mentors, ensuring that accurate advising records are maintained, contributes to the development of large and small scale programming, and assists with annual reports related to program goals and objectives as needed.

Examples of position related activities:
o Develop an individual success plan with each student by assisting them with registration,
course and degree planning, and class scheduling for exploring and seeking students
o Develop an individual success plan with each student on probation to go over academic policies, identifying reasons for academic difficulty and creating strategies to get back into good standing.
o Ensure students are aware of all available CHE/SSS and campus support resources and make appropriate referrals when necessary
o Coordinate and implement CHE/SSS peer mentoring program for first-year participants


Advising 55%
• Advise a caseload of CHE/SSS students
• Develop advising strategies for various student populations (independent, probation, exploring, etc.)
• Work collaboratively with CHE/SSS staff to support student success
• Facilitate the use of Individual Success Plan to be implemented with all advisees on caseload
• Assist in early registration and course selection process for CHE/SSS participants
• Support coordination of the selection and identification process of new CHE/SSS participants
• Work collaboratively with the CHE/SSS Coordinator of Advising Services/Assistant to the Director

Mentor Programming and Student Development 35%
• Coordinate and implement CHE/SSS peer mentoring program for first-year participants
• Support the implementation of CHE/SSS large-scale programming (Welcome Dinner, Spring Reception, etc.)
• Create evaluation material for the CHE/SSS Peer Mentoring program and make programmatic changes base on participant needs and best practices

Data Management and Compliance/Reporting 10%
• Support the management and implementation of the enrollment verification process
• Create assessment tool to evaluate effectiveness of CHE mentoring programs and make modifications as needed
• Assist in providing data for the Annual Performance Report
• Monitors student files for accuracy in documentation; in compliance with federal regulations
• Complete yearly reports related to program goals and objectives as needed


The position requires creativity in developing strategies for helping CHE//SSS students successfully complete a bachelor’s degree from the University of Northern Colorado. This position must balance the development of strategies and one-on-one student work while maintaining compliance with a federal grant.

This position is responsible for supporting the identification and selection of new program participants. This requires a significant amount of work with other staff and offices across campus. This task also requires a full understanding of the federal grant regulations for determining student eligibility for project services.

The Academic Advisor works in many collaborative capacities and yet must also be able to work independently and often times make independent decisions. The Academic Advisor is responsible for fully understanding both University and federal policies in order to successfully execute their job responsibilities.

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree plus 2 years of relevant experience working with first-generation and low-income youth in an academic setting.

Experience with and desire to work in a highly collaborative team-oriented environment.

Preferred Qualifications

Master’s Degree in Education, Higher Education/Student Personnel or related field, plus two years experience as a Graduate Assistant or relevant professional experience.

Ability to speak and write in a second language preferred.

Experience with a Student Support Services program or other TRiO programs, academic advising or related program preferred.

Experience with a diverse and/or underrepresented (first-generation, low income, or physical/learning disability) student population preferred.

Posting Details

Posting Detail Information

Posting Number E00479
Position Number E99523
Desired Start Date 11/01/2017
Open Date 08/08/2017
Close Date
Open Until Filled Yes
Special Instructions to Applicants

Access the UNC Human Resources website at Submit a UNC job application, cover letter, resume, and a list of references. Finalists will be required to submit transcripts. A complete application file must be received by Saturday, August 19, 2017, to be eligible for consideration. This position will remain open until filled. Applications received after the initial screening date will be retained in the event additional candidates are needed to complete the search.

Salary and Benefits

Salary range is $41,000. Benefits available include health, dental, life and long-term disability insurance, as well as a selection of several defined contribution retirement programs. Dependents and spouses of UNC Employees who are employed as 0.5 FTE or above are entitled to and eligible for Dependent Tuition Grants. These tuition grants will cover in-state tuition charges. Further requirements may exist. Other benefits may be available based on position.

Additional Requirements

Satisfactory completion of a background check, educational check, and authorization to work in the United States is required after a conditional offer of employment has been made. The successful candidate must submit original transcripts within one (1) month of hire.

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Do you have a Bachelor's degree?
    • Yes
    • No
  2. * Do you have two years or more of relevant professional experience advising first-generation and low-income youth in an academic setting?
    • Yes
    • No
  3. * Do you have experience working with student support service type programs and experience working with a diverse and/or underrepresented student population?
    • Yes
    • No

Documents Needed to Apply

Required Documents
  1. Resume
  2. List of References
  3. Cover Letter/Letter of Application
Optional Documents