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Academic Advisor

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Boulder, Colorado

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University Staff



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Job Summary

The Division of Continuing Education at the University of Colorado Boulder encourages applications for an Academic Advisor! This is a full-time Academic Advisor position reporting to the Assistant Director of Student Services within the Division of Continuing Education. Student Services provides academic, financial aid, and career advising to both degree-seeking and nondegree-seeking students at CU Boulder. This position advises prospective and current students about the programs and services offered by the Division and the University at large. In addition, the position assists the Assistant Director and Student Services team with specific student success-oriented programs. 

This is a position that focuses on exploration, discovery, and supportive connection with students. The Academic Advisor teaches students how to navigate the systems, academic processes, and policies at CU Boulder; helps students to become engaged and contributing members of the CU community; and prepares students to take ownership for making their own decisions about courses, academic programs, and long-term plans. Other important aspects of this role include liaising with individuals and departments across the Division and campus, a commitment to professional growth and development, and strong dedication to team collaboration and innovation.

The University of Colorado Boulder is committed to building a culturally diverse community of faculty, staff, and students dedicated to contributing to an inclusive campus environment. We are an Equal Opportunity employer, including veterans and individuals with disabilities.

Who We Are

The Division of Continuing Education and Professional Studies at CU Boulder provides quality, innovative, lifelong learning opportunities for a diverse student population by extending the educational resources of the university to the Boulder community, the state of Colorado, and beyond. The Continuing Education Student Services team provides academic, career, pre-health and financial aid advising in a student-centered, supportive environment that respects nontraditional paths. We offer accurate information, strategic solutions, and compassion to help people identify their options and make informed decisions about their academic and professional journeys.

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

Academic Advising

  • Assist nondegree-seeking students (both prospective undergraduate and graduate students) in formulating their educational goals and elucidating the requirements needed to meet those goals through individual in-person, phone and Zoom appointments, as well as email.
  • Review students’ academic records and discuss appropriate courses.
  • Conduct academic troubleshooting sessions with degree-seeking and nondegree-seeking students facing academic probation, suspension, and/or dismissal.
  • Refer students to appropriate student support services, such as career advising, financial aid, disability services, academic skills development, psychological counseling, the Office of Admissions, etc.
  • Develop trusting and supportive relationships with individual students.

Program Assistance

  • Assist with programs including CU Complete, High School ACCESS, Post-Baccalaureate Pre-Health Professions, Senior and Community Auditors, etc.
  • Assist with projects such as nontraditional student scholarships, student and staff presentations, and new initiative development.

Division & University

  • Attend monthly and weekly staff and Student Services meetings.
  • Participate in professional development and training opportunities, as appropriate.
  • Serve on Division and campus committees.
  • Create and use contacts at CU Boulder and area schools to support the needs of students.

What You Should Know

All University of Colorado Boulder employees are required to align with the campus COVID-19 vaccine requirement. New employees must provide proof of vaccination or receive a medical or religious exemption within 30 days of employment.

We anticipate that this position will support a hybrid format (remote and in-person work).

What We Can Offer

The salary range for this position is $48,000-$53,045 annually. Relocation assistance is available if not local.


The University of Colorado offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO Pass. The University of Colorado Boulder is one of the largest employers in Boulder County and offers an inspiring higher education environment. Learn more about the University of Colorado Boulder.

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What We Require

  • A Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited institution and one year of professional related experience in a higher educational setting, or a completed Master’s Degree; strong communication skills; experience working in a team environment; and multicultural competence and experience working with a diverse student population.

What You Will Need

  • Passion for working with non-traditional students and students in academic difficulty.
  • Sensitivity to and appreciation of cultural, political, and geographical differences, with the ability to work well with faculty, staff, and students from around the world.
  • Proven commitment and leadership ability to advance diversity, inclusion, and social justice.
  • Willingness to advocate for students when their situations fall outside the campus norms.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with outstanding customer service skills.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with employees at all levels throughout the institution.
  • Demonstrated ability to work as a member of a team and within a collaborative work environment.
  • Exceptional organizational, planning, analytical, and technical skills.
  • Exceptional attention to detail.
  • Ability to work independently and prioritize multiple requests.

What We Would Like You To Have

  • A Master’s Degree in a related field; experience in coaching, advising or mentoring college students; successful experience interacting with parents of college students; familiarity with university student information systems and technology platforms; skills and experience explaining complex academic policies.

Special Instructions

To apply, please submit the following materials: 
  1. A current resume. 
  2. A cover letter that specifically tells us how your background and experience align with the requirements, qualifications, and responsibilities of the position.
We may request references at a later time.

Please apply by January 23, 2022 for consideration.

Note: Application materials will not be accepted via email. For consideration, please apply through CU Boulder Jobs.

Posting Contact Information

Posting Contact Name: Boulder Campus Human Resources

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