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Assistant Director, Academic Advising for Psychology and Neuroscience

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Boulder, Colorado

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University Staff



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Job Summary

The College of Arts and Sciences Academic Advising Center (AAC) welcomes applications for an Assistant Director of Academic Advising for Psychology and Neuroscience. This is a leadership position, responsible for directing the advising activities of one Academic Advising division, comprised of full-time professional advisors and peer advisors/student employees.
The Assistant Director is responsible for supervising and building relationships with a disciplinary group of Academic Advisors; serves as a primary point of contact for department chairs and faculty within their team; provides leadership and process improvement to the unit; and engages in strategic planning for advising in the college and on the campus. Assistant Directors actively engage and support the Academic Advisors on their team in implementing unit-wide strategic goals; developing actionable and meaningful professional goals; building a culture of success and pride within their team; and in supporting the vision, mission, and values of the AAC. The Assistant Director will enable and ensure demonstrated excellence in service of students within their disciplinary team and throughout the University of Colorado Boulder. In addition to regular one-on-one interactions and group meetings with Academic Advisors, this position provides multidisciplinary academic and developmental advising for undergraduate students on limited basis.
The successful candidate will demonstrate a commitment to collaborative and constructive leadership; an enthusiastic attitude and passion for the development of professional staff and students alike; will be comfortable engaging with large numbers of people via diverse and active outreach methods including presentations; will demonstrate and support an advising approach that focuses on student exploration and discovery; and will exhibit an orientation toward excellent customer service along with strong communication skills. Assistant Directors are expected to solve problems proactively and to take ownership for their own actions and for the performance of their disciplinary team.

Who We Are

The AAC strives to be the primary source of support to students in the College of Arts and Sciences, helping them to identify, develop, pursue, and attain meaningful educational and personal goals. We believe that when students structure their goals toward the growth of inclusion, diversity, and equity, those goals become more socially and personally meaningful, more educated and more educational. 

The College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Colorado Boulder is the intellectual core of the university, conducting research, scholarship, creative work and education in more than 60 fields. Our research generates new knowledge, solving some of the world’s most critical problems.

The college leads nationally in undergraduate and graduate education in the natural sciences, social sciences and arts and humanities, bringing world-class research and scholarship to our students, both in and out of the classroom. 

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

Advising Program Leadership, Process Improvement, and Implementation
  • Provide leadership and strategic planning for advising services and development initiatives for the Psychology and Neuroscience advising team consistent with the needs and goals of the College and the AAC.
  • Design, implement, and assess roster and advising caseload processes.
  • Create, assess, and respond to available advising data regarding positive student outcomes, retention, and graduation implications.
  • Create and disseminate advising reports relevant to each department in support of departmental course management, programming, and graduation activities.
  • Monitor, assess, and support advisor schedules, appointment availability, short- and long-term coverage, advisor utilization rates, and student outreach initiatives.
Academic Department Collaboration and Management
  • Serve as the primary point of contact for department chairs and faculty regarding advising activities and student concerns within the Psychology and Neuroscience advising team.
  • Coach, mentor, challenge and support Academic Advisors in a multidisciplinary, team-based environment.
  • Develop and monitor performance plans and conduct annual evaluations for each team member consistent with University and College policies, providing honest and ongoing feedback.
  • Respond to escalated concerns from students, members of the students’ support networks, and Advisors within the team.
  • Lead training of new staff in the AAC, including campus and colleges policies as well as disciplinary content.
  • Support on-going training, professional development, and recognition for Advisors on the team.
Leadership and Strategic Vision
  • Serve as a contributing member of the AAC’s Leadership Team.
  • Collaborate with others as part of a team-driven environment.
  • Demonstrate and promote the vision, mission and values of the unit, college, and campus.
  • Participate in future development and long-range planning for AAC as directed.
  • Engage in AAC budget activities.
  • Represent the unit on departmental, campus, and professional committees.
Support and Administration
  • Provide academic advising on an as-needed basis to assist with escalated situations, provide coverage for Academic Advisors on leave (etc.), specific populations such as foreign study abroad students, and summer-start students.
  • Lead and support new and continuing initiatives aligned with the AAC’s strategic priorities in academic advising and student success.
  • Provide assistance to other advising teams and the Resource Center on an as-needed basis.

What We Can Offer

The starting salary for this position is $65,000.


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

  • Master's Degree in related field of study.
  • Three years of experience in academic advising.
  • One year supervisory experience.
  • Experience collaborating closely with faculty.
  • Experience with undergraduate retention efforts.
  • Experience with Student Information Systems.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office software required.    

What You Will Need

  • Detail orientated, self-motivated, and able to work independently and carefully manage multiple responsibilities simultaneously with short deadlines in a high volume environment.
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication and organizational skills.
  • The ability to work with changing priorities and multiple projects in a high volume environment.
  • Able to work with a diverse student body, faculty and administrators.
  • Effective written and oral communication skills required.

What We Would Like You To Have

  • Two or more years of supervisory experience.
  • Previous experience as an academic advising supervisor.
  • Experience in change management theory and practice.
  • Experience working at a Tier 1 Research institution.
  • Familiarity with CU Boulder Arts & Sciences programs, policies, and procedures.
  • Familiarity with student information systems utilized on the CU Boulder campus.

Special Instructions

To apply, please submit the following materials: 
  1. A current resume. 
  2. A cover letter that specifically addresses how your background and experience align with the requirements, qualifications and responsibilities of the position.
You will not be asked to upload references at this time.

Please apply by January 21, 2019 for consideration.

Application materials will not be accepted via email. For consideration, applications must be submitted through CU Boulder Jobs.

Posting Contact Name: Boulder Campus Human Resources

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The University of Colorado is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer