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First-Year Academic Advisor

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Boulder, Colorado

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University Staff



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Job Summary

Academic Advising & Coaching within the College of Arts and Sciences encourages applications for a First-Year Academic Advisor! As part of the campus-wide First Year Advising Network, this position is embedded within the College of Arts & Sciences. First-year advisors at CU Boulder work in a team setting and are committed to building collaborative, student-centered relationships that support achievement of academic success, promote personal and professional development, and foster a sense of community. First-year advisors educate the whole student through a developmental, student-focused approach and are charged with developing and implementing advising strategies and interventions to enhance the performance and persistence of students throughout their first year on campus, along with contributing to the development of student learning outcomes and assessment.

First-year advisors provide multidisciplinary academic and developmental advising for first-year undergraduates with interests that span the full complement of academic options within the College of Arts & Sciences. First-year advisors may focus on students within a particular subset of disciplines within the college or may work with students who are exploring all disciplines.

This is a position that focuses on exploration, discovery, and supportive connection with students, which requires a specialized knowledge base across many subject areas as well as a keen understanding of related functional areas. First-year advisors demonstrate an enthusiastic demeanor and passion for working with students; are comfortable engaging with large numbers of students via diverse and active outreach methods; and exhibit a customer service orientation and strong communication skills. Other important aspects of this role include communicating with individuals and departments across 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

Academic Advising & Coaching within the College of Arts and Sciences consists of academic advisors who serve as partners in your college experience. We help you discern your values and establish academic goals. Building on your reflections, we work alongside you to design experiences that exceed your expectations. 

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

Undergraduate Academic Advising

Individual and small group work with students (via scheduled appointments, drop-ins, phone, online video, and email interactions) and related administrative duties. Advisors will follow all advising protocols and utilize campus advising tools such as Buff Portal Advising and will maintain a multidisciplinary knowledge base. They will assist students in planning for and making informed decisions about a choice of major, intended college outcomes, and potential career or graduate school direction; they help students to assess their interests, values and academic skills; they teach students how to navigate the systems, academic processes and policies at CU Boulder; they review students’ academic records and discuss appropriate course choices; and they work with students to personalize their academic path, including offering co-curricular guidance that complements their goals and leading them in regular long-term planning. Advisors also offer availability to students’ overall support network, including parents. In addition to one-on-one interactions, the individual in this position will work with students in group settings via workshops and presentations, and may be asked to teach academic exploration and support courses.

Outreach and Support

Proactively track, contact, and work with special student populations (e.g., early alert, high-risk, first generation, students who have not been in for an appointment, students in academic difficulty, high-achieving students, etc.). Participate in student-facing activities as assigned. Participate in first-year programming, both college-based and campus-wide, and collaborate with faculty and other academic advisors. First Year Academic Advisors in the College of Arts and Sciences develop, coordinate, and assess programming for the College’s new student welcome events, onboarding, and enrollment.

Strategic Planning

Plan and collaborate with the First Year Advising Network as well as the Arts & Sciences advising team, including regular meetings, trainings, and evaluation. This will include targeted meetings with specific constituents as well as attendance at greater organizational meetings and participation in cross-campus committees as necessary.

Professional Development

Engage in professional development, including but not limited to relevant conferences, mentoring opportunities, coursework, workshops, and research.

What You Should Know

The unit is currently in a pilot, hybrid work environment, where advisors are present on-campus a few days a week and work remotely a few days a week.

What We Can Offer

The annual salary is $48,000. 


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

  • Completed Bachelor's degree and minimum of one (1) year of professional, related experience; OR, a Master’s Degree. 
  • Equivalent combination of education and experience may substitute.
  • Experience with student success initiatives.

What You Will Need

  • Ability to communicate effectively, both in writing and orally.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with employees at all levels throughout the institution.
  • Outstanding customer service skills.
  • Proven 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, prioritize multiple projects and requests, and work in a fast-pace environment.
  • Demonstrated passion for working with students within a high-volume setting.
  • Sensitivity to and appreciation of cultural, political, and geographical differences, with ability to work well with faculty, staff, and students from around the world.
  • Proven commitment and leadership ability to advance diversity and inclusion.
  • Willingness to work in an environment which may demand some flexibility or evening/weekend work.

What We Would Like You To Have

  • Bachelor's degree and three (3) years of professional, related experience; OR, a Master’s Degree in higher education or related field and one (1) year of professional, related experience working with students in a higher education setting.
  • Experience in academic advising.
  • Experience working with first-year or exploring students.
  • Experience interacting with parents of college students.
  • Experience working with faculty.
  • Classroom teaching experience.
  • Familiarity with CU Boulder majors, minors, and certificate programs and undergraduate policies and processes.
  • Established skills and experience utilizing technologies that support academic advising standard methodologies.

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.
  3. A short essay (no more than 1 page) that addresses the following statement: "Our unit recognizes that our mission is strengthened by contributions from varied perspectives. Describe what your commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion looks like in practice."
We may request references at a later time.

Please apply by September 16, 2021 for consideration.

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

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Posting Contact Name: Boulder Campus Human Resources

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