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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

CU Boulder welcomes applications for a first-year academic advisor! This position is part of a campus-wide First-Year Advising Network and is embedded within the College of Media, Communication and Information. 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 Media, Communication and Information.

This position focuses on exploration, discovery, and supportive connection with students, which requires a specialized knowledge base across many fields 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 collaborating closely with individuals and departments across campus, a commitment to professional growth and development, and a 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

Established in 2015, the College of Media, Communication and Information is at the forefront of the revolution in communication and digital technology. CMCI prides itself on offering students an interdisciplinary education with a focus on innovation and creativity. Our students and faculty from six departments and an independent PhD program think across boundaries, innovate around emerging problems and create culture that transcends convention.

CMCI strives to be a community whose excellence is premised on diversity, equity and inclusion. We seek candidates who share this commitment and demonstrate understanding of the experiences of those historically underrepresented in higher education. We welcome applications from minoritized racial and ethnic identities, ciswomen, non-normative genders and sexualities, persons with disabilities, and others who have encountered legacies of marginalization.

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

Undergraduate Academic Advising

  • Engage in individual and small group work with students (via scheduled appointments, drop-ins, phone, online video, and email interactions) and perform related administrative duties.
  • Follow all advising protocols and use campus advising tools such as Buff Portal and will maintain a multidisciplinary knowledge base.
  • Assist students in planning for and making informed decisions about a choice of major, intended college outcomes, and potential career or graduate school direction.
  • Help students to assess their interests, values and academic skills.
  • Teach students how to navigate the systems, academic processes and policies at CU-Boulder.
  • Review students’ academic records and discuss appropriate course choices.
  • Work with students to personalize their academic paths, including offering co-curricular guidance that complements their goals and leading them in regular long-term planning.
  • Offer availability to students’ overall support networks, 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.
  • This position is also responsible for academic coaching for 5 to 10 students per term who are facing academic challenges. Training will be provided.

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, etc.).
  • Participate in student-facing activities as assigned.
  • Participate in first-year programming, both college-based and campus-wide, in collaboration with faculty and other academic advisors.
  • Work with the Assistant Dean for Student Experience to develop, coordinate, and assess programming for the College’s new student welcome events, onboarding, and enrollment.


  • The individual in this position will plan and collaborate with the First Year Advising Network as well as the CMCI 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 Practice Implementation

  • The individual in this position will proactively develop knowledge of standard methodologies related to first-year student transition and advising through relevant conferences, mentoring opportunities, workshops, coursework and research, and will share that knowledge with others in CMCI, particularly advising staff, working to help ensure that practices aligned with that knowledge are implemented in CMCI.

What You Should Know

All University of Colorado Boulder employees are required to comply 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.

The position will have a hybrid work schedule (3 days on campus, 2 days remote), with a typical 40-hour work week with limited evening or weekend activity.

What We Can Offer

Positions in the advising and coaching community at CU Boulder are compensated based on the experience of the successful candidate. The salary range for these roles is $50,000- $53,045. Relocation assistance is available. Current CU Senior Advising and Coaching employees are eligible for transfer at their current level. 


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, conferred by August 2022.
  • Equivalent combination of education and experience may substitute.

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 attention to detail.
  • Exceptional organizational, planning, analytical, and technical skills.
  • Ability to work independently, prioritize multiple projects and requests, and work in a fast-paced environment.
  • Demonstrated passion for working with students within a high-volume setting.
  • Proven interpersonal excellence with colleagues.
  • Sensitivity to and appreciation of cultural, political, and geographical differences, with ability to work well with faculty, staff, and students from around the world.
  • Demonstrated 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.
  • In the absence of academic advising experience, teaching experience at CU Boulder in a CMCI field may be considered.
  • Experience with student initiatives.
  • 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 using technologies that support academic advising.

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 one page) that addresses the following statement: "The College 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 June 30, 2022 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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