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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 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 Academic 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 Academic 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 first-year students throughout their first year on campus, along with contributing to the development of student learning outcomes and assessment.

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

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 Academic 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 dedication 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 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

Student Facing Interactions

  • Conduct individual and small group work with students (via scheduled appointments, drop-ins, phone, online video, and email interactions) and related administrative duties.
  • Follow all advising protocols and use campus advising tools such as MyCUHub and 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; and work with students to personalize their academic path, including offering co-curricular guidance that complements their goals and leads them in regular long-term planning.
  • Offer availability to the student’s overall support network, including parents.
  • Work with students in group settings via workshops and presentations, and may facilitate advising and academic exploration workshops.
  • Proactively track, outreach, and engage special student populations (e.g., early alert, high-risk, first generation, students who have not been in for an appointment, students in academic difficulty, excelling students, etc.).
  • Participate in student-facing activities as assigned, including first-year programming, both college-based and campus-wide in collaboration with faculty and other academic advisors.
  • Participate in New Student Welcome and other recruitment activities.
  • Maintain accurate, complete, detailed records of all advising contacts in Buff Portal Advising.
  • Provide occasional evening/weekend hours to support strategic A&S AAC, College, and Campus programming as assigned.

Collaborations & Programming Support

  • Plan and collaborate with the First Year Advising Network as well as the Arts & Sciences Advising Team, including attending regular meetings, trainings, and engaging in evaluation exercises. This will include targeted meetings with specific constituents as well as attendance at greater organizational meetings and participation in cross-campus committees as necessary.
  • Support the development, coordination, and assessment of the College’s New Student Welcome and College Day’s programming and events.
  • Develop support programs and materials, as assigned, for student success and persistence initiatives.
  • Liaise and create cross-campus relationships with:
    • Departmental Advising Neighborhoods and faculty to ensure understanding of curricula, departmental goals and Career/research opportunities
    • Advisors across campus
    • Student support professionals across campus
  • Develop and administer events as assigned by an advising supervisor and/or director.
  • Participate in unit, department and/or campus-wide committees.
  • Participate, as directed, in future development and long-range planning for the A&S AAC.
  • Represent the A&S AAC and the College of Arts & Sciences, including possible presentations, at relevant college and campus events.
  • Collaborate with others as part of a team environment.

What You Should Know

This position is eligible for a hybrid-remote work schedule.

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.

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 $48,000- $53,045. 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.

Be Statements

Be collaborative. Be supportive. Be Boulder.

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.

What You Will Need

  • Ability to communicate effectively, both in writing and verbally.
  • 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 and prioritize multiple projects and requests in a fast-pace environment.
  • Demonstrated passion for working with students.
  • Sensitivity to and appreciation of cultural, political, and geographical differences, with ability to work well with staff, faculty, 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 with student success initiatives.
  • Experience in academic advising.
  • Experience and/or interest in 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 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: "The College of Arts and Sciences recognizes that our mission is strengthened by contributions from varied perspectives. Describe what your dedication to diversity, equity, and inclusion looks like in practice."

We may request references at a later time.

Please apply by August 11, 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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