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Professional Academic Advisor

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Boulder, Colorado

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University Staff



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Job Summary

The Professional Academic Advisor is charged with fulfilling the mission of building relationships with students and fostering success by providing interdisciplinary academic and developmental advising for ENVD undergraduates along with minors and prospective undergraduates that include Intra-University Transfers and Transfer students. The position must be able to communicate and collaborate effectively with faculty and staff in Environmental Design and other University units, to advise students about the nature and content of the curriculum and professional disciplines, to facilitate the development of mentoring relationships between faculty and undergraduates in the program, and to intervene effectively with students having academic difficulty.
The undergraduate student population rostered in the Environmental Design Program is approximately 670 students. This position advises and connects with a caseload of approximately 350 upper-division students who are ENVD majors as well as undergraduate minors. Additionally, this position is responsible for leading the graduation certification process for ENVD students in collaboration with the other upper-division advising staff member.
Advisors in ENVD 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. This highly collaborative position cultivates relationships and maximizes networks with cross-campus entities including the Office of the Registrar, Bursar’s Office, Office of Undergraduate Education, Office of Financial Aid, Division of Continuing Education, Office of Admissions, Office of International Education, Veterans Affairs, Disability Services, Counseling and Psychological Services, Career Services, and other campus resources as necessary.

Who We Are

The Program in Environmental Design (ENVD) at the University of Colorado connects people with the built and natural worlds. Our students create innovative designs for the next generation of built environments and the communities they serve in the fields of architecture, product design, landscape architecture, and planning. 
Fundamental to ENVD is a serious commitment to the diversity and inclusion required to shape thriving, equitable, and sustainable communities. We recognize diversity as a complex mix of cultural experiences, understandings, and practices patterned through race, social class, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, ability and disability, age, and a multitude of other factors. We value and nurture cultural differences within our Program for their capacity to build sensitivity towards the needs of diverse and, in many instances, underserved populations. 
The Center for Advising and Student Achievement (CASA) strives to incorporate these principles of inclusion and equity implicit in ENVD through the practice of advising students. Members of the CASA team exemplify these values through encouraging their students to productively and ethically contribute to the communities for which they design while considering courses, professional development, leadership, and co-curricular opportunities. Applicants demonstrating a history of, background with, and interest in furthering ENVD’s and CASA’s goals for diversity, inclusion, and equity are particularly encouraged to apply. Applicants may use their cover letter as an opportunity to express their vision in this regard.

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

Undergraduate Academic Advising 
  • Individual and small group work with students (via scheduled appointments, walk-ins, phone and email interactions) and related administrative duties; student traffic will vary over the course of the year so included in this role is proactive outreach and engagement with students who have not been in for an appointment. 
  • Advisors will follow all advising protocols and utilize campus advising tools such as MyCUHub and will maintain a multidisciplinary knowledge base. 
  • Assist students in planning for and making informed decisions about general degree requirements, major degree requirements,  and potential career or graduate school direction. 
  • 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; 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, presentations, and even potentially for-credit courses. As an upper-division advisor, this position will review students' progress toward graduation, and advises students on their graduation status.
Outreach and Support
  • Proactively track contacts, 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. 
  • Develop programming for students during their transition from lower-division to upper-division advisors and curriculum.  

Strategic Planning 
  • Plan and collaborate with the ENVD advising team, including regular team 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  
  • Proactively develop knowledge of best practices related to upper-division  student transition and advising through relevant conferences, mentoring opportunities, workshops, coursework, special projects and research. Shares that knowledge with others in ENVD, particularly advising staff, and works to help ensure that practices aligned with that knowledge are implemented in ENVD.

What You Should Know

Typical 40-hour work week with limited evening or weekend (special event) activity.

What We Can Offer

Anticipated Starting Salary is $48,000. Commensurate with experience. 


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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Be Collaborative. Be Visionary. Be Boulder.

What We Require

  • Bachelor's Degree from an accredited institution and a minimum of one (1) year of experience working with students outside of the classroom in or related to higher education;  OR a completed Master's Degree. 
  • Experience managing parent concerns. 
  • Experience with student success initiatives, 
  • Experience applying student development theory. 
  • Demonstrated interpersonal excellence with colleagues.

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. 
  • 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, prioritize multiple projects and requests, and work in a fast-paced 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. 
  • 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 completed Master’s degree in higher education administration or a related field and one (1) year of professional, related experience working with students outside the classroom; experience managing student success initiatives in a higher education setting; classroom teaching experience; familiarity with CU Boulder majors, minors, and certificate programs and undergraduate policies and processes. 
  • Experience in academic advising. 
  • Experience interacting with parents of college students. 
  • Experience working with faculty.
  • Familiarity with CU Boulder majors, minors, and certificate programs and undergraduate policies and processes.
  • Familiarity with design education.
  • Established skills and experience utilizing technologies that support academic advising best practice.
  • Experience working with upper-division students and developing their academic and career interests.
  • Appreciation and commitment to diverse populations. 
  • Demonstrates an alignment to the core values of the Center for Advising and Student Achievement in Environmental Design.

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 August 28, 2019 for consideration. 

Note: 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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