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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

Join our advising team at CU Boulder! Academic Advisors work in a disciplinary team setting to assist students in planning for and making informed decisions about areas of study, intended college outcomes, and post-baccalaureate plans. This position will work in Arts & Humanities, focusing specifically on working with English, Cinema Studies and Theater & Dance undergraduate students. 

Advisors help students assess their interests, values, and academic skills. They teach students to navigate the systems, academic processes, and policies at CU Boulder, and work with students to personalize their academic paths, including offering co-curricular guidance and leading them in regular long-term planning. In addition to one-on-one interactions, Academic Advisors work with students in group settings via workshops, presentations, campus events, and other activities. Academic Advisors stay up-to-date on curricular changes and opportunities in their areas of specialty, and provide students with accurate and timely information and guidance.

A successful Academic Advisor demonstrates an enthusiastic demeanor and passion for working with students and on a team. Advisors are comfortable engaging with large numbers of students via diverse and active outreach methods and demonstrate an advising approach that focuses on student exploration, discovery, and success on an individual level.

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 CU 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
  • Develop trusting, supportive relationships with individual students.
  • Serve as the primary point of contact for academic questions or concerns.
  • Work with students individually through in-person, individual appointments and group meetings, drop-in hours, video conferencing, telephone and email to: 
    • Personalize the academic path at CU Boulder
    • Review students’ academic records and discuss appropriate course choices
    • Offer co-curricular guidance that complements academic path and goals
    • Lead students in intentional goal setting appropriate to their developmental stage
  • Proactively track, contact and work with special student populations (i.e., high-risk, first generation, students who have not been in for an appointment, students in academic difficulty, high-achieving students, etc.).
  • Lead small groups, workshops and seminars for the purpose of academic exploration, developing academic success strategies, etc.
  • Provide ad hoc coverage, as needed, for any advisor on the same disciplinary team.
  • Participate in New Student Welcome and other recruitment activities.
  • Monitor degree audits and, in collaboration with appropriate offices, certify degree completion of assigned students.
Outreach, Planning and Support
  • Develop support programs and materials for student success and persistence initiatives.
  • Collaborate closely with departmental faculty to ensure understanding of curricula, departmental goals and career/research opportunities.
  • Collaborate closely and create cross-campus relationships with:
    • Departmental 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 or director.
  • Participate in unit, department and/or campus-wide committees.
  • Participate in future development and long-range planning for AAC as directed.
  • Participate in new student recruitment activities as assigned.
  • Represent the AAC, including possible presentations, at potential events offered by other campus offices.
  • Maintain accurate, detailed records of all advising contacts.
  • Collaborate with others as part of a team environment.

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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Be impactful. Be supportive. Be Boulder.

What We Require

  • Completed Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university and a minimum of one (1) year of professional related experience; OR a Master’s Degree from an accredited college or university. 
    • 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 develop detailed understanding of curricula offered by departments and the relationships between the courses in those curricula.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with employees at all levels throughout the institution.
  • Outstanding customer service skills.
  • Demonstrated commitment to advancing diversity and inclusion.
  • Proven success in working with students from a diverse set of backgrounds and within an intercultural environment.
  • 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 from entry to graduation within a high-volume setting.

What We Would Like You To Have

  • Master’s degree from an accredited college or university in a related field.
  • Experience, background or demonstrated an interest in a related field of study.
  • Experience counseling, coaching, advising, and/or mentoring college students.
  • Established skills and experience utilizing academic advising applications and platforms.
  • Successful experience enforcing and explaining complex academic policies.
  • Significant experience working with staff, faculty and administrators in higher education.

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

Posting Contact Information

Posting Contact Name: Boulder Campus Human Resources

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