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Undergraduate Professional Advisor

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Boulder, Colorado

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University Staff



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Job Summary

The Program in Environmental Design (ENVD) offers opportunities to learn, to create, to discover, and to achieve. The purpose of this position is to serve as a primary academic advisor for first and second-year students within ENVD. The advisor is charged with fulfilling the ENVD Advising & Coaching mission to build a community where students, staff, and faculty work together in partnership to support student's academic success, health and wellbeing. Our community aims to provide a space for individuals to do their best work, and we are stewards to the ongoing improvement of our community. The first and second-year advisor will provide interdisciplinary academic and developmental advising for ENVD undergraduates, minors, and prospective Intra-University Transfers and Transfer students. The person in this position must communicate and collaborate effectively with faculty and staff in Environmental Design and other University units, advise students about the nature and content of the curriculum and professional disciplines, facilitate the development of mentoring relationships between faculty, professional staff and undergraduates in the program, and intervene effectively with students in academic difficulty.

The undergraduate student population rostered in the Environmental Design Program comprises approximately 670 students. This person advises and connects with a caseload of approximately 300 lower-division students who are ENVD majors. Additionally, the Advisor will partner with the ENVD recruitment professionals to attend a limited number of targeted recruitment events where support is needed. This position is also responsible for partnering with the Undergraduate Education Intra-University Transfer (IUT) Coordinator to facilitate and lead ENVD’s IUT process by holding interest meetings and reviewing applications alongside ENVD leadership.

Advisors and Academic Coaches in ENVD work in a team setting and are committed to building collaborative, student-centered relationships that support the achievement of academic success, promote personal and professional development, and foster a sense of community. Half of the ENVD advising team focuses on the core curriculum for first and second-year students and guiding them to declare a major within the degree program. Upon completion of their second year, students move to our Upper-Division Advising Team that concentrates directly on professional development, careers, internships, study abroad, and graduate school programs. All advisors are cross-trained to support the entire curriculum of the ENVD degree but focus intently on key milestones within the timeline of a student's academic career.

This person will partner with cross-campus entities at key times of the year based on job responsibilities. These partnerships will include 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.

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 Program in Environmental Design orients engagement to the creation of healthy and sustainable communities with attention to social justice and economic vitality. Environmental design is inherently place-based. It supports innovation of and intervention in places.

Efficacy and ethics demand that environmental design engages with the users of these places. We do so in ways that are both collaborative and interdisciplinary, as well as integrate engaged scholarship, evidence-based practice and experiential learning to serve community needs.

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, therefore this role includes proactive outreach and engagement with students who have not scheduled appointments. Advisors will follow all advising protocols and utilize campus advising tools, such as MyCUHub, and maintain a multidisciplinary knowledge base. They will assist students in making informed decisions about general degree requirements, major degree requirements, and potential career or graduate school opportunities.
  • The advisor will help students to assess their interests, values and academic skills; the person will teach students how to navigate the academic systems, processes, and policies at CU-Boulder. They will 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. The advisor offers 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. The advisor will review students' progress toward graduation, and advise students on their graduation status.
  • The advisor will proactively track, contact, and work with special student populations (e.g., course alert, high-risk, first-generation, students who have not been in for an appointment, students in academic difficulty, high-achieving students, etc.). This advisor will participate in student-facing activities as needed.


  • This advisor will partner with ENVD recruitment professionals to attend a limited number of targeted campus recruitment events where support is needed, such as the ENVD Sampler, CU Admitted Student Day and other small sessions.
  • In addition to attending specific events, this person will participate in the Operation Confirm Calling Campaign each Spring to connect with the incoming students as one of their primary first-year advisors. ENVD recruitment initiatives and strategic planning run through ENVD’s Recruitment Task Force, and the advisor will be a key member of this group to guide outreach tactics and provide insights about the student experience gathered through advising interactions.

Intra-University Transfer lead

  • The advisor will collaborate with the Undergraduate Education Intra-University Transfer (IUT) Coordinator to facilitate and lead ENVD’s IUT process.
  • The person will meet individually and in group sessions with current CU Boulder students interested in transferring into ENVD. During higher student traffic times, the advisor will host monthly or bi-monthly IUT interest meetings to review the ENVD curriculum and the IUT application process.
  • The advisor is responsible for pulling application data and reviewing candidates alongside ENVD executive leadership.
  • Throughout this process, the advisor manages communication to students about their status in the Program and enrolls the newly admitted students in the appropriate ENVD courses for the next term.

Strategic Planning

  • The advisor will plan and collaborate with the ENVD advising & coaching team, including regular team meetings, training and evaluation.
  • Strategic planning 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

  • The advisor will 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.
  • This person will share that knowledge with others in ENVD, particularly the advising and coaching staff, and will work to help ensure practices aligned with that knowledge are implemented in ENVD.

What We Can Offer

The salary for this position is $48,000.00-$55,000.00.


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

  • Bachelor's Degree from an accredited institution; experience working with students outside of the classroom in or related to higher education; knowledge of student development theory and practice; strong cultural competency skills, an explicit commitment to inclusive excellence, experience working with historically underrepresented populations who face economic and social difficulties, demonstrated interpersonal excellence with colleagues, attention to detail and ability to multitask and experience with student success initiatives. 

What You Will Need

  • Ability to communicate effectively cross-culturally, 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.
  • Demonstrated commitment and leadership ability to advance diversity and inclusion.
  • 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 the ability to work well with faculty, staff, and students from all backgrounds.
  • Willingness to work in an environment that may demand some flexibility or evening/weekend work.

What We Would Like You To Have

  • Preference will be given to candidates with a completed Master's degree in higher education administration/higher education student personnel or related field and who, in addition to the minimum requirements above, have academic advising experience, experience working with first-year students or experience in major/career exploration programming in higher education, 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 practices.

Special Instructions

To apply, please submit the following materials:
  1. A current resume.
  2. A current cover letter.
You will not be asked to upload references at this time.
Please apply by 9/26/21 for consideration.
Note: Application materials will not be accepted via email. For consideration, applications must be submitted through CU Boulder Jobs.

Posting Contact Information

Posting Contact Name: Boulder Campus Human Resources

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