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Metropolitan State University of Denver
  • Position Number: 2670259
  • Location: Denver, CO
  • Position Type: Academic Advising

Academic Advisor & Retention Specialists - College of Health & Applied Sciences (4 positions)

Position Number: TE1126
Salary for Announcement: The salary range for these positions is $37,400 - $46,800. The salaries of the finalists selected for these roles will be set based upon a variety of factors, including but not limited to, internal equity, education, experience, specialty and training. The above salary range represents the Universitys good faith and reasonable estimate of the range of possible compensation at the time of posting. MSU Denver offers a full benefits package *These are temporary positions funded up to 3 years, and they will be extended if additional funding is allotted
Employee Category: Professional staff
Department: College of Health and Applied Sciences-Office

Position Summary:
The College of Health and Applied Sciences at MSU Denver is seeking applicants to fill four Academic Advisor & Retention Specialist (AARS) positions. Each Academic Advisor & Retention Specialist will report to the College of Health and Applied Sciences (CHAS) Advising Office and participate in relevant academic advising activities with the University's Academic Advising Center. Using developmental advising techniques, these positions will be responsible for helping incoming and continuing students who have declared majors in CHAS. Serving both on-campus and online students, the AARS will help students determine an appropriate academic path, including selecting an appropriate major/minor, choosing classes, and beginning to define a career path.

In collaboration with advising coordinators and other faculty members in the academic departments served, the AARS will make targeted outreach to students to identify potential obstacles to retention and graduation. The AARS will also help plan and deliver university-wide and college-wide advising programs and initiatives, such as new student orientation advising, support for General Studies, support for CHAS curricular initiatives, and support for the university's Hispanic Serving Institution initiative.

The University is particularly interested in applicants who have experience working with students from diverse backgrounds and a demonstrated commitment to improving access to higher education for under-represented groups. IND208

The primary responsibilities of the Academic Advisor & Retention Specialists are to provide informed guidance and accurate information in the most efficient, accessible, and comprehensive manner possible to assist students in reaching their educational, life, and career goals.

Academic Advising (50%)
Conduct individual advising sessions for students who have declared majors in the College of Health and Applied Sciences (CHAS).
Assist with course selection, scheduling, and registration.
Help with long-term degree planning.
Assist with and evaluate transfer courses and submit degree exceptions where applicable.
Refer students to appropriate university resources.
Provide basic information related to career planning, financial aid, admissions and other applicable information related to student needs.
Review CHAS sections of the University Catalog to ensure all curriculum changes have been accurately reflected to ensure accurate advising.

Retention (30%)

Manage caseloads of CHAS students.
Conduct outreach to CHAS students by making phone calls and sending emails to continuing students.
Identify students who are not reaching program and career-selection milestones as defined by department chairs or faculty advising coordinators.
Design and implement appropriate interventions.
Assist with the collection of data for the preparation of reporting related to the assessment of advising services.

Recruitment and Support (10%)
Participate in University recruitment events, including outreach and involvement with underrepresented groups.
Participate in Student Orientation Advising and Registration (SOAR) and CHAS Transfer Student Orientations.
Work with the Admissions office to identify newly admitted CHAS majors and contact them regarding orientation and advising.
Support the Universitys Hispanic Serving Institution initiative.

Training and Professional Development (5%)
Remain up to date on advising systems and trends in developmental advising.
Provide advising assistance and training for CHAS faculty.
Participate in advisor training sessions.
Attend professional development opportunities whenever possible.

Other Duties as Assigned (5%)

Required Qualifications:
Bachelors Degree

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Masters degree in Higher Education, College Personnel or related field, or an academic discipline taught in College of Health and Applied Sciences
  • At least two years of academic advising experience at an accredited post-secondary institution or two years mentoring or advising students
  • Experience with academic advising software (Banner, DegreeWorks, GradesFirst, Starfish, Student Success Collaborative, etc.)
  • Demonstrated experience in program assessment and/or annual reporting
  • Exceptional written and oral communication skills
  • Bilingual (Spanish/English)
  • Experience in recruitment of students or enrollment of students
  • A strong background and awareness of BIPOC, LBGTQIA, low-income, first-generation, undocumented, non-traditional, veteran, English-language learner students, as well as students with disabilities

Posting Date: 11/24/2021
Closing Date:
Closing Instructions: Open Until Filled

Special Instructions to Applicant:
Complete applications received by Tuesday, January 4, 2022 at 11:59 PM MST will receive full consideration. All applicants must apply through our online career site, These positions are open until filled.

References refers to a list of three professional references and their contact information. At least one reference must be a supervisor (former or current).

Official transcripts will be required of the candidate selected for hire.

The health and safety of students, faculty, staff and our prospective teammates are our highest priority and as an institution, we are required to have proof of vaccination on file for all employees.

MSU Denver is requiring all employees to provide proof of being fully vaccinated for Covid-19, or to submit an exemption and be subject to following the Covid-19 safety protocols. As an employee of MSU Denver, an exemption or lack of proof of vaccination will require you to submit to weekly Covid-19 testing starting the week of August 23, 2021. Additionally, all institutions on campus are requiring that masks be worn indoors regardless of your vaccinations status.

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