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Metropolitan State University of Denver
  • Position Number: 2037698
  • Location: Denver, CO
  • Position Type: Student Affairs and Services

Academic Advisor and Retention Specialist

Position Number: E00835
Salary for Announcement: The salary range for this position is $37,400- $56,200. The final salary will be commensurate with education and experience.
Employee Category: Professional staff
Department: College of LAS-Office

Position Summary:
The Academic Advisor and Retention Specialist (AARS) at Metropolitan State University of Denver will be housed in the College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences. The AARS will be primarily responsible for helping students with majors or minors in biology through the selection of appropriate courses, developing educational goals, and defining a career path through the use of developmental advising techniques.

In collaboration with chairs and other faculty members in the academic departments served, the AARS will monitor student progress, making targeted outreach to students to address potential obstacles to retention and graduation. The AARS will also help plan and deliver University wide and unit-specific advising programs and initiatives, such as new student orientation advising, support for general education requirements, support for Undeclared/Exploratory initiatives, and support for the University's Hispanic Serving Institution initiative. IND208

The primary responsibilities 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 with students in person, via email, by phone, or by video
Assist with course selection, scheduling, and registration
Help students with long-term degree planning
Help students begin or continue career planning process
Refer students to appropriate University resources

Retention (20%)
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
Prepare reports on student progress

Recruiting (15%)
Participate in new student orientation
Participate in University recruitment events, including outreach and involvement with under-represented groups

Professional Development (10%)
Remain up to date on advising systems and trends in developmental advising
Become/remain knowledgeable about the curriculum over time
Make appropriate use of technology and social media as needed

Other duties as assigned (5%)

Required Qualifications:
Bachelors Degree in an academic discipline taught within the College of Letters, Arts and Sciences.

Demonstrated experience with developmental advising techniques (or equivalent experience) at an accredited institution of higher education.

Preferred Qualifications:
Masters Degree in either Higher Education, College Personnel, Counseling, or related OR an academic discipline taught within the College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences.

Demonstrated experience in program assessment.

Demonstrated experience using social media technology in advising.

Bilingual (English/Spanish).

Working knowledge of student information system software (e.g. Ellucian Banner, PeopleSoft, DegreeWorks, CampusVue, etc.)

Experience working with and sensitivity to the needs of a diverse urban student population including, but not limited to, students of color, LGBTQIA students, students from low-income backgrounds, first-generation students, students with disabilities, undocumented students, nontraditional students, Military Veterans, and English-language learners.

Posting Date: 10/27/2020
Closing Date:
Closing Instructions: Open Until Filled

Special Instructions to Applicant:
IMPORTANT: In order to be considered as an applicant, you must apply via the online application system,

References refers to a list of three professional references and their contact information.

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

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