The Specialist-Advisor position will advise undergraduate students in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (BMB) and in the Department of Plant Biology (PLB). This position will work collaboratively with the undergraduate team in both departments to engage in proactive and holistic advising, offered through an equity lens, to support and empower students to reach their goals and to make a difference in the MSU community and the world at large.
As an advisor, this individual will:
Assist in course selection, while maintaining and monitoring student records towards degree completion.
Support students by providing academic success strategies; creating connections with campus resources, research, and internship opportunities; encourage growth in career development, including preparation for graduate and professional school.
Bridge connections between students and other members of BMB/PLB (undergraduates, faculty, staff, specialists, graduate students, postdocs, and alumni) and the broader MSU community.
Represent the BMB/PLB departments while meeting with prospective students and parents; advising students during New Student Orientation programs; department-associated undergraduate clubs; undergraduate commencement; recruitment at colloquium, marathon of majors, and other associated undergraduate events. (Occasional evenings and weekends may be required.)
Assist with tracking of on-campus and off-campus undergraduate research opportunities.
Participation in undergraduate curriculum review.
Engage with faculty and academic staff in the designated departments & programs, the College of Natural Science Dean’s Office, the Honors College, and other units on campus.
Collaborate with advising colleagues through college-wide advisor meetings and professional development activities to promote professional growth and to support the student’s academic success.
Work collaboratively through an equity lens to ensure all students and members of the BMB and PLB Undergraduate Offices feel supported and respected in their roles towards student success.
Equal Employment Opportunity Statement
All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship, age, disability or protected veteran status.
Masters -Science, Higher Ed, Students Affairs, Counseling, or related field.
Bachelors -Biology or STEM discipline
Required: Master’s degree in Science, Higher Education, Student Affairs, Counseling, or related field.
Successful applicants should have:
Excellent communication, interpersonal, and organizational skills with the ability to work collaboratively in a team environment.
Strong work ethic, including professionalism and accountability.
A commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.
Demonstrated ability to work closely with Academic Advisors and a diverse student population, faculty, other academic units, and potential employers.
Proficiency in standard computer programs (e.g., MS Word, Excel, Powerpoint, and Teams; Google Docs; Google Sheets, etc.)
Dynamic presentation skills and comfort working with students individually and in groups.
Desired: Degree (Bachelor’s or Master’s) in biology or related STEM discipline.
Experience in advising and career planning, or similar professional experience.
Experience working with science majors.
Previous experience developing connections with and supporting a diverse group of students and colleagues.
Familiarity with University policies, procedures, and software systems (e.g., Campus Solutions).
Experience with creating academic success-centered initiatives, including long term planning and implementation.
Required Application Materials
(2) Cover Letter
(3) An Advising Philosophy Statement which includes discussion of your previous efforts in diversity, equity, and inclusion.
(4) Names and contact information for three references.
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