Position Overview: The College of Design Student Services Office has an immediate opening for an Academic Advisor supporting students in apparel design, graphic design, interior design, and retail merchandising. As a member of the College of Design’s Student Services team, this position delivers the full range of direct-service academic advising activities to undergraduate students from diverse backgrounds, from the point of admission through degree completion, as well as participates in some prospective student events. Major responsibilities include curricular and co-curricular planning and progress, as well as coaching and guidance regarding academic, career, and personal development. The Academic Advisor contributes significantly to the planning, development, and implementation of efforts to enhance advising practices, processes, tools, and resources. The Academic Advisor is an active participant in College and University efforts to improve retention and graduation rates, while enhancing the experiences of all undergraduate students. In addition to academic advising, this position coordinates select initiatives regarding academic advising, student retention, and the student experience. We are committed to attracting candidates from historically underrepresented groups knowing that diversity enriches the academic experience and provides a knowledge base for innovation. This position reports to the Director of Academic Advising.
Appointment Details: This is a 100%-time, 12-month, annually renewable academic administrative appointment at the level of Academic Advisor (University job code #9708). Renewal is contingent upon successful performance, funding and the needs of the College. Salary starts in the mid-$40’s with excellent benefits and is commensurate with experience and qualifications.
This position will be primarily located in McNeal Hall, with the possibility to combine work in-person/on-campus with remote work.
The University of Minnesota and the College of Design offers a comprehensive benefits package including:
Commitment to a healthy work-life balance
Paid holidays, vacation, and medical leave
Low-cost medical, dental, and pharmacy plans
Health care and dependent daycare flexible spending accounts
Excellent retirement plans with employer match
Disability and employer-paid life insurance
Wellbeing program with reduced insurance premiums
Tuition reimbursement opportunities covering 75%-100% of eligible tuition
Student loan forgiveness opportunity
Opportunities for growth and promotion
Employee Assistance Program
Responsibilities: Academic Advising - (85%) Student Degree Progress and Retention
Support academic progress and career preparation for a diverse student body; apply student development theory to individual circumstances; adapt to the changing needs of students.
Positively influence and coach students on making choices that promote student retention and timely, realistic degree progress for individual circumstances.
Assist in the development and delivery of new student orientation in order to provide a seamless, positive, and productive entry into the College of Design.
Maintain advanced understanding of programmatic, collegiate and University policies, procedures and practices; effectively communicate relevant changes to students.
Analyze student progress, approve appropriate exceptions, and guide students in academic planning and student success; proactively intervene to assist students at risk of unsatisfactory academic performance and/or degree progress.
Use various software information systems to maintain accurate and confidential student information.
Student Support, Advocacy and Development
Provide individualized, holistic guidance to students on co- and extracurricular engagement activities.
Coach students on self-reliance, wellness, and decision-making skills regarding academic, professional, and personal goals and interests.
Demonstrate expertise in working effectively with students with diverse needs and backgrounds by adapting advising strategies within appropriate contexts.
Advocate as appropriate for policy exceptions based on an in-depth understanding of university policies, college procedures and practices, program requirements, and resources.
Make accurate, appropriate referrals to University resources; guide and support students through academic and personal difficulty.
Academic Program Liaison
Serve as primary communication conduit between Student Services and College of Design academic programs.
Provide guidance and support to faculty and program staff on various issues including degree progress, collegiate/University policies and procedures, and individual student situations.
Provide feedback and input to faculty on course scheduling, enrollment management, and program development.
Actively participate in faculty program meetings regarding curricular and student life issues.
Advising Program and Service Enhancement
Collaborate in the creation of new approaches, practices, and processes to accomplish academic advising goals, improve systems, and impact policy.
Collaborate in the strategic planning, development, implementation, and promotion of select student services programs and initiatives.
Participate in college recruitment events and initiatives.
Program Coordination - (10%)
In conjunction with the director of academic advising, coordinate select initiatives and programs in support of academic advising, student retention, and enhancing the student experience.
Service to the College/University and Professional Development - (5%)
Actively participate in service activities, including (in)formal committees/work groups in the department, College, University, and/or broader community that support students and the academic advising profession.
Maintain an in-depth knowledge of current trends, models, and philosophies in academic advising through personal study and participation in professional development activities.
Master’s degree in hand by start date.
Minimum one year of academic advising or student-related experience.
The University of Minnesota, founded in the belief that all people are enriched by understanding, is dedicated to the advancement of learning and the search for truth; to the sharing of this knowledge through education for a diverse community; and to the application of this knowledge to benefit the people of the state, the nation, and the world.