The College of Biological Sciences is a college of approximately 2200 undergraduate students pursuing degrees in the life sciences at the University of Minnesota. The college offers eight majors and ten minors to prepare students to solve biological problems facing our world.
CBS Student Services is a team of 18 professional staff members; each contributing to the shared responsibility of advancing the mission and vision of the college. These staff serve students in three functional areas: academic advising, career coaching, and student engagement. The person in this role will join a team of eight others focused on academic advising, and will have a student caseload of about 275 undergraduate students. This role reports to the Assistant Director for Academic Advising.
Principal Duties and Responsibilities Academic Advising (65%)
The cornerstone of academic advising is the ability to build authentic relationships with individuals with varied backgrounds, perspectives, and identities. The responsibility of this role is to first build relationships, then utilize those relationships to holistically support and guide students throughout their undergrad career. Build authentic relationships with students as you: • Connect with students through one-on-one appointments, drop-in advising, group advising, telephone and email communication • Guide students through the process of formulating personalized educational plans and strategies for academic success that are reflective of their unique set of values, strengths, interests, and identities • Implement the CBS advising philosophy to foster student learning and success • Help students build skills and make commitments that guide their educational plans, facilitate timely graduation, and make progress toward career goals • Communicate the value of the liberal education curriculum within STEM • Apply organizational and student development theory to guide students in reflection on their decisions and plans • Champion the value of engagement in co-curricular experiences and how they connect to students’ academic and career goals • Utilize a holistic advising model to guide, challenge, and support students in becoming self-reliant and learning to make important reflective decisions about major, personal, and career aspirations • Help students navigate policies and procedures and determine when exceptions may be appropriate. • Coach students on making registration choices that promote timely and realistic degree progress • Strategically refer to campus resources, including how they contribute to retention and an outstanding student experience • Serve as a cultural navigator of the system of higher education Technical competence is crucial in leveraging university-wide systems to provide excellent student support, make data-informed decisions, and focus efforts most efficiently. The person in this role will be trained in the many systems required to advise effectively. • Develop a high level of competency in the University’s student success tools (APLUS, APAS, Schedule Builder, PeopleSoft, etc.) as you: • Conduct timely outreach to students as needs arise to meet student need, build relationships, and encourage timely degree completion • Review student progress reports at key academic markers, such as probation, degree application, or major declaration to determine appropriate next steps for student success. • Maintain accurate records about student interactions in order to best support the student as they navigate campus, and engages a campus-wide wide effort to provide informed, nuanced student support
Program Development & Management (15%) • Design and implement student development activities based on assessment data and best practices. • Manage select student services initiatives and programs by identifying needs, outcomes, and resources, and evaluating effectiveness • Collaborate with faculty and campus staff to develop programs and plans to effectively deliver advising and support services to students • Participate in Student Services efforts to improve retention rates, four-year graduation rates, and student satisfaction.
CBS Student Services Collaborations (10%) • CBS Student Services is a blended student affairs unit, and is most successful when the unit works collectively for the student good. • Attend CBS Student Services staff meetings and engage in the broader work being done on behalf of CBS undergraduates • Engage in cross-functional area collaborative projects • Participate in college-wide functions to provide an excellent student experience
Professional Development & Service (10%) • Commitment to ongoing social justice and racial equity work in order to identify, challenge, and remove barriers to access at the individual, community, and system level • Engage in professional development and service activities related to the advising and student services profession, within the University of Minnesota community and beyond. • Continue professional development and scholarly activity in the field of academic advising to maintain knowledge of trends and best practices (e.g., membership in professional associations, attendance at conferences and seminars, write and publish articles, serve on teams and collaborate with other professional groups, etc.) • Participate on Student Services, College and University-wide committees as requested
• Master's degree. • Previous experience in an educational setting performing academic advising or student support activities. • Evidence of effective relationship-building, team-building, and oral/written communication skills • Ability to effectively communicate across race, class, and culture • Demonstrated commitment to fostering student learning and applying organizational/student development theory to work with students
• Master's degree in higher education and student affairs, college student personnel psychology, counseling, social work, or field transferrable to advising • Previous academic advising experience • Familiarity with the challenges and opportunities of working with STEM students • Knowledge of assessment best practices
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