ABOUTTHEPOSITION Normandale Community College intends to eliminate equity gaps for all students by 2025. For degree-seeking students, Normandale will ensure 50% (or more) who state an intention to attain an Associate's degree or transfer to a four-year university will achieve that goal. In line with this strategic goal, Academic Advisor will participate and help lead college strategic initiatives designed to eliminate educational equity gaps, improve completion rates for degree seeking students, and develop a more culturally competent, service oriented institutional culture.
The Academic Advisor at Normandale Community College serves as a member of a professional team providing comprehensive academic and career advising services for students who are: clarifying their academic and career interests, preparing for admission to majors, pursuing declared majors, planning for transfer, and changing their academic goals. Academic advisors will be required to participate and lead college and department critical initiatives designed to eliminate educational equity gaps, improve completion rates for degree seeking students, and develop a more culturally proficient, service-oriented institutional culture. This position provides leadership for the department, in collaboration with the Director and Associate Directors, to coordinate and assess programming and activities for assigned student caseloads and general academic programs. This position advocates for students navigating academic and financial obstacles, and helps navigate petitions, appeals and concerns. Academic advisors work collaboratively with student affairs departments, faculty and administration to meet the strategic goals of the department, division and institution.
Minimum Qualifications (expected to have to enter job)
Experience working with underrepresented populations providing culturally responsive support to students of color, first-generation students, and Pell eligible students.
Proven knowledge of racial equity and intercultural competence.
Strong written and oral communication skills, including presentation skills to optimally represent and promote the college.
Excellent organizational skills.
Experience working with a wide variety of student needs including referrals to internal and external resources.
Experience working collaboratively as part of a team.
Personal computing/technology skills; solid understanding of Microsoft Office software; experience with and comfort utilizing multiple types of technology to provide advising services, such as a CRM.
Preferred Qualifications (desired but not expected to have to enter job)
Master's degree in student affairs, higher education, or related field.
Previous experience working with students in higher education, including academic advising, career counseling, financial aid, admissions or records and registration.
Proficiency in Somali, Arabic or Spanish.
Ongoing professional development in intercultural competence and equity.
Experience teaching post secondary credit courses.
ABOUTNORMANDALE Normandale is the largest community college in the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system, serving almost 15,000 students from a diverse group of backgrounds, 42% of whom are students of color and nearly 25% are first-generation. We offer opportunities for individuals to grow and learn and advance all the while working for an organization that is committed to providing an inclusive and equitable space for students to learn.
GREATBENEFITSPACKAGE As an agency of the State of Minnesota, Normandale offers a comprehensive benefits package including low-cost medical, dental, and vision insurance; short- and long-term disability; generous vacation and sick leave as well as 11 paid holidays each year; employer-paid life insurance; pre-tax flexible spending accounts; retirement plans; and tax-deferred compensation. Additional benefits include tuition waivers available for employees and certain dependents, once qualifying criteria are met, relocation reimbursement up to $750 and many professional development opportunities.
For information on benefits, visit SEGIP's website SEGIP. This position is also part of Minnesota Association of Professional Employees (MAPE). The collective bargaining agreement outlines many additional benefits provided.
Normandale Community College is located in Bloomington, Minnesota, which is in the southwest metropolitan region of Minneapolis/St. Paul (Twin Cities) and one of the fastest growing areas in the state. With a population of over 3.5 million, the Twin Cities is home to a variety of cultural communities and features vast arts and entertainment, athletic and family activities, a growing economy, and exceptional public schools and healthcare systems.Founded in 1968, Normandale Community College serves a student population of approximately 15,000 students annually and offers over 50 Associate degree programs.. Normandale is the largest community college in the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system. To learn more about our strategic vision, visit http://www.normandale.edu/Normandale2020.