Academic Advisor, College of Sciences – (All Departments)
Metropolitan State University, Minnesota’s public, urban university, and recipient of the 2019 Insight Into Diversity Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award is seeking to hire an Academic Advisor. This is a full-time//probationary position within the College of Sciences.
Full/Part Time: Full Time
Employment Condition: Probationary
Serve as academic advisor for assigned caseload of advisees, for drop-in or undecided students, and as a back-up for faculty advisors.
Advise students about general education, discipline-specific, and departmental requirements, and, when appropriate, about career and life planning options.
Provide a wide range of services through both group and individual advising opportunities, including coordinating the college’s component of new student orientations.
Represent the college at advising functions; participate in monthly meetings of all-university advising forum.
Assist faculty with advising problems.
Maintain current knowledge of university policies and procedures, academic programs, and other programs and services.
Provide students with accurate information and referrals. Updated forms and other college materials.
Maintain student advising records using the university-designated technology system.
Complete special assignments at the request of the dean, such as: maintaining student resource materials, advising special student populations and working with student clubs/organizations, and/or acting as the Academic Standing Representative for the college.
The following qualifications are required of all applicants seeking consideration for this position. Only applicants whose resumes clearly demonstrate fulfillment of each of these minimum qualifications will be considered for the position:
Master’s degree or NACADA Graduate Certificate in Academic Advising in Higher Education. Alternatively, in addition to a bachelor’s degree, two years of academic advising beyond the 2-year minimum qualification may be substituted for the Master’s degree/graduate advising certificate qualification.
Two years of academic advising or related professional experience at a regionally accredited institution of higher education.
Demonstrated ability to work independently and as a part of a team to lead implementation of improvement projects.
Knowledge of practices and procedures related to student academic advising and retention.
Demonstrated experience serving an ethnically and culturally diverse student body.
Excellent communication skills (interpersonal, intercultural, oral and written).
Demonstrated attention to detail.
Basic computer skills including word processing and electronic communications.
Advising experience in the disciplines relevant to the College.
Experience advising adult learners.
Experience working with computer-based student records systems.
Ability to interpret and implement university policies related to student academic standing and progression.
Physical Requirements of the Job: This position requires occasionally lifting such articles as file boxes and heavy hand tools or heavier materials with help from others and/or lifting and carrying light objects frequently. Even though the weights being lifted may only be a negligible amount, a job is in this category may require walking or standing to a significant degree or may involve sitting most of the time with a degree of pushing and pulling of the arm and/or leg controls.
Requires some weekend and evening hours.
The University: Metropolitan State University, a member of the Minnesota State, is a public, urban university located in Twin Cities Metropolitan area. The University provides an excellent, inclusive and engaging education to eliminate opportunity gaps and lead the Twin Cities community to a prosperous and equitable future. Recognized as a Minority Serving Institution, its employees serve approximately 11,000 students, two-thirds of whom are from communities of color or American Indian nations, are first in their family to attend college or are eligible for Pell grants. Metropolitan State is recognized by CollegeNet as a leading higher education promoter of social mobility for students (Ranked #21 out of 1380). The university offers programs leading to baccalaureate, masters and doctoral degrees. We provide accessible, high quality liberal arts, professional and graduate education with continued emphasis on marginalized groups, including adult learners. Recognized in 2008 and 2014 by the Carnegie Foundation for Community Engagement and named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, the university is committed to academic excellence and community engagement through curriculum, teaching scholarship and services designed to support an urban mission.
The School/Academic Department: The College of Sciences consists of the Computer Science & Cybersecurity, Mathematics & Statistics, and Natural Sciences departments. Together the College offers fourteen-degree programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels, with over 120 faculty, advisors, and support staff to assist students in achieving their career goals.
Salary: This is a Minnesota State University Association of Administrative and Service Faculty (MSUAASF) Range B position with a salary range of $36,632 (minimum) to $63,747 (maximum). Salary is commensurate with education and experience, and is determined by the collective bargaining agreement between Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (Minnesota State) and the MSUAASF organization.
* Employment for this position is covered by the collective bargaining agreement for the MSUAASF which can be found at:
Metropolitan State University offers over 60 baccalaureate majors, 10 master?s degrees, and 2 doctoral programs. Founded in 1971, the university is a member of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system and is the only state university in the Twin Cities. It is a comprehensive urban university committed to meeting the higher education needs of those who live and work in the 13 county metropolitan area.With a strong tradition of individualized educational programs, we are fully committed to high-quality, affordable education for working adults. Faculty, staff and more than 11,000 full- and part-time students reflect the area?s rich diversity, provide a highly student-centered environment and demonstrate unwavering commitment to civic engagement.