Hiring Salary Range: $50,000-$56,000 commensurate with experience
Priority Application Deadline: March 31, 2023
Honors Advisors work with high-ability undergraduate students to help design their Honors Experiences in order to help students challenge themselves, achieve their academic and personal goals, and expand their understanding of the complexity and interconnectedness of the world in which they live. Honors students’ co-curricular interests, post-graduate plans, and career goals will be particularly relevant discussion topics during advising appointments. The Honors Advising Program (UHP) is a pan-collegiate program through which honors advisors and directors work collaboratively with faculty and colleagues across the University to provide strong advising support for UHP students.
UHP is currently undergoing a restructuring process and this position has the opportunity to contribute to the new vision for UHP, develop programs and opportunities for students, coordinate with collegiate and department partners, and grow the program. Honors advisors will need to bring adaptability, flexibility, and a tolerance for ambiguity to this role.
Typical advising work hours are scheduled in discussion with the advisor supervisor, with the office being open 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM, Monday-Friday. UHP advisors have the option of a flexible work arrangement, allowing for a maximum of two remote days per week during the Fall and Spring semesters in accordance with UHP’s remote work policy. A few times per year, advisors will be expected to attend UHP events scheduled outside of typical work hours.
With offices located in the beautifully renovated Northrop, Honors Advisors enjoy a wide range of professional opportunities, including: shaping UHP programs, serving on UHP and University committees, and working with colleagues who have a passion for advising high-ability undergraduate students and who are life-long learners.
The University Honors Program celebrates diversity and multicultural identities and seeks to hire an Honors Advisor who will promote these values.
65% - Advise Honors students on academic goals, personal development and post-undergraduate career and educational opportunities.
Provide information, advocacy and support to honors students regarding eligibility and requirements for graduation with Latin Honors.
Conduct orientation meetings and lead other presentations depending on professional expertise and interest.
Meet individually with advisees in person and virtually throughout the calendar year to discuss goals and progress with Honors requirements.
Communicate with advisees via email and telephone.
Record notes related to advising and maintain other necessary documentation.
Assist students in identifying resources for undergraduate research, learning abroad opportunities, civic engagement, and academic success support.
Work with students experiencing academic challenges to help them create academic goals that will enable academic improvement.
Counsel students on personal issues affecting academic performance as appropriate, and make referrals to other University and community resources for specialized assistance or counseling services when needed.
Encourage qualified students to apply for appropriate departmental, college, national, and international scholarships.
Complete other administrative duties as assigned.
15% - Attend UHP staff meetings and participate in UHP working groups, committees, and projects.
Assist UHP leadership in planning and implementing UHP initiatives.
Present UHP informational sessions to campus units and organizations.
Conduct information sessions or workshops for students on study abroad, graduate-school planning, research and scholarship opportunities, and other topics.
10% - Serve as liaison with departments, colleges, and other units as assigned.
Attend meetings and serve on committees, update UHP Director and staff on developments in assigned college/unit, and promote the UHP mission with them.
Participate in various cross-campus or system-wise initiatives or committees.
Communicate with departmental Honors faculty representatives regularly.
5% - Participate in supplemental high-impact professional practices, developed with input from the advisor and their supervisor which contribute to the advisor’s professional satisfaction and growth.
Examples include: Teaching a NEXUS One first-year experience cohort, participate in service learning and community engagement initiatives, support Honors student groups, campus-wide initiatives, etc.
5% - Participate in professional development and lifelong-learning activities that contribute to the advising profession, Honors advising, and the intellectual life of the University and the community.
5% - Other duties as assigned.
A BA/BS degree plus four years of full-time relevant work experience, or a Master's degree plus two years of full-time relevant work experience.
Work experience must include full-time academic advising experience, or equivalent combination of coaching, mentoring, and/or advising students at a higher education institution.
Strong, articulated interest in working with high-ability undergraduate students.
Ability to work effectively with faculty, staff, and students, and to use sound judgment in a fast-paced environment.
Evidence of strong written and oral communication skills, team-building, and interpersonal skills.
Demonstrated commitment to the values of diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice; continuing education and skill development focused on racial and social justice.
A Master’s degree is preferred.
Familiarity with developmental advising theory, student development, best practices for retention of first-generation college students and/or historically underserved populations, as well as proactive advising approaches.
Previous experience advising, teaching, and/or mentoring honors or high-ability college students.
Experience advising high academic ability students and coaching students on co-curricular pursuits including undergraduate research, study abroad, internships, leadership opportunities, post-graduate planning, etc.
Proven skills in creating and contributing towards racially and socially just, high-performing teams and work climates and student programs where all are respected, valued, feel a sense of belonging, and are able to contribute to their full potential.
Experience with collegiate-level curriculum and/or co-curricular program development
Commitment to lifelong learning and professional development.
Excellent skills in communication, mastering and disseminating complex information, time management, and project management skills.
Computer literacy (including technology and advising tools such as PeopleSoft and APAS/DARS, Microsoft Office Suite, Google Suite).
UHP is particularly interested in attracting candidates whose experience and perspective will add to the diversity of our staff.
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.