Advising, Recruitment, and Retention Specialist for the Arts - Metropolitan State University of Denver in Denver Colorado

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Metropolitan State University of Denver

Denver, Colorado 80217

United States


Detailed Job Description

The Advising, Recruitment, and Retention Specialist for the Arts at MSU Denver resides in the School of Letters, Arts, and Sciences to coordinate and support advising, recruitment, and retention of current and prospective arts students. The position reports to the Associate Dean of the Arts, working closely with the Art, Music, and Theatre Departments; the University’s Academic Advising Center; and the Admissions Office.

This position serves a critical role in linking current and prospective students with the arts departments. Advising students, developing retention strategies, and helping departments achieve recruitment and enrollment targets will be key responsibilities. Methodologies will include: holding face-to-face meetings with students; using university databases and communications tools to organize and document advising activities: establishing and maintaining effective relationships with targeted high schools and community colleges; supporting arts faculty recruitment events; organizing on-campus follow-up visits; and developing presentations for faculty regarding advising, retention, and recruitment.


-Coordinate, plan, and prepare for individual and group advising sessions that focus on academic schedules, determination of major, and career guidance.
-Maintain confidential student files and document all advising sessions using the University’s electronic note system.
-Refer students to selected University resources when appropriate.
-Serve as a primary point of contact for students interested in pursuing arts careers, providing assistance and information including degrees and majors within each department.
-Maintain sensitivity to the educational needs of a diverse urban population.

-Develop plans with the arts departments to publicize and advertise arts programs to targeted high schools, community colleges, and non-traditional students.
-Develop retention plans and strategies with the three arts departments that organize and maintain consistent contact throughout a student’s career.
-Plan, coordinate, and attend faculty and chair visits to area high schools.
-Develop, support, and implement recruitment activities for departments utilizing University resources.
-Proactively train and assist departmental faculty in advising processes and procedures including electronic notes and outreach systems, as appropriate.
-Work closely with departments to ensure that advising materials (including the web site) are current and accurate.
-Teach a limited course load in art, music, or theatre (if qualified).

-Participate with the Advising Center and Admissions Office in prospective and new student recruitment and orientation activities (such as SOAR, open houses, etc.).
-Serve as the liaison to the Admissions Office for the arts departments. Identify newly admitted arts majors, and contact them regarding orientation and advising.
-Establish and maintain effective relationships with art, music, and theatre teachers, as well as guidance counselors and administrators, in targeted high schools and community colleges.
-Schedule prospective new student visits to campus with faculty and departments.

-Other duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications

Bachelor’s or Master’s Degree in art, music, theatre, education, counseling, or a closely related field. At least one year of experience working with students in an educational setting. Excellent interpersonal skills. Strong verbal and written communication skills. Strong computer skills. The ability to work with a diverse urban population.

Preferred Qualifications

Master’s degree in art, music, theatre, arts administration, counseling, higher education, college student personnel, or a closely related field. Experience advising undergraduate students in an accredited college or university in art, music, and/or theatre; or the demonstrated ability and required education (master’s degree minimum) to teach courses in art, music, or theatre at MSU Denver. Demonstrated experience in recruitment and/or retention efforts. Demonstrated experience working with diverse urban and non-traditional student populations. Knowledge of computer-based advising systems.

Special Instructions to Applicants

IMPORTANT: In order to be considered as an applicant you must apply via the online application system,

Official transcripts will be required of the candidate selected for hire.

Keyword Phrases

  • Academic Advising
  • Diverse institution
  • Urban environment
  • Comprehensive college offering bachelors & masters
Employment Type:Administrative Staff
Degree Required: Bachelors
Experience: See Job Description
Level of Job: Analyst / Staff
Salary: Not Specified
Type of School:4 - Year / Masters Institution
Application Requirements: CV/Resume
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