CLAS Academic Advisor and Retention Specialist (9 positions) - Metropolitan State University of Denver in Denver Colorado

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Metropolitan State University of Denver

Denver, Colorado 80217

United States

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Detailed Job Description

The Academic Advisor and Retention Specialist (AARS) works with students in the College of Letters, Arts and Sciences (CLAS). The position is responsible for helping incoming and continuing students using developmental advising techniques. The AARS will help students determine an appropriate academic path, including selecting an appropriate major, choosing classes, and beginning to define a career path. In collaboration with chairs and other faculty members in the academic departments served, the Academic Advisor & Retention Specialist will also will also make targeted outreach to students to identify potential obstacles to retention and graduation.

The AARS also help plan and deliver University-wide and College-wide advising programs and initiatives, such as new student orientation advising, support for General Studies, support for CLAS curricular initiatives, and support for the University’s Hispanic Serving Institution initiative.

This posting is being used to fill 9 positions.


50% Provide advising services to students in the assigned areas:
• Conduct individual advising sessions with students
• Assist with course selection, scheduling and registration
• Help student with long-term degree planning
• Help student begin or continue career planning process
• Refer students to appropriate University resources
20% Monitor progress of assigned students
• Identify students who are not reaching program milestones as defined by department chairs or faculty advising coordinators
• Design and implement appropriate interventions
• Prepare reports on student progress
15% Provide support for University initiatives/programs such as
• New student orientation
• Recruitment
• General education requirements
• Hispanic Serving Institution
10% Professional Development
• Remain up to date on advising systems and trends in developmental advising;
• Become/remain knowledgeable about the curriculum over time
• Make appropriate use of technology as it changes
5% Other duties as assigned

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Two years demonstrated experience with developmental advising techniques (or equivalent experience) at an accredited institution
  • Working knowledge of computer-based student information system (e.g. Ellucian Banner, PeopleSoft, CampusVue, etc.)
  • Experience working with and sensitivity to the needs of a diverse urban student population including, but not limited to, students of color, LGBTQIA students, students from low-income backgrounds, first-generation students, students with disabilities, undocumented students, non-traditional students, Military Veterans, and English-language learners.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in either
    • Higher Education, College Personnel, Counseling, or related OR
    • An academic discipline taught in the College of Letters, Arts & Sciences
  • Demonstrated experience working with students in a discipline taught in the College of Letters, Arts & Sciences
  • Demonstrated experience working with advising software platforms (e.g. Student Success Collaborative, GradesFirst, Starfish, or similar)
  • Demonstrated experience in program assessment
  • Demonstrated experience using social media technology in advising
  • Demonstrated experience in pre-law advising
  • Demonstrated experience in pre-health advising
  • Bilingual in Spanish

Special Instructions to Applicants

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

Keyword Phrases

  • Academic Advising
  • Diverse institution
  • Urban environment
  • Comprehensive college offering bachelors & masters
  • Admissions & Enrollment / Recruiting
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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