Academic Advisor
Minneapolis, MN
Job Description



  • Master's degree in hand by start date.
  • Minimum one year of academic advising or student-related experience.
  • Demonstrated experience fostering student learning.
  • Excellent oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and collaboratively to build effective relationships with individuals from diverse backgrounds and experiences.
  • Demonstrated multicultural awareness and commitment to equal opportunity and access.
  • Demonstrated effectiveness in complex problem solving, time management, organization, and attention to detail.
  • Demonstrated computer literacy.
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment and prioritize conflicting demands.


  • Master's degree in a field related to collegiate advising (such as higher education student affairs, or college student personnel psychology).
  • Three or more years of academic advising-related experience in higher education.
  • Familiarity with student development theory.
  • Experience with database programs or client/student record systems.
  • Educational program development and management experience.
  • Training or experience with career development programming.
  • Experience advocating for diversity, equity and inclusivity in the academic environment.

The College of Design has an immediate opening for an Academic Advisor supporting students in apparel design, graphic design, interior design, and retail merchandising. As a member of the College of Design's Student Services team, this position delivers the full range of direct-service academic advising activities to undergraduate students from diverse backgrounds, from the point of admission through graduation clearance, as well as participates in some prospective student events. Major responsibilities include curricular and co-curricular planning and progress, as well as coaching and guidance regarding academic, career, and personal development. The Academic Advisor contributes significantly to the planning, development, and implementation of efforts to enhance advising practices, processes, tools, and resources. The Academic Advisor is an active participant in College and University efforts to improve retention and graduation rates, while enhancing the experiences of all undergraduate students. In addition to academic advising, this position coordinates select initiatives regarding academic advising, student retention, and student experience. We are committed to attracting candidates from historically underrepresented groups knowing that diversity enriches the academic experience and provides a knowledge base for innovation.

Appointment: This is a 100%-time, 12-month, annually renewable academic administrative appointment at the level of Academic Advisor (#9708). Renewal is contingent upon successful performance, funding and the needs of the College. Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications


Academic Advising (85%)
Student Degree Progress and Retention
  • Support academic progress and career preparation for a diverse student body; apply student development theory to individual circumstances; adapt to the changing needs of students.
  • Positively influence and coach students on making choices that promote student retention and timely, realistic degree progress for individual circumstances.
  • Assist in the development and delivery of new student orientation in order to provide a seamless, positive, and productive entry into the College of Design.
  • Maintain advanced understanding of programmatic, collegiate and University policies, procedures and practices; effectively communicate relevant changes to students.
  • Analyze student progress, approve appropriate exceptions, and guide students in academic planning and student success; proactively intervene to assist students at risk of unsatisfactory academic performance and/or degree progress.
  • Use various software information systems to maintain accurate and confidential student information.

Student Support, Advocacy and Development
  • Provide individualized, holistic guidance to students on co- and extracurricular engagement activities.
  • Coach students on self-reliance, wellness, and decision-making skills regarding academic, professional, and personal goals and interests.
  • Demonstrate expertise in working effectively with students with diverse needs and backgrounds by adapting advising strategies within appropriate contexts.
  • Advocate as appropriate for policy exceptions based on an in-depth understanding of university policies, college procedures and practices, program requirements, and resources.
  • Make accurate, appropriate referrals to University resources; guide and support students through academic and personal difficulty.

Academic Program Liaison
  • Serve as primary communication conduit between Student Services and College of Design academic programs.
  • Provide guidance and support to faculty and program staff on various issues including degree progress, collegiate/University policies and procedures, and individual student situations.
  • Provide feedback and input to faculty on course scheduling, enrollment management, and program development.
  • Actively participate in faculty program meetings regarding curricular and student life issues.

Advising Program and Service Enhancement
  • Collaborate in the creation of new approaches, practices, and processes to accomplish academic advising goals, improve systems, and impact policy.
  • Collaborate in the strategic planning, development, implementation, and promotion of select student services programs and initiatives.
  • Participate in college recruitment events and initiatives.

Program Coordination (10%)
  • In conjunction with the director of academic advising, coordinate select initiatives and programs in support of academic advising, student retention, and enhancing the student experience.

Service to the College/University and Professional Development (5%)
  • Actively participate in service activities, including (in)formal committees/work groups in the department, College, University, and/or broader community that support students and the academic advising profession.
  • Maintain an in-depth knowledge of current trends, models, and philosophies in academic advising through personal study and participation in professional development activities.

The College of Design (CDes) encompasses the full range of design disciplines at the University of Minnesota (apparel design, architecture, graphic design, housing studies, human factors and ergonomics, interior design, landscape architecture, product design, and retail merchandising). We are home to eight undergraduate degree programs, nine graduate degree programs, and ten research and outreach centers. Our mission is to advance the quality and value of the natural, designed, and social environments with an emphasis on sustainable, socially responsible, civically engaged, user-sensitive, critical and collaborative design work.

College of Design Student Services offers a full range of services and opportunities to meet the needs of its undergraduate students including prospective student advising, admissions, academic advising and support, engagement opportunities, scholarships, and College to Career programming.

Please click the Apply button and follow the instructions to complete an online application, submitting your 1) cover letter outlining your interest, experience, and qualifications; and 2) current resume.

The following additional document MUST be attached AFTER application by accessing your "My Job Applications" page and uploading documents there:

3) one-page statement describing your approach to working with undergraduate students, both overall and with students of backgrounds and identities other than your own. References will be required from those applicants selected for a screening interview.
Job Type Full-time