Academic Advisor – Special Programs
University of Colorado

Academic Advisor – Special Programs Denver, CO

Full Time Denver, CO 56000 - 65000 USD ANNUAL 1 days ago
Job description

University Staff

University of Colorado Denver

Department: College of Liberal Arts and Sciences – Academic Advising Office

Job Title: Academic Advisor – Special Programs

Position: #00808227 – Requisition: #30065

Jobs in this career family provide direct professional support for the teaching and/or educational service mission of the university. Functions include academic advising/counseling, student personnel administration, recruitment and admissions, registration, financial aid, faculty affairs, library services, curriculum administration, and others involving direct support of the educational mission of an academic unit.

Senior Professionals are responsible for exercising discretion, analytical skill, personal accountability and responsibility in a wide range of areas including academic, administrative, managerial and student services functions. Work involves creating, integrating, applying and sharing knowledge directly related to a professional field. Work is performed fully independently.

Position Emphasis:

The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS) International College Beijing (ICB) program is a partnership program between the University of Colorado Denver (CU Denver) and China Agricultural University (CAU) in Beijing, People’s Republic of China. Students admitted to the ICB Program begin their studies at the CAU campus in northern Beijing and are invited abroad to complete the last two years of their CLAS degree program at CU Denver.

The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences recognizes academic advising is integral to student success. As a member of the CLAS Academic Advising Office, the person in this position will collaborate with a team of academic advisors, faculty, and administrators to provide students with 1) academic advising from entry to graduation; 2) health and wellness support and referrals; and 3) student success programming, including job search and graduate school resources. The person in this position will also collaborate with a team of campus and college partners on the operations of the ICB program. Opportunities to teach courses at the ICB program may exist depending upon candidate qualifications and program needs.

Members of the CLAS Academic Advising team share a strong commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion; student advocacy; and student success. Successful candidates for this position will be prepared to articulate their passion for supporting diverse college students through a developmental and culturally responsive orientation to academic advising. Additionally, successful candidates will demonstrate their experience working effectively and collaboratively as part of a team to support a high volume of students.

This position is located at ICB on the CAU campus in Beijing. Airfare for approved travel is included. The majority of salary is paid via CU Denver with a smaller portion paid via CAU in RMB. An additional RMB stipend is also included. The person in this position reports to the Director of Academic Advising in the CLAS Academic Advising Office. On-site supervision in Beijing is delegated to the ICB Director during China's academic and holiday calendar. Due to the nature of this role, the person in this position must be able to meet the requirements to obtain the appropriate visa to work in China. The person in this position may be required to travel to the Denver campus as needed during periods of extended breaks at the ICB program, typically during summer and winter.

Teaching opportunities may be available as a separate appointment depending on program needs and the qualifications of the individual hired.

Overview of Position Activities

Academic Advising

  • Engage in developmental and inclusive practices to advise a richly diverse caseload of new and continuing CLAS ICB undergraduate degree-seeking students through to graduation
  • Advance equity by understanding and advocating on behalf of the needs of all student populations including first-time to college students
  • Partner with students to develop advising relationships that foster students’ sense of belonging to the ICB program, college, and campus communities
  • Communicate timely, consistent, and accurate information about degree requirements including general, CU Denver Core, CLAS, and academic program (i.e., major and minor) graduation requirements
  • Develop a depth of knowledge and understanding of CLAS major and minor requirements, primarily in Communication, Economics, and Mathematics, to effectively advise a caseload of ICB students
  • Proactively monitor students’ degree progress and support students’ development of academic plans using advising tools and systems
  • Interpret and communicate information about complex college and university policies and procedures, including ICB-specific policies and regulations
  • Document detailed notes from email, virtual and in-person scheduled and drop-in advising contact with students
  • Engage in professional development activities to remain current with academic advising best practices

Student Health & Wellness Support

  • Collaborate with ICB and CAU campus partners to create a safe and supportive educational environment for ICB students
  • Practice fundamental helping skills in supporting and providing information to students who disclose mental health or wellness concerns
  • Support all ICB students to learn about and connect with relevant mental health and wellness resources
  • Deliver individualized support that is responsive to student needs and facilitates relevant referrals to appropriate campus and program resources
  • Consult with ICB program liaison to the CU Denver Campus Assessment, Response & Evaluation (CARE) team to coordinate with appropriate staff, faculty, and program administrators to identify, support, and refer students of concern to resources

Student Success

  • Prepare for and facilitate in-person and virtual academic advising presentations and appointments for groups of new first-year and continuing ICB students
  • Provide enrollment information and resources to support students’ timely registration in accordance with ICB and university deadlines
  • Develop, conduct, and track proactive outreach campaigns to advising caseload using advising tools and systems
  • Implement retention and early intervention initiatives for students in need of academic support
  • Review ICB students’ academic standing after the end of each semester and support students on academic warning or monitoring to complete Academic Success Module and other requirements
  • Collaborate with ICB partners and CLAS and CU Denver constituents to facilitate students’ transition and orientation to Denver and CU Denver campus
  • Develop and facilitate student engagement and programming experiences (e.g., workshops and presentations) that support students to prepare for career and job searches or applying to graduate and professional programs
  • Complete initial and final graduation checks for fall, spring, and summer graduates and participate in ICB graduation celebrations

Program Operations & Teaching

  • Collaborate with ICB faculty and department chairs, CLAS administrators, and other campus partners (e.g., Office of International Affairs) to inform and support the operations of the ICB program
  • Serve as a secondary ICB academic advising liaison, with leadership and support from the ICB Principal Professional, to designated CLAS academic departments and university student affairs partners
  • Partner with faculty and chairs in CLAS academic departments to remain current on and communicate major and minor program updates or changes, course enrollment and scheduling, and enrollment information to students
  • Collaborate with the CLAS transfer credit and degree audit team and major advisor(s) to support transfer credit evaluation and degree audit functionality
  • Communicate regularly with ICB Program and Academic Advising leadership regarding program operations

Advising Systems and Technology

  • Support and implement processes to ensure the accuracy of new student records and degree audits related to prior learning credit (e.g., CAU academic credit)
  • Support and leverage the ICB Academic Advising website and Academic Advising Canvas course to maintain and share academic calendars, course offerings, policies and forms, degree requirements, and student engagement information and resources
  • Use CU Student Integrated Systems (CU-SIS), uAchieve®, EAB Navigate, CollegeSource® Systems (i.e., TES and Transferology Lab), OnBase®, and Slate by Technosolutions to advise students
  • Use web-based tools (e.g., Zoom®, Microsoft Teams®, and Qualtrics®) to facilitate academic advising, including online/virtual advising appointments, communicate with colleagues, and support assessment of advising initiatives

The CLAS Academic Advising Office supports approved flexible schedules and hybrid work consistent with the needs and responsibilities of this position. This position may be responsible for additional relevant activities that support the work and mission of the CLAS Academic Advising Office and International College Beijing Program. Please note: some position activities require evening and weekend commitments.

Why Join Us:

This is an opportunity to support a unique program and collaboration between the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS) at the University of Colorado – Denver and China Agricultural University (CAU) in Beijing. You will live in and experience the culture of Beijing, China while remaining in close partnership with the Denver-based CLAS team and enjoying the benefits offered as a CU Denver employee.

The University of Colorado offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes health insurance, life insurance, retirement plans, tuition benefits, ECO pass, paid time off – vacation, sick, and holidays and more. To see what benefits are available, please visit:

Diversity and Equity:

The University of Colorado Denver is committed to recruiting and supporting a diverse student body, faculty, and administrative staff. The university strives to promote a culture of inclusiveness, respect, communication and understanding. We encourage applications from women, ethnic minorities, persons with disabilities, persons within the LGBTQ+ community and all veterans. The University of Colorado is committed to diversity and equality in education and employment.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree from an accredited college or university.
  • Two years of experience within an academic advising or student services environment in a post-secondary setting.
  • Ability to meet requirements to obtain appropriate work visa for China.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Direct experience working with international programs or student services.
  • Demonstrated experience and skills in personal/mental health support and referral.
  • Direct experience supporting ESL and/or English language learners.
  • Direct experience working with enrollment management programs that included orientation, early alert systems, academic standing programs, transfer student initiatives, and/or other recruitment and retention activities.
  • Demonstrated skills and experience utilizing technology to support academic advising practices and processes (Banner, PeopleSoft, uAchieve®, CU Student Integrated Systems (CU-SIS) , document imaging systems <Singularity/OnBase>, EAB Navigate, etc.).
  • Direct experience working with faculty
  • Demonstrated experience cultivating relationships within the College and with other student and academic affairs units in a higher education setting.


  • Demonstrated understanding of and commitment to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • Outstanding student service skills
  • Effective written and oral communication skills
  • Ability to work as member of a diverse and highly collaborative team
  • Exceptional organizational, planning, analytical, and detail-oriented skills
  • Willingness to learn with the guidance and support of senior team members
  • Ability to work independently, prioritize multiple projects and requests, and work in a fast-paced environment
  • Ability to establish and maintain collaborative working relationships with campus partners throughout the college and institution

How to Apply:

For full consideration, please submit the following document(s):

1. A letter of interest describing relevant job experiences as they relate to listed job qualifications and interest in the position

2. Curriculum vitae / Resume

3. Three to five professional references including name, address, phone number, and email address

Questions should be directed to: Erick Chávez Navarrete, [email protected]

Screening of Applications Begins:

Applications will be accepted until finalists are identified, but preference will be given to complete applications received by 6/11/23. Those who do not apply by this date may or may not be considered.

Anticipated Pay Range:

The starting salary range (or hiring range) for this position has been established as $56,000 to $65,000.

The above hiring range represents the University’s good faith and reasonable estimate of the range of possible compensation at the time of posting. This position may be eligible for overtime compensation depending on the level.

Your total compensation goes beyond the number on your paycheck. The University of Colorado provides generous leave, health plans and retirement contributions that add to your bottom line.

Total Compensation Calculator:

ADA Statement:

The University will provide reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities throughout the employment application process. To request an accommodation pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act, please contact the Human Resources ADA Coordinator at [email protected].

Background Check Statement:

The University of Colorado Denver is dedicated to ensuring a safe and secure environment for our faculty, staff, students, and visitors. To assist in achieving that goal, we conduct background investigations for all prospective employees.

Vaccination Statement:

The University of Colorado has a requirement for COVID-19 vaccinations and full completion thereof by 9/1/21 or upon the start date. Information regarding this requirement and exemptions can be found at:

Denver Campus exemptions are allowed for medical, religious, or personal reasons.

The University of Colorado seeks individuals with demonstrated commitment to creating an inclusive learning and working environment. We value the ability to engage effectively with students, faculty, and staff of diverse backgrounds.

Application Materials Required: Cover Letter, Resume/CV
Job Category: Academic Services
Primary Location: Denver
Department: U0001 - DENVER & ANSCHUTZ MED CAMPUS - 30089 - CLAS-Advising
Schedule: Full-time
Posting Date: May 24, 2023
Unposting Date: Ongoing
Position Number: 00808227

Academic Advisor – Special Programs
University of Colorado
Boulder, CO
Mark Kennedy
$1 to $5 billion (USD)
10000+ Employees
College / University
Colleges & Universities
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