Academic Success Coordinator

Colorado State University
Fort Collins, Colorado, United States
22 Oct 2017
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19 Nov 2017
Academic Discipline
Social Sciences, Education
Contract Type
Full Time

Description of Work Unit

The Department of Biology at Colorado State University (CSU) is one of eight departments in the College of Natural Sciences. The Department has a strong commitment to undergraduate and graduate teaching, as well as excellence in research. Research interests range from molecules to ecosystems. For more information about the Department, please visit:

Position Summary

The Department of Biology at Colorado State University has established a team of Academic Success Coordinators (ASCs) to promote student retention and success through a variety of advising and program activities designed to assist students in making critical transitions, developing academic plans, connecting with academic units and campus resources and engaging with learning communities. The team of ASCs emphasize and enhance students’ abilities and they support the campus priority for a diverse and supportive learning environment.
The Department of Biology seeks an individual who will join the advising team and strengthen departmental efforts to provide quality advising and promote undergraduate student success. The ASC will be a full time, regular, administrative professional position. This position will support an innovative and holistic approach to providing students with the assistance, guidance and resources necessary to be successful. The primary functions of the ASC will be to foster successful transition to the university environment by students in their initial semesters, to promote appropriate choice of majors and use of action plans to support timely graduation.

The ASC, in collaboration with faculty, will promote undergraduate student success by working directly with students majoring in Biological Science, Botany and Zoology to foster their academic success. The ASC will work closely with the Assistant Chair for Undergraduate Programs, Undergraduate Coordinator, Curriculum Committee and other advising staff, and will report to the Biology Department Chair.

Required Job Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in Higher Education, Counseling, Human Services, Psychology, Education, Liberal Arts/Social Sciences, Natural Sciences, or a related field, with one year of professional experience
  • OR Bachelor’s degree in Higher Education, Counseling, Human Services, Psychology, Education, Liberal Arts/Social Sciences, Natural Sciences, or a related field, with three year’s professional experience working directly with students in a higher education setting to provide academic advising, and/or conducting student development activities such as orientation, multicultural affairs, residence life, and career services.

Preferred Job Qualifications

  • Excellent communication skills, including clear and succinct written communication, presentation, and computer skills
  • Demonstrated awareness and understanding of issues facing students from under-represented groups, experience with students from diverse backgrounds and commitment to diversity and inclusion
  • Educational background in science coursework, especially Biology, Botany or Zoology
  • Self-motivated team player with demonstrated ability to prioritize multiple tasks and meet deadlines in a fast paced work environment

Diversity Statement

  • Demonstrated knowledge of, and relevant ability with, culturally diverse communities among potential target and constituent populations.

Essential Duties

Job Duty Category Advising Duty/Responsibility

  • Advise students on academic requirements, scheduling classes and university policies related to academics
  • Advise transfer students at Orientations, reviewing transfer evaluations to clarify and recommend any needed re-evaluations
  • Advise new students at summer Orientations
  • Assist students on academic probation to improve GPA and overcome academic difficulties
  • Make appropriate referrals to campus resources for academic or personal support
  • Guide students in preparing to enter health professions and professional and graduate schools
  • Counsel students on career planning including career exploration, decision-making, preparation, internships, and job search
  • Provide students with easy access to timely and relevant information by posting items on Facebook and contribute to other informational resources (such as an email newsletter)

Percentage Of Time 50 Job Duty Category Instruction & Presentations Duty/Responsibility

  • Contribute to ongoing development of the departmental First Year Seminar, improving course materials and analyzing student data
  • Classroom instruction & grading
  • Design and present workshops and/or presentations on advising and departmental topics for various events and groups on campus. (i.e. Orientation, Ram Welcome, Curriculum Workshops)

Percentage Of Time 15 Job Duty Category Assessment Duty/Responsibility

  • Track success indicators of cohorts of entering Biology/Zoology majors; measure progress of individual students
  • Participate in assessment of advising services
  • Utilize information provided by other assessments to best meet individual student needs
  • Assist in gathering and reporting data in the form of an annual report

Percentage Of Time 10 Job Duty Category Administrative Tasks Duty/Responsibility

  • Help maintain written biology curriculum rules and department processes and update changes on the Biology Department Website
  • Electronically document appointment notes
  • Send emails on advising services and information policies
  • Assist coordination of meetings, activities and field trips for Biology and Zoology Clubs
  • Write letters of recommendation and letters of support for academic appeals for students as appropriate
  • Participate on the undergraduate studies committee

Percentage Of Time 10 Job Duty Category Outreach Duty/Responsibility

  • Meet with and advise prospective students and their guests; inform them of opportunities available to Biology and Zoology majors at Colorado State University.
  • Represent the department at various outreach events and collaborate with external constituents
  • Complete all campus outreach at designated times throughout the year for targeted student populations

Percentage Of Time 10 Job Duty Category Professional Development/Training Duty/Responsibility

  • Commitment to improve and develop skills through CSU advisor, computer and university training as well as participation in Professional Associations for advisors
  • Participate in advising cohorts such as monthly all-advisor training, networking, projects and program development

Percentage Of Time 5

Application Details

Special Instructions to Applicants

For full consideration, please apply by 11/05/2017, 11:59 pm (MT) with a cover letter describing your education, experience, qualifications and skills specifically related to the position description, resume, and the names of three references with complete contact information. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Due to the nature of recruitment for this position, travel reimbursements will be available if selected for on-campus interview. References will not be contacted without prior notification of candidates.

Conditions of Employment

Pre-employment Criminal Background Check (required for new hires)

Search Contact Joe Von Fischer, 970-491-2679

EEO Statement

Colorado State University is committed to providing an environment that is free from discrimination and harassment based on race, age, creed, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, gender, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or pregnancy and will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. Colorado State University is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce and complies with all Federal and Colorado State laws, regulations, and executive orders regarding non-discrimination and affirmative action. The Office of Equal Opportunity is located in 101 Student Services.

The Title IX Coordinator is the Executive Director of the Office of Support and Safety Assessment, 123 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, CO 80523 -2026, (970) 491-7407.

The Section 504 and ADA Coordinator is the Associate Vice President for Human Capital, Office of Equal Opportunity, 101 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, CO 80523-0160, (970) 491-5836.

Background Check Policy Statement

Colorado State University (CSU) strives to provide a safe study, work, and living environment for its faculty, staff, volunteers and students. To support this environment and comply with applicable laws and regulations, CSU conducts background checks. The type of background check conducted varies by position and can include, but is not limited to, criminal (felony and misdemeanor) history, sex offender registry, motor vehicle history, financial history, and/or education verification. Background checks will be conducted when required by law or contract and when, in the discretion of the university, it is reasonable and prudent to do so.