TRIO Student Support Services Academic Advisor (50% time)
Company: University of Minnesota
Location: Saint Paul
Posted on: August 4, 2022
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Job FamilyStudent Svcs-Academic Advising
Employee ClassAcad Prof and Admin
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Position OverviewAcademic Adviser providing a broad scope of
support services to students in the TRIO Student Support Services
program; a federally funded program serving students
underrepresented at the University of Minnesota including
low-income, first-generation college students, and students with
disabilities with the primary purpose of increasing educational
access and retention through the following:
- Combining and utilizing holistic, intensive and proactive
advising models, guide, challenge, and support students in becoming
self-reliant while learning to make important reflective decisions
about major, personal, and career aspirations.
- Provide educational planning, counseling, advocacy, networking,
and brokering services for students.
- Demonstrate a strong commitment to diversity and inclusivity
within cultural variations and apply it to the context of a
student's academic and personal development.
- Work collaboratively and with stakeholders and program partners
from across the University of Minnesota and within the College of
Education and Human Development, to inform and advance federal
program objectives and to increase the 6 year graduation rate of
TRIO SSS students.Note: This is a 50% time position, working 20
hours per week. Percentages of responsibilities listed are based
off of a 20 hour per week role.The budgeted salary for this
position (recognizing that this is a part time position) is
$25,000-27,000 for an Academic Advisor, or $29,000 $31,000 for a
Senior Academic Advisor. Hire level will be determined dependent on
qualifications and years of experience. Hours will be set in
coordination between the director and the advisor.
Job ResponsibilitiesAcademic Advising (55%)
- Manage a caseload of 110-130 advisees; utilize holistic,
proactive and intensive advising strategies to guide, challenge,
and support students towards self-reliance, institutional
navigation and to make reflective decisions about their major,
personal, and career aspirations.
- Intensively support student development, ensuring year-to-year
graduation within six years and degree progress by developing
strong relationships and trust through numerous and varying
developmental contact methods across their academic lifespan.
- Inform students about campus activities and resources available
to support their overall success using a variety of outreach
- Coach students to make class registration choices promoting
timely and realistic degree progress fitting within the structure
of the degree requirements and that advance academic success.
- Understand, identify, and apply appropriate student development
theories, service strategies and initiate referrals to support
students' academic, socio-cultural and socio-economic needs.
- Maintain up-to-date knowledge of University and
sponsored-project policies and regulations.
- Help students to secure financial aid resources and
developmentally help students prepare for financial aid
self-advocacy within this bureaucracy.
- Inform students of graduate school opportunities,
post-baccalaureate preparation programs, and graduate school
testing; support their applications to graduate school.
- Guide students through major exploration, major and transition
to their University major once accepted to ensure continuity of
- Guide students through the process of creating educational
plans and devising strategies for academic success.
- Employ analytical reviews of student progress reports at key
academic markers, such as probation, degree application, or major
declaration, and approve appropriate exceptions. Use info systems
to maintain accurate information about student interactions.
- Deliver new student orientation designed to provide a seamless,
productive, welcoming, and individualized entry to the college and
- Build effective working relationships with students from
predominantly marginalized backgrounds to help them navigate and
negotiate a variety of institutional barriers.
- Work as part of the TRIO SSS advising team and collaborate with
program stakeholders and partners as appropriate to develop,
coordinate and implement innovative advising interventions to
proactively and reactively address student concerns.Program
Development and Coordination (25%)
- Develop, coordinate, assess and archive required and program
services as outlined in approved grant proposal; schedule regular
communications to promote and inform participants and relevant
stakeholders of events and services; secure speakers, rooms, and
other resources (including staff) needed for each event; projects
costs, coordinate purchasing, reconcile finances and comply with
all financial regulations; track, evaluate, analyze and report
event and special projects results to director.
- Develop, coordinate and/or provide appropriate developmental
advising for on one or more assigned student-facing initiatives:
TRIO Affinity Group, TRIO Student Alliance or TRIO Multicultural
- Instruct, as part of an instructional team, 1-2 sections of a
program's first year course required for participants; develop
instructional materials, update Canvas course sites, deliver weekly
instruction, develop and evaluate assignments, develop pre and
post, provide clear feedback to students, schedule guest speakers
and presenters, design out-of-class digital stories workshops, work
collaboratively with assigned writing fellows from Center for
Writing, re-enforce program messaging and inform on program
activities and involvement.
- Collect, analyze and summarize data to understand participant
trends, inform program services to enhance retention and timely
- Assist in the participant selection process tracking student's
academic needs, program eligibility and program's opportunity to
influence collegiate trajectory of each applicant; make admissions
recommendations to program director.
- Chaperone (on some weekends and evenings) annual leadership
development trips, conferences, and local events and activities as
assigned.Institutional Advocacy, Campus Service and Leadership
- Serve on relevant and appropriate committees to represent
participant needs and ensure inclusion of TRIO SSS students in the
development of policies, procedures and resources.
- Work closely with faculty and campus staff to effectively
deliver support services to students.
- Utilize expertise regarding service to low income, first
generation college students and students with disabilities toward
educational success to train campus partners, receiving advisers
and other key University offices to support the continuity of care
of TRIO SSS students when they declare their major and are no
longer officially served by the program.
- Participate in departmental and University wide discussions
with program stakeholders on developing inclusive and equitable
- Advocate for TRIO programs through statewide and national
policy conventions with legislation, policy makers and other
- Advocate on behalf of TRIO students nationwide and locally by
strategizing best practices for underrepresented students through
collaboration with community partners.Maintain Essential Working
Knowledge to Inform and Ensure Grant Compliance (10%)
- Maintain accurate student records through documentation, data
entry and collaboration with grant staff to monitor and track
student progress to meet or exceed grant program objectives.
- Understand and have working knowledge of:
- Federal budget outlooks, appropriations, grant related
legislation and regulations regarding financial spending.
- Financial aid processes, resources, funding options, and
policies around degree progress and financial aid eligibility,
completions dates, verification requirements and other financial
aid specifics that could impede a student's collegiate
- Basic elements of financial literacy and knowledge of internal
resources to help students seek advanced support to build financial
- Graduate school access and preparation resources and programs
- Current trends and philosophies in academic advising and career
exploration, engage in scholarly or creative activities in the
areas of advising, academic progress, curricular materials
development, and service delivery.
- Local K-12 trends, concerns, educational practices, college
prep programs, and resources to understand the context that our
students come to us.
- Data tracking systems specific to grant related outcomes and
- Best practices in delivering inclusive, equity-minded and
social justice focused programming.
- Safety and liability best practices for student affairs and
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