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Montana State University Academic Advisor II - JJCBE Focus in Bozeman, Montana

Position Details

Announcement Number STAFF - VA - 22071

For questions regarding this position, please contact:

Emily Edwards at 406-994-3532 or

Classification Title Academic Advisor II

Working Title Academic Advisor II - JJCBE Focus

Brief Position Overview

Academic Advisors provide vital advising services for students and work closely with advisors in Advising Commons as well as faculty and staff in the departments/colleges they serve. Academic advisors play a critical role in supporting students with the goal of increasing student retention and timely degree completion. This advisor will serve as one of several primary advisors for new-to-degree students pursuing programs within the Jake Jabs College of Business and Entrepreneurship

Position Number 4N0051

Department Advising Commons

Division University College

Appointment Type Classified

Contract Term Fiscal Year


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FLSA Non-Exempt

Union Affiliation FOCUS-MFPE

FTE 1.0

Benefits Eligible Eligible

Salary Commensurate with experience, education, and qualifications.

Contract Type Classified Hourly

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Recruitment Type Open

General Statement

This academic advisor will serve students pursuing programs within the Jake Jabs College of Business and Entrepreneurship.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Provide in-depth, specialized, and/or comprehensive advising to faculty and students regarding class choices, curriculum options, majors, departmental and University policies and procedures, and other academic needs.

  • Provide academic advising for entering freshmen, transfer and transitioning students

  • Advise continuing students in program to facilitate their academic progression toward degree

  • Have in-depth understanding of curricula in area of advising focus

  • Possess general knowledge of supporting coursework and curricula, and how to connect students to minors, certificates and programs to ‘add value’ to degrees (Study Abroad, student organizations, etc.)

  • Maintain positive connections with faculty and staff in focus area to facilitate student connections

  • Understand resources at MSU for student services, tutoring, health and wellness, etc.

  • Participate in Orientation advising and registration activities

  • Meet with Prospective students and parents visiting campus, participate in MSU Fridays and other recruiting activities

  • Coordinate communication of information related to important dates, deadlines and procedures to advisees

  • Performs other duties as assigned

    Required Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills

  • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field with experience working with undergraduate college students in an academic or student support setting, or an equivalent combination of education and/or experience.

  • Experience working with academic curricula, degree requirements, policies and procedures in a higher education setting.

  • Demonstrated knowledge of higher education offices and resources that support student success.

    Preferred Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills

  • Master’s degree.

  • Experience working as an undergraduate academic advisor or student success coordinator.

  • Experience with developmental advising philosophy and techniques.

  • General knowledge of higher ed. curricula, policies and procedures.

  • Experience working with enrollment and degree auditing software, such as DegreeWorks, CatCourse, Banner, MyInfo and/or relational database.

    The Successful Candidate Will

  • Possess strong interpersonal skills and enthusiasm to work with and guide students as they discover and attain their academic and life goals.

  • Possess the ability to create positive rapport and strong working relationships with colleagues throughout the MSU community, to include: administrators, faculty, staff, other professional advisors and student support professionals.

  • Possess strong written and oral communication skills.

  • Possess the ability to troubleshoot problems and have candid conversations.

  • Experience and awareness of how to manage and maintain confidential information

  • Have proven ability to work independently and in a team environment.

  • Have the ability to represent the department, college and university in a professional and courteous manner.

  • Actively pursue training and professional development opportunities.

  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively with diverse populations.

    Position Special Requirements/Additional Information

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily with or without reasonable accommodations. The requirements listed above are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.

Physical Demands

This job description should not be construed as an exhaustive statement of duties, responsibilities or requirements, but a general description of the job. Nothing contained herein restricts Montana State University’s rights to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time.

This position has supervisory duties? No

Number of Vacancies 1

Desired Start Date Upon completion of a successful search

Position End Date (if temporary)

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Applications will be:

Screening of applications will begin immediately and applications will continue to be accepted until an adequate applicant pool has been established.

Special Instructions

Diversity Statement

Montana State University values diverse perspectives and is committed to continually supporting, promoting and building an inclusive and culturally diverse campus environment. MSU recognizes the importance of work-life integration and strives to be responsive to the needs of dual career couples ( .

Montana State University is committed to providing a working and learning environment free from discrimination. As such, the University does not discriminate in the admission, access to or conduct of its educational programs and activities nor in its employment policies and practices on the basis of an individual’s race, color, religion, national origin, creed, service in the uniformed services (as defined in state and federal law), veteran’s status, sex, age, political ideas, marital or family status, pregnancy, physical or mental disability, genetic information, gender identity, gender expression, or sexual orientation. In support of the University’s mission to be inclusive and diverse, applications from qualified minorities, women, veterans and persons with disabilities are highly encouraged.

Montana State University makes accommodation for any known disability that may interfere with an applicant’s ability to compete in the hiring process or an employee’s ability to perform the duties of the job. To request an accommodation, contact the Human Resources Office, PO Box 172520, Montana State University, Bozeman MT 59717-2520; 406-994-3651; .

In compliance with the Montana Veteran’s Employment Preference Act, MSU provides preference in employment to veterans, disabled veterans, and certain eligible relatives of veterans. To claim veteran’s preference please complete the veteran’s preference information located in the Demographics section of your profile.

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