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A cover letter is required for consideration for this position and should be attached as the first page of your resume. The cover letter should address your specific interest in the position and outline skills and experience that directly relate to this position. 

Job Summary

The University of Michigan-Dearborn has an exciting opportunity for an Academic Advisor at the START (Student Advising and Resource Team) office. START advisors work with all new freshmen, undecided students, and transfer students from three of the University’s academic units (College of Arts, Sciences, and Letters, College of Engineering and Computer Science, and College of Education, Health, and Human Services).  This position will have a focus on advising incoming students for the College of Education, Health, and Human Services, but may be assigned students from other colleges. START advisors meet with students during new student orientations and maintaining regular contact with assigned students via scheduled appointments, group advising, email advising, and during walk-in hours. As a START advisor you may be asked to provide general advising to students beyond those assigned to you. You will need to have a working knowledge of university policies, including the Dearborn Discovery Core.


  • Provide academic advising to undergraduate students on course selection, curriculum requirements, registration deadlines, college and university policies, and campus resources
  • Provide accurate information, advice and counsel regarding academic/career options
  • Assist in administering advising programs designed for specific students, such as probationary students
  • Provide academic orientation to incoming undergraduate students
  • Make appropriate referrals to support services area
  • Represent START at academic functions, to both internal and external audiences
  • Other related duties as assigned

Required Qualifications*

  • Bachelor’s degree in related field
  • A minimum of two years’ experience in advising/counseling or higher education administration
  • Strong oral and written communication skills and a commitment to detail-oriented accuracy
  • Ability to balance multiple tasks, work under pressure at peak times, and set priorities
  • Ability to exercise initiative and work independently
  • Positive, service-oriented approach to tasks, and an eagerness to assist students
  • Ability to learn new skills, use new technologies, and understand new policies 

Desired Qualifications*

  • Bachelor’s degree in education or related field
  • Master’s degree in higher education or student affairs
  • Familiarity with higher education and knowledge of student development theory
  • Working knowledge of Banner, Degree Works, and Student Success Collaborative 

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.