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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 in a single document to be uploaded in the on-line application. The cover letter should address your specific interest in the position, your advising philosophy and practice, and outline skills and competencies that directly relate to this position. Candidates who fail to meet this requirement will not be considered for the position.

Job Summary

The Comprehensive Studies Program (CSP) is an undergraduate, non-residential learning community designed to develop outstanding scholars at the University of Michigan. The program offers intensive and holistic advising (academic, personal, and financial), pre-professional advising, credit-bearing, intensive, introductory courses in select disciplines, a summer bridge program, tutoring services and skills workshops, first year interest groups, and other enrichment activities appropriate to a highly diverse group of students. The major objective of CSP is to retain and graduate students who, with intensive support and encouragement, will persist and graduate at the same outstanding rate for which the University of Michigan is known.

CSP seeks a highly-organized, detailed-oriented, and collaborative leader as Assistant Director of Advising and Student Academic Affairs.  The successful candidate will direct the CSP Advising program and manage a team of professional advisors (10 FTE).  Additional responsibilities include designing on-going training for advisors and assessment of CSP’s advising services.  This position reports to the Associate Director of Student and Academic Affairs.


CSP Advising Program Administration

  • Provide leadership in promoting the holistic, active, and developmental model of CSP student success
  • Create and develop new advising models, policies, and procedures for effectiveness
  • Support the Associate Director in assessing and evaluating the CSP advising model
  • Develop evaluation tool to assess effectiveness of advising services to CSP student population
  • Provide leadership in the development of Summer Bridge Scholars Program advising workshop curriculum
  • Manage academic advisor assignment process
  • Process new CSP affiliates and oversee student group processing for incoming students
  • Manage late drop/add and midterm progress reporting processes for CSP
  • Establish effective working relationships with advising offices throughout the university
  • Develop communication plan to share information among CSP and other advising offices
  • Serve on advising awards committee in LSA
  • Meet with LSA Advising Directors as needed
  • Represent CSP Advising locally and nationally

Hiring, Supervision and Staff Development

  • Hire, train, supervise and evaluate academic advising staff
  • Develop on-boarding processes for new and continuing staff, including training around policy and procedures for the schools and colleges CSP serves
  • Establish advising staff work procedures and manage work hours throughout the office
  • Create yearly professional development & best practices model(s) for the continuous growth of advising staff

Academic Standards Board Member

  • Serve as CSP’s permanent member of the LSA Academic Standards Board
  • Perform LSA academic grade review after each term
  •  Review petitions from LSA students requesting exceptions to College policy
  • Interpret College policy and procedures for students, staff, parents, and faculty
  • On-going training of advising staff on changes to college policies

Individual Student Advising

  • Advise and support assigned caseload of diverse undergraduate students
  • Orient students to academic programs and university services
  • Educate students on College and University degree requirements
  • Monitor academic progress and provide individual feedback to students through graduation
  • Manage non-traditional students re-entry into the College
  • Maintain regular contact with assigned students throughout their tenure at Michigan
  • Evaluate personal and academic needs of students and make necessary referrals

General Administration

  • Serve as an active contributing member of the CSP leadership team 
  • Develop and manage the CSP Student Advisory Committee
  • Chair and/or serve on department committees as required

Professional Development

  • Analyze current trends in academic advising and incorporate this knowledge into the CSP advising model as appropriate
  • Maintain active membership in professional associations such as NACADA and MiACADA

Required Qualifications*

  • Master’s degree from an accredited college or university in advising or an academic discipline which would support the advising function
  • At least 3 years of experience supervising a team of professional staff members
  • Three years of progressively responsible work experience in advising and/or student success programs
  • Understanding of student development theory and practices used to foster student learning
  • Demonstrated experience in staff development and supervision, including the ability to recruit, retain, mentor, and support a diverse staff
  • Ability to analyze data, identify trends, and communicate impact
  • Ability to effectively relate to students and staff of diverse ages and backgrounds
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Excellent leadership, supervisory, planning, problem-solving, organizational, project management and customer service skills

Desired Qualifications*

  • Ph.D. in Higher Education or related field
  • Demonstrated leadership experience in a higher education setting, preferably in academic advising or student services
  • At least five years of experience in supervising academic advising; deep familiarity with best practices for advising, and student academic success
  • Able to effectively lead collaborative groups of faculty, staff, current and prospective students

Additional Information

The College of Literature, Science, and the Arts seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce as a reflection of our commitments to serve the diverse people of Michigan, fulfill the College’s Guiding Principles, and sustain the excellence of LSA.  

To learn more about diversity, equity, and inclusion visit

To learn more about LSA’s Guiding Principles visit

Background Screening

The University of Michigan conducts background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer and may use a third party administrator to conduct background checks. Background checks will be performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act.

Mission Statement

The mission of the University of Michigan is to serve the people of Michigan and the world through preeminence in creating, communicating, preserving and applying knowledge, art, and academic values, and in developing leaders and citizens who will challenge the present and enrich the future.  The University of Michigan is committed to foster learning, creativity and productivity, and to support the vigorous exchange of ideas and information, not only in the classroom but in the workplace by: 

  • Creating a work environment in which people treat each other with respect and dignity, regardless of roles, responsibilities or differences. 
  • Providing support, direction and resources enabling us to accomplish the responsibilities of our jobs and to reach the goals that are set for professional and personal growth.

Application Deadline

Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days. This job may be removed from posting boards and filled anytime after the minimum posting period has ended.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

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