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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 College of Arts, Sciences, and Letters (CASL) has an exciting opportunity for a Senior Advisor. CASL is home to traditional liberal arts and science majors, such as English, Psychology, and Biology, as well as interdisciplinary majors like Criminology and Criminal Justice and Women’s and Gender Studies. CASL Advising works with undergraduate students once they have successfully transitioned from the first year advising center (START). CASL advisors collaborate with students from that transition until graduation. CASL Advising also assists CASL graduate students with administrative support and basic advising. The Senior Advisor will provide operational support to the Director, as well as perform the duties of an Academic Advisor Intermediate, but at a reduced caseload.

Responsibilities*

Operational Duties:

  • Reconciliation of financial accounts
  • Maintain budget projection spreadsheet
  • Assist Director with creating and maintaining written procedures for the office
  • Supervise front desk student staff: hire/dismiss with final approval from Director; give direction to students on daily tasks; create and maintain student assistant handbook; ensure students adhere to confidentiality requirements of the position; evaluate student performance yearly; approve time
  • Special projects

Advising Duties:

  • 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
  • Outreach to specific populations of students, such as probationary students, those with early alerts, students falling into the high risk category in EAB SSC, etc
  • Make appropriate referrals to support services
  • Represent CASL at academic functions, to both internal and external audiences
  • Prepare and review senior audits
  • Serve on the CASL Petitions Committee
  • Assist at academic orientation for incoming undergraduate students as needed
  • Miscellaneous administrative duties
  • Other related duties as assigned

Required Qualifications*

  • Bachelor’s degree in related field
  • A minimum of three years’ experience in advising/counseling or higher education administration
  • Strong oral and written communication skills and a proven 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
  • Demonstrated high levels of energy, initiative, and integrity

Desired Qualifications*

  • Five or more years’ experience in academic advising
  • Bachelor’s degree in a liberal arts or science field
  • Master’s degree in higher education or student affairs
  • Experience supervising student staff
  • Familiarity with higher education and knowledge of student development theory
  • Working knowledge of Banner, Degree Works, and EAB Student Success Collaborative

U-M EEO/AA Statement

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