First Year Advising Center
Position title: Academic Advisor
Reports to: Director of Advising Center
Department: First Year Advising Center
Date: April 6, 2021
Adams State University is seeking a caring and self-motivated individual with excellent communication skills to advise
students in an academic setting. A state-supported Hispanic Serving Institution in the beautiful San Luis Valley of
south-central Colorado, Adams State University offers undergraduate majors, minors and emphases as well as master's
degree programs and a doctoral program. We are distinguished by caring professors, small classes, and a diverse, yet
close-knit community. This environment fosters student engagement, and individual attention helps students achieve their
This position in the First Year Advising Center delivers academic advising (which includes intervention as deemed
necessary) to admitted undergraduate students and provides support to the Director of Academic Advising.
Specific Job Duties (Essential Functions and Responsibilities):
Coordinates all major/minor/advisor assignments and changes, including communication to various departments
Provides academic advising services to undergraduate students, including the use of intrusive advising methods,
as deemed necessary, for advisees identified as not making Satisfactory Academic Progress
Develops and coordinates relationships with various offices on campus (e.g., Registrar’s Office, Admissions,
Financial Aid, Student Support Services) to better serve students
Refer advisees to other ASU resources as needed
Initiates retention contacts with advisees who are behind in registration for the subsequent semester
Participates in departmental and committee meetings as appropriate for supporting assigned students
Participates on Academic SOS committee
Assists Director of Academic Advising in verifying majors of newly admitted students and assigning appropriate
Supervises Student Success Center kiosk ambassadors in absence of director of academic advising
Serves as a Campus Security Authority, as federally mandated under the Clery Act.
Other duties as assigned.
Knowledge of degree programs and corresponding career options
Understanding of educational requirements and advising processes
Excellent oral and written communication skills
Demonstrated technology proficiency with various software applications
Strong organizational skills including an ability to multitask
Ability to work occasional flexible hours
Ability to work with diverse, non-traditional, and underserved student populations in a compassionate, firm and
Ability to treat others with respect, civility, and courtesy and to work honestly, effectively, and collegially with
employees, students, and the community. This includes the ability to use appropriate conflict management skills to
effectively manage any disagreement that might arise or to bring the disagreement to management for assistance
in productive resolution when the situation requires.
Ability to perform with diplomacy, confidentiality and professionalism.
Experience working in higher education as part of an academic team
Experience in academic advising and/or adult counseling
Experience with student data systems such as Banner
Ability to perform above primary duties
About Adams State University - Alamosa, Colorado:
Adams State University is a state-supported regional comprehensive university in Alamosa, Colorado, United States.
Adams State is Colorado’s premier Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) and is also a Minority Serving Institution (MSI)
with over 54% of our students representing diverse backgrounds. We have a high percentage of first-generation students
with an equally high percentage of students who are Pell eligible. The university offers undergraduate programs in
physical and social sciences, kinesiology, fine arts, business and nursing, and specializes in educator curricula in several
disciplines. Adams State also offers graduate degrees in history, art, business (MBA), and educator programs, including
counselor education; the university also has a doctoral (PhD) program in counselor education. The university has an active
athletic program, both in participatory sports and in athletics educator training as well as thriving theater and musical
performance opportunities. Students play a major role in shared governance through AS&F (Associated Students &
About Alamosa, Colorado and the San Luis Valley:
The city of Alamosa was established in May 1878 by the Denver and Rio Grande Railroad and quickly became an
important rail center. The railroad had an extensive construction, repair, and shipping facility in Alamosa and for many
years headquartered its remaining narrow gauge service in Alamosa with tracks reaching many points throughout
southwest Colorado and northern New Mexico. Alamosa is a notable tourist town with many nearby attractions, including
the Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve, Colorado Gators Reptile Park, surrounded by national forest and
several mountain ranges with peaks exceeding 14,000 feet in elevation. The town hosts "Summer Fest on the Rio" which
occurs the first weekend in June, the Early Iron car show over the Labor Day weekend, and "Weekends on the Rio" on
various Sundays throughout the summer. Alamosa has a population of 9500 with recently built elementary schools, a
moderate cost of living, and affordable housing. The city takes its name from the Spanish adjective Alamosa, meaning "of
cottonwood," for the cottonwood forests which grow along the Rio Grande and throughout town.
Located in the beautiful San Luis Valley between the Sangre de Cristo and San Juan mountain ranges of southern
Colorado, Alamosa is over 7,500 feet in elevation and is a high desert basin. Alamosa is located approximately 3.5 hours
from Denver, 1.5 hours from Taos, NM and 2.5 hours from Santa Fe, NM. The region is known for its abundant sunshine
with over 320 days of sun. The altitude and dryness of the air cause day-night temperature differences to be severe
year-round. Surrounding Alamosa, the region is rich with large and small farms with high agriculture output. Alamosa's
geography and nighttime temperatures account for it often being listed as the coldest city in the contiguous United States.
Alamosa features a cold desert climate with long, cold winters and warm summers, and dry weather year-round. Normal
temperatures range from a low of 4 °F ( 20 °C) in January to a high of 82 °F (28 °C) in July. Annual precipitation is
only 7.25 inches (184 mm), with summer being the wettest. The aridity depresses mean snowfall to around 32 inches (81
cm) and the median to only 22.3 inches (57 cm).
Conditions of Employment:
This position is a full-time, 12-month exempt at-will administrative position with benefits.
Salary and Benefits:
Salary is $36,000 annually plus benefits. Adams State University offers a competitive benefits package.
Required Application Materials:
Letter of application, describing interest in and directly addressing qualifications of the position.
Names and contact information of three to five professional references.
Unofficial or official transcripts from all post-secondary education institutions attended (official transcripts
required upon hiring).
Please submit all application materials to:
Kendra Marquez, Office of Enrollment Management
Review of complete applications will begin as applications are received until the position is filled.
An Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer:
Adams State University is dedicated to providing a safe and secure environment for our faculty, staff, students and
visitors. To assist in achieving that goal, we conduct background checks on persons offered positions at the university
prior to employment as described in the background check policy. Adams State University performs background checks as
a condition of employment for prospective employees and current employees seeking certain promotional opportunities.
Offers of employment are contingent upon completion of an acceptable background check. Applicants will be asked to
provide personal data and sign a release form before the background check is conducted. Applicants who fail to provide
the data and consent form will not be considered for employment or promotion. Background checks include review of
criminal and financial records and sex offender registry background. Credit and driving record background may apply to
In compliance with the Immigration Control Act of 1986, candidates for positions must provide proof of eligibility to
work before an offer of employment can be made final.
Adams State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. Applications are sought from all qualified
persons regardless of race, color, sex, disability, and, as covered by law, veteran status. In addition, University policies
prohibit discrimination on the basis of religion, national origin, ancestry, age, sexual orientation including transgender
status and gender expression, marital status, and parental status.
The university is dedicated to fostering Inclusive Excellence, the recognition that the university’s success depends upon
valuing, engaging, and including the rich diversity of students, staff, faculty, and administrators. Given the university’s
mission and student body composition, the department is actively seeking qualified applicants who have experiences,
skills, and/or personal attributes that reflect perspectives that can further broaden our students’ educational experience. We
will give preference to qualified applicants with experience in ethnically diverse settings, who possess varied language
skills, or who have a record of research that supports diverse communities, or a record of teaching a student population
that includes historically underrepresented groups and other at-risk populations. Additional information about the
university may be found at www.adams.edu.
Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 and Part 106 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) prohibits
discrimination on the basis of sex, including in admission and employment. Inquiries about the application of Title IX and
CFR 106 to Adams State University (ASU) may be directed to ASU’s Office of Equal Opportunity Director Ana Guevara
and/or to the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights of the Department of Education. Support resources for sexual
misconduct, ASU’s sexual misconduct policies, contact information for the Adams State University’s Office of Equal
Opportunity & Title IX as well as a detailed procedure for filing a grievance due to discrimination on the basis of sex may
be found online at https://www.adams.edu/administration/oeo/reporting-sexual-harassment/. These procedures also
describe the University’s response to reports and/or complaints of sex discrimination or sexual harassment.