Graduate Student Advisor

Colorado State University Fort Collins , CO 80521

Posted 2 months ago

Working Title Graduate Student Advisor Position Location Fort Collins, CO Research Professional Position No Posting Number 202000311AP Position Type Admin Professional/ Research Professional Number of Vacancies 1 Work Hours/Week 40 Proposed Annual Salary Range $55,000-$58,000 Desired Start Date 08/05/2020 Position End Date (if temporary) To ensure full consideration, applications must be received by 11:59pm (MT) on 05/04/2020 Description of Work Unit

The Civil and Environmental Engineering Department (CEE) within the Walter Scott, Jr. College of Engineering (WSCOE) at Colorado State University (CSU) seeks an experienced Graduate Student Advisor.

The Civil and Environmental Engineering Department consists of 36 faculty, 10 research scientists/scholars, 18 research associates, and 7 administrative professionals. Currently, the graduate population, both international and domestic students, is in excess of 250 students and expected to grow over the next five years.

This is a full-time administrative professional position located at Colorado State University on our Fort Collins campus with a comprehensive benefits package; including 10 paid holidays, 24 accrued vacation days, and 15 accrued sick leave days per year, enrollment in group health, life and accident insurance, retirement plan options, work injury benefits, disability insurance, and additional opportunities such as free employee study privilege credits. CSU offers paid parental leave, spousal and domestic partner benefits as well.

CSU is not a social security employer. Administrative professional and faculty employees can participate in the Defined Contribution Plan (DCP) or PERA (if eligible) or for a retirement savings. For the DCP, a regular or special appointment employee will receive a CSU match equal to 12% of the pre-tax monthly salary and the employee contributes 8%. For more information about all CSU benefits and privileges, please view the Human Resources web page at:

The city of Fort Collins offers a pleasant climate with excellent schools and abundant cultural and recreational opportunities nearby. The community of approximately 158,600 is nestled at the base of the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains, 65 miles north of Denver. Fort Collins is routinely recognized by numerous publications as one of the most desirable places to live in the United Sates for its high quality of life measures; see the complete list at: For more information about Fort Collins, please visit:

Position Summary

The Graduate Student Advisor will guide the graduate student population through the life cycle of the degree program. This individual serves as the primary contact for all M.E., M.S., and Ph.D. students in Civil and Environmental Engineering, as well as advising the INTO Pathway students, in conjunction with the faculty advisor, on plans of study and other academic opportunities in line with academic and professional goals.

The individual in this position will serve as an information base for Walter Scott Jr., College of Engineering (WSCOE) faculty and administrators regarding international admission, foreign credential evaluation, and specific academic requirements related to international student visas.

The Graduate Student Advisor will coordinate closely with various campus departments to ensure students are maintaining appropriate status while making adequate progress through the program. They will be the primary Department liaison with the Office of Admissions, Graduate School, Office of International Programs, CSU Online/Distance Education, INTO and other departments and units within the WSCOE.

Graduate Student Advisor will;

  • initiate contact and follow-up communication with potential students
  • review graduate applications and facilitate admissions decisions; monitor the applicant database; and resolve issues or problems.
  • provide credential evaluations and degree audits of graduate applicants verifying accuracy and completeness of credentials, with respect to admission decisions for graduate programs.
  • track awards concerning renewable scholarships to see if students are eligible per the award criteria.
  • be responsible to research and summarize data for reports and periodic reviews regarding prospective, admitted, and matriculating students to maximize effectiveness of recruiting efforts, and maintain records and historical data for easy retrieval.

To be successful in this position, this individual will need to interpret requests for information and answer inquiries or direct appropriately, determine the urgency of communication, and initiate and compose appropriate correspondence. They will have a strong dedication to students and demonstrate the ability to think creatively, analytically, and strategically. They will have the ability to work independently, exercise discretion in interpreting and applying policies and procedures, and have the capacity to coordinate multiple priorities effectively and efficiently. The ideal individual will be a highly-organized, motivated, and confident individual who has a strong knowledge of MS Office products, experience with database records, as well as excellent written and oral communication skills. The successful individual will have demonstrated experience working with confidential information and diverse populations. Some weekend and evening work is required.

Required Job Qualifications

  • Bachelor's Degree from an accredited university, in counseling, liberal arts, cultural studies, public administration, engineering, or related degree.

  • At least two years of experience providing one-on-one academic support for graduate students.

  • Familiarity with student development theories / developmental advising, including current information about and understanding of international students.

  • Demonstrated experience working with diverse populations.

  • Experience working with distance programs and distance students

  • 2 or more years of experience in a customer-focused office environment.

  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office.

  • Strong communication skills; including writing, interpersonal, presentation and technical/computer skills.

  • Reflecting departmental and institutional values, candidates are expected to have the ability to advance the Department's commitment to diversity and inclusion.

Preferred Job Qualifications

  • Master's degree in higher education, counseling or college student personnel or related field.

  • Demonstrated ability in designing, implementing, and collaborating on academic programs.

  • Experience advising and/or counseling students in an academic environment, with demonstrated experience developing intervention strategies for supporting the academic success of students.

  • Exposure to engineering through a higher education engineering environment, or in an industrial setting.

  • Experience managing CSU scholarship applications.

  • Experience handing confidential information.

Diversity Statement

Reflecting departmental and institutional values, candidates are expected to have the ability to advance the Department's commitment to diversity and inclusion.

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