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Specialist - Advisor-Continuing

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Work type: Faculty/Academic Staff
Major Administrative Unit / College: College Of Agriculture And Nat Resources
Department: School Of Planning Des Construction Anr 10002116
Sub Area: FAS- Fac./Acad Staff
Salary: Salary Commensurate with Experience
Location: East Lansing
Categories: Student Services/Student Affairs, Advising/Counseling, Continuing System Academic Staff, Full Time (90-100%), Non-Union

Position Summary

This position provides academic services to undergraduate students in the School of Planning, Design and Construction (SPDC) programs of Construction Management (CM), Interior Design (ID), Landscape Architecture (LA), and Urban and Regional Planning (URP), manages SPDC Student Services, and supports SPDC, the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (CANR), and the College of Social Science (CSS) undergraduate program goals, missions, and initiatives. Responsibilities include advising undergraduate students; admissions administration; academic program planning, education abroad, career development, probation conferences, and campus resource referrals; leading new student orientations (NSOs) and participating in other orientation initiatives; developing and implementing activities related to recruitment and student success; coordinating prospective student visit; assisting with scholarships; assisting with degree certification; leading Admitted Student Day and participating in commencement. Additional responsibilities include facilitation of the SPDC internship course; chairing monthly Student Advisory Council (StAC) meetings; and attending career-readiness events on and off campus (involves travel that may include evening and weekend attendance). Further responsibilities may include data collection and analysis; and other duties as assigned.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship, age, disability or protected veteran status.

Required Degree

Masters -Student affairs or related field.

Minimum Requirements

A master’s degree by position start date (in counseling, higher education, social work, student affairs, public administration/affairs or a closely related field).

Desired Qualifications

Five or more years of experience in program administration/coordination, advising undergraduate students, or comparable experience with college/university students. Ability to interpret and implement academic policies and procedures. Demonstrated competency in the use of university technologies. Familiarity with online student information/databases and MS Excel. Excellent communication, organizational, interpersonal, problem solving, and decision-making skills. Ability to establish rapport across ethnic, racial, cultural and gender differences, as necessary.

Required Application Materials

For consideration, submit your application online at Upload the following required documents: a) letter of interest that includes qualifications for the position and statement of advising philosophy, highlighting how your experiences align with the position; b) current curriculum vitae; c) a description of how you will contribute to our diversity, equity and inclusion goals; and d) recommendation letters from three professional references. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Special Instructions

The search committee will begin reviewing applications on June 13, 2023, and continue until a suitable candidate is selected.

Questions regarding this position can be addressed to the Search Committee Chair: Jun-Hyun Kim, Landscape Architecture Program Director, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI 48824, (, 517-353-8554). 

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Department Statement

The School of Planning, Design and Construction: The School of Planning, Design, and Construction (SPDC) unites four academic programs related to the built environment: Construction Management, Interior Design, Landscape Architecture, and Urban and Regional Planning, as well as the National Charrette Institute, with 45 faculty and academic specialists, and 8 staff members. The School offers 9 degree pathways from Bachelors to Ph.D. – including 5 professionally accredited degrees with over 500 undergraduate and 80 graduate students. The School is jointly administered by the Colleges of Agriculture & Natural Resources (CANR) and Social Science (CSS). The mission of the School is to advance the knowledge, prepare innovative leaders, and support the practice of planning, design, and construction. Our academic activities address sustainability, health, transportation, and economic and community development. Please refer to the School’s homepage available at:

Commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion: The Colleges of Agriculture and Natural Resources (CANR) and Social Science (CSS) at Michigan State University are committed to achieving excellence by creating and sustaining an accessible and inclusive culture that values cultural and academic diversity. We are an equal opportunity / affirmative action employer. We are particularly interested in candidates of all backgrounds who are committed to the principle that academic excellence is achieved through open access and proactive inclusion.  Candidates are invited to view SPDC’s Community Code of Conduct at

MSU Statement

Michigan State University has been advancing the common good with uncommon will for more than 160 years. One of the top research universities in the world, MSU pushes the boundaries of discovery and forges enduring partnerships to solve the most pressing global challenges while providing life-changing opportunities to a diverse and inclusive academic community through more than 200 programs of study in 17 degree-granting colleges.

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