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Specialist - Advisor-Continuing

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Work type: Faculty/Academic Staff
Major Administrative Unit / College: Office Of Undergraduate Education
Department: Undergraduate Education Administration 10043771
Sub Area: FAS- Fac./Acad Staff
Salary: 90000.00-115000.00 Salary Commensurate with Experience
Location: East Lansing
Categories: Administrative/Business/Professional, Education/Training, Student Services/Student Affairs, Advising/Counseling, Continuing System Academic Staff, Full Time (90-100%), Non-Union

Working/Functional Title

Director of University Advising

Position Summary

University Advising is home to any student that begins at MSU interested in exploring majors, as well as a resource for all students who seek additional academic exploration opportunities that reside within one of our 14 undergraduate colleges, with a strategic focus on holistic and intrusive advising for first- and second-year explorers.

The Director of University Advising is a full-time, in-person position that reports to the Assistant Dean of University Advising. This position leads the programmatic advising efforts of the University Advising Leadership Team and supervises the University Advising Associate Directors, each of whom are assigned to a designated academic interest area: currently (1) Business & Innovation, (2) Public Service, Arts & Culture, Communication, Education, and Social Sciences, (3) Agriculture, Environment and STEM and (4) Health Sciences.

Supervisory duties include hiring and onboarding/training with tiered training practices with Advising Unit Associate Directors and Advisors based on university policies, advising unit procedures, and technological systems related to academic advisement. The Director will provide daily leadership to and regularly evaluate the Associate Directors and their advisor team relationships, providing opportunities for growth and professional development and identifying and remediating barriers to ensure a supportive, cohesive advising unit, while cultivating a diverse academic advising community.   

As a member of the University Advising Leadership Team, the Director will review, interpret, and make decisions based on university policies and will represent the Unit on the University Advising Leadership (UAL) committee. The Director will also work in tandem with the Director of Professional and Leadership Development Initiatives to achieve consistent onboarding experiences.

The Director will be responsible for evaluating and supporting exploratory academic programs and the progress of undergraduate students to ensure students learn, thrive, and graduate from MSU. This role will participate on committees within the Office of Undergraduate Education, university-wide, and as designated by a supervisor. This Director will perform advanced-level academic advisement functions such as escalated student interactions and interpretation and implementation of university policies and procedures. The Director must use professional judgement to make decisions about undergraduate student academic standing. The Director will maintain connections to national advising and experiential learning organizations to advance best practices at MSU in those areas, including presenting at conferences and engaging in related scholarly work.

Additional duties will include, but are not limited to, managing Academic Dishonesty Report issues with students and responding to and referring students to other MSU units when necessary to aid with educational, career, and personal concerns. 

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


Minimum Requirements

Master’s degree and 5-7 years of supervisory/management experience; or a combination of training and advising experience

Required Application Materials

A complete application packet will include a resume or CV, cover letter, and contact information for three professional references.

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Department Statement

Founded in 1855 as the nation's first land-grant university, Michigan State University (MSU) enrolls over 50,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students. MSU is known internationally as a major public research university with global reach and extraordinary impact. Home to nationally ranked and recognized academic, residential college, and service-learning programs, MSU is a diverse community of dedicated students and scholars, athletes and artists, scientists and leaders.  The Office of Undergraduate Education seeks to help lead MSU's undergraduate student success initiatives by operationalizing MSU's stated beliefs that every student it admits has the capacity to learn, thrive, and graduate and that it is MSU's responsibility to provide an inclusive, equitable curriculum and environment with the academic, social, wellness, and financial support our students need to persist in college and succeed after graduation.

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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