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Specialist - Advisor-Continuing

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Work type: Faculty/Academic Staff
Major Administrative Unit / College: College Of Natural Science
Department: Natural Science Dean 10032604
Sub Area: FAS- Fac./Acad Staff
Salary: Salary Commensurate with Experience
Location: East Lansing
Categories: Advising/Counseling, Continuing System Academic Staff, Full Time (90-100%), Non-Union

Position Summary

This is a twelve-month Academic Specialist - Advising position in the continuing system with the College of Natural Science Undergraduate Academic and Student Affairs Office. The selected individual will serve as the Transfer Student Success Advisor and will report to the Director of Academic Advising and Student Success Initiatives. The Transfer Student Success Advisor works in collaboration with advising colleagues at Michigan State University and other institutions to support transfer student success and transition to the College of Natural Science.

Position responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Advising transfer students on transfer equivalencies, enrollment, academic planning, and referrals to student success resources and services.
  • Serve as the point person for transfer-related policies and procedures within the college
  • Collaborate with Admissions, faculty, and academic departments.
  • Establish relationships with other colleges and universities to facilitate students' successful transition to MSU.
  • Develop programming that cultivates a sense of community and belonging for transfer students.

The goals of the College of Natural Science Undergraduate Academic and Student Affairs Office align with the broader institution and College goals of closing opportunity gaps for underrepresented students by increasing persistence, retention, and graduation rates, and decreasing time to degree. The College welcomes candidates who have a record of success advising or mentoring individuals from groups underrepresented in STEM.

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 -Science

Minimum Requirements

Required Qualifications:

  1. Master’s Degree in education, counseling, science or related field.
  2. Evidence of successful collaborations in a professional or educational setting.
  3. Evidence of contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion in a professional or educational setting.

Desired Qualifications

 Preferred qualifications:

  1. Experience working with College Students
  2. Experience with student information systems
  3. An understanding of science curricula or experience working with STEM students
  4. Evidence of and commitment to professional development

Required Application Materials

Required Materials:

  1. CV/Resume
  2. Cover Letter
  3. A list of three professional references with contact information
  4. An Advising Statement describing the applicant’s philosophy on advising students, including experiences or plans to support marginalized and historically underrepresented students.

Together-we-will Statement

The university is requiring all MSU students, faculty and staff to be vaccinated against COVID-19 with limited exceptions. Learn more at:

Special Instructions

Special Instructions

Interested candidates should submit the required materials through, addressed to Janae Lawler, Director of Academic Advising and Strategic Initiatives, College of Natural Science, 288 Farm Lane Road, East Lansing, MI 48824. Inquiries can be sent to


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Remote Work Statement

MSU strives to provide a flexible work environment and this position has been designated as remote-friendly. Remote-friendly means some or all of the duties can be performed remotely as mutually agreed upon.

Department Statement

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

“MSU is an affirmative-action, equal-opportunity employer and is committed to achieving excellence through a diverse workforce and inclusive culture that encourages all people to reach their full potential. The University actively encourages applications and/or nominations of women, persons of color, veterans and persons with disabilities. MSU is committed to providing a work environment that supports employees' work and personal life and offers employment assistance to the spouse or partner of candidates for faculty and academic staff positions.”

MSU Statement

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