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15 Nov 2023

Operations / Administration Academic and Admissions Advisor

Marilyn Krill/Western Colorado University

Job Description

Western Colorado University invites applications for the full-time position of Academic and Admissions Advisor in the Education Department. This position will advise a caseload of approximately 250 diverse teacher and principal candidates to ensure successful progress toward achieving their Colorado licensure, degree, or post-licensure endorsement. The Academic and Admissions Advisor in Education reports to the Chair of the Education Department and works collaboratively with a network of faculty, advisors, and staff within the Education Department and Western Colorado University as a whole. This position has two main areas of responsibility: student advising and admissions.



  • Provide comprehensive and supportive advising to prospective, current, and transfer students based on individual needs.
  • Track and monitor student success and satisfactory academic progress toward curricular completion/graduation, including students’ probation/suspension status, registration, and exceptions to policy requests.
  • Advise students before critical deadlines to discuss degree requirements, student interests, and University resources that provide assistance.
  • Maintain thorough, accurate, pertinent electronic documentation of student records within FERPA guidelines and of individual advising sessions to gather feedback regarding overall program experience and improve advising experiences.
  • Become knowledgeable of the different pathways/programs into teaching and educational leadership: for example, 3+2 accelerated degrees, minors, emphases, and added endorsements.


  • Support recruitment efforts by taking appointments, greeting visitors, assisting with general inquiries via phone and e-mail.
  • Guide and monitor prospective student applications through the online admission processes; review and process admissions documents.
  • Communicate with students about available funding sources for future teachers and educational leaders.
  • Work with public schools in Colorado, the United States, and across the globe to secure student teaching residencies for licensure students (approximately 100 per year).

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in relevant discipline (education, psychology, counseling, student affairs, or another related field).
  • Excellent verbal, written, and interpersonal communication skills.
  • Experience collaborating with students, faculty and staff, families, and or community members.
  • Proficient in the use of Microsoft Office Suite software, including Word, Excel, Outlook, etc.

Preferred Qualifications: 

  • Academic advising experience.
  • Experience working in higher education and/or in K-12 schools, including working with diverse populations.
  • Demonstrated ability to navigate and prioritize a wide variety of tasks, following institutional and departmental procedures with close attention to detail.
  • Demonstrated ability to work well within a team with a high level of professionalism.
  • Proficiency in Customer Relationship Management Software (e.g., Banner, WorkDay).

Compensation:  The annual salary range is $48,000-52,000 (Depending on experience and qualifications) and is FLSA exempt. Position is eligible for an excellent benefits package including health and dental insurance plans with low co-pays and low out of pocket maximums, generous paid time off, a shared contribution retirement plan and tuition benefits. This is a 12-month, primarily on-campus, in person position.

How to Apply

Application Procedure:  Apply online at Required attachments for online application include letter of application addressing the minimum qualifications, resume, (unofficial) transcripts and contact information for 3 references.   Contact the search committee chair, Dr. Casey Richardson, with position specific questions: .   Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until a successful candidate is hired.    Additional Information on Western and Gunnison/Crested Butte   Western Colorado University is a public institution with an enrollment of ~3,700 graduate and undergraduate students, the majority of which reside on the campus and in the community.  With average class sizes of 17 students, faculty and staff share a strong commitment to inclusivity and personalized, immersive education. They are student-oriented, collegial, enthusiastic, and engaged in the campus and community. Western is committed to continual growth in regard to diversity, equity, and inclusivity and promotes participation in DEI initiatives from students, faculty, staff, and the community. Please see our diversity statement, and our DEI Committee charge.   The University is located in Gunnison, Colorado, a rural community 200 miles southwest of Denver and the gateway to Crested Butte, a world class ski community.  K-12 students are served by the award-winning Gunnison Watershed School District. Both communities value the arts, quality of life, community-based wrap around services for children and adults, and continued personal growth and learning opportunities. At an elevation of 7,700 feet in the southern Rocky Mountains, the Gunnison Valley provides exceptional year-round outdoor recreational and cultural opportunities including summer arts and music festivals, mountain biking, skiing, kayak/rafting, rock climbing, hiking and camping… all within minutes of the campus.   Visit to learn more about the University.   An Equal Opportunity Employer, including disability/vets.   Note: If we are requesting transcripts you may redact information that identifies your age, date of birth, dates of attendance, or graduation from the educational institution. Official transcripts (unopened or delivered directly to HR) are required upon hire; copies/scans submitted during application will not serve the purpose of official transcripts upon hire.

Bureaus: Colorado. Job Categories: Full-Time. Job Types: Operations / Administration. Salaries: 40,000 - 60,000.