Academic Advisor I/II

  • Full Time
  • Anywhere
  • Full Time
  • Anywhere
Posting Number


Position Title

Academic Advisor

Number of Vacancies



32 – Provost & VP Academic Affairs

Primary Department

H3201-VP Academic

Working Conditions

Wayne State University requires all students, faculty and staff to be fully
vaccinated against COVID-19 with limited exceptions. Learn more at:

Wayne State University is a premier, public, urban research university located in
the heart of Detroit where students from all backgrounds are offered a rich, high quality education. Our deep rooted commitment to
excellence, collaboration, integrity, diversity and inclusion creates exceptional educational opportunities preparing students for success
in a diverse, global society. WSU encourages applications from women, people of color, and other underrepresented people. Wayne State is an
affirmative action/equal opportunity employer.

Ability to work occasional evenings and weekends.

Essential Functions
(Job Duties)

The Advisor for Student Engagement will support the vision, mission, and commitments of the Office of
Multicultural Student Engagement (OMSE). The individual Works in conjunction with the Assistant Director to assist in achieving the
long-term strategic planning of the office. The individual coordinates outreach and awareness initiatives that promote academic success for
LGBTQ+, first generation, historically marginalized students and others. This position reports to the Assistant Director of the Office of
Multicultural Student Engagement.

Collaborate in the creation of programs and services with departments and colleges to provide
support services to aid in retention and graduation.

Develop, organize, and facilitate on-campus programming and educational
workshops focused on cultivating learning and engagement opportunities around identity development, intersectionality, and other areas that
increase awareness on diversity, equity, inclusion, and social justice.

In collaboration with OMSE staff, assist in the development
and execution of educational programs for cultural heritage months and identity-based celebrations.

Facilitate the advising and
mentoring of LGBTQ+, underrepresented, and first-generation students with the goal of facilitating their full participation in the academic
life at WSU.

Collaborate and assist with existing orientation and first-year programs with the goal of helping students become
actively engaged within the Wayne State University campus community.

Communicate with faculty and academic staff about students’
(LGBTQ+, first-generation, and historically marginalized students) regarding academic progress to identify areas of strengths and needs to
provide individualized services, resources, and opportunities to enhance their academic engagement and success.

Assist with
programming and advising support to student organizations serving underrepresented, first generation, and historically marginalized

In collaboration with OMSE staff, assist in the development of appropriate information channels to inform LGBTQ+ and
underrepresented students of personal and academic development opportunities.

Serve as the office lead on LGBTQ+ Allyship training
and facilitate ongoing development and assessment of related trainings and educational programs.

Serve as the office lead for annual
Rainbow Graduation and Homecoming ceremony as well as assist with other graduation celebration events coordinated out of


Bachelor’s degree required for Academic Advisor I. Master’s degree required for
Academic Advisor II, from an accredited college or university preferably in Student Affairs, Higher Education, Counseling, Women’s Gender
and/or Sexuality studies or related field.

Minimum of five years of job-related experience.

Demonstrated experience working
with programs that serve LGBTQ+ and diverse student populations with special attention and outreach to under-represented or historically
marginalized students(e.g., low-income, first-generation, and other historically excluded populations).

Knowledge of and experience
with multicultural and multi-ethnic dynamics within a university setting and the academic and social pressures experienced by students at a
major research University including students from the LGBTQ+ community.

A leadership role in diversity, multicultural education
advising, or student affairs program in a college or university

Five or more years of full-time progressively responsible experience
in university retention and advising programs and activities in the areas of academic, social, and transitional support.

serving in coordinator positions in higher education student services programs, demonstrating strong multitasking skills and ability to work
with teams of people.

Communication Skills: Oral and written skills to communicate in a diverse environment at all levels, with tact
and diplomacy, in order to achieve program and campus goals. Strong public speaking and presentation skills.

Program Skills:
Knowledge of best practices, assessment, and research and evaluating programs and services that support success of students from
historically underrepresented or marginalized populations. Ability to conduct program assessment and assessment of student learning

Technical Knowledge: Knowledge of skill and learning development models, including multicultural student development
theory, advising theory, and factors affecting the college success for diverse populations. Ability to apply this knowledge when
developing/modifying policies and practices.

Interpersonal Skills: Excellent interpersonal skills, especially those in the areas of
collaboration, conflict resolution, problem solving, and decision making.

Organizational Skills: Excellent organizational and time
management skills with demonstrated ability to plan, coordinate, prioritize, and effectively execute multiple initiatives, programs, and
events, and meet established deadlines.

RISE Learning Community

Develop an annual plan of engagement and curriculum of
activities for the RISE Learning community, a learning community focused on serving the needs of self-identified women of

Coordinate and facilitate activities for the RISE learning community.

Perform annual assessments of RISE learning
community activities.

Attend monthly learning community coordinator meetings.

Hire, train, and supervise two undergraduate
peer mentors that assist with the creation and facilitation of RISE learning community activities.

Develop an annual recruitment
strategy for increasing and sustaining participation in RISE.

Track and manage the budget for the RISE learning

Submit annual paperwork for funding to the Learning Community program.

Multicultural Student Advisory Board

Hire, train and supervise a team of 6-10 undergraduate students to serve on the Multicultural Student Advisory

Work in collaboration with the MSAB members to create an annual plan of engagement and curriculum for cultural heritage months
and identity-based celebrations for academic the year.

Develop an assessment plan for program execution and success.

mentoring and coaching for MSAB members as they learn to design and facilitate programming and workshops.

Instructions for
submitting your application

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