Pre-major Academic Advisor

Academic Success Center

The University of Wisconsin-River Falls, a member of the University of Wisconsin System, is located 30 miles from the Twin Cities of Minneapolis-St. Paul in scenic west central Wisconsin.  Year around arts, cultural and recreational events are easily accessible.  UW-RF’s 6,500 undergraduate and graduate students pursue degrees in four colleges:  Arts and Sciences; Education and Professional Studies; Agriculture, Food, and Environmental Science; and Business and Economics. The University provides an excellent environment for learning, emphasizing the importance of faculty-student interaction in classrooms, laboratories, academic advising, and co-curricular activities.  A favorable student-faculty ratio affords opportunity for meaningful interchange between faculty and students.  Strong interests in teaching, research and community service are highly valued.

The Position: Academic Advisor, Academic Success Center

Specific Responsibilities:  

  • Advise the majority of undeclared majors one-on-one
  • Coordinate (pre-major Advisors) and participate in all new student registration days
  • Supervise additional Pre-Major staff in the Academic Success Center
  • Develop connections with faculty and staff around campus
  • Schedule advising appointments with advisees a minimum of once per semester
  • Coordinate and participate in study skills workshops throughout the semester
  • Supervise the training of new tutors and help room managers
  • Supervise Help Room managers and additional tutoring staff
  • Maintain contact with help room faculty advisors
  • Be familiar with Tutor Trac and be able to coordinate with others to troubleshoot
  • Coordinate and attend office fairs for all registration days as well as all college visit days
  • Supervise all office staff including students
  • Assist in the training and hiring of all new employees for the office
  • Address any concerns from office staff or from students who use the ASC
  • Oversee budget for all ASC Office accounts
  • Work with Grants office to write grants for Pre-College Program
  • Coordinate and oversee visits from area Middle Schools
  • Institute Pre-College programs when funded
  • Select recipients of the Lawton Grant and Coordinate with Financial Aid and the Multicultural/Disadvantaged Coordinator

Qualifications (Required):

  • Master’s degree in an internationally-related field is preferred.  
  • Demonstrated awareness of and sensitivity to diverse student populations and ability to contribute to the university’s commitment to enhancing student awareness and appreciation of diverse ethnic and cultural heritages.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (Preferred):

  • The ideal candidate will possess strong leadership and organizational skills, plus will be culturally sensitive and able to work effectively with staff all across campus.
  • A proven track record of working with and supporting students in a college or university setting.
  • Supervisory experience will be considered an asset.

To Apply:
Online applications are required at:
Submit a resume (or curriculum vitae), letter of interest specifying qualifications and experience and a separate statement addressing your ability to contribute to the enhancement of student awareness and appreciation of diverse cultures.  Also include the names, addresses and telephone numbers of at least three references who can specifically comment upon your teaching ability, experience, and professional preparation.

Inquiries should be addressed to:
Ryan Bench, Search and Screen Committee Chair
Manager of Transfer Credits, Registrar’s Office

The names of all nominees and applicants who have not requested confidentiality in writing, and identities of all finalists must be released upon request.  A criminal background check will be completed on the final candidate.

Deadline to Apply: Review of Applications will begin once the position is posted and official review will begin on March 29, 2013.  For full consideration, applicants should submit all required materials by this date.

The University is committed to creating an educational community which enhances student awareness and appreciation of diverse ethnicities and cultures and which actively supports tolerance, civility and respect for the rights and sensibilities of each person without regard to economic status, ethnic background, political views, sexual orientation, or other personal characteristics or beliefs.  Awareness of and sensitivity to diverse ethnic and cultural heritages are especially sought in applicants.

UW - River Falls is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer subject to all state and federal regulations pertaining to non-discrimination based upon sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, race, color, national origin, religion, disability, marital status, age, arrest and/or conviction record, veteran status, and membership in the national guard, state defense force, or any other reserve component of the military forces of the United States or the State of Wisconsin.  All persons, especially women, persons of color, and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply.  Employment is subject to federal laws that require verification of your identity and legal right to work in the United States as required by the Immigration Reform and Control Act.

For a copy of UW-River Falls campus safety information see or call Public Safety at (715) 425-3133 for a paper copy.  This material includes crime statistics (Annual Security Report) and information on crime prevention, sexual assault and drug/alcohol issues.