TRiO Student Support Services Academic Advisor

Division of Academic Affairs-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.  UWRF's 6,500 undergraduate and graduate students pursue degrees in four colleges: Agriculture, Food and Environmental Science; Arts and Sciences; Education and Professional Studies; 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.

TRiO Student Support Services (SSS) is a member of the Division of Academic Affairs, which is committed to maintaining a campus environment that encourages and values student retention. This 12 month full-time position will work for the TRIO Student Support Services Program, located in the Academic Success Center, which is funded through federal grant funds. Future employment will be dependent upon continued grant funding. The successful candidate will join a dynamic, progressive program dedicated to providing academic, financial literacy, cultural, and personal support services to first generation, low-income, and students with disabilities.

The Position Summary:

The TRiO Student Support Services (SSS) Academic Advisor assists student participants develop the skills necessary to earn a Bachelor's degree and beyond.  The TRiO/SSS advisor maintains a caseload of assigned participants for individual academic guidance.  Guidance is offered through consistent monitoring, evaluating, and reporting on participants' academic progress, intervening with appropriate resources, and referring to appropriate on- and off-campus support services as needed.  The advisor develops, implements, and supports the daily delivery of services to participants and is responsible for the maintenance of assigned participant records.  This position assists with planning, organization, implementation, and coordination of monthly (financial literacy, career development and cultural awareness) events/workshops.  Additionally, this advisor would ensure participants meet requirements of active involvement in the program so that the goals and objectives of the TRiO/SSS grant are met. 

Qualifications (Required):

  • Bachelor's degree
  • At least two years work experience in secondary or post secondary education
  • Significant and demonstrated experience working with disadvantaged (low-income, first-generation) students, students of color, and/or ELL students
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, interpersonal skills (particularly in working with a diverse student population), organizational and management skills are required
  • Working knowledge of various computer applications
  • Available and flexible to work some evenings to supervise SSS events/workshops
  • Experience and knowledge of learning strategies and accommodations for diverse populations, including academically disadvantaged students

Preferred Qualifications: 

  • Experience working with TRiO programs and populations.
  • Experience in overcoming educational barriers.
  • Experience in workshop development and delivery.
  • Experience in helping students with career exploration and decision-making. 
  • Experience working in student success and academic retention initiatives, including assessment of student academic and adjustment strengths and needs, and providing study skill and academic motivation resources. 
  • Experience developing and providing student programming (academic skills, professional development, cultural events, financial literacy, community service, leadership, mentoring, graduate school preparation, etc.)
  • Experience or demonstrated ability in utilizing student database systems and Microsoft Office suite.
  • Some knowledge of external funding from other sources: foundations, business and industry, local and state governments, individuals.


To Apply:

Online applications are required at: 

Submit: 1. resume, 2. letter of interest specifying qualifications and experience, 3. a separate diversity statement addressing your ability to contribute to the enhancement of student awareness and appreciation of diverse cultures, backgrounds, and identities, 4. the names, addresses, telephone numbers, and email addresses of at least three references who can specifically comment on your experience and professional preparation. 

Inquiries should be addressed to: 

Gina Sevick

Search and Screen Committee Chair


Application Review Date:

Applications will be informally reviewed as they are submitted. The official review will begin on September 26th, 2012. For full consideration, applicants should submit all required materials by September 26th , 2012. Materials NOT submitted through the on-line application system cannot be considered.

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 final candidates. 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.

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