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Montana State University Part-Time Success Advisor in Bozeman, Montana

Position Details

Announcement Number STAFF - VA - 21184

For questions regarding this position, please contact:

Lori Oakley at 406-994-4364 or

Classification Title Academic Advisor II

Working Title Part-Time Success Advisor

Brief Position Overview

As part of a multi-faceted and results oriented team, a Success Advisor is responsible for conducting intervention/advising meetings with students. Advisors are responsible for connecting with students identified as “at-risk,” or who seek out services for time management, test taking skills and learning strategies.

Position Number 4N0556

Department Allen Yarnell Center for Student Success

Division Division of Student Success

Appointment Type Classified

Contract Term Fiscal Year


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FLSA Non-Exempt

Union Affiliation FOCUS-MFPE

FTE 0.45

Benefits Eligible Eligible

Salary $16.00 per hour, commensurate with experience, education, and qualifications

Contract Type Classified Hourly

If other, please specify

Recruitment Type Open

General Statement

Join a dynamic team in the Allen Yarnell Center for Student Success where guiding students is a passion and privilege. In keeping with the mission, vision and principles of Montana State University, the state’s only public land grant institution, we are innovative and thoughtful leaders committed, in service, to advancing the future of others. We work closely with students, faculty and staff, employers, foundations, and other partners to create future focused outcomes. We use technology, metrics, and mindsets to shape our strategy and help students navigate their educational experience. We leverage the spirit of teamwork, hard work, and dedication to make our strategic plans become an operational reality.

Duties and Responsibilities

Success Advisors will assist students with the skills necessary to continue their education at MSU, including:

  • Conducting one-on-one and group appointments with students, reviewing appropriate learning strategies for students referred to the Allen Yarnell Center for Student Success via referrals through the Navigate/Early Alert program, Residence Life, MSU 101, CARE team, AYCSS initiatives, as well as self-referral by students who know they need help with pursuing their degree.

  • Assist students decode important information, ideas and tactics to help students develop the skills necessary to receive the full benefit of their education.

  • Provides student-facing assistance and education on learning management via workshops, strategy clinics, hosting classroom lectures, assisting with the US 103 Learning Strategies course, as well as group appointments.

  • Serves all students and is vital to ensuring learning management instruction and support to enhance retention and degree completion in a variety of settings.

    Required Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills

  • Bachelor’s degree in relevant field, or a combination of education and/or experience from which comparable skills are acquired.

  • Experience in student advising at the post-secondary level or experience with professional coaching.

  • Demonstrated experience in program delivery and with a high degree of professionalism.

  • Demonstrated technical competence using personal computers and various software such as word processing, spreadsheets, presentation software & relational databases with a willingness to learn additional department and MSU specific software and programs.

  • Demonstrated experience working in a fast paced office setting.

  • Ability to troubleshoot problems and have candid conversations.

    Preferred Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills

  • Master’s degree in related field.

  • Demonstrated experience with teaching and learning pedagogy.

  • Experience facilitating and instructing small group workshops and classes.

  • Possess knowledge of the higher education system and related services.

    The Successful Candidate Will

  • Have a strong desire to help students create their MSU experience with intentionality.

  • Be committed to utilizing engaging pedagogy that involves students in the learning process.

  • Possess a willingness and desire to engage in learning themselves.

  • Possess the ability to troubleshoot problems and have candid conversations.

  • Have the ability to relate to, mentor, inspire and develop rapport with a diverse student body.

  • Have excellent written and oral communication skills.

  • Have a proven ability to take initiative, work independently and in a team environment.

  • Have effective interpersonal skills including the ability to collaborate successfully with mentors and staff.

  • Possess sound decision-making skills.

  • Possess an enthusiastic approach and a high level of integrity.

  • Be experienced managing and maintaining confidential information.

  • Have the ability to represent the office in a professional manner.

    Position Special Requirements/Additional Information

This position will require some evening and weekend work.

Please note: A minimum of 3 professional references are required in your profile when applying for this position.

This job description should not be construed as an exhaustive statement of duties, responsibilities or requirements, but a general description of the job. Nothing contained herein restricts Montana State University’s rights to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time.

Physical Demands

Normal office environment

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily with or without reasonable accommodations. The requirements listed above are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.

This position has supervisory duties? No

Number of Vacancies 4

Desired Start Date Upon completion of a successful search.

Position End Date (if temporary)

Open Date

Close Date

Applications will be:

Screening of applications will begin on March 9, 2021; however, applications will continue to be accepted until an adequate applicant pool has been established.

Special Instructions

Diversity Statement

Montana State University values diverse perspectives and is committed to continually supporting, promoting and building an inclusive and culturally diverse campus environment. MSU recognizes the importance of work-life integration and strives to be responsive to the needs of dual career couples ( .

Montana State University is committed to providing a working and learning environment free from discrimination. As such, the University does not discriminate in the admission, access to or conduct of its educational programs and activities nor in its employment policies and practices on the basis of an individual’s race, color, religion, national origin, creed, service in the uniformed services (as defined in state and federal law), veteran’s status, sex, age, political ideas, marital or family status, pregnancy, physical or mental disability, genetic information, gender identity, gender expression, or sexual orientation. In support of the University’s mission to be inclusive and diverse, applications from qualified minorities, women, veterans and persons with disabilities are highly encouraged. Montana State University makes accommodation for any known disability that may interfere with an applicant’s ability to compete in the hiring process or an employee’s ability to perform the duties of the job. To request an accommodation, contact the Human Resources Office, PO Box 172520, Montana State University, Bozeman MT 59717-2520; 406-994-3651; . In compliance with the Montana Veteran’s Employment Preference Act, MSU provides preference in employment to veterans, disabled veterans, and certain eligible relatives of veterans. To claim veteran’s preference please complete the veteran’s preference information located in the Demographics section of your profile. MSU’s Non-Discrimination Policy and Discrimination Grievance Procedures can be located on the MSU Website: .