Student Success Advisor, Center for Academic Excellence

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October 28, 2020


The Student Success Advisor promotes student success in an effort to support student retention, progression and graduation, and is responsible for helping students make purposeful choices and maintain momentum as they progress through their academic pathways.  The Student Success Advisor initiates contact and provides intrusive advising to student populations including, but not limited to, undeclared students, first-generation students and students in the Bulldog Scholars Program.

This position's essential functions include:

  • Advising current and prospective students on course selection, degree programs, campus resources and career options based on students' interests, goals, needs and degree progress
  • Guiding students in developing success plans that include setting goals and identifying, planning, overcoming potential obstacles and monitoring progress toward goals
  • Coordinating the delivery of services to students in the Bulldog Scholars Program
  • Designing, promoting and coordinating the delivery of academic success programming for all Truman students, including teaching sections of INDV 110 - Skills for Academic Success
  • Making referrals to campus services based on students' individual needs and interests and conducts timely follow up with students
  • Responding to student queries in a timely manner
  • Facilitating one-on-one advising sessions with current and prospective students
  • Monitoring students' academic progress
  • Participating in campus events
  • Participating in professional development activities to stay current on trends and best practices related to academic advising and student success in higher education
  • Collaborating with academic department to help them meet the needs of underserved students in their areas
  • Other duties as assigned


Minimum required qualifications include a Bachelor's degree; intellectual curiosity; ability to work collegially and independently; excellent oral and written communication skills; interpersonal skills (particularly in working with a diverse student population); organizational and management skills; and the ability to develop knowledge of, respect for and skills to engage with those of other cultures or backgrounds.

Preferred qualifications include a Master's degree in a liberal arts subject or in Student Affairs, Education, Counseling or a closely-related field; work experience in a higher education setting or with college-bound high school students; experience in academic advising or in student developmental counseling; experience teaching academic study skills; and experience working with academically vulnerable populations.

To Apply:

Please submit a cover letter, statement of advising philosophy, resume, contact information for three references and copies of all academic transcripts (official copies required prior to hire) online at or by mail to:

Human Resources
Truman State University
McClain Hall 101
Kirksville, MO  63501

Questions may be directed to Human Resources at 660-785-4031 or Final candidates will be expected to undergo and successfully pass a background check.

Review of applications will begin November 12, 2020, and continue until position is filled.

Truman State University is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer committed to assembling a diverse, broadly trained faculty and staff.  Women, minorities, people with disabilities and veterans are strongly encouraged to apply.  In compliance with applicable laws and in furtherance of its commitment to fostering an environment that welcomes and embraces diversity, Truman State does not discriminate on the basis of age, color, disability, national origin, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, or protected veteran status in its program or activities, including employment, admissions, and educational programs.  Inquiries may be directed to the Institutional Compliance Officer, 660-785-4354 and

Truman State is committed to providing reasonable accommodation to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request.  To request this document in an alternate form or to request an accommodation, please contact Human Resources, McClain Hall 101,  100 E. Normal, Kirksville, MO  63501, 660-785-4031 or

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