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Montana State University Assistant Seminar Director and Academic Advisor in Bozeman, Montana

Position Details

Announcement Number STAFF - VA - 22003

For questions regarding this position, please contact:

Deborah Blanchard


Classification Title Program Mgr

Working Title Assistant Seminar Director and Academic Advisor

Brief Position Overview

The University Studies Assistant Seminar Director and Academic Advisor works closely with the University Studies Seminar Director to deliver US 101US and US 460 while also providing academic advising to students through the University Studies Academic Advising Center.

Position Number 4M0096

Department University Studies

Division Office of Academic Affairs

Appointment Type Classified

Contract Term Fiscal Year


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FLSA Exempt

Union Affiliation Exempt from Collective Bargaining

FTE 1.0

Benefits Eligible Eligible

Salary $19.23-$20.895 per hour, commensurate with experience, education and qualifications. Rate of pay will be determined by the staff compensation plan.  For questions contact

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Recruitment Type Open

General Statement

University Studies is part of MSU’s Advising Commons and serves as the academic home to exploring and undecided students. University Studies serves over 7000 students each year by providing academic advising to undecided and exploring students as well offering supplemental advising to students within declared majors. University Studies also offers two US core courses, US 101US and COMX 111US, which are taken by over 1300 students each year.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Assist Seminar Director with all facets of US 101 First-Year Seminar including, curriculum development and assessment; hiring and managing NTT and peer mentors; facilitating weekly instructor meetings and US 460 Peer Leadership; representing University Seminars on campus committees; collaborating with a wide campus constituency on first-year student programming

  • Teach minimum of one section of US 101US each academic year

  • Provide academic advising and participate in advising activities for University Studies and Advising Commons

    Required Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills

  • Master’s degree in relevant area

  • College level teaching experience or experience working with college students in a higher education setting.

  • Demonstrated experience working with and engaging diverse students and colleagues

    Preferred Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills

  • Teaching experience in a first-year seminar

  • Curriculum development and assessment experience

  • Experience in academic advising, particularly advising undeclared students

  • Familiarity with MSU policies, procedures, resources, and curriculum

  • Experience collaborating with multiple academic and student success departments

    The Successful Candidate Will

  • Possess a deep understanding of developmental and academic needs and issues faced by first-year students

  • Have ability to manage multiple priorities at the same time

  • Possess excellent oral, interpersonal, and written communication skills

  • Have outstanding organizational and record-keeping skills

  • Be able to take initiative and work well independently

  • Work professionally and effectively with diverse individuals

  • Foster excellent working relationships with and mentor course instructors, peer mentors, and students

  • Forge strong, positive, interactions with departmental and other campus colleagues to enhance the mission of first-year seminars, programming, and academic advising at MSU

    Position Special Requirements/Additional Information

    Please note this position will have responsibilities that fall outside the hours of 8-5.

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

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? Yes

Number of Vacancies 1

Desired Start Date Upon successful completion of a search.

Position End Date (if temporary)

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Applications will be:

Screening of applications will begin immediately and applications will continue to be accepted until an adequate applicant pool has been established.

Special Instructions

Required Supplemental Questions:

Explain your teaching philosophy and how it meets the needs of teaching first-year students.

Please explain any additional ways that you meet any of the items listed in The Successful Candidate Will…

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: ( .