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Academic Advisor I/II

Detroit, Michigan
Job Type
3 Aug 2022
Posting Number


Position Title

Academic Advisor I/II

Number of Vacancies



32 - Provost & VP Academic Affairs

Primary Department

H3201-VP Academic Affairs

Working Conditions

Wayne State University requires all students, faculty and staff to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 with limited exceptions. Learn more at:

Wayne State University is a premier, public, urban research university located in the heart of Detroit where students from all backgrounds are offered a rich, high quality education. Our deep rooted commitment to excellence, collaboration, integrity, diversity and inclusion creates exceptional educational opportunities preparing students for success in a diverse, global society. WSU encourages applications from women, people of color, and other underrepresented people. Wayne State is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer.

Ability to work occasional evenings and weekends.

Essential Functions (Job Duties)

The Advisor for Student Engagement will support the vision, mission, and commitments of the Office of Multicultural Student Engagement (OMSE). The individual Works in conjunction with the Assistant Director to assist in achieving the long-term strategic planning of the office. The individual coordinates outreach and awareness initiatives that promote academic success for LGBTQ+, first generation, historically marginalized students and others. This position reports to the Assistant Director of the Office of Multicultural Student Engagement.

Collaborate in the creation of programs and services with departments and colleges to provide support services to aid in retention and graduation.

Develop, organize, and facilitate on-campus programming and educational workshops focused on cultivating learning and engagement opportunities around identity development, intersectionality, and other areas that increase awareness on diversity, equity, inclusion, and social justice.

In collaboration with OMSE staff, assist in the development and execution of educational programs for cultural heritage months and identity-based celebrations.

Facilitate the advising and mentoring of LGBTQ+, underrepresented, and first-generation students with the goal of facilitating their full participation in the academic life at WSU.

Collaborate and assist with existing orientation and first-year programs with the goal of helping students become actively engaged within the Wayne State University campus community.

Communicate with faculty and academic staff about students' (LGBTQ+, first-generation, and historically marginalized students) regarding academic progress to identify areas of strengths and needs to provide individualized services, resources, and opportunities to enhance their academic engagement and success.

Assist with programming and advising support to student organizations serving underrepresented, first generation, and historically marginalized populations.

In collaboration with OMSE staff, assist in the development of appropriate information channels to inform LGBTQ+ and underrepresented students of personal and academic development opportunities.

Serve as the office lead on LGBTQ+ Allyship training and facilitate ongoing development and assessment of related trainings and educational programs.

Serve as the office lead for annual Rainbow Graduation and Homecoming ceremony as well as assist with other graduation celebration events coordinated out of OMSE.

Unique Duties


Bachelor's degree required for Academic Advisor I. Master's degree required for Academic Advisor II, from an accredited college or university preferably in Student Affairs, Higher Education, Counseling, Women's Gender and/or Sexuality studies or related field.

Minimum of two years of job-related experience.

Demonstrated experience working with programs that serve LGBTQ+ and diverse student populations with special attention and outreach to under-represented or historically marginalized students(e.g., low-income, first-generation, and other historically excluded populations).

Knowledge of and experience with multicultural and multi-ethnic dynamics within a university setting and the academic and social pressures experienced by students at a major research University including students from the LGBTQ+ community.

A leadership role in diversity, multicultural education advising, or student affairs program in a college or university

Five or more years of full-time progressively responsible experience in university retention and advising programs and activities in the areas of academic, social, and transitional support.

Experience serving in coordinator positions in higher education student services programs, demonstrating strong multitasking skills and ability to work with teams of people.

Communication Skills: Oral and written skills to communicate in a diverse environment at all levels, with tact and diplomacy, in order to achieve program and campus goals. Strong public speaking and presentation skills.

Program Skills: Knowledge of best practices, assessment, and research and evaluating programs and services that support success of students from historically underrepresented or marginalized populations. Ability to conduct program assessment and assessment of student learning outcomes.

Technical Knowledge: Knowledge of skill and learning development models, including multicultural student development theory, advising theory, and factors affecting the college success for diverse populations. Ability to apply this knowledge when developing/modifying policies and practices.

Interpersonal Skills: Excellent interpersonal skills, especially those in the areas of collaboration, conflict resolution, problem solving, and decision making.

Organizational Skills: Excellent organizational and time management skills with demonstrated ability to plan, coordinate, prioritize, and effectively execute multiple initiatives, programs, and events, and meet established deadlines.

Preferred Qualifications

Testing Requirements

Not Applicable

Test Scheduling

Job Type


Job Category

Faculty and Academic Staff

Duration of Posting

Fiscal Year of Job Open Date


Job Open Date

(When job is posted in the system)


Job Close Date

(or until suitable candidate is found)

Until Suitable Candidate is Found

Is this position reposted?


Reposting Reason:

None (New Posting)

Application Information

Background Check Requirements

University policy requires certain persons who are offered employment to undergo a background check, including a criminal history check, before starting to work. If you are offered employment, the University will inform you if a background check is required.

Instructions for submitting your application:

Submit application via WSU's Online Hiring System.

Represented Position Message

Funding/Salary Information

Salary (Minimum)

(Non-Academic Only)

Salary (Hire Max)

(Non-Academic Only)

Salary (Maximum)

(Non-Academic Only)

Hourly Rate

(Non-Academic Only)

Salary Range

(Academic Only)


Is Position Bump Ineligible?

(Non-Academic, Represented positions only. Select 'No' for Academic. Select N/A if Non-represented.)

NOTE: If 'Yes' is selected, then this is a Bump Ineligible Position (BIP). The person who bids or hires into this 100% grant funded position has no bumping rights upon grant expiration or in a reduction of force.


Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer including Disabled/Vets

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  • Job Reference: 676653668-2
  • Date Posted: 3 August 2022
  • Location: Detroit, Michigan
  • Salary: On Application
  • Sector: Education
  • Job Type: Permanent