Director of University Studies and the Academic Advising Center
Montana State University - Bozeman, MT

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The Director of the University Studies Program and Academic Advising Center (AAC) administers the daily operations of the program which provides professional academic advising to approximately 1200 undeclared incoming, continuing, former and non-degree undergraduate and National Student Exchange students, as well as students in their first year of a general Pre-Med curriculum and students in all majors who are pursuing Pre-Law. In addition, the AAC serves as the general advising center for all MSU students and had over 6,000 student visits during the 2012 academic year. The Director also oversees the delivery courses offered under University Studies to over 1500 students in nearly 100 course sections. The Director reports to the Associate Provost in the Office of Academic Affairs.

Duties and

The Director coordinates the responsibilities, activities, and professional development the staff of professional advisors, administrative assistant, interns, and student workers, and manages a program budget of approximately $585,500 annually. The Director oversees the continuing development of the program, and represents the program on campus committees and to various campus and community constituents. The Director also oversees the delivery of First Year Seminar US 101 (approximately 850 students in 50 sections each year) and Public Communication COM 110 (approximately 700 students in 40 sections).


Master’s degree or higher, from an accredited higher education institution.

Administrative leadership, demonstrated in areas such as strategic planning, budget management, personnel supervision, program evaluation and assessment.

Experience in mentoring and providing requisite support to students.

Background in the theory and practice of developmental academic advising.

Capacity for the successful administration/delivery of academic courses.


Experience motivating and working collegially with faculty, students, staff, and community.

Successful record of working with university administrators.

Demonstrated commitment to student access, persistence, graduation, and overall success.

The Successful
Candidate Will

The successful candidate will have a rich appreciation of the value of higher education, and a seasoned understanding of the issues faced by new, exploring, and transitioning students. The successful candidate will demonstrate a high degree of organizational skills, and the ability to interact and communicate well with university administrators, faculty, staff, and community members. Most importantly, enlivened by a keen sense of the importance of academic advising for student success, this individual will exhibit a deep commitment to and satisfaction from working with undergraduate students.


In accordance with MSU policy, hiring will be conditional upon successful completion of a pre-employment background check.


Screening of applications will begin on April 15, 2013 and will continue to be accepted until the position is filled.


To apply, submit the following :
  • (1) a letter of application addressing all of the above required and preferred qualifications, and
  • (2) a current resume or vitae, and
  • (3) the names, addresses, telephone numbers and email addresses of three current professional references.

    An application packet addressing all of the above listed items is highly encouraged. Missing materials and/or information may not be requested and may result in your application not being considered for the position.

    Electronic submissions in PDF format are preferred, and must have the applicant's signature on the letter of application. For electronic submittals, please indicate "Applicant - Search #13-257 in the subject line of the email.
    • Submit materials to:

    • Diane S. Heck Administrative Support
    • Administrative Support
    • Office of VP for Academic Affaires
    • Montana State University
    • PO Box 172560
    • Bozeman MT 59717-2560
    • (406)994-4371

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