Dissertation Advisor (ALDA)
Capella University - Minneapolis, MN

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Reporting to the Dissertation Support Center Supervisor, the Dissertation Advisor will build professional partnerships with mentors and learners to optimize the achievement of degree completion goals.


Dissertation Advisors offer coaching, support and referrals for mentors to promote the understanding of success strategies for dissertation completion as well as Capella University’s policies, practices, and procedures. Dissertation Advisors also work directly with doctoral learners who are in the comprehensive examination and dissertation phases of their program, using a proactive coaching model to help learners achieve their academic goals and persist to graduation. Dissertation Advisors build professional relationships with mentors and learners, facilitating problem resolution within specific timeframes. Dissertation Advisors work closely with mentors and Dissertation Success Managers to proactively challenge at risk learners to overcome barriers and obstacles using academic resources, coaching, and development of plans to guide them to degree completion. This collaboration enhances learners' academic success and positively impacts learner persistence.

Main responsibilities are Promotion of Degree Completion via:
  • Mentor Engagement & Coaching
  • Leaner Engagement & Coaching
  • Dissertation Success Engagement
  • Outreach

  • Master's degree required.
  • 2+ years of experience as an academic advisor, enrollment representative, school counselor, student personnel worker, career counselor, faculty development specialist, or other relevant work experience using advanced coaching, counseling and problem solving skills required. Experience working with adult learners and/or faculty is preferred.
  • Ability to communicate and build professional relationships with a wide range of mentors and adult learners through primarily phone and email interactions.
  • Fundamental understanding of business acumen in order to successfully balance learner and University needs.
  • Organizational Skills
  • Communication and Interpersonal Skills
  • Self-motivation
  • Technical and Computer Skills
Located in Minneapolis, MN and relocation is not available

Job Location

Capella University
Capella Tower
225 S. 6 th St., 9 th Floor
Minneapolis, MN 55402

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About Capella University

Capella University is an online university built on graduate degrees, with more than 34,900 students throughout the U.S. and in other countries. Founded in 1993 to provide advanced educational opportunities for working professionals, Capella has become a national leader in online education, offering bachelor's, master's, and doctoral programs. The university's success is built upon a culture that promotes human potential, achievement, innovation, integrity, collaboration, and teamwork. Capella Education Company (CPLA), parent company of Capella University, is publicly traded on the NASDAQ. Capella Education Company was named to the Inc. 500 Hall of Fame for being listed as one of the nation's fastest-growing companies for 7 consecutive years. Capella University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, located at 230 S. LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604-1413, (312) 263-0456, www.ncahlc.org

Equal Employment Opportunity

Capella is committed to the development of a multicultural environment. We seek greater diversity in our faculty and staff to broaden our academic experience and to reflect the diversity within our learner community. We value the input of multiple viewpoints and perspectives across the university and our corporate offices. Our goal is to create academic and business communities that are rich with cultural, social and intellectual diversity. Capella is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer.

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