University of Colorado Denver

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS) - Academic Advising Office

Student Affairs Specialist

Position #704586 - Requisition 03987

Job Summary:
The University of Colorado Denver is seeking

applications for a Student Affairs Specialist. This full-time, University Staff (non-classified) position will be located at the International College of Beijing (ICB) in Beijing, China for 9-10 months of the year. ICB is located on the China Agricultural University campus in northern Beijing. This position will intentionally guide students through the educational process in achieving the fundamental goals of higher education through academic and career advising. This position will provide support to students and faculty to address health and safety needs of students on the Beijing, China campus. This position is a part of the advising team of the CLAS Academic Advising Office. The position will work at ICB in China during the academic and holiday calendar (9-10 months) and 2-3 months on the CU Denver campus.

This position reports to the CLAS Assistant Dean and Director of CLAS Academic Advising. On-site supervision in China will be delegated to the ICB Director during China's academic and holiday calendar.

In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification document form upon hire.

Staff hired to work at ICB must be able to meet the requirements to obtain the appropriate visa to work in China.

Examples of Work Performed:
full-time and continuous academic advising for CLAS students in Beijing, China
from matriculation to graduation as part of the International College of
Beijing, China.

Serve as the authority to the University Core Curriculum and CLAS Graduation requirements.

Collaborate with Communication and Economics departments to identify parameters to support major advising for students.

Establish regular office hours similar to Denver Campus structure and scheduling system to foster student transition to Denver campus.

Implement retention initiatives and programs

Probation and suspension program:
Monitor academic standing for all ICB CLAS students.

Work individually with ICB CLAS students to complete required Academic Success Plan and meet with students each semester while student is on probation and/or restricted academic probation.

Early Alert System (early intervention program)

Collaborate with the Denver campus advising team to ensure student registrations are complete prior to the fifth week of fall and spring semesters.

Follow up with identified students in the process to discuss challenges and concerns with alerted courses.

Conduct academic success skills workshop to support referred students.

Identify appropriate support services for ICB students.

Record contacts with students using electronic early alert system.

Facilitate workshops and presentations that support student transitions, student success, career development, and graduate school preparation.

Coordinate student registration and student enrollment

Provide regular instruction on the usage of student registration procedures and system.

Assist students with the accurate completion and submission of schedule adjustment forms.

Collaborate with CLAS Academic Advising Office to submit schedule adjustments and the follow up of registration changes.

Assist in the development of course scheduling of ICB courses.

Disseminate information about registration dates, deadlines, policies and procedures through CLAS webpages and ICB website.


Conduct senior reviews and degree certification as part of CLAS Advising Office graduation workflow each term.

Participate in commencement ceremony.

Implement New Student Programs

Hold Orientation/Advising 1001 sessions (group advising for new students).

Offer transition programs to the Denver Campus.

Build and maintain cooperative working relationships and regular communication with CLAS Advising team, CLAS Assistant Dean for Undergraduate Academic Advising, and CLAS Assistant Dean for International Education.

Refer students to appropriate resources and lines of authority regarding all academic issues, registration adjustments & challenges, degree requirements and academic policies.

Degree Audit and Transfer Tables

Implement established degree audits for ICB CLAS majors and CLAS degree requirements.

Support the transfer-table implementation for CAU or other college/university courses in China.

Forecast curriculum needs through the degree audit system and present plan to ICB Director and CLAS Assistant Dean of International Education.

Career and Job Search Programming

Provide individual and group career advising and job search strategy sessions.

Facilitate workshops on resume writing, cover letter and graduate school preparation and searches.

Risk Management

Assess whether individuals pose a risk to themselves or others and intervene when necessary.

Identify and provide assistance to those in need.

Work collaboratively with faculty, staff, administration, and concerned others.

Educate the ICB campus community about identifying concerning behavior.

Respond to student behavioral concerns in a fair, reasonable and efficient manner.

Mental Health Services and Referrals

Identify appropriate resources and referral services in order to support students' wellness and mental health.

Create a supportive and safe educational environment for students.

Salary and Benefits:
The hiring salary for this position is $50,000

  • $62,000 a
nd is negotiable and commensurate with skills and experience. This position is not eligible for overtime compensation.

The University of Colorado offers a full benefits package. Information on University benefits programs, including eligibility, is located at

In addition, this position provides 2 round trip airfare tickets per year between Beijing and Denver, international health insurance, and free housing provided by China Agricultural University partners.

The University of Colorado Denver is dedicated to ensuring a safe and secure environment for our faculty, staff, students and visitors. To assist in achieving that goal, we conduct background investigations for all prospective employees.

The University of Colorado Denver is committed to recruiting and supporting a diverse student body, faculty and administrative staff. The university strives to promote a culture of inclusiveness, respect, communication and understanding. We encourage applications from women, ethnic minorities, persons with disabilities and all veterans. The University of Colorado is committed to diversity and equality in education and employment.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university.
  • Two years of professional experience providing support services to students in a post-secondary setting. (Para-professional experience cannot be substituted for professional experience).
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Master’s degree from an accredited college or university.
  • Proven experience working with international programs and student services.
  • Demonstrated background and experience in providing program and services for student and career development.
  • Demonstrated experience and skills in personal/mental health support and referral.
  • Successful experience cultivating relationships within the College and with other student and academic affairs units on campus.
  • Proven experience with non-native speakers.
Competencies/Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:
  • Demonstrated excellent communication (oral/written) skills and organizational skills, and attention to detail.
  • Established skills with enrollment management programs that included
orientation, early alert systems, probation and suspension programs,
transfer student initiatives, and/or other recruitment and retention
  • Established success in working with students from diverse backgrounds and within a multicultural environment.
  • Established skills and experience utilizing technology that student
services business practices (Banner, PeopleSoft, DARS, Datatel, SIS,
  • Proven ability to work as part of a team in a collaborative environment
  • Strong organization and multiple task skills.
  • Must be a self-starter, quick learner, and highly motivated.
Special Instructions to Applicants


Applications are accepted electronically ONLY at, posting 03987.

1) A letter of application which specifically addresses the job requirements and outlines qualifications.
2) Current resume.

NOTE: Incomplete applications may not be considered.

Questions should be directed to Sheryl Coffey at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Reference checks are a standard step in our hiring process. You may be asked to provide contact information, including e-mail addresses, for up to 5 references if you are referred to the Hiring Authority for an interview. We will notify you prior to contacting both on and off-list references.

Application Materials Required


Cover Letter, Resume/CV

Application Materials Instructions


APPLICATION DEADLINE: Applications will be accepted until the position is filled, but full consideration will be given to complete applications received by March 22, 2016. Those who do not apply by March 22, 2016 may or may not be considered.