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Academic Advisor

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Work type: Academic Staff - 12 Month Renewable
Location: Platteville
Categories: Office and Administrative, Student Services, Advising


Position Summary:

The University of Wisconsin-Platteville is hiring a full-time, 12-month team member to work as an Advisor with the Office of Professional Program Support (OPPS). The advisor serves as primary point of contact for distance students, providing academic guidance, career counseling, and general outreach activities including various retention efforts. The advisor also serves as a liaison between the student and various offices on campus, such as financial aid and veterans’ benefits. The position is physically located on the UW-Platteville campus in Platteville, Wisconsin. The position is an annual appointment.

The office hours are generally Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and are flexible. The annual salary is $38,000-41,000, commensurate with qualifications and experience.

This is a benefit and paid leave eligible position. 

Partial remote/hybrid work may be considered after successful completion of the six-month probationary period. 


  • Build and maintain relationships with students to help ensure their success meeting their unique educational goal
  • Serve as a liaison between the OPPS staff and the academic departments/programs to support each department’s degree offerings
  • Serve in an academic advisor and outreach capacity
    • Develop and follow an initial advising plan
    • Initiate and respond to correspondence from admitted students 
    • Provide guidance on course selection
    • Interpret and explain student academic and administrative policies and procedures
    • Work with appropriate staff such as program coordinators, admission specialists, etc.; on transfer courses, career advice, course substitutions and other curriculum matters when applicable
    • Engage, coach, and motivate students to obtain educational goals by reaching out in non-registration and registration time periods 
    • Develop, implement, and track follow up communications with admitted students 
    • Identify at risk students and provide assistance to them
    • Provide responses to student questions associated with individual course and program progress
    • Work with students who want to drop classes and or withdraw from their program
    • Work with various offices/staff to obtain information about changes to policies and procedures that will impact students
    • Support student comprehension of the registration process and encouragement of course selection
    • Develop and follow a retention plan at various touch points during the non-registration time frame in addition to open registration times 
  • Other duties
    • Work collaboratively in a diverse team environment
    • Identify and participate in various professional development opportunities to support individual and department knowledge and skills
    • Serve on departmental committees and project teams
    • Perform other duties as assigned

What You’ll Need to Succeed:

• Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution
• 1-3 years of professional work experience in academic advising, student outreach activities, higher education, or customer service
• Excellent communication skills (both verbal and written)
• Proficient with Microsoft Office
• Excellent organizational skills
• Collaborative and independent worker, with the ability to work well with a wide variety of people
• Ability to manage multiple tasks with various deadlines
• Detail and goal oriented

Why It’s Great to be a Pioneer:

Information on the Office of Professional Program Support can be found at:  

Campus Information: 

The University of Wisconsin-Platteville, founded in 1866, offers 42 baccalaureate and 6 master's programs. It possesses institutional strengths in middle level education, engineering, industrial technology, agriculture, criminal justice and business. The campus is located in Southwest Wisconsin's largest and most historic community. The region offers excellent school systems, high quality medical and hospital facilities, outstanding recreational opportunities, and vibrant businesses and industries. UW-Platteville is a cultural and educational center for the Tri-State region of Illinois, Iowa and Wisconsin.

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Application Deadline:

Applications must be submitted through our online applicant portal, applications due by: April 26, 2022. Applications will be accepted until the position has been filled.


How to Apply:

The following documents are required for applicant consideration:

  • Letter of application addressing all required qualifications
  • A current resume
  • Contact information (name, telephone number, and email address) for 3 professional references.
  • Additional documents as needed


For questions regarding this position, please contact:

            Pam Mootz -


We Support Diversity and Inclusion:

Our mission is to foster a diverse environment that contributes to an inclusive culture and climate by promoting critical discourse and meaningful interactions between all members of our campus community.

Equal Employment Opportunity:

The University of Wisconsin-Platteville is committed to recruiting, supporting and fostering a diverse, inclusive and civil community of outstanding faculty, staff and students, and is an AA/EEO Employer. A criminal background check is required for employment. Applicants must be legally entitled to work in the U.S. at time of hire.

Employment will require a criminal background check. It will also require you and your references to answer questions regarding sexual violence and sexual harassment.

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The University of Wisconsin-Platteville is committed to recruiting, supporting and fostering a diverse, inclusive and civil community of outstanding faculty, staff and students, and is an AA/EEO Employer. A criminal background check is required for employment. Applicants must be legally entitled to work in the U.S. at time of hire.

It is the policy of the University of Wisconsin-Platteville to provide equal employment opportunity to all individuals regardless of race, color, creed, sex, sexual orientation, age, national origin, ancestry, disability, marital status, pregnancy, political affiliation, arrest or conviction record, identity as a veteran, disabled veteran, Vietnam era veteran, membership in the national guard, state defense force or any other reserve component of the military forces of the United States or this state. Sexual harassment is illegal and will not be tolerated. Co-workers and supervisors may not retaliate against any employee, student, or job applicant because he or she filed a complaint, assisted in an investigation or participated in any proceeding alleging discrimination on the foregoing basis.

The University ensures physical accessibility to work environments for persons with disabilities and will provided reasonable accommodations to ensure equal access to employment. Upon request, the University will provide reasonable accommodations for religious observances and practices. The University is committed to a program of affirmative action for women, racial minorities, persons with disabilities, disabled veterans and veterans of the Vietnam era. While the Chancellor assumes overall responsibility for the success of the program, university administrators and supervisors are responsible and accountable for implementation. Authority for monitoring the program is delegated to Human Resources.

Each individual associated with the University is called upon to pledge a new and revitalized commitment to build and maintain a campus environment free of harassment and discrimination, an environment that fosters mutual respect, recognizes the dignity and worth of all people, and promotes to the fullest, equal employment opportunity through affirmative action.

In compliance with the Clery Act of 1998, the University of Wisconsin-Platteville Annual Security & Annual Fire Safety Report is available for review. Call the UW-Platteville Campus Police Office at 608.342.1584 for a paper copy of the annual report.

The University of Wisconsin System will not reveal the identities of applicants who request confidentiality in writing, except that the identity of the successful candidate will be released. See Wis. Stat. §. 19.36(7).

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