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College of Natural Sciences (CNS) Assistant Dean for Advising
University of Massachusetts Amherst

Date Posted Feb. 25, 2020
Title College of Natural Sciences (CNS) Assistant Dean for Advising
University University of Massachusetts Amherst
Amherst, MA, United States
Department College of Natural Sciences
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Associate/Assistant Dean
  • Academic Affairs
    Academic Advising
    University Administration
College of Natural Sciences (CNS) Assistant Dean for Advising
University of Massachusetts Amherst

The College of Natural Sciences (CNS) Assistant Dean for Advising develops and supports advising for all undergraduates enrolled as primary majors within the college. The Assistant Dean for Advising assists students, faculty, advisors, and occasionally parents (with FERPA release) with issues pertaining to orientation to academic programs and advising relating to progress within a degree program. In consultation with Associate Dean, the Assistant Dean coordinates with CNS Office of Student Success and Diversity, CNS Center for Career and Professional Development, Academic Dean, and Pre-med Pre-health Advising Center to develop, implement, promote and assess student success needs and initiatives.

Essential Functions
  • Oversee advising with the central CNS Advising Center
    Duties include but are not limited to:
  • Dissemination of relevant policy information, initiatives or directives to CNS advisors.
  • Oversight of Exploratory Track Advising (supervision of 2 professional staff) and CNS level Life Sciences Advising (supervision of 1 professional staff).
  • Planning, implementation and assessment of New Students Orientation (NSO) (supervision of 1 professional staff position and 1-4 part-time student employees).
  • Training of NSO advisors and student staff.
  • Work with NSO staff to develop and deliver CNS content during NSO.
  • Oversee day-to-day advising during NSO.
  • Serve as Academic Dean for NSO-related functions: change of major, course requisite overrides, course capacity overrides (with department/faculty permission).
  • Strategic planning, development, and assessment of advising, retention, and graduation initiatives.
  • Work in conjunction with CNS Academic Alert Coordinator to promote, assess, and improve the Academic Alert initiative.
  • Contribute to monitoring college requirement completion and associated graduation clearance.
  • Work in conjunction with professional staff to assess and process petitions for credit overload.
  • Oversee the day-to-day operation of the CNS Advising Center including use of the Navigate system for student appointments and advising records.
  • Preparation and oversight of CNS Advising Center budget.
  • Perform Academic Dean functions
    Duties include, but not limited to, the receipt, review, and determinations for Dean Actions including:
  • Academic Discipline.
  • Appeals for immediate reinstatement.
  • Advising follow up with students in academic discipline.
  • Petitions to the Committee on Admissions and Records.
  • University Withdrawals.
  • Approvals of Satisfactory Academic Progress Plans for Financial Aid requests.
  • Approvals to exceed 10/12 semesters.
  • Late withdrawals from courses.
  • Late course additions.
  • Exceptions to college requirements.
  • Grade change approvals.
  • Support Academic Advising within CNS Departments and undergraduate programs
  • Serve as CNS Lead on admissions and yield activities
  • Coordinate the CNS First Year Seminar (FYS) Program
  • Coordinate CNS Undergraduate Scholarships
  • Participate in college and university committees

  • Master’s degree in a science, education, or related field; Ph.D. or Ed.D. preferred.
  • 5 years of experience in college level programs focused on student academic success and progress.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills.
  • Able to fulfill responsibilities in a fast-paced environment.
  • Management and supervisory skills.
  • Familiarity with UMass Amherst student advising data platforms and academic policies.

Work Schedule
Monday-Friday, some nights and weekends.

Salary Information
Commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Special Instructions to Applicants
Submit a letter of application, resume, a statement of your advising philosophy and experience in student success, a Statement of Contribution to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (see below) and contact information for three professional references. The Diversity Statement should identify past experiences and future goals. These contributions may result from lived experiences, scholarships, and/or mentoring, teaching, and outreach activities. (

Apply by March 23, 2020 in order to ensure priority consideration. Search may remain open until a suitable candidate pool has been identified.
Please submit an application online at the following link:

About UMass Amherst
UMass Amherst, the Commonwealth's flagship campus, is a nationally ranked public research university offering a full range of undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. The University sits on nearly 1,450-acres in the scenic Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts, and offers a rich cultural environment in a bucolic setting close to major urban centers. In addition, the University is part of the Five Colleges (including Amherst College, Hampshire College, Mount Holyoke College, and Smith College), which adds to the intellectual energy of the region.

  • UMass Amherst is committed to a policy of equal opportunity without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, age, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, disability, military status, or genetic information in employment, admission to and participation in academic programs, activities, and services, and the selection of vendors who provide services or products to the University. To fulfill that policy, UMass Amherst is further committed to a program of affirmative action to eliminate or mitigate artificial barriers and to increase opportunities for the recruitment and advancement of qualified minorities, women, persons with disabilities, and covered veterans. It is the policy of the UMass Amherst to comply with the applicable federal and state statutes, rules, and regulations concerning equal opportunity and affirmative action.

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