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Higher Ed Administrative Careers - Academic Advising
About the Job
The Life Directions Center (LDC) Advisor position reports to the Associate Director of the Life Directions Center. Each LDC Advisor owns a specialty area of academic programs, for instance Study Abroad Programs, international students, School of Music, etc...The purpose of the LDC is to equip authentic disciples of Christ to discern their life calling, achieve academic success, and engage in meaningful service.
Colorado Christian University is the premier interdenominational Christian university in Colorado and the Rocky Mountain region, delivering world class education to thousands of students. The fully accredited, nonprofit University is located in Lakewood, Colorado, a suburb of Denver.
Colorado Christian University was founded in 1914. CCU’s motto is--grace and truth. This motto comes from John 1.14: “And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, the glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.” (ESV)
CCU's mission is Christ-centered higher education transforming students to impact the world with grace and truth.
Colorado Christian University cultivates knowledge and love of God in a Christ-centered community of learners and scholars, with an enduring commitment to the integration of exemplary academics, spiritual formation, and engagement with the world. We envision graduates who think critically and creatively, lead with high ethical and professional standards, embody the character and compassion of Jesus Christ, treasure the gospel, and who thereby are prepared to impact the world in their callings.
CCU embraces an educational model that was present at the foundation of many of the great western and American universities. It is made up of three pillars—competence, character and Christ-centered faith. Secular universities have abandoned two of those pillars. We think this is a major oversight that eventually undermines education. Furthermore, we believe this classical educational model is both life-giving and greatly needed in our time.
A leader in higher education, CCU has been consistently ranked in the top 2 percent of colleges and universities nationwide for its core curriculum by the American Council of Trustees and Alumni. CCU has had ten consecutive years of enrollment growth and has been named one of the five fastest-growing master’s granting universities by The Chronicle of Higher Education.
CCU offers more than 100 degree program options for traditional and adult students through its two colleges--the College of Undergraduate Studies and College of Adult and Graduate Studies. More than 8,000 students attend the University on the main campus, in regional centers throughout Colorado, and online.
What is most appealing about working at CCU?
Faith-friendly: CCU’s culture is unique to higher education. Where else can you pursue academic excellence yet read the Holy Bible, pray with teammates and students at work, and work to impact our culture in support of Christian values?
Convictionally Christian: As a university, we have an enduring commitment to Christ, his kingdom and the truth of God’s Word.
Live out your calling: We are a traditional evangelical university where you can invest your God-given talents and abilities alongside coworkers and teammates, while having a profound influence on students as they deepen their relationship with Jesus Christ.
Equip students for kingdom work: You can be a part of helping students discover their callings and preparing them for positions of significant leadership in the church, business, government, education, and other professions, as a key part of our University's Strategic Priorities.
We're looking for candidates who have:
Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution required, with a Master's degree in Student Development, Education, or related field preferred.
2-3 years experience working in Christian higher education preferred.
Passion for helping students deepen their relationship with God and develop as the man or woman of God they are designed to be.
Proficiency with Microsoft Office, experience using and maintaining a shared database system, and a willingness to learn new technology.
Ability to educate. To learn, self-start, problem-solve creatively, and maintain organization, while working successfully independently and as part of a team.
Strong oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills for personalized service to students.
Ability to balance multiple priorities and a large number of meetings in a very fast-paced environment, especially during high-demand periods of a semester.
Ability to adapt quickly and cheerfully to changing priorities and processes.
Experience with personality, interest, and strengths assessments preferred (Examples: MBTI, Strong, Strengths Finder).
Key Job Duties
Contribute to CCU’s mission: CCU provides Christ-centered higher education to transform students to impact the world with grace and truth. The LDC Advisor contributes to this mission by guiding and encouraging students to fulfill their God-given calling and educational goals by providing quality, Christ-centered advising to enhance and advance exemplary academics, spiritual growth, and engagement with the world.
Advise a cohort of students consisting of equal numbers of each class (freshmen, sophomore, junior, or senior). A typical cohort ranges from 125-175 students. This holistic advising includes academic advising and mentoring as well as personal and spiritual care.
Support the LDC’s learning outcomes using the Coaching to Complete model. This is an educational process that, by intention and design, facilitates students’ understanding of the meaning and purpose of higher education and fosters their intellectual and personal development toward academic success and life-long learning.
Provide academic advising to students including major exploration and confirmation, course selection, and adherence to a degree plan to ensure timely graduation and assist the student in pursuing opportunities to meet their academic goals.
Update and maintain detailed records of students' academic progress using office tools and the University database system. Provide students with documentation to re-cap and remind them of previously discussed items.
Work with faculty, Deans, and the Registrar's Office (Service Central) to ensure cohesive communication regarding academic requirements.
Coach students on a variety of topics including: God’s calling on their life, their faith journey, service to others, and personal, spiritual, and interest assessments, as well as academic and life goals.
Plan and facilitate relevant events and programs with the LDC team.
Support CCU's Student Life department through involvement in campus-wide programming, committees, and events.
Perform other duties as assigned.
While performing the duties of this job, you may be required to walk, stand, sit, reach with hands and arms, balance, stoop, speak with clarity, and have appropriate vision and hearing capabilities. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. You may be required to work occasional irregular hours, including some nights and weekends.
What we offer our employees:
We offer competitive compensation and benefits packages to all employees. Our benefit package includes: a tuition waiver program, excellent healthcare, generous paid time off, matching 403(b) retirement plan, and additional organizational paid benefits and voluntary benefit offerings. Pay and benefits will be discussed in more detail as candidates progress through the interview process.
Colorado Christian University’s pay philosophy is based on internal and external data for pay equity; along with budgetary considerations for effective stewardship. We reserve the right to pay an equitable rate that we believe is within our salary structure or that may fit a candidate’s qualifications or experience for the job. A wage range posted is not a guarantee of a specific wage range for a job offer. CCU reserves the right to make pay decisions based on economic and equity considerations to attract the best possible talent. CCU does not determine pay based on sex or any other protected status.
Internal Number: 941
About Colorado Christian University
With a heritage dating back to 1914, Colorado Christian University is committed to offering a complete education that develops students intellectually, professionally, and spiritually. Just a few minutes from downtown Denver, CCU is uniquely positioned to offer students a distinctive variety of educational opportunities and experiences.