Montana State University

Professional Position
Vacancy Announcement
September 13, 1013 *Contact Information Update*

Coach/Advisor - Pooled Position
Office of Student Success

Search Number     12220-3
Start Date As needed.
Appointment Part Time and vary in duration dependent on need and satisfactory performance.
Salary $12.00 - $14.00 per hour.
Benefits Non-Eligible

Founded in 1893 as a Land Grant University, Montana State University (MSU) is composed of eight academic colleges and a graduate school and boasts a friendly, supportive faculty and campus environment. Currently, the University hosts an enrollment of over 14,000 students, including approximately 1,900 graduate students. MSU is classified as one of 108 U.S. Research Universities (very high research activity) by the Carnegie Foundation.

MSU is located in Bozeman, Montana, an extended community of about 70,000 nestled in the Rocky Mountains in southwest Montana. In addition to providing access to an extraordinary ecosystem for teaching and research programs, Bozeman is renowned for year-round recreational and cultural opportunities to include access to world class ski areas, multiple blue ribbon trout streams and the Gallatin National Forest. The local airport is served by four national airlines and is the second busiest airport in the state.

Named an All American City, Bozeman boasts high-quality medical facilities, a very low crime rate, many fine restaurants, acclaimed public and private schools, a symphony orchestra and choir, an annual opera, and nationally known events such as the Sweet Pea Festival of the Arts held in early August of each year. Powder Magazine identified Bozeman, with "three distinctly different" major ski resorts within an hour's drive, as the number one place to live and ski in its November 2010 Magazine. ranked Bozeman #2 on the list of American Dreamtowns - small towns that offer the best quality of life without metropolitan hassles. The K-12 educational system, growing reputation of Montana State University, and pristine natural environment of the area combine to make Bozeman one of America's most desirable university towns. Bozeman is located in the beautiful Gallatin Valley, 90 miles north of Yellowstone National Park.


The function of Career, Internship & Student Employment Services and the Office of Student Success has been combined into one physical space to create a greater service and convenience offerings for students. While two separate missions exist, the over-arching goal is to promote student retention and completion by providing access, quality and expertise to promote career maturity and student persistence.

Coaches, with Career & Internship Services will be tasked with assisting students with their professional development, including career planning, resume writing, interviewing skills and job and internship searching.

Advisors, with the Office of Student Success, will assist students with the skills necessary to continue their education at MSU. This includes conducting one-on-one intervention appointments with “at risk” students, reviewing appropriate learning strategies, including but not limited to: critical thinking/reading skill, test-taking skills, note-taking skills, time management. In addition, Advisors will assist with financial literacy, arranging free tutoring, and referrals to appropriate campus services.

For further information on the offices, please visit: Office of Student Success or the Career, Internship and Student Employment Services

Duties and
As part of a multi-disciplinary team, these positions are responsible for conducting intervention/advising meetings with students. Coaches/Advisors are responsible for connecting with students identified as “at-risk,” or who seek out services for time management, learning strategies, career coaching, financial literacy and professional development skills. Successful candidates will be hired with one of the two offices.
  1. Bachelor’s degree.
  2. Demonstrated ability to effectively communicate with diverse populations.
  3. Experience working with college students or similar populations as a mentor/advisor in a professional environment.
  4. Demonstrated experience working in a fast paced office setting.
  5. Ability to troubleshoot problems and have candid conversations.
  1. Master’s degree.
  2. Experience facilitating and instructing small group workshops and classes.
  3. Possess a working knowledge of MSU policies and procedures.
The Successful
Candidate Will
Possess a desire to work with college students; have a proven ability to work independently and in a team environment; possess sound decision-making skills; possess an enthusiastic approach and a high level of integrity; have the ability to represent the office in a professional manner and possess the ability to manage and maintain confidential information.
This position will require some evening and weekend work.

In accordance with MSU policy, hiring will be conditional upon successful completion of a pre-employment background check.

Screening of applications will begin on immediately and will continue to be accepted until the position is filled.
To apply, submit the following:
  • (1) a letter of application addressing all of the above required and preferred qualifications, and
  • (2) a current resume or vitae, and
  • (3) the names, addresses, telephone numbers and email addresses of three current professional references.

    An application packet addressing all of the above listed items is highly encouraged. Missing materials and/or information may not be requested and may result in your application not being considered for the position.

    Electronic submissions in PDF format are preferred, and must have the applicant's signature on the letter of application. For electronic submittals, please indicate "Applicant - Search #12220-3" in the subject line of the email.

    • Submit materials to:
    • Lori Oakley
    • Search Support
    • The Office of Student Success
    • Montana State University
    • PO Box 174180
    • Bozeman, MT 59717-4180
    • (406) 994.7627

      In order to receive Veterans Preference during the application review process, it is highly recommended that the required forms are included at the time you submit your application materials. Click here for the forms and information regarding Veterans Preference. Important note: Your preference form is submitted to a different location than your application materials. A DD214 is not a required document.

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