Montana State University

Professional Position
Vacancy Announcement
August 29, 2014

Academic Advisor - Caring for Our Own Program (CO-OP)
College of Nursing - Caring for Our Own Program

Search Number     15-836
Start Date Upon successful completion of search process
Appointment Full-time (1.0 FTE) fiscal year Montana University System contract; subject to annual renewal

$34,000 - $37,000 per year depending on experience. This is a fiscal year appointment, full time (1.0 FTE) status. This position is grant funded thus annual reappointment is contingent on funding, need and performance.

Benefits Eligible
Montana State University values diverse perspectives and is committed to continually supporting, promoting and building an inclusive and culturally diverse campus environment. MSU recognizes the importance of work-life integration and strives to be responsive to the needs of dual career couples.

Founded in 1893 as a Land Grant University, Montana State University (MSU) is composed of nine academic colleges and a graduate school and boasts a friendly, supportive faculty and campus environment. Currently, the University hosts an enrollment of over 15,000 students, including approximately 2,000 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 Bozeman-Yellowstone International Airport is served by several major airlines and is the 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. Bozeman is listed as one of National Geographic's "World's 25 Best Ski Towns." 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 College of Nursing’s “Caring for Our Own Program” (CO-OP) is a support program for Native American and Alaska Native students pursuing their nursing degree at Montana State University. CO-OP’s goals are to increase the enrollment of American Indian nursing students in the College of Nursing at Montana State University and build a strong pool of American Indian and Alaska Native nurses who are prepared for practice, management, and leadership to serve Native American communities. The program recruits and supports students who have a desire to earn a baccalaureate degree in nursing in order to prepare them to provide high quality professional nursing care to their own communities. While financial assistance is available to CO-OP students, the principal benefits of the program are the provision of expert, culturally-sensitive academic advising; social support services, and academic assistance, along with referring students to other student services available at MSU and in the Bozeman community. The program staff is dedicated to helping American Indian students successfully complete the baccalaureate nursing program at MSU.

Duties and

Under the supervision of the Associate Director of the CO-OP program, the Academic Advisor represents the CO-OP program in campus-wide activities with American Indian students and works closely with the College of Nursing’s Undergraduate Student Services Coordinator. Specific duties are as follows:

  1. Provide and/or facilitate academic and student services support for students in CO-OP.
  2. Advise CO-OP students weekly, monitor academic performance and attendance.
  3. Provides/facilitate weekly workshops for CO-OP students.
  4. Available to students for paper planning and proofreading, follows up on student academic performance, hosts book club addressing traditional health perspectives.
  5. Coordinates with upper division faculty advisors regarding transfer students, and assists with the development, coordination, and delivery of the annual Health Occupations Pathways in Excellence (HOPE) program.
  6. Advise and track potential incoming students and participate in general CO-OP outreach and recruitment activities.
  7. Document, track, meet and internally report on progress towards the goals and outcomes of federal funding sources.
  8. Collaborate as needed with CON/CO-OP staff regarding student academic performance.
  9. Additional responsibilities include: identifying campus and community resources for CO-OP students, coordinating the tutor program, assisting students with the identification of and application for financial aid resources, course registration, and coordinating student service learning projects.

1.   Bachelor's degree.
2.   Experience working with disadvantaged high school and college students in an advising role.
3.   Demonstrated experience in monitoring and coordinating events related to advising.
1.   Bachelor's or Master's degree in student development, student affairs, counseling, or a health related field.
2.   Experience working with students in an academic advising role.
3.   Experience working with high school and college students from American Indian backgrounds.
4.   Demonstrated experience delivering or working with college/university academic and student support programs.
5.   Experience teaching/facilitating seminars with high school and college students in an education centered environment.
The Successful
Candidate Will

Demonstrate effective oral and written communication skills; interact effectively one-on-one and with large groups; work effectively as part of a faculty/staff team; and possess effective organizational and computer skills.

1.   In accordance with MSU policy, hiring will be conditional upon successful completion of a pre-employment background check.
2.   Must possess currently or be eligible to obtain a valid State of Montana driver's license.

Screening of applications will begin on September 12, 2014, and will continue to be accepted until an adequate pool is established.


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 #15-836: Academic Advisor" in the subject line of the email.

    • Submit materials to:

    • CO-OP Academic Advisor Search Committee
    • c/o Terry Lee Altemus
    • College of Nursing
    • Montana State University
    • P.O. Box 173560
    • Bozeman MT 59717-3560
    • (406) 994-5711
    • To apply or for additional information, email Terry Lee Altemus at:

      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.

Posted (08/29/14kw)