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Academic Advisor

Requisition ID req29331
Working Title Academic Advisor
Position Grade 10
Position Summary

The University of New Mexico, College of Population Health (COPH) invites applications for an Academic Advisor.

The COPH at the University of New Mexico’s Health Sciences Center, serves New Mexico’s communities, government and non-profit agencies, businesses, and health–related organizations. The College and Health Sciences Center have deep connections to our diverse Native, Latino/Hispanic and African American communities, with missions to improve the health and health equity of low income, underrepresented minority, and other vulnerable populations. The COPH houses three education programs: The Bachelor of Science in Population Health (BSPH), the Master of Public Health (MPH), and the Doctor of Philosophy in Health Equity Sciences (PhD in HES).

The BSPH Program represents a liaison between the study of health care systems, finance and health policy, and health law with an emphasis on prevention and wellness in communities. The BSPH major, one of UNM’s newest undergraduate major, is the essence of trans-disciplinary science and is not solely the combination of multiple disciplines. It incorporates training and skills in a new science focused on answering complex questions about the sources of health and the causes of illness and disability.

The MPH Program promotes an interdisciplinary and comprehensive approach to research and interventions to address health problems. It offers students many opportunities to practice public health skills in communities and organizations. The program also fosters critical thinking about issues addressed by the students, who have backgrounds in a broad range of social science, biomedical science, and clinical disciplines. The MPH program is accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health. 

The PhD in Health Equity Sciences program integrates the rich history of public health, with the newer discipline of population health, and the human and social sciences to provide graduates with a rigorous competency-based doctoral degree. The advanced comprehensive training prepares scholars for positions in various settings - such as local, state, federal, and global governmental and non-governmental agencies, public health and social justice organizations, health care provider organizations, and higher learning institutions.

The Academic Advisor will attend recruiting events on campus and surrounding branch campuses and community colleges as well as participate in other scheduled recruiting events. This position reports directly to the Mgr, Academic Advising and will work with the COPH’s Advising and Recruiting team to promote the COPH and assist in student retention, orientation and graduation events. The Academic Advisor will advise students and work with instructors/faculty in all education programs within the COPH to assist students in achieving their educational goals.

Duties and Responsibilities

·       Participates in and conducts academic advisement sessions with students, updates student records.

·       Attends on-campus, NM Community College & UNM Branch campus recruiting events.

·       Assists in the preparation and delivery of workshops, orientation and convocation sessions

·       Inputs routine data into databases, completes forms and departmental documents per established procedures

·       Responds to routine inquiries and issues; routes problems to higher-level personnel for resolution

·       Undertakes and/or participates in projects and programs designed to develop professional skills and expertise appropriate to the needs of the organization

·       Performs miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned. 

See the Position Description for additional information.

Conditions of Employment
  • Employees who provide services or work in patient care or clinical areas are required to be in compliance with the University's influenza vaccination requirement.
  • All regular, non-temporary positions assigned to this classification are represented by a labor union and subject to the terms and conditions of the US-UNM Collective Bargaining Agreement.
Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor's degree; no previous experience required.

Completed degree(s) from an accredited institution that are above the minimum education requirement may be substituted for experience on a year for year basis.

Preferred Qualifications

Preferred qualifications:

  •        Fluent in speaking, reading and communicating in Spanish.
  •        Strong organizational and planning skills.
  •        Exceptional interpersonal skills in order to work with current and prospective students.
  •        Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  •        Ability to gather data, compile information, and prepare reports.
Additional Requirements
Campus Health Sciences Center (HSC) - Albuquerque, NM
Department COPH Deans Office (304A)
Employment Type Staff
Staff Type Term - Full-Time
Term End Date 12/31/2024
Status Non-Exempt
Pay Hourly: $18.26 to $24.81
Benefits Eligible This is a benefits eligible position. The University of New Mexico provides a comprehensive package of benefits including medical, dental, vision, and life insurance. In addition, UNM offers educational benefits through the tuition remission and dependent education programs. See the Benefits home page for a more information.
ERB Statement As a condition of employment, eligible employees working greater than .25 FTE as determined by the New Mexico Education Retirement Act must make mandatory retirement contributions. For more information, review the Benefits Eligibility at a Glance grid.
Background Check Required Yes
For Best Consideration Date 5/15/2024
Eligible for Remote Work Yes
Eligible for Remote Work Statement Hybrid remote work available, working 2 days from home and 3 days in the office.
Application Instructions

Only applications submitted through the official UNMJobs site will be accepted. If you are viewing this job advertisement on a 3rd party site, please visit UNMJobs to submit an application.

Please submit a cover letter that describes your qualifications for the position, and resume.

Positions posted with a Staff Type of Regular or Term are eligible for the Veteran Preference Program. See the Veteran Preference Program webpage for additional details.

The University of New Mexico is committed to hiring and retaining a diverse workforce. We are an Equal Opportunity Employer, making decisions without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, veteran status, disability, or any other protected class.

The University of New Mexico requires all regular staff positions successfully pass a pre-employment background check. This may include, but is not limited to, a criminal history background check, New Mexico Department of Health fingerprint screening, New Mexico Children, Youth, and Families Department fingerprint screening, verification of education credentials, and/or verification of prior employment. For more information about background checks, visit Refer to for a definition of Regular Staff.