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Part-Time Career Coach, Financial Coach, Success Advisor (Applicant Pool)

Position Details

Position Information

Announcement Number STAFF - VA - 16098
For questions regarding this position, please contact:

Lori Oakley
Search Support
177 Strand Union Building
406-994-4364 or

Classification Title Academic Advisor II
Working Title Part-Time Career Coach, Financial Coach, Success Advisor (Applicant Pool)
Brief Position Overview

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 three offices.

Position Number 4N6531
Department Allen Yarnell Center for Student Success
Division Division of Student Success
Appointment Type Classified
Contract Term Fiscal Year
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FLSA Non-Exempt
Union Affiliation MPEA
FTE 0.45
Benefits Eligible Not Eligible
Salary $13.750 to $17.188 per hour, commensurate with experience, education, and qualifications.
Contract Type Classified Hourly
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Recruitment Type Open

Position Details

General Statement

Launched in 2011 the Allen Yarnell Center for Student Success comprised of the Office of Student Success, Career, Internship & Student Employment Services and the Office of Financial Education. The Center saw over 18,800 client visits last year, with increased growth each year since its inception. The over-arching goal of the Center is to advance student retention and graduation outcomes by providing access, resources, solutions, and expertise to promote student success through career maturity, learning support, engagement and financial acumen.
As part of a multi-disciplinary team, these positions are responsible for conducting intervention/advising meetings with students.

Duties and Responsibilities

Career 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.

Success 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.

Financial Coaches with the Office of Financial Education will assist students in developing personalized financial plans that includes student loan debt management, budgeting, and savings. The coaches main responsibility is to guide their clients in making sound financial decisions while they are in school so they are better prepared for their future. Other duties include hosting workshops on various financial literacy topics including but not limited to; student loan payments and forgiveness, developing a savings plan, and how to build credit.

Required Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills
  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.
Preferred Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills
  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;
  • Be experienced managing and maintaining confidential information.
Position Special Requirements/Additional Information

This position will require some evening and weekend work.

Positions are contingent upon availability of grant funding.

Please note: A minimum of 3 professional references are required in your profile when applying for this position.

Physical Demands

General office environment

This position has supervisory duties? No

Posting Detail Information

Number of Vacancies Multiple Vacancies
Desired Start Date
Position End Date (if temporary)
Open Date 09/17/2015
Close Date
Applications will be:

Review of applications will be on a continual basis and will continue until the position(s) are filled. Applicants will be notified if their application is being retained in the hiring pool for up to two years.

Special Instructions
Diversity Statement

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.

Montana State University is committed to providing a working and learning environment free from discrimination. As such, the University does not discriminate in the admission, access to or conduct of its educational programs and activities nor in its employment policies and practices on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, ethnicity, creed, service in the uniformed services (as defined in state and federal law), veteran status, gender, age, political beliefs, marital or family status, pregnancy, physical or mental disability, genetic information, gender identity, gender expression, or sexual orientation or preference. In support of the University’s mission to be inclusive and diverse, applications from qualified minorities, women, veterans and persons with disabilities are highly encouraged.

Montana State University makes accommodation for any known disability that may interfere with an applicant’s ability to compete in the hiring process or an employee’s ability to perform the duties of the job. In compliance with the Montana Veteran’s Employment Preference Act, MSU provides preference in employment to veterans, disabled veterans, and certain eligible relatives of veterans. To claim veteran’s preference please complete the veteran’s preference information located in the Demographics section of your profile. To request an accommodation, contact the Office of Human Resources, PO Box 172520, Montana State University, Bozeman MT 59717-2520; 406-994-3651;
MSU’s Non-Discrimination Policy and Discrimination Grievance Procedures can be located on the MSU Website:

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Resume
Optional Documents

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Please indicate your level of education.
    • PhD
    • Master's
    • Bachelor's
    • Currently in process of obtaining degree
    • None
  2. * Describe briefly your experience and skill working with a diverse group of constituents.

    (Open Ended Question)

  3. * Please describe your experience working with college students or similar populations as a mentor/advisor in a professional environment.

    (Open Ended Question)

  4. * Please describe your experience working in a fast paced office setting.

    (Open Ended Question)

  5. * What is your experience having candid conversations in order to troubleshoot issues, provide resources and solve problems? Please elaborate.

    (Open Ended Question)

  6. * Please describe your experience using personal computers and software, such as word processing, spreadsheets, electronic calendars, and email. Microsoft Office Suite preferred. (Please list software used and types of documents produced.)

    (Open Ended Question)

  7. Do you have experience facilitating and instructing small group workshops and classes? Please elaborate.

    (Open Ended Question)

  8. Please describe your knowledge of MSU policies and procedures or previous experience working in a higher education setting.

    (Open Ended Question)