Colorado Mesa University — COSI Advisor


COSI Advisor



The COSI Advisor, under the direction of the Director of Student Success and Engagement (SSE), primary responsibility is to empower students to create and achieve their personal and educational goals through COSI (Colorado Scholarship Initiatives). The COSI Advisor will integrate curricular and co-curricular experiences and services for students to create inclusive communities that positively impact the academic success, retention and graduation of students.

COSI was created in 2014 with goal of increasing the attainment of postsecondary credentials and degrees for underserved students in CO. The project addresses this challenge by focusing on affordability while removing the barriers that keep students from successfully persisting to graduation. The COSI Advisor within the office of Student Success and Engagement, is a full-time, 4 year grant funded position.

CMU is looking for the ideal candidate for this position as the advisor's essential duties are critical in supporting our Mavericks in reaching their goals and dreams. These essential duties include supporting and mentoring COSI Scholars, adapting services and programs to increase retention/credential completion, manage student success coaches to expand the advisor reach, compliance with federal policy and guidelines regarding financial aid and scholarship, collaborates with SSE team and other campus community members. The ideal candidate will be able to develop and execute required grant activities which include providing holistic student support services in the following five main categories: college transition, academic, financial, connection/community and generalized support. These activities include but are not limited to offering informational programming on a variety of topics, provide academic coaching and advising, encourage and assist students with the completion of the FAFSA, develop and encourage a sense of community within the scholars, and other services to support the scholars on their academic journey towards credential attainment.

Minimum Qualifications Required:
Bachelor's Degree in Education, Psychology, Social Work or a related field.
Minimum of two years' experience working within higher education.
Previous academic advising, counseling, academic coaching, and supplemental instruction experience.
Ability to work on evenings and weekends when needed.
Experience working with a diverse student population.

Preferred Qualifications:
Masters Degree in a related field.
Bi-lingual in Spanish.
Experience teaching or giving presentations.
Additional Skills:

  • Proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel, Teams, CRM Advise and Adobe Acrobat.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively and clearly both verbally and in writing, and work with people at all levels diplomatically and professionally.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage multiple priorities and meet deadlines.
  • Possess strong attention to detail.
  • Must possess and maintain a current driver's license
  • Demonstrate and ability to work within a dynamic and flexible environment to best serve the students needs.

Salary: $42,000.00 – 45,000.00. Commensurate with education and
experience. Excellent health and retirement benefits package: Click here for more information!

Department: Student Enrollment

Employment Type: Administrative


Application Deadline: To ensure full consideration, complete applications
must be received by 7/11/2022.

How to Apply: Applicants will be asked to complete an online application
by creating a profile and then providing personal and demographic
information. In addition, please be prepared to upload a:

  • Cover letter
  • Resume
  • Include the name, phone number, email address and relationship of at least
    three professional references who can attest to your ability to perform the job
    you are applying for. Professional references should include at least one
    current or former supervisor. Professional reference may also include
    current or former employers, colleagues or other professionals who have first-hand
    knowledge and can recommend you for employment.
  • Copy of transcripts for all degrees completed (if your transcripts include a
    social security number or birthdate, please redact that information before
    uploading the document. Official transcripts will be required upon hire)

    Direct Inquiries Contact: Melissa Calhoon,


    Colorado Mesa University provides exceptional educational opportunities on a
    state-of-the-art campus located in Grand Junction. As western Colorado's
    largest university, CMU serves students on its main campus in Grand Junction,
    its satellite campus in Montrose, its community college, Western Colorado
    Community College and via online offerings. Founded in 1925, it's a dynamic
    university enrolling more than 11,000 students at the associate, baccalaureate
    and graduate levels.

    At the heart of the CMU experience is an integrative and experiential approach
    to higher education that encourages students to think differently and empowers
    them to challenge assumptions. CMU brings students together with expert
    scholars and thinkers from different disciplines to make connections between
    ideas and gain the skills to solve the unstructured, complex problems they'll
    encounter in life. Our focus is on providing quality academic programs, built
    on a strong liberal arts core that support students' interests and regional
    employment needs, as well as technical programs that respond to vocational
    workforce demands.

    The Grand Valley is home to some of the best outdoor recreation in the state of
    Colorado and you won't have to fight traffic and crowds to enjoy it. CMU is
    surrounded by the Grand Mesa, Book Cliffs and the Colorado National Monument.
    We have world-class mountain biking, rock climbing, hiking, and rafting.
    In addition to a mountain resort that's less than 45 minutes from campus for
    skiing, snowboarding and cross-country skiing. Living and working in Grand
    Junction, you will be able to explore one of Colorado's best kept secrets.

    Colorado Mesa University is particularly interested in candidates who have
    experience working with students from diverse backgrounds and who have a
    demonstrated commitment to improving the levels of access and success for
    underrepresented students within higher education.

    Colorado Mesa University is committed to providing a safe and productive
    learning and living community. To achieve that goal, we conduct
    background investigations for all final applicants being considered for
    employment. Background investigations include reference checks, a
    criminal history record check, and when appropriate, a financial and/or motor
    vehicle history. Applicant must be able to verify U.S. employment
    eligibility. Colorado Mesa University is an Equal Opportunity Employer,
    committed to a culturally diverse faculty, staff and student body. Women
    and minorities are encouraged to apply. Any person with a disability as
    defined by the ADA Amendments Act of 2008 (ADAAA) may be provided a reasonable
    accommodation upon request to enable the person to complete an employment
    assessment. To request an accommodation, please contact the CMU Human
    Resources Office by phone or email. You may be asked to provide
    additional information, including medical documentation, regarding functional
    limitations and type of accommodation needed.

    Colorado Mesa University

    Attn: Human Resources Office

    1100 North Avenue

    Grand Junction, CO 81501


    To apply, visit