Official Job Title Senior Advisor-BIPOC Programming
Position Number R0004685
Unit Retention Initiatives and Student Engagement (RISE)
Department Student Success Center
Position Type Non-Teaching Academic Staff
Appointment Type Fixed Renewable
FLSA Status Exempt
Percent 100
Posting Type Staff
Salary $64,467-$80,583
job Description Madison College is hiring a Senior Advisor-BIPOC Programming in our Retention Initiatives and Student Engagement (RISE) unit.

This position is responsible for leadership, coordination, and delivery of comprehensive academic, retention, career and transfer advising services and activities for students in BIPOC Programming and other RISE Program students.  This highly collaborative position, designs programming and events, utilizes data, promising practices and stakeholder feedback to develop and support RISE programming and strategic goals for student access and success. The individual coordinates effective services and training and advises students to develop meaningful educational plans that are compatible with their academic, career and life goals.

Madison College’s dedication to promoting equity, inclusion and diversity is reflected in our Mission, Vision, and Values. We believe every member on our team enriches our diversity by exposing us to a broad range of ways to understand and engage with the world, identify challenges, and to discover, design, and deliver solutions. We value the ability to serve students from a broad range of cultural heritages, socioeconomic backgrounds, genders, abilities, and orientations. Therefore, we seek applicants who demonstrate they understand the benefits of diversity in a higher education community. Hiring a diverse workforce that mirrors our student population is more than just a commitment at Madison College—it is the foundation of what we are striving to do. Come be part of our great team!


1. Leadership and Coordination

a. Serves as a lead in coordinating, scheduling and directing work of BIPOC Programming. Leads advising events, workshops, recruitment and selection, graduation/transfer events and activities.

b. Acts as a liaison for faculty relations, referrals, program updates and Retention Initiatives and Student Engagement advising services for students in BIPOC Programming.

c. Serves as a guiding resource and facilitates advising, academic, retention, career and transfer and Retention Initiatives and Student Engagement advising meetings and trainings (faculty advising, quarterly school meetings, RISE Town Hall, etc.).

d. Utilizes retention data to recommend advising activities, interventions and support services.

e. Regularly collaborates with other RISE and advising services advisors and colleagues to represent and promote academic, career, retention and transfer advising services.

2. Academic Advising

a. Holistically advises students about career options, admission requirements, programs of study,

transfer opportunities, degree requirements and overall academic planning.

b. Develops, coordinates, and presents information individually and in group settings (classroom

visits, workshops, advising & registration events, etc.).

c. Serves as a BIPOC Programming liaison on College projects, committees and work groups.

3. Student Retention/Case Management

a. Supports BIPOC Programming students in planning their educational experience including identifying academic

support needs, time management and related strategies for success.

b. Develops academic plans for BIPOC Programming students on College SAP (Academic Alert and Probation) and

students on Financial Aid SAP (Suspension).

c. Assists with Navigate Progress Reports from faculty and staff to successful resolution (triage reports and assign to the appropriate RISE staff (coaches and advisors for outreach based on current grade; monitors progress; communicates with students and faculty; tracks Progress Report data, completes processing and reports.

d. Provides information and referrals for personal and academic support services.

e. Utilizes developmental advising techniques and success strategies to advocate for and support

the individual needs of each student.

f. Assists in development and facilitation of innovative, proactive retention activities and

programming for all BIPOC Programming students.

g. Promotes a culture of access, inclusivity and equity. Respects, advocates and supports the

diversity of students and the Retention Initiatives and Student Engagement community.

4. Career and Employment Advising

a. Assists BIPOC Programming students with career exploration, decision making, education pathways, self-

assessment, labor market and job search resources.

b. Administers and interprets career assessment data to evaluate student skills, values and

interests related to their education and career goals.

c. Acts as a resource and refers appropriately to Career Employment Services and local workforce development programs and resources (WorkSmart Network, Focus 2, Job Centers, Urban League, etc.).

d. Assists with classroom presentations, workshops and employment-related events (job search

strategies, resumes/cover letters, mock interviews, etc.).

5. Misc.

a. Participates in and delivers training in use of technology to students and staff.

b. Assists in the development of marketing materials and promotional activities.

Prepares and presents information related to RISE advising services and activities.

c. Gathers data for and assists in the preparation and submission of reports, including monthly, quarterly, mid-year and end-or-year reports.

Knowledge, Skills, and abilities

1. Skill in communicating effectively and professionally, both orally and in writing.

2. Demonstrated skill in communications and human relations with populations of diverse socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds and persons with disabilities.

3. Knowledge of Student Development and Learning College theory and principles to include knowledge of CAS standards for academic and career advising and NACADA core values and their application in program delivery.

4. Demonstrated knowledge of developmental, academic and career advising skills for students of assigned program to include knowledge of transfer opportunities, program and degree requirements, certifications, admission/petitioning processes and other pertinent information to deliver effective advising.

5. Demonstrated ability to successfully support and collaborate with individuals at all levels in the organization in a team-based environment as well as working independently. Demonstrated problem solving and resolution techniques and strategies.

6. Demonstrated leadership skills in supporting staff, program and organizational conflict, utilizing effective problem solving and resolution techniques and strategies. Demonstrated ability to review and direct the work of team members, provide feedback and make recommendations for improvement.

7. Demonstrated research and presentation skills and the ability to plan, promote, conduct and implement events, educational workshops, trainings and programs.

minimum Qualifications

1. Bachelor’s degree

2. Five (5) years’ of progressive work experience to include 1 year coordination in Post Secondary Education retention, career, transfer, advising or BIPOC programming.

Application Instructions 1. Cover letter

2. Resume

3. Response to supplemental question: (Answer should be 300 words or less).

  • How do you see this position impacting students and employees with varying beliefs, identities, and backgrounds?

Failure to include these documents with your application submission will render your application ineligible.

This is a Full Time, 40 hours per week, exempt position, with some remote work offered per college policy.  Core office hours are 8:00am to 4:30pm, M-F.

Madison College provides a generous benefits package of vacation, holidays, health/vision/dental/life insurance options, and you will be able to participate in the Wisconsin Retirement System (WRS).

This position will be opened until filled, with a first review date of August 27, at 11:59 pm. After this date, the recruitment may close without further notice.  Interested applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.  Posting may be used to fill similar positions within a 12-month period.

Application Deadline 08/27/2023
Continuous (Open Until Filled?) At the discretion of the search committee
Position Contact Name Vickie Arneson
Contact email
Official posting—BIPOC-Programming_R0004685