Job Description

Job ID
UW Stout;Menomonie, WI
Full/Part Time


The Program Advisor will be a part of a dynamic team in the Multicultural Student Services (MSS) office. This position will provide advisement, retention services and intercultural support to historically underrepresented students (African American/Black, Indigenous/Native American, Hispanic/Latinx, Asian American/Hmong, biracial and multiethnic). The Program Advisor will have responsibilities in assisting with the coordination of the Stoutward Bound (SWB) program and its expansion. SWB is an early-start program for incoming first-year underrepresented students. SWB is designed to provide students with an early start to college in a supportive environment committed to preparing them for success and their transition from high school to college. The Program Advisor will have one-on-one meetings with students, facilitate group workshops, and coordinate programs and activities focused on supporting students’ transition from high school to college and student retention, persistence, and graduation.

UW Official Title: Retention Specialist AE107


Minimum / Required

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Demonstrated advocacy for and commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI)
  • Evidence of effective interpersonal communication skills that demonstrate the ability to work with and build rapport with underrepresented/underserved populations
  • Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of diverse populations, identities, and backgrounds with special emphasis on historically underrepresented/underserved populations
  • Demonstrated experience developing, coordinating, and facilitating programs/workshops

Highly Desired

  • Experience working with African American/Black, Indigenous/Native American, Hispanic/Latinx, Asian American/Hmong, biracial and multiethnic populations
  • Experience with professional advising
  • Demonstrated ability to manage conflict and/or solve complex problems
  • Proven computer skills in Microsoft Office Suite and with student record-keeping database (e.g., PeopleSoft, Navigate or similar systems)


  • Maintain a caseload of students and provide advisement and support services in the areas of academic support, financial literacy, career exploration, graduate education and just in time concerns as they arise.
  • Outreach to and meet with historically underrepresented/underserved students to assist and guide their college transition, develop a plan for academic success, connect them to appropriate services meeting their needs, and work collaboratively across the university and the community to seek resources to support students.
  • Monitor students’ academic progress through early and high support outreach, Early Alert, progress reports, and consistent communication.
  • Collaborate with faculty, staff, other departments, and university partners to facilitate support services and make appropriate referrals based on the needs of students.
  • Assist Assistant Director in the planning and coordination of Stoutward Bound (SWB) including, but not limited to, recruitment and outreach efforts, orientation, recognition/ceremony, workshops, training, schedules, meals, events, and activities.
  • Provide advisement to SWB students in the first year of the program and follow up services in the second year and beyond to assist and promote the retention and academic success of students.
  • Prepare a SWB outreach plan for communicating with students via e-mail, social media, regular mail, etc., to ensure student meetings and engagements are successful.
  • Assist with the planning and coordination of support services and tracking of SWB student engagement, enrollment, retention, and graduation.
  • Assist in assigning and maintaining SWB student group in Access Stout (PeopleSoft) and update data and reports.
  • Assist students by advocating and encouraging them to take advantage of university resources including leadership opportunities, tutoring services, access to appropriate mentors and role models, etc.
  • Collaborate with faculty, staff, other departments, and university partners to provide workshops/programs/activities that focus on supporting student success, transitions, and graduation and beyond.
  • Provide support to multicultural student organization(s) through advisement, leadership development, and guidance with event planning and coordination.
  • Document and track student interactions and meetings in EAB Navigate through advising and appointment reports.
  • Occasional evening and/or weekend work is expected.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


UW-Stout’s Multicultural Student Services (MSS) office is committed to creating an inclusive campus community. MSS provides academic, career and personal support for students. MSS fosters opportunities for growth and development in connecting with others who value diversity and inclusion, as well as facilitating opportunities for network development. MSS prioritizes students’ academic success through advising, mentoring, tutoring and facilitation of workshop opportunities. MSS helps students learn how to successfully invest in themselves and their education providing opportunities for financial literacy development. MSS also seeks to increase intercultural development of our students, to embrace and celebrate cultural differences and be their best selves. MSS is committed to supporting the professional development of its staff and in creating an environment that fosters individual and team learning and growth.

The MSS staff demonstrates the values of equity, diversity, and inclusivity, and has a commitment to collaboration, trust, respect, excellence, and accountability. MSS is a collaborative and professional work environment, in which we work respectfully and in partnership with UW-Stout employees, students and community members. Candidates who have experience working collaboratively with diverse individuals and/or groups and who can contribute to fostering an inclusive environment are encouraged to identify their experience in these areas.


University of Wisconsin-Stout prepares lifelong learners, ethical leaders and responsible citizens in an equitable, inclusive, and sustainable environment through collaborative career-focused programs that integrate applied learning, theory and research. UW-Stout is committed to developing an inclusive community that fosters a rich, dynamic, and collaborative environment in which to work and grow, celebrating the diversity of individual perspectives and experiences.

A member of the University of Wisconsin system, UW-Stout is unique within the University of Wisconsin System--it is named after its founder, James Huff Stout, and holds the distinction of being Wisconsin’s Polytechnic University, a designation which highlights our combination of applied learning, real-world experiences, and an integrated liberal arts foundation.

UW-Stout offers 47 undergraduate and 23 graduate degrees, including 21 masters and 2 advanced degrees. The current enrollment is approximately 8,000 students.

UW-Stout is committed to investing in and ensuring access to equitable, diverse, and inclusive learning, student living, and work environments that reflect our regional and global connections.

The UW-Stout campus community enjoys opportunities for cross-disciplinary collaboration, state-of-the-art facilities, and a modern digital environment. UW-Stout values innovative approaches to solving problems in society and industry and encourages collaboration within and across disciplines and professions.

The university is on a beautiful campus in Menomonie, situated in western Wisconsin, 60 minutes east of Minneapolis-St. Paul on Interstate 94. Located in the scenic Chippewa Valley region with a population base of more than 200,000, Menomonie is a city of more than 16,400, surrounded by lakes, streams, and woodlands. For more information about the UW-Stout community and region visit:

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Competitive salary commensurate with qualifications and experience. The UW System provides an excellent benefits package including participation in the Wisconsin State retirement plan.

All qualified candidates meeting application requirements will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against. As an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer, UW-Stout welcomes applications from individuals from diverse groups; veterans, individuals with disabilities and from historically excluded populations. UW-Stout provides equal opportunity to all persons and is committed to inclusive excellence. At UW-Stout we value our differences and welcome diverse perspectives as we continually commit to developing an inclusive and equitable environment for all employees and students.

Employment is contingent upon the final candidate’s completing a criminal background check and being cleared to work by the Human Resources team. Employment is also contingent upon the final candidate passing a reference check process. The reference check process includes asking the final candidate and most recent supervisor questions regarding sexual violence and sexual harassment. Final candidates with previous employment within the UW System and State of WI agencies will be subject to additional reference checks.

Official transcripts required at time of hire.

Must be authorized to work in the United States. Sponsorship is not available for this position. A successful applicant will be responsible for ensuring eligibility for employment in the United States on or before the effective date of the appointment and maintain work authorization throughout the employment term. If you have questions regarding this, please contact our Human Resources office, Phone: 715.232.2149.

In response to a public records request, the University of Wisconsin System will not reveal the identities of applicants who request confidentiality in their online application, except that the identity of the successful final candidate will be released. See Wis. Stat. sec. 19.36(7).

UW-Stout is committed to providing safety and security of all members of our community in accordance with the Clery Act. For campus safety information and crime statistics visit:


To ensure consideration complete applications must be submitted online by June 1, 2022. We will continue to accept applications until the position is filled. To apply, click on the APPLY button or go to:

Required application materials:

  1. Cover letter (*See below)
  2. Curriculum vitae or resume
  3. Names and contact information for a minimum of three (3) professional references

*Include a statement (4-6 sentences) regarding how you would foster a climate of equity, diversity and inclusion in this position. Please also use your cover letter to speak to each of the Minimum/Required Qualifications for this position as listed above. For each required qualification, describe your relevant experience, using specific examples from your work history to illustrate how your experience satisfies the requirement.

Applicants will need to complete all required fields and attach all required documents prior to submitting the online application. Note: Once you have attached your materials and submitted your application you will not be able to go into the system and change them.

Before starting the online application process, we recommend you preview the frequently asked questions (FAQs) available at:

It is the policy of UW-Stout to provide reasonable accommodation to qualified applicants with disabilities. If you need assistance, or accommodation in applying because of a disability, please contact us using the information below. Employment opportunities will not be denied because of the need to make reasonable accommodation for a qualified individual's disability.

For questions regarding this position or recruitment, please contact:

Search Chair: Anthony Goettl


If you need assistance with the online application process or if you submitted your application prior to uploading all of the required application materials, please contact:

Human Resources: Alexandra Bates or Doreen Johnson

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Job Family: Staff