Salary and benefits are competitive. Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience.
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The University of Washington (UW) is proud to be one of the nation's premier educational and research institutions. Our people are the most important asset in our pursuit of achieving excellence in education, research, and community service. Our staff not only enjoys outstanding benefits and professional growth opportunities, but also an environment noted for diversity, community involvement, intellectual excitement, artistic pursuits, and natural beauty.
Undergraduate Academic Affairs (UAA), a division within the Office of the Provost, is dedicated to improving the academic experience of UW undergraduates. As educators, UAA Advisers guide and support students in exploring, questioning, and navigating the events and significance of their undergraduate education. They provide academic planning services and support for students, including helping students explore academic opportunities and working with students to connect their personal strengths and interests with curricular (including co- and extra-curricular) experiences. UAA Advising works primarily with students who are exploring and undecided or preparing for entrance into a major, and those on pre-professional paths. UAA Advising is a primary campus contact for prospective transfer students, working closely with the community and technical colleges in Washington State. UAA Advising is the UW's centralized advising office, providing leadership and support to advisers, departments, and student service units around the institution in the areas of academic advising practice and policy.
UAA Advising works closely with First Year Programs, Academic Support Programs, and other campus partners to support advising and orientation programming along with tutoring and course support for students. UAA Advising collaborates extensively around campus, particularly with college and departmental advisers, student services offices, and key campus event organizers. Along with Academic Support Programs and the Office of Minority Affairs and Diversity's Academic Counseling Services, UAA Advising is physically located at the heart of the University, within the Center for Undergraduate Advising, Diversity, and Student Success (CUADSS) at Mary Gates Hall.
UAA Advising has an outstanding opportunity for a dynamic, energetic, service-oriented and student-centered individual to join our team as a LEAD ACADEMIC ADVISER. We aim to build a diverse pool of experienced candidates from a range of academic and professional backgrounds. The right candidate will join a collaborative, purposeful team of professionals excited to play an instrumental role in the lives of students by helping them make informed academic choices, and supporting their experiences at the UW and beyond.
Successful candidates should be adaptive problem-solvers, comfortable with complexity, and attentive to detail. They must demonstrate experience with and commitment to working with students of diverse backgrounds, including but not limited to first-generation, underrepresented minority, international, transfer, veteran students, students considered to be at-risk and or low-scholarship.
Under the supervision of the Associate Director of UAA Advising, the Lead Academic Adviser will have the following responsibilities:
Advise Current Students (60%) Facilitate a welcoming and supportive advising climate for all students. Advise and assist students, in a variety of direct advising settings (1:1, drop-in, group, remote), in understanding academic options, degree requirements, and University policies and procedures. Guide and support students in making informed choices, developing their academic identities, and crafting successful academic plans. Foster innovation in advising practice by experimenting with new models and methods of advising the large and diverse UW pre-major student population. Work with a diverse cohort of pre-major students, providing:
Advising support to pre-major students.
Advising and information resources for new and prospective transfer students.
Advising international students.
Advising and post-graduate preparation for pre-professional students (pre-law, pre-health).
Advising, outreach and support to low scholarship and at-risk students, and guidance to those seeking reinstatement to the University.
Manage the Peer Advising Program (25%) In partnership with the Associate Director of UAA Advising:
Provide direct supervision to 8 Peer Advisers.
Manage daily operations of the peer program including scheduling and time sheet approval.
Plan and implement peer adviser trainings, on-boarding, and performance evaluation.
Lead and plan weekly Peer Adviser staff meetings.
Advise Newly Admitted and Prospective Students (5%) In collaboration with the First Year Programs and the Office of Admissions, UAA Advising provides outreach, support and guidance to students newly admitted to and those seeking admission to the University of Washington. Duties can include:
Orientations: Develop and deliver presentations on transitioning to the UW for new first year and transfer students. Staff registration labs as needed for new students. Meet one-on-one with new transfer students. Develop and deliver presentations on advising and academic success to parents of new students. Participate in training of student orientation leaders.
Participating in Transfer Thursday events and presentations.
Participating in Preview Days for newly admitted students.
Campus Collaborations and Partnerships (10%)
Serve on and participate in a wide range of campus committees, teams, and organizations in both long and short-term tenures as a member of the UAA Advising team. These committee assignments are based on the needs of our office and the campus community as well as the interests and strengths of the individual adviser.
Liaise with departmental advisers from around campus to maintain accurate and up to date information on majors, admission requirements, experiential learning, study abroad, and other opportunities essential to the Husky Experience.
Master's Degree or relevant experience.
Minimum of 2 years academic advising experience.
Excellent organizational and time-management skills.
Demonstrated ability to work effectively with students as they develop decision-making skills.
Strong communications skills including written, verbal, interpersonal, and presentational.
Comfortable using and learning new technology applications.
Demonstrated ability to communicate clearly and effectively, both orally and in writing. Ability to collaborate effectively with people representing diverse perspectives, approaches, and job roles.
Appreciation of the value of individual difference and the ability to provide an empathic and professional approach to working with students from diverse backgrounds and those with a spectrum of personal and academic challenges.
Excellent work ethic and commitment to team success.
Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.
Experience supervising student employees.
University of Washington experience.
Deep understanding of the history and context of the undergraduate experience, especially at large research universities.
Knowledge of University of Washington academic procedures, policies and administrative systems (e.g., SDB, EARS, DARS, MyPlan, etc.).
Familiarity with contemporary concepts in student development.
CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT:
Appointment to this position is contingent upon obtaining satisfactory results from a criminal background check
Application Process: The application process for UW positions may include completion of a variety of online assessments to obtain additional information that will be used in the evaluation process. These assessments may include Work Authorization, Criminal Conviction History, Cover Letter and/or others. Any assessments that you need to complete will appear on your screen as soon as you select Apply to this position. Once you begin an assessment, it must be completed at that time; if you do not complete the assessment you will be prompted to do so the next time you access your My Jobs page. If you select to take it later, it will appear on your "My Jobs" page to take when you are ready. Please note that your application will not be reviewed, and you will not be considered for this position until all required assessments have been completed.
Founded in 1861, the University of Washington is one of the oldest public institutions in the west coast and one of the preeminent research universities in the world. The University of Washington is a multi-campus university comprised of three different campuses: Seattle, Tacoma, and Bothell. The Seattle campus is made up of sixteen schools and colleges that serve students ranging from an undergra...duate level to a doctoral level. The university is home to world-class libraries, arts, music, drama, and sports, as well as the highest quality medical care in Washington State and a world-class academic medical center. The teaching and research of the University’s many professional schools provide undergraduate and graduate students the education necessary toward achieving an excellence that will serve the state, the region, and the nation. As part of a large and diverse community, the University of Washington serves more students than any other institution in the Northwest.