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The mission of the Office of Minority Affairs and Diversity is to ensure the access, inclusion and academic success of diverse university populations. The office seeks to build a comprehensive pathway for students from underserved communities, deliver excellent academic support services to UW students, and advance university-wide diversity.
The Office of Minority Affairs and Diversity has an outstanding opportunity for a full time Academic Counselor Lead.
Under the supervision of the Director of the Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) the Academic Counselor, Lead will provide substantive advising and student services for undergraduates, focusing on those who have undeclared academic interests, who are preparing for admission to majors, who are pre-professional students, or who are changing their academic goals. Important aspects of the work include development and holistic counseling, attention to detail, and frequent contact with the University's administrative system.
This position requires the use of sound judgment and thorough understanding of degree requirements and available student services. The position requires an understanding of OMA&D and our mission to provide a wide range of educational services to first generation and educationally/economically disadvantaged students at the University of Washington and throughout the State of Washington.
The Academic Counselor, Lead for EOP will work with faculty and administrative units to promote and develop strategies and policies related to work with low-income, first generation students and underrepresented students as well as undergraduate student preparation for department/program acceptance. This position will work with the program director to coordinate and implement successful retention and graduation strategies for students from EOP target populations.
Primary responsibilities for the Academic Counselor, Lead include:
Management of an EOP student caseload; comprehensive diagnosis and needs assessment necessary to determine the academic, personal, financial, career, and cultural needs of project participants; participation in planning, development and implementation of programming and activities for students; providing personalized advising and counseling for EOP students in areas of academics, career, financial aid, financial management, personal issues, and graduate/professional school.
Represent EOP in collaborative partnerships on and off campus; work with program staff to develop innovative programming that increases the likelihood of success for EOP students.
Maintain liaison relationships with academic departments, administrative offices, and agencies which provide assistance to participants within and outside the university; collaborate with OMA&D and other university programs focusing on student retention, graduation, and success.
Maintain complete electronic files for program evaluation purposes, and prepare reports as necessary on assessment, academic progress, program activities, and financial aid.
Participate in regular meetings with the EOP Director and staff to monitor and evaluate the program; work with the EOP staff to develop new and innovative proposals and performance reports.
Engage students in research, internship, and leadership opportunities. Promote student preparation for graduate/ professional school opportunities in collaboration with the McNair Program and Early Identification Program.
Assist students with Hardship Withdrawal Petition, Financial Aid Satisfactory Progress Appeal or Reinstatement Petition; providing students with letters of recommendation or support.
Engage in professional development activities designed to build an ongoing knowledge base of student resources and best practices for implementation.
Represent the Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) and OMA&D in collaborative partnerships on and off campus; work with program staff to develop innovative programming that increases the likelihood of success for EOP students.
Perform other duties as assigned.
A Master's degree.
A minimum of two years of experience in academic advising or related experience including knowledge of academic degree requirements and curriculum, student services, and community resources; demonstrated history of working with a diverse multicultural student population, which includes working with low income, first generation, and/or underrepresented populations; strong organizational skills, including strong written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills and attention to detail.
Familiarity with the administrative structure of a large university, teaching experience, familiarity with multiple languages.
Conditions of Employment:
The Academic Counselor, Lead will work in the Office of Minority Affairs & Diversity Academic Counseling Services in Mary Gates Hall (1st floor). The individual in this position will be provided with an office that is furnished with a standard office desk, a computer workstation, filing cabinets, resource materials, and standard office telecommunications equipment. The Academic Counselor, Lead is expected to work a schedule that satisfies the needs of the Educational Opportunity Program, OMA&D Academic Counseling Services, and when necessary, there may be circumstances that require a more flexible schedule to attend evening and weekend meetings and events.
A satisfactory outcome from a criminal background verification will be required prior to hire.
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.