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Academic Advisor

Categories: Northwest Region 8


College of Engineering


University of Washington

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Position Description

The Academic Adviser will assist the day-to-day operations of advising and retention services for freshman and sophomore pre-engineering students and will support other student service and engagement activities managed by Student Academic Services. 

Position Complexities: 
•Collaboration and coordination with various academic and administrative units on campus, in other institutions, and in the community is required. 

•Collaboration with students, staff, faculty, and advising staff, and Office of Minority Affairs/Diversity. 

Undergraduate academic advising at the University of Washington is a core element of the University's focus on student learning. As educators, advisers partner with faculty and the campus community to cultivate our students' intellectual development. As guides and advocates, advisers collaborate with students to craft a transformative educational experience so that they may become informed, articulate and thoughtful students of the University and citizens of the world. 


Academic Advising (70%) 

•           Engage in academic advising for pre-engineering students, prospective transfer, and post-baccalaureate students via scheduled appointments and drop-in advising times. Partner with students to create an educational plan to complete the prerequisite courses needed for application into their intended engineering degree program. Interpret departmental, college, and university requirements; discuss possible parallel academic plans; assist students who are denied admission to COE departments to transition into an alternative major; and advise students about co-curricular opportunities for involvement within the COE and the UW such as student competition groups, clubs, and undergraduate research opportunities. 

•           Assist with outreach to pre-engineering students who are not making satisfactory progress and provide resources for academic, personal health/well-being support. 

•           Collaborate with other campus units (Undergraduate Academic Affairs, First Year Programs, Undergraduate Admissions, Educational Opportunity Program, Student Athlete Academic Services, International Programs and Exchanges, University Honors Program, etc) as necessary to provide advising services to pre-engineering students. 

•           Review and authorize verification forms for curriculum programs of students in the following areas: athletes, veterans, ROTC, and Extension students. 

Programmatic and Administrative Responsibilities (20%) 

•           Assist in the academic programming for Engineering Community. 

•           Assist with training student associates on issues relating to triaging email, telephone, and walk-in inquiries. 

•           Review content on SAS student website regularly and update with assistance of COE web team. 

•           Assist in the planning and delivery of the office's major programs such as Admitted Student Preview Day, Advising & Orientation, Engineering Welcome, Registration Workshops, Engineering Exploration Night, and Application Workshops. 

Support Student Academic Services Team(s) (10%) 

•           Perform duties as assigned by the SAS Associate Director to support the broader goals of SAS. 

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Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor's Degree in social science, science, engineering or humanities discipline, and two years of advising, student counseling or teaching experience; excellent interpersonal, public speaking and communication skills; and excellent organizational skills. 

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience as a UW student or staff member 
  • Experience with Access, Excel and UW SDB 
  • Experience working with students from diverse cultural, ethnic, socioeconomic, academic, sexual orientation, and disability backgrounds. 
  • Ability to operate motor vehicles desired for transporting materials for large events.