Job Positions

Academic Advisor

Categories: Northwest Region 8

Department:

Urban Studies

Institution:

University of Washington - Tacoma

Date Posted:

02/02/2018

Close Date:

02/12/2018
 

Position Description

The Urban Studies Advisor uses professional knowledge and experience, as well as University resources, to empower students to identify interests and match personal strengths with educational and career opportunities. Important aspects of the work include knowledge of the course offerings and pathways, understanding of the relationship between education and career, attention to detail, frequent contact with the University’s administrative systems, and active engagement with the faculty and staff of the Urban Studies Program.This position is expected to establish and maintain collaborative working relationships with advisors and recruiters across campus, and university colleagues (e.g. Student and Enrollment Services, Equity and Diversity, International Student Services, Campus Housing, Office of Undergraduate Education, Global Honors, Study Abroad, etc.) to offer joint programs which help students integrate their academic, career and personal goals.

Duties

  • Provide one-on-one advising for individual students. This includes but is not limited to the following:
  • Advise students on a wide range of topics, including: admission process, academic planning, scholarship or grant opportunities, internships, career options;
  • Assist students in the interpretation of program and university requirements and policies;
  • Advise students on their progress in the program, available program paths, and achievement of graduation requirements;
  • Monitor student registration process by tracking registration activity, providing advice about the registration process and quarterly offerings;
  • Educate students about the relationship between their personal strengths and interests, and opportunities in the University curriculum and beyond;
  • Help students overcome problems that hinder academic performance;
  • Guide students through University systems to avoid or overcome administrative problems;
  • Foster student understanding of graduation requirements to facilitate successful realization of academic, personal and professional goals.
  • Counsel students dropped from the University for low scholarship.
  • Offer group advising to students exploring their academic interests.
  • Provide admission advising to prospective students at 4-5 off campus events per year.
  • Provide one-on-one advising for individual students. This includes but is not limited to the following:
  • Advise all prospective MA students on a range of topics, including: admission process, academic planning, scholarship or grant opportunities, internships, career options, monitor quarterly progress, certify students meet graduation requirements per UW Graduate School policy;
  • Support admissions processes for the MA in Community Planning program: manage admissions files and file management system, update and review application and admission materials for faculty review committee;
  • Attend graduate admissions selection committee meetings as requested;
  • Monitor and report on acceptances and enrollments;
  • Manage wait lists;
  • Help students overcome problems that hinder academic performance;
  • Monitor student academic progress, and address problems in collaboration with Graduate Program Coordinator;
  • Represent the program at community, college, and public information events;
  • Oversee student engagement activities to include student orientations, colloquia, program hooding ceremony and student success events.
  • Act as the liaison to the UW Graduate School and Graduate Program Coordinator(s).
  • Provide admission advising to prospective students at 4-5 off campus events per year.

Other/Administrative

  • Participate in the Urban Studies Curriculum Committee (USCC);
  • Participate in Urban Studies Program and campus events such as orientation, quarterly student social hour events, community lecturers, annual awards ceremony, hooding, Commencement, etc.;
  • Actively work to support the goals of the UW Tacoma Race and Equity Initiative, and to align Urban Studies advising and recruitment practices with the goals and action steps listed in the Race and Equity Committee Action Plan;
  • Provide data, reports and information as needed;
  • Represent and participate in university activities (committees, task forces, professional associations);

Application Process

http://bit.ly/uwt-usaa-152861

Institution Information

The University of Washington Tacoma is a growing, urban-serving university that is deeply invested in its local communities. As one of three campuses of a world-class university, UW Tacoma is dedicated to interdisciplinary and innovative teaching and scholarship and to engaging the community in mutually beneficial partnerships. UW Tacoma's commitment to diversity is central to an environment where students, staff, faculty and South Sound residents find abundant opportunities for intellectual, personal and professional growth.

Additional Information

 

Contact Information

Julia Smith

253-692-4527

jbsmith@uw.edu

Qualifications:

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree in Urban Studies, Education, Student Development, Counseling, or a related field.
  • Two or more years of experience academic advising and recruiting and providing information to students within a higher education setting.
  • Comparable experience outside higher education will be considered.
  • Excellent public speaking and writing skills, networking abilities, and experience giving public presentations.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently with flexibility for some evening and/or weekend work.
  • Ability to work collaboratively in a dynamic, evolving environment.
  • Experience using computer programs such as MS Word, Access, and Excel.
  • Must be comfortable with data and have an intermediate level proficiency with computer technology.
  • Friendly, approachable, energetic, and a desire to enhance the student body in Urban Studies and UW Tacoma.
  • Experience in or formal knowledge of urban studies related fields.
  • Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master's Degree.
  • Experience in marketing or public relations.
  • Experience using UW administrative systems.