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Academic Counselor

Categories: Northwest Region 8


Landscape Architecture


University of Washington

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Position Description

The individual will provide academic advising, digital media and marketing support, and special events coordination for the department. 
The Department of Landscape Architecture is an academic department with nine (9) full time faculty and averages approximately 125 students (45 undergraduate and 80 graduate). The department offers a professionally certified Bachelor of Landscape Architecture degree and a professionally certified Master of Landscape Architecture degree. The department further participates in the two interdisciplinary Ph.D. programs offered through the College of Built Environments. 

The Academic Counselor reports to the Assistant to the Chair. It provides advising for the Bachelor of Landscape Architecture program, manage digital media feeds, and assist with special events and other projects for the department. This requires interaction, outreach and coordination with other educational institutions, programs, and departments, both at the University of Washington and within the greater Puget Sound region. 



The primary emphasis of this position will be in direct contact with prospective or enrolled students in the Bachelor of Landscape Architecture (undergraduate) program. Prospective students will include students already enrolled in the University of Washington and potential transfer students. 
The Academic Counselor will manage all administrative responsibilities of the undergraduate program. Specific advising duties will include: 

  • Managing the admissions process within the program. 
  • Advise enrolled and prospective undergraduate students on educational options, program and graduation requirements, and career and internship possibilities. 
  • Advise students who are experiencing academic or personal problems and make referrals to appropriate campus resources when necessary, assist students with the University administrative system, and act as a resource for other campus advisors. 
  • Manage undergraduate recruiting activities. This includes identifying options for connection with prospective students. Represent the undergraduate Landscape Architecture program, as well as the College of Built Environments to potential students through group settings such as information sessions, seminars, and career fairs. 

    Digital Media / Marketing 

    This position will also assist with departmental marketing activities and help to manage the department’s digital media presence. Specific duties will include but not be limited to: 
  • Manage Department’s digital media feeds on Facebook and Instagram. 
  • Assist in developing material as well as managing and updating the Department website 
  • Assist in writing and designing posters and advertising materials for courses and events. 
    Special Events Coordination 

There are significant administrative projects and department related events during the academic year. This position will assist in the coordination of these events, which support the mission of the Landscape Architecture department. Examples of such projects include but are not limited to: 

  • Assist in organizing department events. 
  • Work with the Professional Advisory Council (PAC) 
  • Support faculty research efforts 
  • Support departmental evaluation and accreditation. 

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Salary is commensurate with experience and education.

This is a 0.5 FTE, 12-month position with the incumbent person expected to be onsite at least four days a week, with regularly scheduled hours sometime between 9AM to 5PM.  In order to schedule students effectively, emails must be checked and responded to on days out of the office.  Participation on committees as well as other activities such as special events may require adjusting working days, or work in the evening or on weekends.  

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Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree plus one year of experience working with students in an academic environment 

  • Capacity to work independently and make decisions based on University and department policies and procedures 
  • Strong verbal and written communication skill 
  • Strong attention to detail 
  • Effective time management skills 
  • Strong computer skills including MS Suite and Acrobat. 
  • Capacity to adapt and apply to changing technology in information systems, web design, and social media 
  • Ability to plan, organize, and execute special events 
  • Familiarity with academic structure of a university 

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience with advising and recruitment of students. 
  • Familiarity with UW undergraduate student-related polices 
  • UW Systems: SDB, DARS, EARS, B I Portal, UW Profiles experience 
  • Interest and/or prior experience in the design professions.