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The UW Tacoma School of Social Work and Criminal Justice (SSWCJ) serves approximately 420 students and offers a graduate degree in social work and undergraduate degrees in social welfare and in criminal justice. Additionally, the SSWCJ offers an online degree completion option in criminal justice and is the only fully online major campus-wide. With a shared commitment to student success and an affirmation of the social justice values that sit at the core of the school’s mission, our faculty and staff are looking forward to developing future partnerships and expanding our school’s presence to align with the needs of the greater community.
The SSWCJ has an outstanding opportunity for a Graduate Advisor, Recruiter and Academic Specialist. This individual will exercise independent judgment to advise and recruit for all Master of Social Work (MSW) graduate students at UW Tacoma, as well as manage and oversee all admission functions for the undergraduate and graduate programs within SSWCJ. This individual will work in partnership with administrative staff and the faculty team to develop and coordinate successful recruitment and outreach activities, manage annual admissions cycles, develop marketing and school materials (web & print), and provide professional academic advising to current and prospective MSW students. This position is intended to focus on the success of graduate education and will also work closely with the campus and school team to represent all offerings and provide supports for students.
RESPONSIBLIITIES: Graduate Advising, Recruitment and Outreach
Maintain a welcoming and supportive advising climate for all students.
Provide admissions advising and guidance for prospective MSW inquiries.
Recruit students for the MSW program by arranging on and off campus recruiting events including webinars to expand audience reach.
Establish, implement and evaluate comprehensive marketing plan for MSW students to include targeted recruitment settings.
Collaborate with the Child Welfare Training and Advancement Program to represent the MSW Program in all recruitment and outreach activities as needed.
Promote the SSWCJ as it relates to special opportunities for MSW students such as the Simon Family Endowment Autism Practicum, Moceri Endowed Fellowship and others.
Update all School marketing and student outreach materials (web and print), admissions related information, and policies and procedures accordingly.
Provide academic advising to current MSW students; monitor and certify student progress for UW Graduate School. Update MSW student manual annually.
Plan, organize and manage student engagement activities to include cohort orientations, colloquia, hooding ceremony and student success events.
Act as the liaison to the UW Graduate School as Graduate Program Adviser and interpret and implement policy accordingly.
Work collaboratively and support the work of the Graduate Program Coordinator to assist in maintaining MSW policies and procedures and coordinate graduate activities within SSWCJ.
Represent the School of Social Work and Criminal Justice at college and public information events to include, but not limited to public presentations, information sessions or open house events.
Coordinate and manage graduate and undergraduate admissions processes for professional social work programs (MSW and BASW) and criminal justice.
Work with admissions processing staff to ensure proper file management.
Create, update and review application and admission materials annually, including web-based information.
Coordinate and facilitate MSW and BASW Admissions Selection Committee meetings.
Determine admissibility for all criminal justice majors.
Set targets, monitor acceptances and final enrollments; manage wait lists.
Provide training, updates and information around changes to faculty and staff as needed or required.
Build relationships with university and/or college personnel to explore innovative ways to reach targeted prospective student population.
Collaborate with colleagues across UW Tacoma within the Offices of Admissions, Registrar, Student Affairs, Library and others to ensure successful supports for students.
Participate in continuous process improvement.
Recommend policy and procedural changes, manage implementation and evaluate process and impact.
Participate in strategic initiatives at campus and school levels to increase student retention
Provide administrative support for the Health Sciences Immunization Program student requirement.
Manage administrative background check process post student acceptance.
Prepare annual advertising/marketing budget proposal for approval.
Provide data, reports and information as needed.
Represent and participate in university and SSWCJ activities as needed or appropriate (committees, task forces, professional associations).
Other duties as assigned.
Bachelor's degree in social welfare/work, social sciences or related field.
Four years of culturally responsive academic advising and/or recruitment experience with students in a diverse higher education setting.
Excellent communication skills, including verbal and written skills, and experience giving public presentations.
Ability to work collaboratively with a range of stakeholders in a dynamic, evolving environment.
Demonstrated ability to work independently and work a flexible schedule with some evening and/or weekend work.
Ability to analyze and interpret policies and procedures.
Excellent organizational skills.
Proficiency with standard office software, including Microsoft Word, Access, Excel and Powerpoint.
Must be comfortable with data and proficient with computer technology. Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.
Masters degree in social work, counseling or related field.
Experience with professional social work students or graduate students.
Social media, marketing or public relations background desirable.
Admissions and/or program management skills or directing work of others.
Working knowledge of UW administrative systems (MyGrad Program, MyPlan, SDB, SIS, EARS, DARS).
Drupal experience preferred.
CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT:
A valid Washington State Driver’s License
The ability to lift 40 pounds
Travel to colleges and recruitment events
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