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The Academic Counselor provides front-line undergraduate advising, representing seven Jackson School majors and nineteen minors. The scope of advising includes working with students and families before, during, and culminating a student’s tenure at the University. This individual works independently and at group levels to interpret pre-major, major, minor, college and university requirements/policies. The Academic Counselor is part the JSIS advising team, working with more than 350 undergraduate students in the Jackson School.
POSITION COMPLEXITIES: This individual interprets and promotes the complexities of the seven undergraduate majors and nineteen minors in the Jackson School of International Studies. In ensuring students’ successful progress, this position necessitates in-depth knowledge of JSIS curricula. Advises for the multiple pathways within JSIS majors and minors includes pre-major planning, quarterly course offerings preparation and navigation of essential coursework within each major or minor. Additionally, this position advises in areas of career exploration and other related matters, making referrals to University of Washington offices for counseling services, financial aid, minority affairs and other essential University centers, as appropriate. This position directly interacts with the public, staff, and students to ensure student success in achieving academic goals.
Academic Advising: Conduct in-person individual and group advising sessions with JSIS majors and minors, prospective majors and minors, prospective UW students, and members of the public. Assist students with registration issues, petition processes, UW policy interpretation, and graduation applications. Respond to email inquiries from students, prospective students, and others. Interpret and carry out JSIS program policies and procedures related to academic programs. Make referrals, as appropriate.
Administrative: Maintain records of students’ progress in degree programs through maintenance of hard-copy advising files, UW Degree Audit System, and Electronic Academic Records System. Prepare graduation applications and keep students apprised of progress in the major and in general education requirements. Review requests and recommend credit for study abroad, transfer courses, independent research, and internship credit. Assist advising team in coordination of admissions and orientation process for the competitive International Studies major.
Other: Represent the Jackson School at on-campus and community college information and recruitment fairs. Assist in planning and conducting annual departmental graduation ceremony held in June. Edit and review JSIS program publications and Web pages to keep them current. Assist in preparation of quarterly class postings and Time Schedule preparation as needed. Perform other duties in all JSIS operations as assigned.
Bachelor’s degree in international studies, social sciences, business, education, or related field
2-3 years of professional experience in an academic field
At least two-three years’ experience advising students at university or college level
Ability to work on projects independently and meet deadlines under pressure with minimal supervision
Ability to interact with and offer effective counseling to student from wide range of backgrounds
Ability to function in a team environment and collaborate with the campus community and outside stakeholders
Ability to handle multiple tasks and prioritize
Excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to communicate clearly and effectively, both verbally and in writing within a team-spirited environment
Superior administrative and organizational skills, including planning and problem solving
Proficiency with Microsoft Office applications including Word, Excel, Access and PowerPoint
Ability to maintain professional and respectful work relationships with internal and external customers
Degree in international studies, social sciences, business, education, or related field, and two or more years of experience in advising students at a university or college level
Experience/interest in government, international affairs, and/or public policy
International experience and/or experience working with international students
Familiarity with UW admissions policies and procedures
Experience with design software such as Adobe Creative Suite
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