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UW faculty and staff also enjoy outstanding benefits, professional growth opportunities and unique resources in an environment noted for diversity, intellectual excitement, artistic pursuits and natural beauty.
Undergraduate Academic Affairs (UAA) shapes, advances and stewards a world-class undergraduate academic experience for students at the University of Washington. Staff, faculty and students in UAA deepen and enrich the learning experience for all undergraduates, recognizing and supporting the unique learning path of each individual student and the commitment of each academic program to excellence in learning and teaching.
Within UAA, Undergraduate Academic Advising works primarily with students who are exploring and undecided or preparing for entrance into a major. UA Advising is a primary campus contact for prospective transfer students, working closely with the community and technical colleges in Washington State. UA Advising is the UW’s centralized advising office, providing leadership and support to advisers, departments, and student service units around the institution in the areas of academic advising practice and policy. We are an open, ethical, highly engaged and collaborative community based on trust, transparency and, mutual respect. We believe in the importance of quality of life, embracing diversity, making a difference, and having fun.
UA Advising works closely with First Year Programs, Academic Support Programs, and other campus partners to support advising and orientation programming along with tutoring and course support for students. UAA Advising collaborates extensively around campus, particularly with college and departmental advisers, student services offices, and key campus event organizers. Along with Academic Support Programs and the Office of Minority Affairs and Diversity’s Academic Counseling Services, UA Advising is physically located at the heart of the university, within the Center for Undergraduate Advising, Diversity, and Student Success (CUADSS) at Mary Gates Hall.
UA Advising has an outstanding opportunity for a dynamic, service-oriented, and student-centered individual to join our team as an Academic Adviser. We aim to build a diverse pool of experienced candidates from a range of academic and professional backgrounds. The right candidate will join a collaborative, purposeful team of professionals excited to play an instrumental role in the lives of students by helping them make informed academic choices, and supporting their experiences at the UW and beyond. This appointment is expected to be funded for three years with a possibility of extension.
Candidates for the Academic Adviser position must exhibit an appreciation of, a sensitivity to, and respect for a diverse academic environment, inclusive of students, faculty, and staff of many social, economic, cultural, gender, ideological, racial and ethnic backgrounds.
RESPONSIBILITIES: Under the supervision of the Assistant Director of UA Advising, the Academic Adviser will:
Advise and assist students, in a variety of direct advising settings (1:1, drop-in, group, remote), in understanding academic options, degree requirements, and university policies and procedures. Guide and support students in making informed choices, developing their academic identities, and crafting successful academic plans. Foster innovation in advising practicing by experimenting with new models and methods of advising the large and diverse UW pre-major student population. Work with a diverse cohort of pre-major students, providing:
Advising support to general pre-major students
Advising and information resources for new and prospective transfer students
Advising and special programming for international students
Advising for pre-professional students (pre-law, pre-health).
Advising, outreach, and support to low scholarship and at-risk students, and guidance to those seeking reinstatement to the University.
Perform administrative management of advising work (including the recording of notes, appointment preparation, appointment follow-up, referrals, responding to advising-related email, and other documentation).
Support Advising & Orientation activities for new transfer and incoming freshman students through participation in presentations, workshops, and events for new students and parents.
Develop and disseminate advising-relevant information through a wide range of communication channels including print materials, UAA websites, blogs, social media, and other channels and venues.
Support the goals and functions of the advising office through administrative tasks, support and coordination of events, basic projects, collaboration with partners across campus, and other duties as assigned.
All UA Advisers demonstrate and integrate the following Undergraduate Academic Affairs competencies:
Accountability and Integrity
Race, Equity and Difference
Collaboration and Teamwork
Bachelor’s degree in Education, Sociology, Psychology, or related field and one year of advising, student counseling or teaching experience.
Excellent organizational and time-management skills and attention to detail.
Demonstrated ability to communicate clearly and effectively, both orally and in writing, and to collaborate effectively with people representing diverse perspectives, approaches, and job roles.
Demonstrated familiarity with, and ability to adopt and implement diverse technology, communications and social media platforms and applications.
Ability to appropriately manage sensitive information.
Superlative ability to provide an empathic, yet professional and efficient approach to working with students from extremely diverse backgrounds and those with a spectrum of personal and academic challenges.
Experience working with diverse student populations including students considered to be at-risk, low-scholarship, international students, or transfer students.
Experience as a UW student or staff member.
Experience with Access, Excel, EARS and UW SDB.
Experience working in areas related to career counseling, and familiarity with career exploration and job search tools.
Familiarity with contemporary concepts in student development.
Application Process: The application process for UW positions may include completion of a variety of online assessments to obtain additional information that will be used in the evaluation process. These assessments may include Work Authorization, Cover Letter and/or others. Any assessments that you need to complete will appear on your screen as soon as you select “Apply to this position”. Once you begin an assessment, it must be completed at that time; if you do not complete the assessment you will be prompted to do so the next time you access your “My Jobs” page. If you select to take it later, it will appear on your "My Jobs" page to take when you are ready. Please note that your application will not be reviewed, and you will not be considered for this position until all required assessments have been completed.
Founded in 1861, the University of Washington is one of the oldest public institutions in the west coast and one of the preeminent research universities in the world. The University of Washington is a multi-campus university comprised of three different campuses: Seattle, Tacoma, and Bothell. The Seattle campus is made up of sixteen schools and colleges that serve students ranging from an undergraduate level to a doctoral level. The university is home to world-class libraries, arts, music, drama, and sports, as well as the highest quality medical care in Washington State and a world-class academic medical center. The teaching and research of the University’s many professional schools provide undergraduate and graduate students the education necessary toward achieving an excellence that will serve the state, the region, and the nation. As part of a large and diverse community, the University of Washington serves more students than any other institution in the Northwest.