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Presently, the School of IAS serves over 1500 students and offers 2 degrees within 17 majors and 23 minors or certificate programs. The SIAS consists of 150 full-time faculty, various part-time faculty and twenty full-time staff. The Academic Advisor will work in partnership with the administrative staff and faculty team to develop and coordinate successful advising services primarily for the math and science majors, student retention activities, provide support for the annual admissions cycle and represent all programs offered by the School of IAS.
The Academic Advisors uses professional knowledge and experience with 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 sequencing for majors within SIAS, understanding of the relationship between education and career, attention to detail, frequent contact with the University’s administrative system, and active engagement with the faculty and staff in the School of IAS and UW Tacoma.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: Provide one-on-one advising for individual students. This includes but is not limited to the following:
Advise current and prospective students on a wide range of topics: application process, initial file review for outstanding prerequisites and transferable courses, academic planning, scholarship opportunities, internships, and career options;
Assist students in the interpretation of program and university requirements and policies;
Advise on their progress in the program and achievement of graduation requirements;
Monitor student registration process and provide advice about the registration process and quarterly offerings;
Provide referrals and strengthen student retention as needed;
Educate students about the relationship between their personal strengths and interests, and opportunities in the University curriculum and beyond;
Empower students to cultivate a sense of purpose in their undergraduate education;
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 and outreach to students exploring their academic interests;
Recruit students for undergraduate SIAS majors by arranging on and off campus recruiting events specific to undergraduate recruitment.
Develop targeted recruitment strategies for local community colleges or other industry opportunities.
Collaborate with UW Tacoma Faculty and Staff:
Participate in program meetings and committees;
Serve as liaison to the University Academic Advising Center and administrative department(s);
Provide consultation to departments/schools throughout campus. This may include working on publications, serving as a resource for information and policy interpretation, or handling special problems;
Participate in the School of IAS and campus events such as orientation, recruiting events, commencement ceremony and other program specific events;
Establish and maintain collaborative working relationships with pre-major advisors and other University Academic Advising Center colleagues, SIAS faculty and staff, and campus colleagues (e.g. Student and Enrollment Services, Equity and Inclusion, International Student Services, Financial Aid, Office of Undergraduate Education, Global Honors, Study Abroad, etc.) to help students integrate their academic, career and personal goals;
Other duties as assigned.
Bachelor’s degree and 3 years of culturally competent academic advising experience with students in a diverse higher education setting.
Experience advising students with a range of educational backgrounds including first generation college students.
Understanding of Puget Sound area community college curriculum and advising transfer students from those institutions.
Excellent verbal and written communication skills; ability to present information succinctly to individuals and groups; experience with public speaking.
Demonstrated ability to work independently and work a flexible schedule with some evening and/or weekend work.
Ability to work collaboratively in a dynamic, evolving environment.
Experience using computer programs such as MS Word, Access, Excel.
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.
Successful experience advising math and science students.
Successful experience in developing and providing programs/services of significant value to students and the institution.
Knowledge of University of Washington policies and procedures.
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