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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, the Halbert and Nancy Robinson Center for Young Scholars (RC) is threefold: teaching, research, and service. The RC is a leader in the nation for developing programs that serve highly capable young pre-college and college students.
The Robinson Center has an outstanding opportunity for an Academic Adviser to join our team in supporting our academically advanced students. This position is a 50% temporary appointment expected to run from October 1, 2020 - July 15, 2021.
The Academic Adviser will provide advising, orientation and training, and program delivery for students in the University's three accelerated programs (Transition School, Early Entrance Program (EEP), and UW Academy for Young Scholars). The Transition School program admits students into a one-year college-preparatory program after 8th grade, and upon successful completion, these students become fully matriculated University Washington students enrolled in the EEP program. Academically advanced students enter into the UW Academy after 10th grade. This position is supervised by the Director of EEP/ACAD and Advising. The Adviser will provide academic intervention as needed, and administer an academic standards policy for these students, as well as support programming and orientation services for the students in Transition School. The Adviser will work with the Robinson Center's Academic Counseling & Student Services Assistant to assess and serve the social needs of EEP and Academy students. This position will also provide crisis intervention and referrals for students as needed.
Reporting to the Director of Early Entrance Program (EEP), Academy (ACAD) & Advising, the Academic Adviser will have the following responsibilities:
Academic Advising (60%)
•All EEP and Academy students are admitted to the University without having completed the University of Washington's Admission requirements (College Academic Distribution Requirements - CADRs). This position will help review and monitor these for each student and will provide evidence to Admissions when they have been fulfilled so a student may declare a major. This adviser will also provide first-year and second-year student advising meetings as per the Center’s proactive advising model. Topics discussed at the meetings include social-emotional adjustment to the University, academic progress and challenges, major selection, and progress on academic requirements. Along with other advising team members, this position provides daily drop-in advising for students, as well as schedule one-on-one appointments. This position will intervene if a student is in crisis and make referrals (academic, psychological, career development), when appropriate, in conjunction with the Student Services Team. This position helps to: review quarterly grades for all first and second-year students; track all students towards graduation; initiate meetings with students not meeting academic standards; provide support and referrals when appropriate; intervene with academically struggling students until they meet standards; and compile quarterly grade reports for Director of EEP/ACAD and Advising.
Program Delivery (30%)
•In conjunction with the Student Services Team, this position will help to coordinate and present parent and student orientations, quarterly parent check-in events, and assist in organizing and developing academic support services. The advisor prepares new students to navigate the systems of the University by teaching them how to register online, apply for financial aid and scholarships, how to choose courses, and connect with faculty. This position provides academic advising and orientation services to students in the Transition School and consults with Robinson Center Student Services Team about students' progress, performance, needs, and overall well-being. The adviser will make recommendations, in collaboration with the Director of EEP/ACAD and Advising, about referring students for campus resources.
•As part of the Student Services Team, this adviser reads and evaluates applications to the Academy for Young Scholars Program; contributes to the final selection of Academy students; assists with and attends outreach events in the community, and represents the Robinson Center and UW to the community. •Other duties as assigned.
•Bachelor's degree; •Experience working with adolescents and families; •At least two years of student counseling, teaching, or related experience; •Strong interpersonal skills, including oral and written communication skills; •Proven ability to handle confidential information discreetly; •Proficient in Microsoft Office.
All UAA Robinson Center Staff will demonstrate and integrate the following Undergraduate Academic Affairs Competencies:
•Accountability and Integrity •Race, Equity, and Difference •Constituent Focus •Collaboration and Teamwork
•Masters degree; •Three to five years of experience providing professional advising/counseling; •Experience with crisis intervention; •Experience providing social-emotional support; •Knowledge of UW Undergraduate requirements, EARS, and DARS; •UW advising experience; •Washington State driver's license.
Conditions of employment:
•This is a 9.5-month appointment, Monday-Friday, hours to be determined; •This position works in an office setting, but due to the nature of the program, the office is often loud and somewhat chaotic. This employee will need to be able to efficiently work in that type of setting, and should ideally enjoy being around energetic teenagers; •Evening and weekend work, and local travel will be required occasionally; •A satisfactory outcome from a criminal background verification will be required prior to hire.
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