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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 mission of the Halbert and Nancy Robinson Center for Young Scholars (RC) at the University of Washington 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.
Through early entrance programs, we prepare younger students for college and provide them with challenging, accelerated learning opportunities in a vibrant, intellectual community at the University of Washington. We also provide outreach through enrichment and summer programs that offer classes for highly capable Puget Sound students. The Robinson Center is a site for research and discovery of best practices in supporting highly capable young students and maintains the UW’s position as an internationally renowned center of gifted education.
The RC has an outstanding opportunity for a dynamic, service-oriented, and student-centered individual to join our team as an Academic Counselor - Lead.
The Academic Counselor will provide advising and program delivery and lead the areas of new student and family orientation services and the TS and Academy Peer Mentor Program for students in the University's three accelerated programs (Transition School, Early Entrance Program (EEP) and UW Academy for Young Scholars (Academy)). 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. The Academic Counselor 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 Academic Counselor will work with the Robinson Center's Student Services Team 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 Lead of EEP/ACAD and Advising the Academic Counselor will have the following responsibilities: Academic Advising (60%):
Review and monitor College Academic Distribution Requirements (CADRs) for each student and provide evidence to Admissions when they have been fulfilled so a student may declare a major.
Provide first-year and second-year student advising meetings as per the Center’s proactive advising model. Topics discussed at these meetings include social-emotional adjustment to the University, academic progress and challenges, major selection, and progress on academic requirements.
Along with other team members, this position provides daily drop-in advising for students, as well as scheduled one-on-one appointments, and family meetings when requested.
Intervene if a student is in crisis and make referrals (academic, psychological, career development), when appropriate, in conjunction with the Student Services Team.
Compile statistics, reports, and provide analysis of student and program trends, student progress, graduation, and other related topics.
Initiate meetings with students not meeting academic standards;
Intervene with academically struggling students until they meet standards;
Provide general support and referrals when appropriate;
Compile quarterly grade reports for Assistant Director - Lead of EEP/ACAD and Advising.
Advise management of the Advising Office/department needs and make recommendations for program development.
Program Delivery (25%):
In consultation with the direct supervisor and the RC director lead the new student and family orientation services.
Lead the TS and Academy Peer Mentor programs; recruit for, hire, train, and supervise peer mentors.
In collaboration with the Student Services Team, coordinate and present family and student orientations, quarterly family check-in events, and assist in organizing and developing academic support services.
Prepare 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 contact faculty.
Develop workshops for students on academic and career-related topics.
Provide 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.
Teach courses as part of the Student Services Team that promote exploration, growth and resource access for all new students.
As part of the Student Services Team, this position reads and evaluates applications to the Academy for Young Scholars Program;
Contributes to final selection of Academy students;
Assists with Transition School admissions interviews as needed;
Assists with and attends outreach events in the community;
Represents the Robinson Center and UW to the community.
Committee participation (5%):
Participate in Robinson Center, UAA, and other campus meetings and committees as needed;
Other related duties as assigned.
This position will demonstrate and integrate the following UAA Competencies:
Accountability and Integrity
Race, Equity, and Difference
Collaboration and Teamwork
Problem Solving and Decision Making
Master's degree in education, student affairs, counseling, psychology, social work, or related field.
3 years of experience with student counseling, teaching, or related experience;
Experience working with adolescents and families;
Strong interpersonal skills, including oral and written communication skills;
Proven ability to handle confidential information discreetly;
Proficient in Microsoft Office.
Experience with crisis intervention;
Experience providing social-emotional support;
Experience in managing academic support programs;
Knowledge of university advising systems;
UW advising experience;
Washington State driver's license.
CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT
This is a 12-month appointment, Monday-Friday, normal business hours;
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;
Online training related to working with minors and mandatory reporting requirements will also be required for this position.
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.
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