Under the supervision of the Director of Advising, the Associate Director works with social work students to support both their academic success and professional development in the Master???s Program. The incumbent will be responsible to work individually with students; recruit, train and support advisors; develop and implement curriculum for the first and second year in addition to the 16 month advising modules; create and facilitate presentations and workshops to students, faculty and advisors, and collaborate with other Columbia School of Social Work departments and faculty.
The Associate Director will participate in the development of the CSSW Online Campus and Residential advising models including recruiting, training, developing curriculum and supporting all advisors and students.
The Associate Director must be aware of the CSSW Masters of Social Work curriculum, as well as the School's educational policies and procedures.
The Associate Director will represent the department in interdisciplinary meetings to identify collaborative efforts to support the Office of Advising mission and goals. The incumbent will also present at local and national conferences to place CSSW in the forefront of advising models nationwide.
Student Services: 40%
Counsel students to achieve academic success. Support students with personal issues that may impact their academic and/or field placement performance and/or mediate to resolve difficulties when necessary with the student and other parties. Promote student learning and professional development.
Responsible for providing academic advising to all students in the pre-field education phase of both the Extended, Reduced Residency and International Student programs. The Associate Director may serve as an advisor with its incumbent responsibilities on an as needed basis.
The Associate Director will partner with all departments at CSSW and particularly the Field Education Department and the Office of Student Services to address student issues requiring special attention.
Assign students to advisors rosters that involve coordination with the Office of Academic Affairs, Field Education Department, Office of Admissions, and CUSSW???s OCUIT to ensure all departments have the same data and the advisors receive accurate information.
Oversight of academic progress duties include maintaining student academic records such as academic plans, leaves of absence, academic probation, and student petitions for exceptions to academic policy.
Coordination of Advisors: 35%
Recruit, interview and supervise part-time advisors. Create and implement orientation training for advisors that include PowerPoint presentations about policies and procedures to perform their duties. Provide ongoing support and mentorship to advisors.
Develop the curriculum for advisors to present to students in their seminars. Includes creating PowerPoints or other aids (Modules, videos, role play) that are used by advisors that address the material designed for the students' learning.
Create the agenda for the advisor staff meetings.
If the Director of Advising is absent, lead the advisor staff meetings and present the role of Advising to different forums including new faculty, admitted student days, and orientation for new students.
Manage and update CSSW???s Courseworks site used by The Office of Advising staff and advisors. Train advisors how to use Courseworks and provide ongoing support.
Train advisors with the academic auditing program known as Stellic.
Train advisors to utilize the Field Education Department???s program known as Sonia.
Administer the Office of Advising scheduling system for students to make appointments.
Design systems to streamline procedures and protocol for the Office of Advising for clarity and efficiency.
Work with other departments to streamline policies and procedures for all to be conversant with the same messaging to students and each other.
School Policy: 10%
Resource referral duties include maintaining a comprehensive knowledge of all School policies and procedures to ensure that students have access to an array of resources. The Associate Director is responsible for connecting students with appropriate faculty, academic resources including the Writing Center, field education staff, school administrators, and University resources to provide students with necessary academic, co-curricular and personal support.
Programming duties include supporting the programming efforts of the Office of Advising. These projects are designed to meet students' academic and professional development needs. Projects will primarily involve developing and facilitating workshops, discussions, and training on a range of topics including time management skills, study track selection, vicarious trauma, self-care and burnout.
Perform other duties as assigned.
Master of Social Work degree, and 3-5 years of post-MSW related experience in supervising and advising master???s level students.
Proficiency in meeting time-sensitive deadlines while leading multiple, concurrent projects with minimal supervision is required.
Ability to work with and be supportive of team effort is essential.
The Incumbent must excel at engaging and supporting students in a graduate setting.
The Incumbent must also have knowledge and experience working from an anti-Black lens that incorporates tenants of power, privilege, race, and oppression.
Excellent written, oral, and interpersonal skills are essential.
Proficiency in facilitating large groups and ability to be engaging as a public speaker.
Advanced computer skills in Excel, Word, and creating PowerPoints.
Competency in Courseworks and SSOL and be willing to learn new programs including Stellic and Sonia.
Some evening work may be required.
Experience working for an accredited graduate school of social work.
Experience supervising staff.
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