The University of Washington Tacoma is an anchor institution that is deeply invested in its local communities and in student success. As one of three campuses of a world-class university, UW Tacoma is dedicated to interdisciplinary and innovative teaching and scholarship and to engaging the community in mutually beneficial partnerships. UW Tacoma’s commitment to access and diversity is central to an environment where students, staff, faculty and South Sound residents find abundant opportunities for intellectual, personal and professional growth. More information about UW Tacoma and its strategic plan can be found here.
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The School of Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences (SIAS) is UW Tacoma's largest program with 18 areas of study in the humanities, social sciences, mathematics, and natural sciences and more than 1,100 students enrolled. To provide an interdisciplinary and comparative basis for the study of different groups, societies, and cultures, our interdisciplinary curriculum is organized around three general dimensions of life: Culture and Ideas (Fine Arts and Humanities), Society and the Individual (Social Sciences) and the Natural World (Natural Sciences). The focus of our curriculum is the comparative study of peoples, groups, societies, cultures, and environments within the United States and selected regions of the world.
The School of Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences has an outstanding opportunity for a Lead Academic Advisor to join their team.
The Lead Academic Advisor will oversee daily operations of the SIAS Academic Advising Office and will supervise a team of five academic advisors. This role will collaborate with campus departments and serve on committees to ensure SIAS advising philosophy and procedures are consistent with campus. They will collect, analyze, and present student and degree data within the school and provide schedule planning recommendations. The Lead Academic Advisor must stay current on trends within the academic advising industry by networking within national associations and participating in ongoing professional development opportunities.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
ADMISSIONS AND ENROLLMENT MANAGEMENTs
Advise students accepted to an SIAS major.
Evaluate student transcripts and assist students with goal setting, schedule planning, and other enrollment related issues such as withdrawal, graduation petitions, career exploration, and graduate school administration.
Review reports on low scholarship and reach out to students to provide assistance.
Ensure transition from pre-major to major is smooth and communications are sent to students recently accepted to SIAS.
Provide clear communications to students about course requirements during in-person meetings, via email, or other means as applicable.
Hear student concerns about advising and resolve issues.
SUPERVISION AND LEADERSHIP
Direct supervision of advisors, including recommending new staff hires, onboarding, mentoring, conducting performance reviews, and addressing concerns and providing feedback.
Develop new policies and procedures.
Ensure advising philosophy is consistent with campus.
Serve campus needs including meeting with faculty and staff to resolve student complaints, identify students of concern and report through proper channels, participating in meetings and serving on campus level committees.
Provide data to SIAS academic units on students' movement through majors.
Assist with scheduling and major planning as part of the Curriculum Committee.
Collaborate with campus colleagues including individuals in Student and Enrollment Services, Career Services, Pre-major Academic Advising, and Registrar's Office.
Interpret policies and procedures, coordinate implementation of campus-level policies and procedures, and maintain SIAS policy and procedures.
Ensure website is up-to-date with information about SIAS academic advisors and processes.
NETWORKING AND PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
Network, train, and collaborate with external constituents on other UW campuses, local community colleges, and national organizations like NACADA.
Collaborate with local community colleges about SIAS requirements for admission and transition students from one institution to another.
Represent SIAS at local, regional, and national conferences and present materials as appropriate.
Stay current on trends within the academic advising industry by networking within national associations and attending ongoing professional development opportunities.
Maintain membership with NACADA and use information learned to improve advising within SIAS including implementing best practices and benchmarking with peer institutions.
Other duties as assigned
Bachelor’s degree in advising, counseling, or related field and four years of culturally responsive admissions management and/or recruitment experience with students in a diverse higher education setting, to include two years of providing training, direction, or direct supervision of others.
Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.
Excellent communication skills, including verbal and written skills, and experience giving public presentations.
Ability to work collaboratively with a range of stakeholders in a dynamic, evolving environment.
Demonstrated ability to work independently and work a flexible schedule with some evening and/or weekend work.
Ability to analyze, interpret, and communicate policies and procedures.
Excellent organizational skills.
Experience analyzing, compiling, and presenting data.
Familiar with educational institutions in the greater Tacoma region.
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.