Job Positions

Academic Advisor (2 positions)

Categories: Northwest Region 8


College of Education and Professional Studies


Central Washington University

Date Posted:

Jan 13 2021 5:21PM

Close Date:

Jan 26 2021

Position Description

The Academic Advisor’s primary role is to deliver individual academic advisement to students in the Teacher Academies program and who have decided or have an intended major in the College of Education and Professional Studies. This position provides undergraduate advising regarding CWU’s Teacher Academies program, general education curriculum, university requirements, as well as all the major degree programs and minor programs offered within the College of Education and Professional Studies. The position assists with College and university initiated proactive advising campaigns and lends additional support to students in academic difficulty or on academic warning/probation. All employees are expected to support CWU’s commitment to diversity and to bring and support inclusion into the university environment.


- Proactively manage a caseload of undergraduate students within the College of Education and Professional Studies, conducting academic advising, providing timely interventions, and making appropriate referrals, as necessary.
- Provide on-site support for students enrolled in, or expressing an interest in, the Teacher Academies program.
- Recruit teacher candidates from under-represented communities for Teacher Academies or other College of Education and Professional Studies programs.
- Maintain a consistent pattern of contact to encourage a trusting relationship through multiple channels of communication.
- Advise students about general education and pre-major or major requirements.
- Advise prospective and incoming transfer students.
- Guide students in developing a plan of study that meets degree requirements and fits their timetable for graduation. Involves assisting students with course articulation and recommending appropriate academic course loads and course selections.
- Help students make informed academic decisions teaching them how to track their own academic progress, locate and interpret appropriate policies, and to utilize the tools and resources available.
- Conduct audits on student progress toward degree completion.
- Analyze and interpret student data, transcripts, and placement results, as well as university policy and procedures.
- Design and deliver presentations to various audiences.
- Develop strong working relationships with academic departments, programs, faculty, and staff across campus.
- Collaborate with other advisors and staff across the campus to advance academic advising at CWU.
This position is expected to participate as an active member of the university academic advising community and maintain compliance with advising standards, mandatory advisor trainings, and to engage in available and approved professional development opportunities as recommended.
- Support new student orientation and new student program activities where academic advising is concerned, providing information and support to new students and their families. - Other duties as assigned.

Application Process

To apply for this position, you must complete the on-line application and attach: A detailed cover letter clearly demonstrating how your education and experience: (a) meet the required (and, as applicable, preferred) qualifications, and (b) demonstrate the ability to perform the responsibilities as described by the posting; Resume including work history, education, training; and Contact information for three professional references.

Institution Information

About 2,000 graduates each year Undergraduate enrollment numbers (full time and part time):
14,918 Post-Baccalaureate and Graduate enrollment numbers (full time and part time):
On-campus residents: 2,800
Male/female ratio: 45.53%/53.57%
Students of color: 35%
Where Wildcats are from: Washington State: 93.49% King County: 1,960 Kittitas County: 1,334 Pierce County: 1,217 Yakima County: 893 Snohomish County: 722
Estimated costs: Average out-of-pocket for base tuition: $3,000*
Full price basic tuition, for 10 - 17 credits: $6,475
Room and board: $13,787
Number of students receiving State Need Grants: 2,850 Academic:
• More than 135 majors
• Nationally and/or regionally distinguished programs in music, geology, paramedicine, physics, and education
• Faculty recognized regionally and/or nationally for collegiate teaching in mathematics, physics, geology, music, and chemistry.
• Average class size: 20
• Student to faculty ratio: 18-to-1
• 5 Top Majors/Degrees Awarded: Elementary Education and Teaching, General Psychology, Criminal Justice/Safety Studies, Business Administration, and Social Sciences Housing:
Residence halls: 17 Apartment complexes: 5 Living Learning and Theme communities: 14 Student Life: More than 125 clubs, organizations, and associations 13 varsity athletic teams More than 30 percent of students participate in intramural sports Approximately 500 students participate in 23 sports clubs Wildcat Athletics: Competes in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference (GNAC) Men’s varsity sports: 6 Women’s varsity sports: 7 Nationally ranked football, basketball and rugby teams * After scholarships, grants, and financial aid. Source: CWU Institutional Effectiveness (12/20)

Additional Information

Salary: $40,333 - $48,400 annually dependent upon qualifications and experience
Schedule/Appointment: Monday - Friday, 8:00am-5:00pm (1 hour lunch)
Working Conditions:
Work is performed in an indoor office setting with frequent in-person and online interactions. It is essential to be able to remain at a desk/computer workstation for prolonged periods of time, perform extensive data entry and other computer-related tasks and create/maintain filing systems for departmental records. The position requires a certain amount of mobility in order to retrieve files, attend meetings, respond to clients in person, on the phone, and via communication software and email. Some evening or weekend work and/or occasional travel may be required. Benefits: CWU offers a comprehensive benefits package including medical and dental insurance, retirement and optional savings plans, life and disability insurance, along with vacation and sick leave plans depending on employment classification. For additional information please visit: An employee of CWU may be eligible for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program if the employee has student loans. To learn more, visit: Prior to employment, final candidate(s) will be required to sign a Sexual Misconduct disclosure in pursuant to RCW 28B.112.080 and submit to a background check. All information obtained through background investigations will be strictly confidential and revealed only to those required to have access.

Contact Information

Name: Jason White
Title: Advising Director, College of Education and Professional Studies
Phone: (509) 963-2615
Please contact Human Resources at or 509-963-1202 if you require technical assistance with the on-line application process.


Required Qualifications

Bachelor's degree in any field. Excellent communication and interpersonal skills. Demonstrated willingness and/or experience working collaboratively with students and/or co-workers from a wide range of abilities, backgrounds, and experiences. Demonstrated ability to use MS Word, MS Excel, email and/or similar software applications to produce professional written correspondence, create and maintain spreadsheets, and receive and respond to email inquiries, tasks, etc. Demonstrated ability to work independently to accomplish tasks and projects. Commitment to advancing a diverse, equitable, and inclusive learning and working environment. OR applicable combination of education and/or experience which demonstrates the ability to perform the essential functions of the position.

Preferred Qualifications

Master’s Degree. Experience with implementation of solutions to facilitate student success, retention, and graduation. Additional experience and/or education relevant to academic advising, admissions, counseling, teaching, or student services in higher education. Bilingual English and Spanish. A record of promoting inclusivity in the work environment. Demonstrated commitment to improving access to higher education for students through various activities.