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Academic Advisor - Des Moines Central Washington University Des Moines, WA

Categories: Northwest Region 8


Computer Science


Central Washington University

Date Posted:

Oct 21 2021 1:23PM

Close Date:

Oct 29 2021

Position Description

Per Governor Inslee's Proclamation 21.14.1 , CWU employees must be fully vaccinated no later than October 18, 2021. Your vaccine status will be verified if/when a job offer is made. Information about medical and religious accommodations are available here: . Failure to meet the vaccination policy (or approval of a medical or religious accommodation) will result in revocation of the offer. The successful candidate will provide academic advising to students in the Computer Science (CS) Department's Westside campuses. This includes working with a multi-divisional team to guide prospective and current students through all aspects of their CWU academic experience. The CWU computer science Bachelor of Science (BS) degree is an innovative program developed in partnership with Highline College. It offers pathways for students matriculating with various levels of mathematics preparation. While the program offers students a set curriculum, it is vital that the advisor respond to each student's needs individually. All employees are expected to support CWU's commitment to diversity and to bring and support inclusion into the university environment.


Advising for the undergraduate program
- Proactively manage a caseload of undergraduate Computer Science students on Westside campuses within the College of the Sciences, conducting academic advising, providing timely interventions, and making appropriate referrals, as necessary.
- Maintain a consistent pattern of contact to encourage a trusting relationship through multiple channels of communication.
- Advise students about general education, major, and graduation requirements.
- Advise prospective and incoming transfer students.
- Guide students in developing a plan of study that meets degree requirements. Assist 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 to them.
- Analyze and interpret student data, transcripts, and placement results, as well as university policy and procedures.
- May advise Ellensburg Computer Science students or other westside College of the Sciences students Recruiting for the undergraduate program
- Develop computer science program recruiting materials and coordinating the distribution of these materials
- Represent CWU at high schools, community colleges, community functions, special events, etc. for the purpose of recruiting students with a focus on Computer Science
- Independently evaluate the academic records and personal histories of prospective undergraduate students, conduct interviews of undergraduate students, and make decisions regarding academic qualifications for admissions to the intended major Liaison/Outreach
- Develop strong working relationships with academic departments, programs, faculty, and staff across campus and with inter-campus partners such as host community colleges.
- Design and deliver computer science advising and recruiting presentations to various audiences.
- Collaborate with University Center staff, other CWU advisors, advising staff from other colleges, other community college advisors, and other university units, as appropriate.
- Support new student orientation and new student program activities where academic advising is concerned, providing information and support to new students and their families.
- Establish and maintain connections with alumni, associations, companies, and institutions to build educational partnerships.
- 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

Central’s commitment to hands-on learning and discovery and individual attention takes students beyond the limits of the classroom and books. Students get to do what they’re studying in real-world, professional settings, which makes learning exciting and relevant. Each year CWU graduates thousands of well-educated citizens who are ready for high-demand careers in the workforce: construction management, accounting, engineering technology, teacher education, wine business, paramedicine, aviation, and more. CWU prepares students to succeed in a global economy through strong partnerships with 30 colleges and universities around the world. Last year we welcomed more than 400 students from 36 countries to our campus. Central Washington University's Ellensburg residential campus encompasses 380 acres. There are also six university centers (Des Moines, Lynnwood, Pierce County, Moses Lake, Wenatchee, and Yakima) and two instructional sites (Joint Base Lewis-McChord and Sammamish).

Additional Information

This position will be located at our Des Moines campus which is in the Seattle area.

Contact Information

Name: Bruce Palmquist
Title: Professor, Department Chair of Computer Science
Phone: 509-963-3142
Website: CWU Des Moines Computer Science
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 ability to use Word, 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 use of video conference technologies to work one on one and with a team in different locations Demonstrated ability to work independently to accomplish tasks and projects
Commitment to advancing a diverse, equitable, and inclusive learning and working environment
Demonstrated willingness and/or experience working collaboratively with students and/or co-workers from a wide range of abilities, backgrounds and experiences 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 recruitment, success, retention, and graduation
Additional experience and/or education relevant to academic advising, recruiting, admissions, counseling, teaching, or student services in higher education
Demonstrated participation in programs designed to promote inclusion
Experience or interest in mentoring students from a variety of backgrounds
Background in computer science or a related domain