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Academic Advisor, Senior

Categories: Northwest Region 8


University Academic Advising


University of Washington Tacoma

Date Posted:

Sep 13 2021 6:18PM

Close Date:

Nov 13 2021

Position Description

University Academic Advising at the University of Washington Tacoma has an outstanding opportunity for an Academic Advisor, Senior. This position will provide professional academic advising to current and newly admitted first-year and pre-major students, including students who are exploring academic options, working towards declaring a major, considering a change of major, and those who are returning to the University. The Academic Advisor, Senior in University Academic Advising serves as a member of a professional team providing holistic advising services for undergraduate students who are: Clarifying their academic interests Preparing for admission to majors Pre-professionals Changing their academic goals The Academic Advisor, Senior uses professional knowledge and experience with University resources to empower students to identify interests and match personal strengths with educational and career opportunities. Important aspects of the work include asset-focused and learning-centered advising, understanding of the relationship between education and career, attention to detail, frequent contact with the University’s administrative system, and active engagement with the faculty and staff in the academic program for first-year students.


Provide live (email, online, by telephone and video conferencing) one-on-one advising for individual students within an assigned advising caseload.

This includes but is not limited to the following:
Educate students about the relationship between their personal strengths and interests, and opportunities in the University curriculum and beyond
Empower students to cultivate a sense of purpose in their undergraduate education
Help students overcome challenges that hinder academic performance
Assist students to integrate their educational and career plans, concentrating attention on developing universal skills
Guide students through University systems to avoid or overcome administrative problems
Foster student understanding of academic major requirements to facilitate successful realization of academic, personal and professional goals
Counsel students dropped from the University for low scholarship
Outreach to students exploring their academic interests
Serve as lead for advising services including pre-health and pre-law advising, liaison to
Schools offering science and mathematics programs (e.g. Biomedical Sciences, Healthcare Leadership, etc.), and teach the TUNIV 250 course.
Establish and maintain collaborative working relationships with team members, major advisors, and campus colleagues (e.g. Admissions, Registrar, Equity and Inclusion, Veteran and Military Services, Campus Housing, Office of Undergraduate Education, Global Affairs, etc.), to help students integrate their academic, career, and personal goals.
Participate in departmental and campus activities such as weekly staff meeting, orientation, commencement, and other program-specific events and workshops.
Provide consultation to departments and programs throughout campus.
This may include working on publications or serving as a resource for information and policy interpretation. Other duties as assigned.

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.

Institution Information

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. As a UW employee, you have a unique opportunity to change lives on our campuses, in our state and around the world. UW employees offer their boundless energy, creative problem solving skills and dedication to build stronger minds and a healthier world. UW faculty and staff also enjoy outstanding benefits, professional growth opportunities and unique resources in an environment noted for diversity, intellectual excitement, artistic pursuits and natural beauty.

Additional Information

Contact Information

Dr. Lorraine Dinnel
Associate Director, University Academic Advising Affiliate Faculty, School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences University of Washington Tacoma


Required Qualifications

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS: Bachelor’s degree and 3 years of culturally competent academic advising or related experience with students in a diverse higher education setting.

Experience advising students with a range of educational backgrounds including first generation college students.
Excellent verbal and written communication skills; ability to present information succinctly to individuals and groups; experience with public speaking.
Demonstrated ability to work independently and work a flexible schedule with some evening and/or weekend work.
Ability to work collaboratively in a dynamic, evolving environment.
Experience using computer programs such as MS Word, Access and Excel.
Must be comfortable with data and proficient with computer technology.
Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.

Preferred Qualifications

DESIRED: Master’s degree and 2 years academic advising or related higher education experience.
Successful experience in developing and providing programs/services of significant value to students and the institution.