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TRIO SSS Academic Advisor

Company: Central Washington University
Location: Ellensburg
Posted on: January 27, 2023

Job Description:

Job Summary

Central Washington University (CWU) is recruiting an Academic Advisor to join our TRIO SSS team in Ellensburg, Washington. This role is a critical member of our team as they provide advising services to eligible participants at CWU. The role is a campus-based position, which means that in this position you get to see the lives you are impacting. We're offering a competitive salary, depending on experience, of $48,000 - $53,000 annually, plus all of the awesome CWU benefits. Who we are: We are a team of individuals committed to Changing Students' Lives. No matter what job, each of us plays a part in supporting and empowering our students to fulfill their dreams. Working in higher education provides career growth and career choice. Think of a university campus like a mini city, operating across 380 acres. You'll find diverse academics, libraries, athletics and sporting events, full service and quick serve dining, conferences and events from small to large, recreation centers, housing for -10,000 students, health services, police and public safety. For the seventh time in eight years, CWU is a recipient of the prestigious Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine. Come join us on our journey to encourage, inspire, and create spaces where all identities thrive on campus.Tour our campus in Ellensburg here. www.youtube.com/watch?v=HjdhOegDa9ATRIO Student Support Services is a federally funded project established at Central Washington University to help students achieve their post-secondary academic ambitions, as well as increase the retention and graduation rates of low- income students, first-generation students, and students with disabilities. Students are encouraged to complete their undergraduate studies and, whenever feasible, continue to graduate school. TRIO Student Support Services is committed to making college a rewarding and successful experience for each student participant. This is accomplished by providing supportive services such as academic action plans (ISP), tutoring, and monitoring of student academic progress. Participants are eligible to utilize academic success workshops, mentoring, and college success courses, with a main focus on academic, financial, and graduate school advisement. As one of the two academic advisors in SSS, you will be providing critical advising to our 225 participants, as well as assist with the facilitation of workshops and events for students. https://www.cwu.edu/academic-achievement/student-support-servicesWhat we offer: Our investment in you begins the day you join our team, a healthy and successful future for you is important to us. We offer medical, dental, life and disability insurance, retirement and optional savings plans, tuition assistance for you and your dependents, discounts across town, an employee assistance program for individualized counseling, and a wellness incentive program. Learn more: www.cwu.edu/hr/benefits-perks-discounts.The Role:The TRIO SSS Academic Advisor is a grant-funded position responsible for providing academic advising, career counseling and support services to students in the TRIO SSS Program; assisting with graduate school admissions process; teaching University 101 and 102 classes and presenting workshops designed to help students develop organizational, time management, and other learning skills; documenting student participation and progress; giving presentations to faculty and staff groups; and, performing other duties as assigned by the Director of the Academic Achievement Programs (AAP). All employees are expected to support CWU's commitment to diversity and to bring and support inclusion into the university environment.

Job Duties

- Maintain a caseload of TRIO SSS students and monitor their academic success as determined by the Director.
- Provide academic and career counseling and other services to students of the TRIO SSS Program.
- Complete intake and assess students' interests, needs and goals and develop meaningful and appropriate interventions and services to meet the needs of students.
- Assist students in the development and monitoring of Individual Success Plans.
- Assist students with the process of pursuing their major, understanding the curriculum and making effective academic progress. This includes analyzing and interpreting student data and placement results, advising students about degree and graduation requirements, course articulation, appropriate course loads and course selection.
- Facilitate completion of applications for graduate school or professional school, summer research and internships.
- Provide information regarding Federal student financial aid programs and benefits (FAFSA), and resources for locating public and private scholarships.Maintain up-to-date and accurate Blumen and MyCWU student records and reports to document student participation and progress.
- Assist with the development and implementation of program activities that aid TRIO SSS students in their academic, career, personal and organizational success.
- Assist with the direction and formulation of TRIO SSS Program policies and services that yield assistance to TRIO SSS students in obtaining services available at the University campus.
- Team teach University 101 course
- Team teach University 102 course
- Teach strategies for college success classes and workshops designed to help students develop organizational, time management, and other learning skills
- Perform other job-related duties as assigned by the AAP Director

Minimum Qualifications

  • Master's degree or equivalent in education, counseling or related field.
  • Significant experience in advising and counseling in an educational setting working with programs addressing the needs of special populations such as nontraditional and underrepresented students and students with disabilities.
  • Knowledge of learning strategies and ability to provide students with alternative methods and techniques for learning.
  • Excellent organizational and time management and oral and written communication skills.
  • Demonstrated willingness and/or experience working 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
    • Experience with Federally-funded educational programs and university financial aid policies.
    • Ability to facilitate an appropriate counseling session with diverse students in a variety of needs.
    • Background that provides evidence of overcoming barriers similar to those encountered by students in the TRIO SSS Program target populations.
    • Computing and data management skills and experience using Student Information Systems for advising student and tracking degree progress.Competencies
      • Accountability/Dependability: Accepts responsibility for quality of own work; acknowledges and corrects mistakes. Shows up on time, meets standards, deadlines and work schedules.
      • Judgement: Makes timely, informed decisions. Analyzes options and determines appropriate course of action.
      • Teamwork: Promotes cooperation and mutual support to achieve goals. Encourages participation and mutual support.
      • Adaptability/Flexibility: Responds positively to changing business needs and responsibilities. Adapts approach and methods to achieve results; recovers quickly from setbacks and finds alternatives.
      • Commitment to Diversity: Recognizes the value of diversity and helps create environment that supports and embraces diversity.
      • Academic Advising Competencies:
        • Foundations knowledge: advising philosophy, theoretical frameworks, core values, knowledge of higher education issues.
        • Knowledge of college students and TRIO SSS students: General knowledge of college students and specific knowledge of first-generation students, low-poverty students, and students with disabilities.
        • Career advising knowledge and skills: Knowledge of CWU departments and majors.
        • Communication and interpersonal skills: Demonstrate the ability to relate to individuals and groups of designated students through the use of basic communication, helping and problem-solving skills.
        • Knowledge of application of advising at CWU Don't meet every single requirement? At CWU we're dedicated to building a diverse, inclusive, and authentic workplace, so if you're excited about this role but your experience doesn't align perfectly with every requirement, we encourage you to apply anyway. This may be the job for you!

          Pay, Benefits, & Work Schedule

          Salary: $48,000 - $53,000 annually and dependent upon qualifications and experienceSchedule/Appointment: Monday - Friday, 8:00am-5:00pm (1 hour lunch) Working Conditions: Work is performed in an indoor office setting with frequent in-person 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. 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: www.cwu.edu/hr/benefits-perks-discounts. An employee of CWU may be eligible for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program if the employee has student loans. To learn more, visit: https://ofm.wa.gov/state-human-resources/public-service-loan-forgiveness-program.

Keywords: Central Washington University, Yakima , TRIO SSS Academic Advisor, Other , Ellensburg, Washington

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