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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.
The UW Tacoma School of Social Work and Criminal Justice (SSWCJ) serves approximately 400 students and offers a graduate degree in social work and undergraduate degrees in social welfare and in criminal justice. Additionally, the SSWCJ offers an online degree completion option in criminal justice and is the only fully online major campus-wide. With a shared commitment to student success and an affirmation of the social justice, values that sit at the core of the school’s mission, our faculty and staff are looking forward to developing future partnerships and expanding our school’s presence to align with the needs of the greater community.
The SSWCJ has an outstanding opportunity for a Social Work Advisor and Academic Specialist. This individual will exercise independent judgment and provide coordinated advising for all Master of Social Work (MSW) graduate students and all Bachelor of Arts in Social Welfare (BASW) majors at UW Tacoma. The Advisor and Academic Specialist will work in partnership with school staff, faculty and leadership to develop and coordinate successful student services and outreach activities for current students and provide professional academic advising to BASW and MSW students. This position is intended to focus on the success of graduate and undergraduate education and will also work closely with the campus and school team to represent all offerings and provide supports for students.
Maintain a welcoming and supportive advising climate for all SSWCJ students.
Provide academic advising to current MSW students; monitor and certify student progress for UW Graduate School.
Provide consultations and resource referrals or degree completion information for students who encounter challenges while enrolled in the program.
Plan, organize and manage student engagement activities to include cohort orientations, colloquia, hooding ceremony and student success events.
Act as the liaison to the UW Graduate School as Graduate Program Adviser and interpret and implement policy accordingly.
Work collaboratively and support the work of the MSW Program Chair and Graduate Program Coordinator to assist in maintaining MSW policies and procedures and coordinate graduate activities within SSWCJ.
Serve as lead academic advisor for social welfare majors and related curricular issues.
Provide comprehensive advising and guidance for all currently enrolled BASW students; monitor progress, create academic plans as needed and file graduation applications.
Assist BASW students in caseload with low scholarship, academic withdrawals or other referrals for academic assistance.
Help students in caseload to develop quarterly schedules, provide registration assistance and web guidance.
Serve as a liaison to the UW Seattle DARS office to communicate any needed changes.
Execute student engagement activities to include cohort orientations, colloquia and/or support or provide assistance for other student success events.
Coordinate with other SSWCJ professional advising staff around shared advising responsibilities, policies and student success events.
Collaborate and provide input into annual marketing plan and cyclic strategic recruitment and outreach initiatives.
Student Advising Administrative Supports
Assist with BASW and MSW admission process for professional social work programs as needed.
Conduct periodic reviews of BASW and MSW program content on website for quality assurance, recommend changes and coordinate updates with staff to keep information current.
Review BASW and MSW program content and provide edits for annual UW Tacoma Catalog updates.
Responsible for annual updates and distribution of MSW and BASW student manuals.
Serve as the BASW liaison to the undergraduate University Academic Advising advisors; provide training, updates and information around programmatic and curricular changes as needed.
Provide support for the Health Sciences Immunization Program to provide compliance tracking for all BASW and MSW students, including messaging and tracking immunization progress prior to enrollment.
Provide efficient and effective internal and external communication with students, faculty, staff and our community constituents; serve on campus committees such as the SSWCJ Equity and Inclusion Committee.
Maintain communication with the University of Washington Seattle, School of Social Work regarding accreditation, policy updates or important changes.
Maintain accurate and confidential student records per records retention schedules.
May represent the School of Social Work and Criminal Justice at college and public information events to include, but not limited to public presentations, information sessions or open house events as needed.
Participate in cyclical professional accreditation and academic program review self-studies.
Serve as point of contact for all SW course/faculty sponsored Independent Study add codes.
Oversee add and drop code distribution process.
Recommend policy and procedural changes, manage implementation as needed and evaluate process and impact.
Monitor trends in enrollment and retention and make recommendations regarding student resource needs and retention strategies.
Represent and participate in school and university activities (division committees, task forces, professional associations).
Provide data, statistical reports and information as needed on advising or enrollment activities.
Communicate regularly with all key SSWCJ personnel including, SW Division and Program Chairs, Director of Field Education, Field Faculty and SSWCJ Dean to ensure all requirements are met.
We are looking for people who:
Have experience working in an advising or counseling capacity in an educational setting or related field.
Have a high level of motivation, are excellent at follow-up, and are a team-player that delivers within defined timelines.
Want to apply a diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) lens to their work.
Have strong interpersonal, communication, and presentation skills, and can relate positively with culturally diverse populations.
Are a resourceful and creative problem solver.
Have strong organizational skills with attention to detail.
Are technologically savvy.
Bachelor’s degree in social welfare/work, social sciences or related field.
Three years of culturally responsive academic advising and/or recruitment experience with students in a diverse higher education setting.
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 and interpret policies and procedures.
Excellent organizational skills.
Proficiency with standard office software, including Microsoft Word, Access, Excel and PowerPoint.
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.
Master’s degree in social work, counseling or related field.
Experience with professional social work students or graduate students.
Social media, marketing or public relations background desirable.
Working knowledge of UW administrative systems (MyGrad Program, MyPlan, SDB, SIS, EARS, DARS).
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.
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