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The Milgard School of Business, University of Washington, Tacoma is committed to being a welcoming campus community that exhibits and enacts the values of justice, diversity, equity, and inclusion. We seek candidates who will not only enhance our representational diversity but whose work contributes to socially just, diverse, equitable, and inclusive learning and working environments for our students, staff, and faculty. We hope to identify individuals who will actively engage in our mission that all constituents have an opportunity to succeed.
The Graduate Advisor reports to the Director of Operations and Administration and will serve to manage the areas of pre-admissions advising and academic counseling for students seeking either a Master of Business Administration or Master of Science in Business Analytics. This individual will work in partnership with administrative staff and faculty team to provide professional academic advising to current and prospective graduate students and programmatic support.
The position is designed to be a highly independent position with minimal faculty (director) guidance or supervision and is responsible for implementing efficient pre-admission services and advising. The individual must interpret complex and changing UW Graduate School policies and then develop Milgard School of Business processes accordingly. This position also routinely evaluates processes, makes improvements and changes as needed. The faculty director and/or Associate Dean looks to this individual to produce an annual report which details the advising process and policies for the purposes of program assessments and accreditation. The graduate programs are expanding within the Milgard School of Business. Based on the market demand, our programs might be offered at multiple locations (on-site UW Tacoma Campus, and potentially off-site) in multiple delivery formats (e.g. face-to-face, hybrid & 100% distance).
As a school with a core mission of social justice, diversity, equity, and inclusion and a deeply diverse student body, we seek candidates who have experience with, knowledge of, and sensitivity to the needs of students from culturally diverse and marginalized communities.
Advising - Provide program information to MBA and MSBA graduate students for timely degree completion depending on each student's situation; create degree plans. Monitor and certify student progress for Graduate School and various review boards. Check for degree completion and sign off on Master's Degree Requests. Organize new student orientations, program graduation ceremonies (hoodings) and student success events (TGIF, Alumni events). Maintain appropriate systems for disseminating and communicating with students on a regular basis. Serve as a professional resource ensuring students are aware of on-campus and off-campus resources; assist with internship placement.
Administrative - Assist with annual assessment of student learning. Provide data and information as requested for program reviews, accreditation, and strategic plans. Work closely with faculty graduate program directors to create, revise, and implement policies, policy changes, strategic planning, curricular refreshes, etc. Represent and participate in university activities (committees, task forces, professional associations, etc.). Fully participate as a team player in all Milgard events and activities including staff meetings, retreats, etc.
Pre-Admissions Advising - In collaboration with the Graduate Recruiter, respond to inquiries from prospective students, manage the transition from the recruiter to the advisor, and work with other campus units (International Student Services, Office of Admission, Graduate School, etc.). Provide scholarship / financial aid information
MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS Bachelor's degree in Counseling, Education, Business, Communication or related 2-3 years of experience with providing academic student advising and general program management within a higher education setting.
Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.
Additional Requirements Excellent public speaking and writing skills, networking abilities, and experience giving public presentations. 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, Excel, Zoom. Must be comfortable with compiling data and have an intermediate level proficiency with computer technology. Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively as a member of a team serving a diverse population of students and staff in a college or university setting.
DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS Master's degree. Experience working with International students. Experience with learning management systems, such as, Canvas.
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