Undergraduate Academic Affairs

September 10, 2023

Outstanding opportunity for academic adviser

UAA Human Resources

Title: academic adviser
Department/Program: Undergraduate Advising
Location: Seattle campus
Full time/Part time: Full time
Salary/Hourly: Salary, professional staff
Service period: 12 month
Posting date: 9/6/2023
Application priority date: 9/21/2023
UWHires Req. number: 226412
Salary range: $5,400/ month

Undergraduate Academic Affairs (UAA) shapes, advances and stewards a world-class undergraduate academic experience for students at the University of Washington. Staff, faculty and students in UAA deepen and enrich the learning experience for all undergraduates, recognizing and supporting the unique learning path of each individual student and the commitment of each academic program to excellence in learning and teaching.

Within UAA, UA Advising provides academic planning services and support for students, including helping them explore academic opportunities and working with them to connect their personal strengths and interests with curricular (including co- and extra-curricular) experiences. UAA Advising works primarily with students who are exploring and undecided or preparing for entrance into a major. UAA Advising is a primary campus contact for prospective transfer students, working closely with the community and technical colleges in Washington State. UAA Advising is the UW’s centralized advising office, providing leadership and support to advisers, departments and student service units around the institution in the areas of academic advising practice and policy.

UAA Advising works closely with First Year Programs, Academic Support Programs, and other campus partners to support advising and orientation programming along with tutoring and course support for students. UAA Advising collaborates extensively around campus, particularly with college and departmental advisers, student services offices, and key campus event organizers. Along with Academic Support Programs and the Office of Minority Affairs and Diversity’s Academic Counseling Services, UAA Advising is physically located at the heart of the university, within the Center for Undergraduate Advising, Diversity, and Student Success (CUADSS) at Mary Gates Hall.

UAA Advising has an outstanding opportunity for a dynamic, service-oriented and student-centered individual to join our team as an academic adviser. We aim to build a diverse pool of experienced candidates from a range of academic and professional backgrounds. The right candidate will join a collaborative, purposeful team of professionals excited to play an instrumental role in the lives of students by helping them make informed academic choices, and supporting their experiences at the UW and beyond.

Candidates for the academic adviser position must exhibit an appreciation of, a sensitivity to, and respect for a diverse academic environment, inclusive of students, faculty and staff of many social, economic, cultural, gender, ideological, racial and ethnic backgrounds.

Duties and responsibilities

Under the supervision of the assistant director of UAA Advising, the academic advisers will:

  • (70%) Advise a diverse population of students including pre-major students, international students, pre-professional students, and low scholarship/at-risk students on academic options, degree requirements, and university policies using a multiple advising modalities such as one-on-one, drop-in and group meetings.
    • Guide and support students in making informed choices, developing their academic identities, and crafting successful academic plans. Foster innovation in advising practicing by experimenting with new models and methods of advising the large and diverse UW pre-major student population.
  • (10%) Perform administrative management of advising work (including recording of notes, appointment preparation, appointment follow up, referrals, responding to advising-related email, and other documentation).
  • (10%) Support programming related to experiential learning (high impact practices), academic and career integration and scaled advising initiatives.
  • (10%) Support the goals and functions of the advising office through administrative tasks, support and coordination of events, basic projects, collaboration with partners across campus and other duties as assigned.

Requirements and qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree and two years of advising, student counseling, teaching or related experience.

Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.

Additional requirements:

  • Excellent organizational and time-management skills, and superlative attention to detail.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate clearly and effectively, both orally and in writing, and to collaborate effectively with people representing diverse perspectives, approaches and job roles.
  • Demonstrated familiarity with, and ability to adopt and implement diverse technology, communications and social media platforms and applications.
  • Ability to appropriately manage sensitive information.
  • Superlative ability to provide an empathic, yet professional and efficient approach to working with students from extremely diverse backgrounds and those with a spectrum of personal and academic challenges.
  • Experience working with diverse student populations including students considered to be at-risk, low-scholarship, international students or transfer students.


  • Experience as a UW student or staff member.
  • Experience with Access, Excel, EARS and UW SDB.
  • Experience working in areas related to career counseling, and familiarity with career exploration and job search tools.
  • Familiarity with contemporary concepts in student development.

All UAA advising staff will demonstrate and integrate the following Undergraduate Academic Affairs competencies:

  • Accountability and integrit
  • Race, equity and difference
  • Constituent focus
  • Collaboration and teamwork

How to apply

Please visit the Advising website to learn more about their programs. Interested applicants should apply to requisition #226412 on the UW employment site.