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Academic Advisor, Washburn Tech

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Position Title: Academic Advisor, Washburn Tech

Department: WIT-Student Services

Advertised Pay: Low $40,000s

Campus Location: Washburn Tech

The screening committee will review all eligible applications submitted by February 10, 2024

Position Summary: Washburn Tech is committed to a model of Intrusive Academic Advising to promote student success. The Academic Advisor advises students concerning program exploration, entrance, and success, an appropriate academic schedule and sequencing, and applicable academic and program policies. Contact occurs on an individual and/or group basis, virtually, or by correspondence. The Advisor will advise students based on program interests and Unit needs to support student goals.

Essential Functions:
• Meets with current, prospective, transfer, returning, and at-risk (i.e. probationary) students and/or their parents to provide academic advising relative to their academic program or pathway, holistic student development, course scheduling, and other areas of educational counseling.
• Discusses Certificate and Associate degree options available at Washburn Tech and Washburn University to help students identify career options and develop academic plans to support their goals.

• Collaborates with Academic Advisors at Washburn University regarding student enrollment and sequencing in articulated programs.

• Educates students and/or parents on academic and program policies, for example, those relating to withdrawal, program dismissal, and academic standing.

• Serves an active role in connecting students with Career Services and appropriate placement centers to explore career opportunities and job placement.

• Forms effective relationships with program instructors to facilitate student success.

• Establishes and maintains program rosters to provide accurate data on students to the appropriate staff. Collaborates with Admissions and Recruiting to fill open program seats from the waitlist.

• Refers students to campus and community resources as part of a holistic advising model.

• Effectively uses the appropriate software program (currently Navigate Student Success Software) to manage a caseload of students, conduct proactive outreach and follow up on performance concerns, and refer students to appropriate resources.

• Attends professional workshops, trainings, and conferences to update knowledge and techniques related to advising, retaining, and graduating students.

• Advisors are assigned to specific programs at Washburn Tech and advise both high school and postsecondary students.

• Advisors are active members of internal Unit teams, CSSR, and Washburn Tech committees.

• Performs additional job-related duties as assigned or as appropriate.

Required Qualifications:
• Bachelor’s degree
• Experience working in higher education student personnel or working directly with post-secondary students to promote student success.
• Effective interpersonal and communication skills.
• Ability to work successfully independently and effectively in a collaborative, team environment.
• Demonstrated ability to build and maintain professional relationships with individuals from diverse backgrounds who may possess a broad range of academic skills and goals.
Physical Requirements:
• Some evenings and/or weekends will require the advisor’s participation

Preferred Qualifications:
• Master’s Degree
• Bilingual (Spanish)
• Experience in academic advising and/or academic counseling

Full time Exempt Mon-Fri 7:30am - 4:30pm
Background Check Required


Washburn University

Washburn is a top-notch university in an urban setting where students are becoming their best selves.

Nestled in the heart of Topeka - the capital city with about 127 thousand residents - Washburn offers students from small towns a big-city feel, while providing students from major metropolitan areas a more manageable environment.

Washburn's beautiful campus - on 160 acres - is easy to navigate with state-of-the art facilities. Our Tech campus on Huntoon offers industry-standard programs leading to in-demand jobs. And with our low student/faculty ratio and small classes, you're going to get to know your professors. 

Internally, we're organized into five schools, the College of Arts & Sciences, the School of Applied Studies, the Business School, the School of Nursing, the School of Law and the Washburn Institute of Technology (Washburn Tech.)

Our mission is to provide opportunities for our students to realize their full potential; we can't do it without our dedicated faculty and staff. 

Washburn University employs more than one thousand faculty and staff on our campuses throughout Topeka. We strive to offer competitive wages, an excellent benefits program, supportive culture and healthy work/life balance. Washburn seeks to create an environment that reflects our core values: integrity, excellence, inclusion, accountability, respect, collaboration and innovation.

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