|Official Job Title||Academic Advisor|
|Working Title:||Odyssey Navigator|
|Division||Division of Continuing Studies|
|Department||Liberal Arts & Applied Studies|
|Position Type||Non-Teaching Academic Staff|
|Appointment Type||Fixed Renewable|
|Salary||$50,000 minimum annually, depending on qualifications|
|Introduction (Description of School/College/Dept/Program)||The Adult Career and Special Student Services (ACSSS) unit of the Division of Continuing Studies (DCS) serves as the admitting, advising, and academic dean’s office for University Special (non-degree) students, including students who have been admitted to the UW Odyssey Project over the past 20 years. The Odyssey Project, also within DCS, has provided a pathway to over 600 returning adult students helping students to find their voices and break cycles of generational poverty.|
|Job Summary||This Advisor position will support Odyssey students, past and present, with a particular focus on outreach to alumni of the program. This role includes communicating with students about admissions processes, career counseling, scholarship opportunities, credit transfers, and many other aspects involved with students continuing their educational paths. In particular, the position will work with campus stakeholders as well as local technical colleges and universities to facilitate certificate and degree completion for Odyssey students. This position will require a close partnership between both Adult Career and Special Student Services and the Odyssey Project. Specifically, this position will be housed within and supervised by ACSSS, but will work primarily with Odyssey students. The position will also occasionally support other special students and returning adult students in programs overseen by DCS.|
– Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal
– Experience working in a position with a focus on returning adult students
|Responsibilities||Engages students in decision making processes and promotes appropriate and responsible choices on academic matters such as course selection and degree requirements. Maintains appropriate confidentiality, updates student advising records, and contributes to the development and delivery of academic advising related events and programs. Works to ensure students receive accurate, timely, and holistic advising services in support of promoting student success, retention, and program completion. Strives to create a welcoming, equitable, and inclusive work environment.
|Principal Duties||Odyssey Project Development and Administration:
– Expand and develop pathways for Odyssey students as they complete the program, and reach out and support existing alumni of the program
Admissions and Advising:
– Make admissions decisions in consultation with the sponsoring department or program to include the review of transcripts and English assessment tests.
– Work one-on-one with interested students to formulate and operationalize career and educational plans
|Application Deadline||11/19/2023 11:55pm CST|
|How to Apply||To apply for this position, please click on the “Apply Now” button. You will be asked to upload a resume, cover letter, and list of three professional/supervisor references as a part of the application process. References will not be contacted without prior notice. Please ensure your resume and cover letter address how you meet the minimum/preferred qualifications for the position.|
|Position Contact Name||Zachary Yafai|
|Additional Information||The ACSSS and Odyssey Teams are made up of dedicated, friendly, and collaborative student service professionals with a team-based, creative, open, caring, and flexible culture.
Some time outside of normal business hours (M-F, 8:00-4:30) may be required with advance planning for programming and meetings with partners (flex time will be offered):
– Tuesday evenings (5-8 PM) for the Odyssey Family Learning Center