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The UW Information School (iSchool) has an outstanding opportunity for an Academic Advisor for the Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS) program. As a member of the Information School's Office of Student Services, the individual in this position serves as the primary advisor in all areas of development and implementation related to the MLIS program, which includes promotion, recruitment, event planning, records management, academic advising support and student services. This position works closely with the Student Services staff to provide support and leadership for Information School's joint activities, such as the all iSchool Welcome, Convocation and iSchool Career Fair, and assists with supporting the other degree programs. The Academic Advisor will work closely with faculty, staff, students, as well as prospective students, alumni and employers.
The Office of Student Services is an energetic and highly fast-paced environment where we rely heavily on current technologies to meet the demands of the School and our constituencies.
The iSchool is a community of diverse disciplines, professional fields, and areas of expertise engaged with the study of information and its use by people and organizations. We conduct rigorous research and create challenging learning environments that make a difference throughout the region, the state of Washington, the nation, and the world.
We are an open, ethical, highly engaged and collaborative community based on trust, transparency and mutual respect. We believe in the importance of quality of life, embracing diversity, making a difference and having fun.
A sustained engagement with global communities of practice allows our work to remain relevant and cutting-edge. We are dedicated to attracting and nurturing a diverse group of students, faculty and staff and we are committed to helping all members of our community to achieve their fullest potential.
In the iSchool there is an expectation that all faculty and staff will step up where they see an opportunity to apply their special expertise or talents, speak up when they identify opportunities or concerns, and lead by taking actions that exemplify the iSchool's core values. Leadership within the iSchool is expressed in diverse ways reflecting the variety of styles and cultures that are represented by our faculty and staff.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
General Academic Advising for the MLIS Program
Provide general academic advising to current and prospective students in the MLIS program. Counsel MLIS students experiencing academic difficulty regarding options and resources. Assist MLIS students with completion of graduation processes, and related program and Graduate School policies and procedures. Advise students on procedures in matters of misconduct. Consult with Director of Student Services, the Associate Dean of Academics and faculty to escalate or resolve matters of student misconduct. Keep MLIS students advised of financial resources available. Coordinate new student and international student orientations.
Recruiting and Admissions for MLIS Program
Serve as the initial point of contact for prospective MLIS applicants, including advising them on the program and discipline and the application process. Participate on the MLIS Admissions Committee and liaison with Information School Admissions Counselor in facilitating the MLIS admissions process. Participate in recruiting and outreach in the community and information science related conferences and organizations. Make recommendations for new publication projects that might benefit the MLIS program and participate in the review and editing of existing publications.
Directed Fieldwork Coordination and Career Development Advising
Advise and counsel MLIS students regarding the Directed Fieldwork (DFW) program and coordinate the administrative aspects of the program. In partnership with the Career Services Advisor, pursue continued and further host sites for participation in the DFW program. In partnership with the Career Services Advisor, pursue continued and further host sites for participation in the DFW program. Raise awareness and encourage participation in the DFW program from diverse and non-traditional libraries and information organizations.
Assist in planning Student Services activities, including open houses, welcome week events, iSchool Career Fairs and Convocation, among others. Act as a lead and take primary role for planning at least one school-wide Student Services event per academic year. Schedule relevant information session for current MLIS students on topics such as capstone, school media endorsement or other degree requirements and options. Work with ALISS to ensure scheduling of periodic Town Halls with the Program Chairs and other iSchool Administration as appropriate.
Communication and Information Dissemination
Administer various program-related email listservs and contribute to other Student Services media, including social media. Oversee content of MLIS Canvas resource pages and website content.
The Academic Advisor leads the work of one Program Coordinators as it relates the MLIS program. A flexible schedule is required as critical deadlines must be met regardless of other conflicting deadlines.
WHAT'S IN IT FOR YOU
Full benefits, including medical and dental insurance and retirement plan.
Paid vacation and sick leave, as well as 10 paid holidays a year and one personal day.
Work for an exciting, cutting-edge school within the University of Washington.
| Master's degree in Higher Education Administration, Information Management or related field. |
Minimum of 2 years' experience in student counseling or teaching, or equivalent education/experience.
Experience in program planning and management, preferably student services.
Must demonstrate excellent communications, planning and information technology skills.
Must be able to work independently, as part of a team, and to lead others.
Must be articulate and able to present well in writing, verbally, and via technology.
Demonstrated success in working with diverse populations.
Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.