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Academic Advisor - Retention and Completion Specialist
Cascadia College in Bothell, Washington
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Date Posted 02/06/2020
Admin-Academic Advising
Salary $48,300.00 - $53,550.00 Annually -  
Employment Type Full Time Exempt
Application Deadline Open until filled

Cascadia College is seeking highly motivated individuals who are interested in being part of a small, friendly community, with a faculty and staff that are dedicated to meeting the needs of our students. We are the newest college in Washington state's community and technical college system, and  take great pride in our learning environment that focuses on diversity, equity and inclusion, as well as our focus on environmental stewardship and global awareness.
Cascadia College employees receive a 5% King County Premium Pay in addition to base salary (already included in salary range).

In order to submit an application packet and move forward to the Search Committee, please attach all of the following to your NEOGOV application: 
  1. Cover Letter Not to exceed two (2) pages that specifically addresses how applicant qualifications and experiences meet the minimum qualifications, preferred qualifications and the characteristics of the position.
  2. Resume or Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  3. Equity & Inclusion Statement In one (1) page or less, please describe how you have demonstrated commitment to promoting diversity, equity and inclusion in a professional environment and share how this experience will inform your work as the Academic Advisor - Retention and Completion Specialist at Cascadia College.
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Cascadia College is committed to creating and supporting a diverse faculty, staff and student population. Individual differences are celebrated in a community of learners focused on diversity, equity and inclusion. Cascadia does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex/gender, sexual orientation, national origin, citizenship status, age, genetic information, marital or veteran status, or the presence of any sensory, mental or physical disability, and is prohibited from discrimination in such a manner by college policy and state and federal law.

Persons with disabilities needing assistance in the application process may make request to the Executive Director of Human Resources by calling (425) 352-8880.

Position Summary:
Under the direction of the Director for Student Advising and Support Services, the Academic Advisor – Retention and Completion Specialist will design and deliver effective programs and interventions to improve retention and completion rates for academically at-risk and underrepresented student populations. The Academic Advisor will also support the general advising needs of the department by providing educational planning, career and transfer exploration and academic success support for students enrolled in Cascadia's transfer programs. The advisor will deliver services to individual and group settings via in person, by telephone, email or video conference settings.


Examples of Duties / Knowledge & Skills

Completion and Retention Advising

  • Process academic warning, probation and dismissals on a quarterly basis according to Cascadia policy
  • Design and implement programs to engage and advise at-risk populations of students to improve graduation and retention rates
  • Provide intensive advising to at-risk populations (e.g. students not maintaining satisfactory academic progress, Pell grant recipients, underrepresented populations, etc.)
  • Collect and analyze retention and completion data
  • Design and deliver materials (e.g. handouts, webpages, etc.) and presentations promoting retention and completion for targeted populations

General Transfer Student Advising
  • Assist students with course selection and promoting academic progress
  • Assist students with short-term and long-term planning, major, transfer and career exploration
  • Assist students with course prerequisites
  • Interpret test scores and unofficial transcripts and assign appropriate equivalencies
  • Deliver individual and/or group advising in person, by telephone, email or video conference settings
  • Apply transformational advising methods to promote student success
  • Connect student to campus and off-campus resources
    Design and deliver materials (e.g. handouts, webpages, etc.) and presentations related advising department goals

  • Participate in advising-related and campus wide meetings, committees and trainings at the request of the Director of Student Advising and Student Support
  • Attend/participate in professional development and professional organizations for the purposes of remaining current in the field
  • Attend and participate in statewide Advisory Groups

Performs other duties of a similar nature or level

The above position description is intended to represent only the key areas of responsibilities; specific position assignments will vary depending on the business needs of the area.

Minimum qualifications & Requirements

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university
  • One year experience working in a student services at a postsecondary institution
  • Demonstrated commitment to and interest in diversity, equity and inclusion and the ability to support a multicultural workplace and educational environment
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Master's degree in Student Development Administration, Education, Counseling or relevant field from a regionally accredited college or university
  • Two years of experience as an academic advisor, educational planner, career counselor or equivalent education and experience at a postsecondary institution
  • Demonstrated experience in developing and implementing programs that promote retention and completion rates for traditional underrepresented student populations
  • Demonstrated experience in data collection and analysis related to student success initiatives
  • Experience using technology in the delivery of student development and advising services
  • Demonstrated experience in developing and delivering relevant presentations to diverse audiences
  • Proficiency in a second language


Supplemental information

Physical Work Environment:
Semi-Sedentary Work: Involves staying in a stationary position to a significant degree. Jobs are sedentary if moving is required only occasionally and all other sedentary criteria are met. Work is performed at the Cascadia College campus and in a variety of local settings.
Position in this class typically require: operating a computer, communicating, observing and repetitive motions. Exerting between 10-30 pounds of force occasionally and/or a negligible amount of force frequently to transport, put, install, remove, or otherwise move objects. 

Condition of Employment:
Cascadia College maintains a drug free work and learning environment and prohibits smoking in all college buildings and state-owned vehicles.  Cascadia College employees must be able to successfully work in and promote a professional and educational environment that focuses on diversity, equity and inclusion.

Cascadia College employees receive a 5% King County Premium Pay in addition to base salary (already included in salary range).

In recognition of the Jeanne Clery Act, information on our campus safety can be found at www.uwb.edu/safety


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