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$18 per hour
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Job Summary

Central Washington University is recruiting an Academic Advisor (Teacher Academies) to join the College of Education and Professional Studies (CEPS) team in Ellensburg, Washington. This role is an important member of our team as they advise education students and support CWU Teacher Academies, which is a program that creates pathways into the teaching profession with the goal of diversifying the workforce of Washington teachers. The role is a campus-based position, which means you get to see the lives you are impacting. We're offering a salary, depending on experience, from $48,000 - $53,000 annually plus the awesome CWU benefits.

Who we are:

We are a team of individuals committed to Changing Students' Lives. No matter what job, each of us plays a part in supporting and empowering our students to fulfill their dreams.

Working in higher education provides career growth and career choice. Think of a university campus like a mini city, operating across 380 acres. You'll find diverse academics, libraries, athletics and sporting events, full service and quick serve dining, conferences and events from small to large, recreation centers, housing for ~10,000 students, health services, police and public safety.

For the seventh time in eight years, CWU is a recipient of the prestigious Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine. Come join us on our journey to encourage, inspire, and create spaces where all identities thrive on campus.

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The Academic Advisor (Teacher Academies) plays a crucial role in supporting students' academic success through delivering individual academic advisement to students pursing education degrees and those who are part of the Teacher Academies program. This position is part of the College of Education and Professional Studies (CEPS), which includes the School of Education, eight academic departments, and ROTC programs. In addition to academic advising, this position provides a critical connection between high school students in Teacher Academies and CWU.

What we offer:

Our investment in you begins the day you join our team, a healthy and successful future for you is important to us. We offer medical, dental, life and disability insurance, retirement and optional savings plans, tuition assistance for you and your dependents, discounts across town, an employee assistance program for individualized counseling, and a wellness incentive program. Learn more: .

The Role:

The Academic Advisor's primary role is to deliver individual academic advisement to students in the Teacher Academies program and who have decided or have an intended major in the College of Education and Professional Studies. This position provides undergraduate advising regarding CWU's Teacher Academies program, general education curriculum, university requirements, as well as the major and minor degree programs offered within the College of Education and Professional Studies. The position also acts as a liaison to assigned Teacher Academy schools and works with the Teacher Academy team to support campus visits. All employees are expected to support CWU's commitment to diversity and to bring and support inclusion into the university environment.

Job Duties

Academic advising for Teacher Academies and School of Education programs in the College of Education and Professional Studies
- Proactively manage a caseload of undergraduate students within the College of Education and Professional Studies, conducting academic advising, providing timely interventions, and making appropriate referrals, as necessary.
- Advise students about general education and pre-major or major requirements.
- Advise prospective and incoming transfer students.
- Guide students in developing a plan of study that meets degree requirements and fits their timetable for graduation. Involves assisting students with course articulation and recommending appropriate academic course loads and course selections.
- Help students make informed academic decisions teaching them how to track their own academic progress, locate and interpret appropriate policies, and to utilize the tools and resources available.
- Conduct audits on student progress toward degree completion.
- Analyze and interpret student data, transcripts, and placement results, as well as university policy and procedures.
- Design and deliver presentations to various audiences.

Teacher Academy Specific Support

- Provide support for students enrolled in, or expressing an interest in, the Teacher Academies program, including acting as first point of contact for assigned Teacher Academies and occasionally traveling to Teacher Academy schools to provide information and resources
- Work with the Teacher Academy team, academic departments, and admissions to coordinate and support teacher academy campus visits Develop strong working relationships with academic departments, programs, faculty, and staff across campus.
- Collaborate with other advisors and staff across the campus to advance academic advising at CWU. This position is expected to participate as an active member of the university academic advising community and maintain compliance with advising standards, mandatory advisor trainings, and to engage in available and approved professional development opportunities as recommended.
- Support new student orientation and new student program activities where academic advising is concerned, providing information and support to new students and their families.

- Perform other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications
  • Bachelor's degree in any field.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Demonstrated willingness and/or experience working collaboratively with students and/or co-workers from a wide range of abilities, backgrounds and experiences.
  • Demonstrated ability to use MS-Word, MS-Excel, email and/or similar software applications to produce professional written correspondence, create and maintain spreadsheets, and receive and respond to email inquiries, tasks, etc.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently to accomplish tasks and projects.
  • Commitment to advancing a diverse, equitable, and inclusive learning and working environment.
  • OR applicable combination of education and/or experience which demonstrates the ability to perform the essential functions of the position

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master's degree
  • Experience with implementation of solutions to facilitate student success, retention, and graduation.
  • Additional experience and/or education relevant to academic advising, admissions, counseling, teaching, or student services in higher education.
  • Bilingual English and Spanish
  • Demonstrated commitment to improving access to higher education for students through various activities.
  • A record of promoting inclusivity in the work environment.


  • Accountability/Dependability: Accepts responsibility for quality of own work; acknowledges and corrects mistakes. Shows up on time, meets standards, deadlines and work schedules.
  • Judgement: Makes timely, informed decisions. Analyzes options and determines appropriate course of action.
  • Teamwork: Promotes cooperation and mutual support to achieve goals. Encourages participation and mutual support.
  • Adaptability/Flexibility: Responds positively to changing business needs and responsibilities. Adapts approach and methods to achieve results; recovers quickly from setbacks and finds alternatives.
  • Commitment to Diversity: Recognizes the value of diversity and helps create environment that supports and embraces diversity.

Don't meet every single requirement? At CWU we're dedicated to building a diverse, inclusive, and authentic workplace, so if you're excited about this role but your experience doesn't align perfectly with every requirement, we encourage you to apply anyway. This may be the job for you!

Pay, Benefits, & Work Schedule

Salary: $48,000 - $53,000 annually and dependent upon qualifications and experience

Schedule/Appointment: Monday - Friday, 8:00am-5:00pm (1 hour lunch)

Working Conditions: Work is performed in an indoor office setting with frequent in-person and online interactions. It is essential to be able to remain at a desk/computer workstation for prolonged periods of time, perform extensive data entry and other computer-related tasks and create/maintain filing systems for departmental records. Some evening or weekend work and/or occasional travel may be required.

Benefits: CWU offers a comprehensive benefits package including medical and dental insurance, retirement and optional savings plans, life and disability insurance, along with vacation and sick leave plans depending on employment classification. For additional information please visit:

An employee of CWU may be eligible for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program if the employee has student loans. To learn more, visit: .