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Academic Advisor for the College of Arts and Sciences


Trinity, a comprehensive university in the nation’s capital, invites applications for a full-time academic advisor for the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS), Trinity’s historic women’s college.  This position will have a particular emphasis on working with students to increase retention and completion rates through the development and assessment of academic advising programming and initiatives.

Working as part of a team of advisors within CAS, the advisor will advise first and second year students using the Appreciative Advising model. CAS students come to Trinity with diverse backgrounds and a wide range of needs, as such, the professional advisor will be responsible for employing appropriate strategies for supporting a caseload of about 200 students to envision their futures, create academic plans, navigate academic expectations and take advantage of resources for academic success. This will entail maintaining regular office hours, developing an appropriate communications and outreach plan, as well as participating in occasional evening and weekend events and programs as needed. The advisor will also contribute to key initiatives for first-year students, including orientation and new student registration.

In addition to managing a caseload of students, the advisor will help manage programming and data for special populations, including Honors students, Dreamers, and other special cohorts.  This will include developing outreach and targeted programs as well as processes and systems to ensure that students progress successfully through their curriculum plans.

The advisor will collaborate with the team to assess CAS advising practices and outcomes and use assessment results to guide future advising plans. The advisor works with the team to stay current on developments in the field of advising, and will be a leader on best practices in advising.

Minimum Qualifications

  • A minimum of a master’s degree, with coursework directly relevant to the position
  • A minimum of two years of working at the university level
  • A high degree of organization and record keeping skills
  • Strong knowledge of student development theory and/or counseling theory and practice
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, including presentation skills
  • The ability to explain complex information, including curriculum and university policies, to a wide range of audiences
  • Demonstrated experience in evaluation and assessment of interventions
  • Ability to independently prioritize work tasks
  • Ability to work collaboratively on a team

Preferred Qualifications

  • Direct experience as an academic advisor, academic success coach, or other similar position that emphasizes student success as measured by academic performance, retention, and completion rates
  • A strong knowledge of advising methodologies and a well-developed approach to academic advising, in particular, experience with the Appreciative Advising Model
  • Experience with assessment of advising

The ideal candidate will have a master’s degree in higher education, student affairs, psychology, counseling, or social work, two years direct experience as an academic advisor, excellent organization, interpersonal, and verbal and written communication skills, and experience with evaluation and assessment.  Additionally, he or she will be a motivated self-starter eager for the challenge of working on a very high performing team at a mission-based institution.

Please send a cover letter and a resume or curriculum vitae to   Please include your last name in both attachments; for example: “Smith CV,” and “Smith Cover Letter.” Please include “CAS Advisor” and your last name in the email’s subject line.

Please be prepared to present transcripts upon final interview.

Candidates invited to interview on campus will provide transcripts as well as contact information for current and past supervisors familiar with the applicant’s skill set. Review of applications will continue until an appointment is made.

The position will remain posted until filled.

Trinity Washington University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Access/Equal Opportunity Employer dedicated to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its students, faculty and staff.

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