Academic Program Advisor
The Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars, Washington, D.C. - Washington, DC

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Position Description:

The Academic Program Advisor is a key role for delivering on The Washington Center (TWC)'s promise to program participants to provide them with a transformational experience – setting them on a course of achievement, leadership and civic responsibility. The Academic Program Advisor for the Governors Program is responsible for working directly with students or young professionals to provide excellent internship experiences through the placement process, supervision, and advisement. The desired start date will be mid-August, 2014 and ends on December 31 st , 2014.



Student Learning/Instruction
  • Create program syllabus outlining assignments, rubrics, learning outcomes.
  • Provide regular and consistent feedback and critique on assignments throughout the semester, including but not limited to the assignments outlined in the syllabus.
  • Guide up to 40 participants per semester in the Governors Program through an integrated experience incorporating academic learning, leadership, civic engagement and professional achievement. The caseload in summer term will be determined by enrollment needs.
  • Host orientation sessions two times a year to prepare program participants for academic rigor as well as professional development impacts in their internship.
  • Lead small group meetings at least four to five times per semester focusing on integrative learning, highlighting speaker series, professional programming, pillars and other topics.
  • Debrief with participants on current topics impacting the program field.
  • Plan at least eight to ten program events each semester that complement the internship experience and enhance the participant experience.
  • Play an active role in TWC programs including, but not limited to, orientation, commencement, Simpson-Mineta Leaders Series (SMLS) and Global Citizenship Day.

Student Experience
  • Manage all placements and placement development for Governors Program participants.
  • Monitor participant/supervisor relationship for professional development and enhancement of professional skill sets.
  • Serve as a liaison between the participant and the internship supervisor for problems that may occur.
  • Develop relationship with internship supervisor and internship site that promotes TWC and provides an opportunity to guide the supervisor's role in facilitating participants' learning in a professional setting.

Student Advisement
  • Mentor participants while they are in the program, outlining and monitoring learning goals, and overall progress throughout the semester.
  • Provide individualized counseling for participants throughout the internship experience.
  • Manage and execute all the interviews for Governors Program participants.
  • Communicate TWC policies including financial assistance, to both participants and internship agencies.

Other Responsibilities
  • Manage the regional-sustainable development projects from the Governors Program participants.
  • Provide the Office of Internship Site Relations with updates and briefings on current internship sites as well as potential new host sites, when necessary.
  • Manage all Mexican States Projects' presentations to the different Governors and his/her cabinet members.
  • If needed, recruit qualified TWC applicants from the participant states of the Governors Program for the next semester.
  • When necessary, provide background information to and coordinate with campus liaisons regarding participant issues.

Education and Experience an equivalent combination of education, training, and experience will be considered :
  • Master's degree required.
  • Fluency in Spanish required.
  • One to three years of experience in working with college students and young professionals in advising, mentoring, or supervision capacities within specific area desired
  • Ability to conduct training programs/seminars/workshops on relevant educational topics.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities which are critical to the successful performance of the job. These may be representative but not all inclusive of those commonly associated with the position :
  • Strong knowledge of higher education field and landscape
  • Track record of presentations and ability to lead training and development opportunities
  • Ability to manage multiple projects and work collaboratively
  • Ability to generate experiential education opportunities that enhance participants' experience and offers opportunities for theoretical knowledge becoming practically applied Demonstrates understanding of diversity issues within a higher education and professional environment and actively addresses situations to ensure cultural and global competency
  • Proven ability to articulate organizational objectives and development goals
  • Independent judgment and initiative
Equipment Used to Perform the Job which may be representative but not all inclusive of those commonly associated with this position :
  • Standard office equipment including a facsimile machine, photocopier, and telephone system
  • Personal Computer, job-related software and printer
Physical Abilities commonly associated with the performance of the functions of this job. Reasonable accommodation can be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform described essential functions of this job. These physical demands are representative of the physical requirements necessary for an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.
  • The employee may frequently lift and/or move up to 25lbs. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, precise hand-eye coordination, and the ability to identify and distinguish colors. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit, use repetitive wrist, hand, and/or finger movement, reach with hands and arms and talk or hear. The employee is frequently required to stand and walk. The employee is occasionally required to stoop, kneel, crouch, and crawl.
This job description no way states or implies that these are the only duties preformed by the employee occupying this position. Employees may be required to follow other job-related instructions and to perform other job-related duties as requested, subject to all applicable state and federal laws.

Certain job functions described herein may be subjected to possible modification in accordance with applicable state and federal laws.