Advisor/Completion Coach
Walla Walla Community College - Walla Walla, WA

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Walla Walla Community College (WWCC) is seeking applicants to fulfill the full-time exempt role of Advisor/Completion Coach on the Walla Walla campus.

Walla Walla Community College was recognized by the Aspen Institute as the top community college in the United States for 2013.

Walla Walla Community College is a comprehensive institution providing professional-technical, transfer, transitional studies, and extended learning programs at the postsecondary level. Most programs are located on the 110-acre Walla Walla campus site, which was established in 1974. Programs are also offered at the Clarkston Center in Clarkston, Washington; at Department of Corrections Facilities in Walla Walla and Connell, Washington; and at other off-campus locations. Over 12,679 students enroll annually. Full-time equivalent enrollment in 2011-2012 was more than 5,236 full-time equivalent students.

General Description:
The advisor assists in the delivery of services to enhance the retention and completion results of students at WWCC. Services will enhance of the students' academic, personal and social growth for completion of the identified program goals. These services may include career exploration, education planning, and academic advising. The advisor also provides drop-in services for the Student Development Center including providing information on programs of study offered by the college and information about the application and enrollment process.

Essential Functions:
• Provide timely and accurate educational information for students on degrees, certificates, courses, college policies and procedures as well as campus resources.
• Assess the student's stage of academic and career development and promote student growth by determining suitable developmental tasks; assist student in establishing realistic and attainable academic and career goals.
• Provide intensive, comprehensive educational advising, including assistance in developing a detailed educational plan and direction in quarterly course selection.
• Assist with the organization and/ or instruction of workshops/presentations on topics to include study skills, college and career planning, financial aid processes, scholarship searches, test preparation, and motivation assessments.
• Assist students in the development of effective problem-solving skills, self-advocacy, decision making, and personal responsibility.
• Identify options for student to satisfy degree requirements; evaluate and make recommendations on changes to student's program of study; assist student to completion.
• Monitor academic progress of students; provide academic early warning intervention strategies.
• Monitor financial aid and student needs on an ongoing basis.
• Disseminate information on programs and services to students, college staff, and the community.
• Serve as an advocate for students in their relationship with instructors and administrators.
• Provide follow-up services for students referred by faculty members to identify and implement retention and completion strategies.
• Coordinate with instructional support services to meet academic needs of the students.
• Track student progress; implement retention strategies.
• Provide drop-in educational planning, career exploration and referral services for students coming to the Student Development Center.
• Assist with additional retention services in coordination with other departments on campus.
• Participate in advisory, college, and community meetings as requested as well as department and college activities, and committees as appropriate.

Competencies & Requirements:

Competencies:
• Excellent interpersonal skills.
• Excellent communication skills.
• Ability to build cohesive and results-oriented team.
• Actively contribute to a work environment that embraces diversity and uses diverse perspectives to enhance the attainment of goals.
• Demonstrate an ongoing commitment to learning and self-improvement.
• Plan and manage time effectively; identify and handle competing priorities.
• Help students identify needs, explore options, and create and achieve meaningful goals.
• Serve as effective communications link and reliable source of information for others.
• Ability to learn the complex state and federal financial aid systems.

Qualifications:
• Bachelor’s degree required; master’s degree in education, guidance and counseling, or a related field desired
• Teaching, educational planning and/or counseling experience desired
• Experience working with under-prepared students in an education environment or equivalent experience desired
• Experience working with community partner agencies desired.

Conditions/Terms of Employment:

Conditions/Terms of Employment
This full-time professional position is exempt from the provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act. In accordance with the provisions of the Federal Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, Walla Walla Community College hires only United States citizens and aliens authorized to work in the United States. Persons hired must be able to provide acceptable documentation of lawful authorization to work in the United States within three (3) days of employment and official college transcripts.

Salary:
Annual compensation is $40,000. The college has an excellent benefit program including medical, dental, life, and long-term disability insurance; paid sick leave; and retirement plan. All administrative exempt staff at Walla Walla Community College set aside 1% of their gross salary every pay period for a Voluntary Employee Benefit Association (VEBA) pre-retirement medical expense account that is used to reimburse the exempt employee for out of pocket medical expenses. All exempt employees are required to participate in this program.

Required Application Materials:

Required Application Materials
This position will remain open until filled with the first screening of applications on July 24, 2013. To qualify for consideration, applicants must meet required competencies and submit a complete application packet, which includes the following:

· Online application.
· Cover letter detailing how you meet the qualifications and competencies for this position
· Comprehensive resume
· List names, addresses, and telephone numbers of three professional references

NOTE: All of the above are required to ensure your consideration for this position.

WWCC also reserves the right to not fill this position, reject all applicants, reopen the position or make a direct appointment. Applications received during this recruitment may be used to fill future vacancies at the College's discretion.

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