Professional Advisor

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Work type: Staff Full-Time
Location: Denver, CO
Categories: Student Affairs / Services, Academic Advising, Business Operations / Services, Admin / Executive / Office Support

The Graduate School of Social Work (GSSW) is a vibrant community of scholars and teachers committed to having a diverse faculty and student body. The Schools curriculum, research, and community partnerships emphasize social and economic justice, along with an understanding of and respect for social, political, and cultural diversity both nationally and internationally. GSSW provides an intellectual, collegial, and supportive environment that fosters interdisciplinary and international educational opportunities. GSSW engages in collaborative projects locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally. GSSW and the University of Denver are committed to enhancing the diversity of faculty and staff.

Position Summary

Professional Advisors support the teaching and development of new social work practitioners committed to social justice. This position encompasses supporting MSW students across programs with general academic issues, aspects of degree requirements, and the interpretation and understanding of university resources, policies, and procedures. This will include connecting students to institutional resources as appropriate, while establishing improved intervention systems, efficiencies, and strategies for overall student success. The Professional Advisor will understand and work closely with faculty and other GSSW teams, including Academic Affairs, Registrar, Field Education, and Career Development. The Professional Advisor will update and maintain student records, document pertinent information, and manage student meetings in collaboration with both GSSW and University partners. This position reports to the Manager of Professional Advising, under the umbrella of the GSSW Student Services team.

Essential Functions

Academic Services

  • With the Office of Financial Aid, communicate Satisfactory Academic Progress status and individualized academic plans for students.
  • Support communication strategy for students on academic warning and/or probation.
  • Build and maintain rapport with key stakeholders to advance and participate in a new academic advising model.
  • Support Denver Campus initiatives during peak advising periods.

Student Support

  • Communicate and track student retention concerns, student leaves of absence and reentry, academic and/or personal struggles, and health and wellness promotion.
  • Connect faculty and staff to resources for student-related concerns and support.
  • Student event planning, including orientation and commencement activities.
  • Support the implementation of student services related policy in collaboration with associate and assistant deans.
  • Point of contact for MSW students to create academic plans, uphold policies and practices related to student matriculation, and provide partnership with staff, faculty, and University partners.

Career Development

  • Maintain knowledge of the LCSW licensure process in Colorado and nationwide.
  • Support students in connecting to relevant career services and resources.
  • This position may supervise student employees.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Strong acumen in student development theory, student persistence programs and resources to support the student experience.
  • Thrives in a fast-paced, changing environment.
  • Demonstrated performance building student support systems and processes.
  • Ability to interpret and implement university and program policies and practices.
  • Strong understanding of FERPA.
  • Ability to facilitate crisis management in collaboration with relevant University of Denver departments for student academic and health-related concerns (emotional, mental, and physical).

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelors degree in social work or a related field
  • 2-3 years experience in higher education or person-centered support setting
  • Experience tracking and measuring student and/or performance outcomes

Preferred Qualifications

  • MSW with 2-3 years of post masters experience
  • Experience facilitating crisis management for student academic and health-related concerns (emotional, mental, and physical)
  • Experience with CSWE accredited social work programs
  • Experience with Banner and/or other student information systems
  • Experience with clinical licensure and/or understanding of licensure processes
  • Experience with field education and/or graduate internship experiences and processes

Work Schedule
Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. 

Application Deadline
Applications will continue to be reviewed until the position is filled.

Special Instructions
Candidates must apply online through to be considered. Only applications submitted online will be accepted.

Salary Grade Number:
The salary grade for the position is 8.

Salary Range:
The salary range for this position is $50,000-$55,000.

The University of Denver has provided a compensation range that represents its good faith estimate of what the University may pay for the position at the time of posting. The University may ultimately pay more or less than the posted compensation range. The salary offered to the selected candidate will be determined based on factors such as the qualifications of the selected candidate, departmental budget availability, internal salary equity considerations, and available market information, but not based on a candidate’s sex or any other protected status.

The University of Denver offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO pass. The University of Denver is a private institution that empowers students who want to make a difference. Learn more about the University of Denver.

Please include the following documents with your application:
1. Resume
2. Cover Letter

The University of Denver is an equal opportunity employer. The University of Denver prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, age (40 years and over in the employment context), religion, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, marital status, veterans status, and any other class of individuals protected from discrimination under federal, state, or local law, regulation, or ordinance in any of the university's educational programs and activities, and in the employment (including application for employment) and admissions (including application for admission) context, as required by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972; Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, as amended in 2008; Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973; Title VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964; the Age Discrimination Act of 1975; the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967; and any other federal, state, and local laws, regulations, or ordinances that prohibit discrimination, harassment, and/or retaliation. For the university's complete Non-Discrimination Statement, please see non‑discrimination‑statement.

All offers of employment are contingent upon satisfactory completion of a criminal history background check.

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