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Director, Undergraduate Academic Advising

The George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs (ESIA) is one of the world’s leading schools of international affairs. Located in the heart of Washington, DC, its mission is to educate the next generation of international leaders, conduct research that advances understanding of important global issues, and engage the policy community in the United States and around the world. The school’s unique location—just steps from the White House, World Bank, International Monetary Fund, U.S. Department of State, and dozens of other U.S. and international organizations—enriches its teaching and research, providing students and scholars with unmatched opportunities to engage with the U.S. and international policy communities. Cultivating a welcoming and inclusive community is a core value of the Elliott School. To this end, we are committed to attracting candidates from diverse backgrounds and experiences.

The Elliott School’s Office of Undergraduate Academic Advising provides advising services to over 2,200 undergraduate students majoring in International Affairs, Asian Studies, Middle East Studies, and Latin American and Hemispheric Studies. Through individual and group advising, workshops, and programs, the Undergraduate Advising Office empowers students to develop goals, navigate academic programs, utilize available resources, and explore the field of international affairs.

The Elliott School is searching for a collaborative and experienced leader to serve as Director of Undergraduate Advising. Reporting to the Assistant Dean for Student Services, this leadership position is the head of the academic advising function. This position is responsible for the monitoring of students’ academic records, academic policy, study abroad programs, transfer credit articulation, NCAA eligibility and compliance, academic standing (to include semester warning, probation, suspension, and Dean’s list), degree progress, and graduation clearance. This is a management position at the university that, in addition to leading a work unit, leads and supervises staff directly, makes hiring decisions, provides coaching, training and mentoring, manages performance and determines future staffing needs.

The anticipated start date for this position is mid-May 2019. Specific duties include, but are not limited to:

• Provides strategic vision and leadership to the Undergraduate Advising Office ensuring that resources are effectively used to provide comprehensive academic advising and support services for all undergraduate students in the school.

• Assists with the development of core competencies for academic advisors that support the mission of the office and University priorities and ensures consistent training and professional development for academic advisors.

• Monitors undergraduate student progress by conducting individual meetings and on-going email/phone communication to review program requirements and opportunities; audits degree compliance; and refers students to necessary resources on campus.

• Assesses the effectiveness of student interventions and analyzes data to develop effective plans in support of improving the university’s retention and graduation rates.

• Performs other related duties as assigned. The omission of specific duties does not preclude the supervisor from assigning duties that are logically related to the position


Qualified candidates will hold a Bachelor’s degree in an appropriate area of specialization plus 8 years of relevant professional experience, or, a Master’s degree or higher in a relevant area of study plus 6 years of relevant professional experience. Degree must be conferred by the start date of the position. Degree requirements may be substituted with an equivalent combination of education, training and experience.


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