Academic and Professional Advisor, Masters of Social Work

Job description

The Graduate School of Social Work (GSSW) at the University of Denver is a top 20 school of social work in the United States. The school offers a doctor of philosophy in social work degree and an MSW degree. The MSW program spans residential campuses in Denver, Durango, and Glenwood Springs with a new online [email protected] program in partnership with 2U, Inc.

Professional Academic Advisors work alongside dedicated GSSW faculty and staff to support the teaching and development of new social work practitioners committed to social justice. GSSW curriculum is based in anti-oppressive pedagogies that seek to alleviate the Grand Challenges facing our communities and profession (locally, nationally, and globally).

Position Summary

The Academic and Professional Advisor is a critical component to the educational experience for students at GSSW. Academic advising at GSSW encompasses supporting MSW students (with primary responsibilities for [email protected] in partnership with 2U Student Support) with general academic issues, degree and graduation planning, and the interpretation and understanding of university policies (leave of absence, program re-entry, academic exceptions, etc.). Additionally, the Academic and Professional Advisor will support MSW students with registration (in collaboration with GSSW Academic Services), course and concentration selection (in collaboration with GSSW Career Services), field education, and professional goals. This position will encourage and empower students to make sound educational decisions, while supporting and advocating for both the student and the university/GSSW. This will include connecting students to appropriate resources for increased support (facilitating crisis management with students on academic and health related concerns: emotional, mental, and physical) and/or on academic probation, while establishing intervention systems and strategies for overall success. The Academic and Professional Advisor will update and maintain student records, document pertinent information, and manage student meetings in collaboration with GSSW/University Academic, Student, and Career services.

This position reports to the Director of Student and Career Services of the Graduate School of Social Work.

Knowledge, Skills, & 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
  • Advocates for both the student and the university;
  • Ability to interpret and implement university and program policies and practices;
  • Strong understanding of FERPA;
  • Facilitates crisis management with students on academic and health-related concerns (emotional, mental, and physical).

Required Qualifications

  • Master's degree, with 2-3 years post masters relevant experience;
  • Experience in higher education or student support setting;
  • Experience tracking and measure student and or performance outcomes.

Preferred Qualifications

  • MSW, with 4-5 years post masters relevant experience;
  • Familiarity with CSWE-accredited curriculum;
  • Familiarity with Banner and/or other student information systems;
  • Familiarity with clinical licensure and/or understanding of licensure processes;
  • Familiarity with field education and/or graduate internship experiences and processes.

Special Instructions

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




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Job No: 005912
Posted: 2/6/2018
Application Due: 4/7/2018
Work Type:
Salary: Negotiable