Academic Advisor, Running Start

Posted: 09/11/2022

This posting will remain open until the position is filled, priority consider will be given for application received by September 5, 2022

The Running Start Academic Advisor provides holistic academic advising to Running Start students, who are dually enrolled in high school and at Highline College. Time primary function of the Academic Advisor is to advise and teach students as they transition to the college environment. The Academic Advisor guides Running Start students towards the completion of high school graduation requirements and their college program of study. Examples of scope and responsibilities include: helping students identify academic programs, interests and goals, services and resources, and developing proactive strategies and solutions for communicating the steps required for college transition, academic success, career exploration, degree completion, and university transfer. Advising may be conducted on a one-on-one basis, in group or classroom settings, via phone, video conferencing platform, learning management system, and through student programming.

Running Start is a dual-credit program that allows high school juniors and seniors to enroll in college courses. Highline College enrolls 1000+ Running Start students annually. The department is responsible for administering the Running Start program, which includes enrollment management, student advising, and support. Running Start is organized within Advising & Enrollment Services unit of the Student Services division. The person in this position is expected to contribute fully as a member of the unit and division, supporting other functions when necessary.

This is a full-time exempt, at will position. This position may require you to work some evenings and weekends.

Please be advised beginning October 18, 2021 of the Washington State employees requirement to be fully vaccinated from COVID-19 as a condition of employment. Additional details located in the Supplemental Information section.

Essential Tasks Reporting to the Director of Running Start, this position will:
Academic Advising (70%)
• Provide academic advising to Running Start students on academic degree options and requirements, course selection, college policies and processes, university transfer, and career preparation;
• Facilitate new student orientation sessions; present information to new Running Start students on policies and resources, assist students with first quarter course selection;
• Engage students in goal-setting and the development of long-term educational plans, including transfer and career planning;
• Teach students how to navigate the college environment, access campus resources, and utilize advising tools;
• Interpret and communicate academic policies and procedures to students, parents, college faculty and staff, and high school counselors;
• Evaluate unofficial high school and college transcripts to discuss course placement and program eligibility with students;
• Adhere to institutional, state, and federal policies related to confidentiality, program administration and reporting;
• Maintain student records by documenting and summarizing advising sessions;
• Facilitate Running Start information sessions for groups of prospective students, parents, and the general public;
• Make referrals to various campus departments and services when appropriate.
Administrative (20%)
• Assist with developing and updating advising guides, forms, publications, and web pages;
• Develop and coordinate student communication plans for Running Start students and subgroups, utilizing email, phone, social media, and other modes of communication;
• Provide front desk support occasionally; welcome and check in students, respond to general inquiries, receive and process Running Start forms and documents including applications, enrollment forms, and textbook requests;
• Update academic advising training guides and materials as necessary;
• Perform general office tasks such as filing, coding, and scanning as assigned. Community and Professional Development (10%)
• Provide input of policies, processes and procedures to advance the college and unit missions and objectives;
• Actively engage in campus committees, meetings, events, trainings, and professional development opportunities to further develop professional competencies and knowledge;
• Remain well-informed on promising practices and trends in academic advising, student services, and dual enrollment;
• Develop collaborative relationships across campus departments, with high schools, and transfer institutions;
• Serve as a representative of both the department and Highline College at campus and community events. Competencies Required • Capable of working both independently and as a collaborative member of a team;
• Effective interpersonal skills to interact and build rapport with students in an academic advising capacity;
• Effective written and verbal communication skills;
• Knowledge of student development theories and promising practices in academic advising, including strategies to increase educational access and retention;
• Measurable cultural competency skills, including a commitment to anti-bias and equity and an appreciation of a highly diverse environment;
• Shows a high level of professionalism by contributing to a positive work environment and a commitment to high-quality work;
• Demonstrates strong organizational skills with an ability to manage timelines and details; • Ability to take initiative, actively identify areas for improvements and propose solutions;
• Thorough understanding and ability to maintain the confidentiality of protected information;
• Able to navigate an electronic environment; must be proficient with Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Google drive, and web browsers. Familiarity with PeopleSoft desirable;
• Ability to articulate the community college mission through action;
• Demonstrated cultural competency, ability to value diversity, and commit to advancing equity and inclusion;
• Effective interpersonal and communication skills;
• Experience using technology such as Microsoft Office Suite (Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint), G-Suite, databases, surveys, and other web applications.

• Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution; AND
• Minimum one year of experience in academic advising, counseling or closely related role.
Preferred Qualifications:
• Master's degree in education, student development, higher education administration, counseling, psychology or related field from an accredited institution;
• Knowledge of student development theories and promising practices in academic advising;
• Familiarity or experience working with Running Start or similar program;
• Experience working with high school students;
• Experience working with PeopleSoft;
• Fluency in a language that is regionally spoken, other than English.

Supplemental Information
Applicants considered for this position will be required to disclose if they are the subject of any substantiated findings or current investigations related to sexual misconduct at their current employment and past employment. Disclosure is required under Washington state law.
Conditions of Employment Highline College does require COVID-19 vaccinations for all students, staff and faculty –– with waivers for specific exemptions –– for those who physically attend courses, operations, or other in-person activities. This decision was made in accordance with higher education proclamation 20-12.4. A candidate will not be asked to report their vaccination status unless they are hired by the college. If a candidate chosen for hiring is not fully vaccinated from COVID-19 and plans to submit a medical or religious exemption to this employment condition, the hiring process will be suspended until a decision has been made regarding any exemption application which is submitted. A candidate will not be allowed to do any work for Highline College or be onboarded as a new employee during the time period when the exemption is being considered. The request for an exemption does not guarantee approval.

Highline College prides itself on its commitment to diversity and equity, its institutional culture of collegiality and innovation, its globalization of curricula and its inclusion of the community in its programming. Founded in 1961, Highline College is situated in a diverse community just 15minutes south of Seattle. The college annually serves more than 16,500 students –– a student population of over 70% students of color, representing 35 nations and more than 100 languages. The college embraces equity, inclusion and social justice, with core goals of student attainment, diversity, community Engagement and sustainability. The student body at Highline College is made up of Transfer students, Running Start students, Professional- Technical students, International students, Comprehensive Transition Program for students with intellectual disabilities, Adult Basic Education and English Language Learners. In addition, we offer six bachelor of applied science, four-year degrees.

As an essential part of our mission and vision, diversity, equity and inclusion are promoted and fostered in all aspects of college life. APPLICATION PROCEDURE
Your online application must include the following to be considered complete:
1. A detailed resume that addresses the MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS of the position;
2. A letter of application/cover letter (two-page maximum, recommended) that addresses your ability to meet the QUALIFICATIONS, and KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES for the position;
3. A one-page response to the Supplemental Question.

CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT: National Criminal Background Check may be required.
NEED APPLICATION HELP? Should you have any difficulties uploading your documents or navigating the application process, please contact NEOGOV Technical Support at 1-855-524- 5627, Monday - Friday 6:00 AM to 6:00PM Pacific Time.

Highline College is an equal opportunity employer. The College is committed to enhancing the diversity of our faculty and staff, as well as our student population. We strive to create a working environment that includes and respects cultural, racial, ethnic, sexual orientations, and gender identity diversity. We strongly encourage applicants to apply without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, marital or veteran status, disability, or any other legal protected status.

REASONABLE ACCOMMODATIONS The College complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Applicants needing accommodations in the application process in an alternative format may contact the Human Resources office at (206) 592-3812. Persons who are deaf or hard of hearing may dial 711 to place a call through Washington Relay, the state's free telecommunication access service.

TITLE IX POLICY Highline College complies with Title IX regulations. For details on our policies, see our website The College appointing authorities reserve the right and may exercise the option to make an employment decision prior to the conclusion of the recruitment process