Academic Program Advisor, Puerto Rico and Federal

Academic Program Advisor, Puerto Rico and Federal

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Join an organization where you can make a difference in the lives of students from across the nation and the world. At The Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars (TWC), we see a world where young people from all backgrounds have the opportunity to discover, develop and realize their full potential. TWC is the bridge between higher education and professional careers–leveraging all that Washington D.C. has to offer to provide dynamic, experiential learning opportunities to empower and motivate young people to become engaged global citizens.


Position Description

The Academic Program Advisor, Puerto Rico and Federal is a key role for delivering on The Washington Center’s promise to students to provide them with a transformational experience – setting them on a course of achievement, leadership and civic responsibility. In this role, the Academic Program Advisor is responsible for working directly with college and university students from Puerto Rico to provide excellent instruction, advisement, and professional exploration through the LEAD curriculum and internship experience. This position plays a vital role in helping students explore certain careers paths through advising and mentoring throughout the semester. The advisor works specifically with the Córdova & Fernós Program and the Morales Carrión Program during the academic year and the federal program during the summer.


Ideal start date is early August 2017.


Essential Functions

  • Provide input into and disseminate LEAD syllabus that includes learning objectives that are stated in terms of student learning outcomes, learning activities to achieve those objectives, and method(s) of evaluation.
  • Provide regular and consistent feedback and critique on assignments throughout the semester, including but not limited to the assignments outlined in the syllabus.
  • Guide 20-25 students per semester in a themed cohort through an experience incorporating DC-centric career explorations including eight to ten Friday afternoon programs approved by Academic Internship Programs.
  • Host orientation sessions two times a year to prepare students for academic rigor as well as how professional development impacts their internship.
  • Provide learning activities that stimulate student involvement, encourage critical reflection and critical thinking, small group discussion and take into consideration different learning styles and backgrounds.
  • Evaluate students' work according to approved rubrics and departmental standards.
  • Play active role in TWC programs including, but not limited to, Orientation, Commencement, Simpson-Mineta Leadership Series (SMLS), & Global Connections Forum.
  • Monitor progress and ensure the delivery of a high impact quality program including overseeing the Puerto Rico Community Development project.
  • Fully utilize and adopt curriculum management systems and technological processes including timely communication with students.
  • Organize once a semester a Public Policy Dialogue event for students with Puerto Rican elected/appointed officials in D.C.
  • Meet scheduled LEAD course timeframes.
  • Fully participate in training and development options as well as engaging in additional educational enhancements internally and externally.
  • Monitor student/supervisor relationship for professional development and enhancement of professional skill sets.
  • Serve as a liaison between the student and the internship supervisor for problems that may occur.
  • Develop relationship with internship supervisor and internship site that promotes TWC and provides an opportunity to guide the supervisor’s role in educating students in a professional setting. Provide documented feedback to Office of Internship Site Relations (OISR) on this.
  • Coordinate with OISR to ensure that placements meet the requirements of the Puerto Rican government for Córdova and Morales Carrión participants.
  • Provide designated manager(s) with updates and briefings on current internship sites as well as potential new host sites.
  • Mentor students while they are in the program, outlining and monitoring learning goals, and overall progress throughout the semester.
  • Provide individualized counseling for students throughout the internship experience especially in the area of career development.
  • Develop programing curriculum in consultation with federal relations team Mentor students while they are in the program, outlining and monitoring learning goals, and overall progress throughout the semester.
  • Provide regular and consistent feedback on assignments throughout the term.
  • Assist with internship placement and logistics as needed.
  • Ensure all TWC constituents have a positive and beneficial experience.
  • Serve as TWC’s liaison with the Puerto Rican government developing and managing relationships with the Puerto Rican legislature and elected officials.
  • Travel to Puerto Rico two times per year to conduct pre-orientation in Puerto Rico and meet with government officials.
  • Provide OISR with updates and briefings on current internship sites as well as potential new host sites based on input from Puerto Rican government.
  • Manage the Alumni Regional Committee in Puerto Rico.
  • Coordinate fundraising efforts in Puerto Rico with advancement.
  • Ensure open communication and transparency on student experience with Puerto Rican officials.
  • Coordinate activities with the Puerto Rican elected officials in Washington, D.C.

Education and Experience

An equivalent combination of education, training, and experience will be considered:


  • Master’s Degree in related field required
  • Experience working with the government of Puerto Rico required
  • One to three years of experience working with college students or post-baccalaureate individuals in advising, mentoring, or supervision capacities
  • Strong ability to advise students regarding their career and professional goals
  • Spanish fluency required
  • Event planning and/or marketing experience beneficial
  • Knowledge regarding career development and coaching are desired
  • Strong knowledge of higher education field and landscape
  • Track record of presentations and ability to lead training and development opportunities
  • Ability to manage multiple projects and work collaboratively
  • Ability to generate experiential education opportunities that enhance participants’ experience and offers opportunities for theoretical knowledge becoming practically applied Demonstrates understanding of diversity issues within a higher education and professional environment and actively addresses situations to ensure cultural and global competency
  • Proven ability to articulate organizational objectives and development goals
  • Independent judgment and initiative

Equipment Used to Perform the Job

Which may be representative but not all inclusive of those commonly associated with this position:


  • Standard office equipment including a facsimile machine, photocopier, and telephone system
  • Personal Computer, job-related software and printer

Physical Abilities

Commonly associated with the performance of the functions of this job. Reasonable accommodation can be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform described essential functions of this job. These physical demands are representative of the physical requirements necessary for an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.


The employee may frequently lift and/or move up to 25lbs. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, precise hand-eye coordination, and the ability to identify and distinguish colors. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit, use repetitive wrist, hand, and/or finger movement, reach with hands and arms and talk or hear. The employee is frequently required to stand and walk. The employee is occasionally required to stoop, kneel, crouch, and crawl.


Application Instructions

To apply to this position, please submit your resume and cover letter via our online application form.


This job description no way states or implies that these are the only duties preformed by the employee occupying this position. Employees may be required to follow instructions and to perform other job-related duties as requested, subject to all applicable state and federal laws. Certain job functions described herein may be subjected to possible modification in accordance with applicable state and federal laws.


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