Bastyr University is seeking an Academic Advisor/Degree Coordinator to join the advising team in our Registrar’s Office.

About Bastyr:

Bastyr is a progressive internationally recognized pioneer in Natural Health Arts and Sciences education and research. Founded in 1978, the University today offers graduate and undergraduate degree programs that reflect multidisciplinary, science-based natural health curricula with an emphasis on the integration of mind, body, spirit, and nature. Regionally accredited since 1989, Bastyr University is composed of three schools, the School of Naturopathic Medicine, The School of Natural Health Arts and Sciences and the School of Traditional World Medicines. Bastyr is comprised of a main campus in Kenmore, WA, a health clinic in Seattle, and a branch campus and health clinic in San Diego.

Bastyr University believes that inclusive diversity is essential for achieving academic excellence and creating a profoundly enriching university experience. Our faculty and staff are committed to achieving our mission by educating students to be future leaders that bring the natural health arts and sciences to people from all backgrounds. Promoting an educational environment that allows students, faculty and staff to develop their talents while experiencing a sense of community, we expect campus members to engage in respectful communication, behaviors and thoughtful self-reflection, increase their understanding of cultures and empower people who are disenfranchised, marginalized or oppressed. In so doing, the University pledges to prepare our students (and support faculty and staff) to recognize and appropriately respond to health inequities that affect multiple communities. This involves infusing DEI knowledge, skills, and practices in all academic programs, clinical training and patient services. In all, Bastyr University is dedicated to the welfare of our students and patients as well as to promoting equal opportunity and access in education and health care.

In alignment with Bastyr’s DEI commitment, applications from members of underrepresented groups are encouraged.
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This person will advise graduate level students in the Naturopathic Medicine program. Academic advising is a collaborative relationship between a student and an academic advisor. As graduate students, many of these students have complex lives needing personal attention. The intent of this partnership is to advise and collaborate with students in completing their programs on time. A high degree of attention to detail is required in this position.

  • Advise graduate level students regarding their academic progress and university policies.
  • Coordinate the evaluation of transfer/waiver coursework.
  • Coordinate with the naturopathic medicine department regarding the offerings of didactic courses and sections; analyze final schedule and use problem-solving skills to create an individualized quarterly plan of classes for ND students.
  • Develop and maintain systems to accurately and efficiently track student progress for on-time graduation.
  • Register the students for their quarterly courses, process course 'adds and drops as required.
  • Evaluate students’ academic coursework to determine eligibility to take licensing exams, enter clinic, and ultimately graduate.
  • Informs students regarding alternatives, limitations, and possible consequences of academic decisions (e.g., adding, dropping, and withdrawing from courses; change of program or track, change of major and/or transfer of campus)
  • Answers student inquiries and resolves problems related to curriculum and course prerequisites, referring to catalogues, written course descriptions, and other appropriate sources.
  • Coordinate with the naturopathic medicine department regarding the offerings of didactic courses and sections to arrive at a cohesive schedule serving both faculty and students.
  • Generally, devote 60% of time to traditional registrar functions, 25% of time to direct interactions with students, and 15% of time to coordination with naturopathic department.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.

Supervision – Works under the general supervision of the University Registrar.

Attendance– Individuals in this position are expected to be available during the normal business hours of the university.

Working Conditions – Conditions are those of a typical office environment, requiring frequent oral communication with students and colleagues, the ability to enter data and written communications in electronic format in a timely manner, and sufficient mobility to be present and address students and fellow professionals at appropriate university functions.



  • Bachelor’s degree required.
  • Two to four years’ experience in academic advising or related careers in post-secondary education, or a combination of education and experience commensurate with the requirements of the position.
  • Ability to learn and use complex computer based systems and multi-faceted network related software and database management systems.
  • Ability to analyze and solve problems.
  • Demonstrated interpersonal communication skills.
  • Ability to process and maintain highly confidential information.
  • Ability to work effectively with individuals of varying backgrounds, abilities, outlooks, ages, and nationalities.
  • Intermediate skill level with Microsoft Excel.
  • Familiarity with Microsoft Teams and SharePoint.

Job Dimensions – Analysis, judgment, planning and organizing - strong ability to track information and stay organized with such information, sensitivity, dependability, work standards, initiative, oral and written communications, knowledge of work, teamwork, technical/professional self-development, stress tolerance, fast pace environment, self-reliance, attention to detail is critical.

How to Apply:

Please refer to job #22-019 and position title when applying. Please send your cover letter and resume to jobs@bastyr.edu.

Other Notes:

Bastyr University offers a comprehensive benefits package, including health, dental, vision and prescription coverage; generous paid time off; access to Bastyr’s Centers for Natural Health; and a competitive 403(b) retirement plan.

Bastyr University does not discriminate against any person in matters of employment, application for employment, student or applicant for admission, or participation in our programs or benefits on the basis of the following protected classes: ancestry, gender, gender identity, or expression, sexual orientation, race, creed, color, religion (includes religious dress and grooming practices), sex (includes pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding and/or related medical conditions), ethnic or national origin (includes language use and possession of a driver’s license issued to persons unable to prove their presence in the United States is authorized under federal law), age (40 and above), disability (mental and physical, including HIV and AIDS), marital status, genetic information, medical condition (genetic characteristics, cancer or a record or history of cancer), veteran or military status or any other protected category under applicable local, state or federal law. Our programs, services and facilities are accessible to individuals with disabilities. Please don’t hesitate to contact jobs@bastyr.edu to request or discuss a special accommodation due to a disability.

All applicants must prove authorization to work in the United States at the time of a position offer. Individuals must be able to perform the essential functions of the job, with or without reasonable accommodation. Any applicants requiring special assistance or an accommodation due to a disability during the application process should contact Human Resources at (425) 602-3087 (phone), (425) 602-3058 (fax) or jobs@bastyr.edu.