FT Academic/Career Counselor

  • Freelance
  • Anywhere
  • Freelance
  • Anywhere

Position Summary: The Academic/Career Counselor is responsible for providing academic and career counseling
services and participating in the planning and implementation of student development services that promotes successful academic, personal,
and career development for students while supporting the vision, mission, and values of the college.

: As defined under the Americans with Disabilities Act, may include any of the following tasks, knowledge, skills, and
other characteristics. This list is ILLUSTRATIVE ONLY, and is not a comprehensive listing of all functions and tasks performed by incumbents
of this class.

Duties and Responsibilities: Within the scope of college policies and procedures, this

  • Provides academic and career counseling for prospective, new, and continuing students; assists students in the
    development of personal educational plans and goals; counsels students about college programs and transfer requirements to other
    institutions; assists in the articulation process in order to enhance a smooth transfer of students into and out of the collegiate
  • Collaborates with instructional faculty regarding individual students and accepts referrals from faculty and staff as
    needed; provides academic counseling for students on academic lack-of-progress, probation, and suspension
  • Contributes in the
    implementation of district policies governing student admissions and graduation; assists in planning, development, and implementation of
    programs designed to encourage the success and retention of students
  • Provides crisis intervention support and refers students to
    campus resources and/or community agencies for personal counseling as needed
  • Participates in student outreach programs, student
    orientation and other developmental activities implemented by the department; participates in college information and career fairs,
    commencement ceremonies, convocation, and staff development as required
  • Maintains current knowledge through regular professional
    development activities; attends and participates in department meetings and serves on college committees as required
  • Performs other
    related duties as assigned

General Expectations: Employees are expected to accomplish
assigned duties in an efficient, effective and competent manner and to strive for improvement and excellence in all work performed.
Additionally, employees must understand the comprehensive role of the community college and cooperate and work harmoniously with students,
faculty and staff, and the public. Employees will follow all college policies, rules, regulations and guidelines as they relate to this

Education and Experience Requirements:

Master’s degree in Counseling or related field
from a regionally accredited institution of higher learning recognized by the US Department of Education

Four years related

An equivalent combination of education and/or experience from which comparable knowledge, skills and abilities have
been achieved may be considered.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of and ability to follow college policies and procedures
  • Knowledge of current technologies and word processing,
    database, presentation, and spreadsheet software, specifically Microsoft Office applications, Ellucian Banner and DegreeWorks
  • Knowledge of academic and/or career counseling techniques
  • Knowledge of diagnostic tests used to assess preparation for college
  • Knowledge of tools used for student interest and personality type and the ability to interpret results of such tools to
    assist students in making sound decisions
  • Knowledge of the proper operation of and the ability to use personal computers and
    standard office equipment
  • Skill in evaluating a student’s academic interests and desires to formulate a plan designed to
    assist the student in achievement of specified goals
  • Ability to communicate effectively, verbally and in writing, and to relate to
    others in a professional, helpful manner
  • Ability to relate to a diverse population and to maintain composure when faced with
    difficult situations
  • Ability to multi-task and organize, prioritize, and follow multiple projects and tasks through to completion
    with an attention to detail
  • Ability to work independently while contributing to team environment
  • Ability to analyze
    problems, identify solutions and take appropriate action, resolve problems using independent judgment and decision-making processes
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with supervisors, other department staff, students and the public
  • Ability to read and interpret policies related to academic programs and student requirements for participation in various programs

Work Environment: Work is primarily performed under general supervision in an office
setting with appropriate climate control. Travel, early morning, evening, and weekend work may be required.


  • Essential functions of this position require: lifting, manual dexterity, ability to
  • Sedentary Work: Exerting up to 10 pounds of force occasionally and/or a negligible amount of force frequently or
    constantly to lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise move objects, including the human body; involves sitting majority of time; walking and
    standing are required only occasionally and all other sedentary criteria are met
  • Mental Application: Utilizes memory for details,
    verbal instructions, emotional stability, critical thinking, adaptability and creative problem-solving skills are important

Reports to: Director of Counseling and Advising