Student Development Specialist – Advising, Career, and Transfer Services

  • Full Time
  • Part Time
  • Anywhere
  • Full Time
  • Part Time
  • Anywhere

Starting salary range
Commensurate with education and experience

About Harford Community College

Harford Community College has served as an anchor institution in Harford County since its inception in 1957. We are a mid-sized, comprehensive college committed to serving our community through high caliber educational offerings and cultural events.

HCC’s mission of “Grow. Achieve. Inspire. Contribute.” and our vision of continuously striving for satisfaction, completion, and success throughout the College community is demonstrated by our shared organizational values of Agency, Equity and Inclusion, Communication and Collaboration, Respect, and Innovation. Harford Community College is an Achieving the Dream institution, joining a network of higher education institutions and partners to enhance community college student opportunity, access, and success.

Our beautiful, 352-acre campus is conveniently located near Baltimore, MD; Philadelphia, PA; Washington, DC; and Wilmington, DE. We offer more than 80 affordable degree and certificate programs to nearly 2,000 full-time and 7,500 part-time students, as well as a wide variety of noncredit continuing education courses to nearly 11,000 students per year.

Job Description

The Student Development Specialist provides academic, career discernment, and transfer planning advisement to students in all majors, and is responsible for advising a large cohort of students from connection to completion. This position serves as a conduit for students to access other academic support services, financial aid, and co-curricular activities to support their success.

Duties include advising students in face-to-face and online environments; using computerized advising and career assessment tools; creating and updating DegreeWorks plans; providing academic program planning to students at their high school; assisting students with navigating and understanding college; including selecting a major, degree and course requirements; using online resources including O*Net, ARTSYS, Focus2Career, GradLeaders and the College Catalog to provide students with up-to-date and accurate information; documenting all student interactions; maintaining appropriate paperwork; presenting at advising and career-related events; and performing other duties as assigned by supervisor. This position serves as a member of the Student Intervention and Prevention (SIP) team and is required to participate in College-wide committees.

This is an exempt, professional staff position reporting to the Director for Advising, Career, and Transfer Services.

Employees of Harford Community College, including instructors for online and virtual courses, must be residents of Maryland or the contiguous states of Delaware, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia or the District of Columbia; non-residents are expected to relocate to meet this requirement.

Required Education

A master’s degree in psychology, counseling, human development, higher education or a related field is required.

Required Experience

Three years of related academic advising and/or career counseling experience is required.

Required Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities

  • Excellent computer skills and proficiency using MS Office programs, database software and proficiency with student information management systems, preferably Banner 9, DegreeWorks, Blackboard, GradLeaders, Focus2Career software.
  • A solid understanding of the of the unique concerns with regard to advisement that exist within targeted populations to include LGBTQ students, students of color, veterans, women, first generation, international, and neurodiverse students .
  • Demonstrated ability to use cross-generational outreach approaches and the ability to listen, question, reflect and analyze student concerns to assist in facilitating student success and goal completion.
  • Exceptional organization and communication skills; and an ability to work in a fast-paced environment with a broad range of internal and external constituents including students, employers, transfer school partners, faculty, alumni and staff.
  • A demonstrated history of managing multiple tasks with attention to detail and a motivated/enthusiastic work style coupled with superior relationship-building skills using a proactive approach and professional demeanor.
  • Ability to work in a fast paced environment with a broad range of internal and external constituents including new and continuing students, faculty, parents, transfer school partners, alumni and community members.

Preferred Qualifications

English/Spanish bilingual; college and/or community college experience; experience leading large group presentations; and MBTI Qualified Administrator and/or Global Career Development Facilitator Certification.

General Weekly Work Schedule

Work schedule will vary according to the needs of the College, to include day, evening, and weekend hours.

Posting Number: 2022-047FSFA

Close Date: 08/16/2022