Location: Bedford, MA Category: Full-time Staff Posted On: Fri Aug 9 2019 Job Description:
Title: Full-Time Academic Counselor
Unit: MCCC/MTA Professional Staff, Grade 5
Department: Academic Advising
Reports To: Director of Advising & Academic Pathways
Date: August 9, 2019
GENERAL STATEMENT OF DUTIES:
The Academic Counselor is a creative and knowledgeable professional who works collaboratively with other staff in the Academic, Career and Transfer Advising Center to provide high quality developmental, holistic, and appreciative advising services with enrolled and prospective students from diverse backgrounds. This counselor will actively contribute to the growth, development and activities of the Academic, Career, and Transfer Advising department and as part of the larger college community in supporting student success, retention and college completion initiatives. They will work with students to help them develop educational plans that are consistent with their individual needs, abilities and goals. They will provide information about educational options, admission to selective programs, major and course selection, financial aid information, graduation requirements, transfer to baccalaureate degree programs, and college policies and procedures. Academic counselors will also assist students with all aspects of the transfer process. This position will work in close collaboration with staff from across the college, including: Admissions, Financial Aid, Enrollment Communications, Academic and Student Affairs program coordinators, and appropriate Directors and Deans.
EXAMPLES OF DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITES:
Provide high quality, developmental and appreciative academic advising services based on the NACADA core values and concepts.
Provide developmental and appreciative advising to help students assess their skills, interests and aptitudes; identify realistic career goals; and develop an educational plan; help students become increasingly capable of making informed educational and career decisions.
Provide information about educational options, admission to selective programs, major and course selection, financial aid information, graduation requirements, transfer to baccalaureate degree programs, and college policies and procedures.
Participate in group and individual Advising/Registration Sessions, individual academic advising appointments, and other departmental initiatives.
Outreach to students who may be experiencing academic difficulty as determined by deficiency grades, early warning systems, class withdrawals or referrals.
Provide support for students at recruitment, career and transfer activities including information sessions, open houses, workshops and on-campus events for prospective and current students, some of which may occur in the evening or on weekends.
Perform duties in accordance with policies and procedures related to work with special populations, such as Veterans populations (VA Certifying Official) and Dual Enrollment students.
Engage in outreach and communication efforts with students to support college-wide student success, retention and completion efforts.
Perform other related duties as required.
The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to do this job. The above is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities and duties required.
WORKING CONDITIONS/PHYSICAL DEMANDS:
Normal office environment, not subject to extreme variations of temperature, noise, odors, etc.
Regularly uses computer keyboards requiring eye-hand coordination and finger dexterity.
More than half of time spent in normal office setting.
Physical Ability: Tasks require the ability to exert light physical effort in sedentary to light work, but which may involve some lifting, carrying, pushing and/or pulling of objects and materials of light weight.
Sensory Requirements: Some tasks require the ability to perceive and discriminate sounds and visual cues or signals. Some tasks require the ability to communicate orally.
Environmental Factors: Essential functions are regularly performed without exposure to adverse environmental conditions.
The Massachusetts Board of Higher Education - Middlesex Community College is an Equal Opportunity Employer. In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, The Massachusetts Board of Higher Education - Middlesex Community College will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities and encourages both prospective and current employees to discuss potential accommodations with the employer.
Master's degree in education, counseling, psychology or closely related field.
Three (3) years of experience and/or training involving college admissions, academic advisement, career development, or program/project management.
Demonstrated knowledge of developmental, holistic, proactive, and appreciative advising approaches.
Demonstrated understanding of academic advising, transfer counseling and/or career services theory and practice.
Human Interaction: Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with various college departments including deans, faculty and staff. Ability to assist several students with a variety of service needs simultaneously and to manage multiple projects. Demonstrated understanding of, and commitment to, the community college mission, student population and the needs of low income, first generation to college and student with disabilities.
Cultural awareness and competency demonstrated by working with and/or understanding of individuals of diverse identities such as socioeconomic level, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity and veterans including those with different levels of academic preparation, varying physical and learning abilities.
Functional/Situational Reasoning: Ability to apply principles of influence systems, such as motivation, incentive, and leadership, and to exercise independent judgment to apply facts and principles for developing approaches and techniques to resolve problems. Ability to exercise judgment, decisiveness and creativity in situations involving evaluation of information against measurable or verifiable criteria.
Technology Utilization: Confidence and proficiency with computers and technology such as Microsoft Office, Apple Platform, Google Platform, SCT Banner (versions 8 and 9) EAB Navigate, EAB Campus, College Scheduler and the use of other associated applications and communication tools including social media and websites.
Data Utilization/Mathematical Aptitude: Ability to utilize a wide variety of reference, descriptive, advisory and/or design data and information.
Verbal Aptitude: Strong interpersonal, written and oral communications skills.
Advising Veteran students / School Certifying Official experience.
Advising Dual Enrollment / High School students
Campus: Bedford campus with occasional travel to the Lowell campus and offsite
Schedule: Monday-Friday, 37.5 hours per week
Hours: Monday - Friday 9:00am until 5:00pm
Salary: Grade 5, Minimum starting salary $55,827. Actual salary will be determined in accordance with the MCCC/MTA Collective Bargaining Agreement for initial salary calculation, dependent upon education and experience. See http://www.mass.edu/shared/collbargaining/mccc.pdf
Start Date: October 2019
Application Deadline: August 30, 2019
The College will not sponsor applicants for work visas.
Internal Number: 114342
About Middlesex Community College
At Middlesex Community College, everyone teaches, everyone learns. Collaborative in nature and innovative in practice, we educate, engage, and empower a diverse community of learners. Through transformative opportunities, we challenge and support every student to succeed and lead. Recognizing equity and inclusion as the foundation for excellence and creativity, Middlesex Community College meets the evolving educational, civic and workforce needs of our local and global communities.