Mercer County Community College (MCCC) is seeking a dynamic team member who embraces the College’s mission and our strategic goals of student success, innovative partnerships and organizational effectiveness. Reporting to the Executive Dean of Student Support Services, this position is central to providing a comprehensive approach to supporting, counseling, and guidance to individuals and groups. The Senior Counselor responds to and handles difficult to complex or unique inquiries or problems regarding educational and vocational services. The Senior Counselor serves as the initial contact and subject matter expert that requires independent evaluation and analysis of issues regarding personal issues that might interfere with student success.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities • The Senior Counselor is primarily responsible for serving as an internal consultant, advising Student Support Services staff, faculty, administration and colleagues on challenging issues related to student counseling. • Counsels, on an individual basis and in small groups, students who self-refer or are refereed by faculty and staff colleagues. • Responsible for providing workshops and seminars for students to improves retention and success; develop personal competencies and essential interpersonal skills. • Coordinates training programs for faculty and staff colleagues related to student behavior issues that interrupt learning and personal development. • Maintains confidential student information for centralized documentation and systemic referral of students through developmental process. • Assists with updating department literature. . • Interacts with Academic Division Student Advocates to foster student development; and serves as an internal consultant, advising faculty and staff on challenging student issues. • Maintains current knowledge of local resources and seek assistance in understanding other resources that could benefit students. • Maintains a procedural understanding with local agencies for student referrals and refers students to appropriate mental health professionals and other outside service agencies as appropriate. • Maintains a caseload journal for reference and communication with the Executive Dean of Student Support Services, and administration as necessary. • Statically assesses counseling sessions, referrals, workshops and programs for student development, retention and success; • Participates in the life of the college including college governance committees and task forces; • Encourages students to discuss emotions and experiences as well as examine issues, self-image, stress, and suicide that may get in the way of their success. • Help students define goals, plan action and gain insight, to include counseling students and assists with future academic plans. • Provide workshops, seminars and information sessions for students, faculty and staff to enhance awareness about mental health issues and to build on skills. • Maintain records within the scope of HIPAA and the requirements. • Contributes to goals of the Counseling and Community Networks Team. • Develops effective relationships with community organizations to expand help and support for MCCC students. • Supports the values of the College: diversity, teaching excellence, student success, innovation and creativity and service to the College. • Develops and updates knowledge of professional policies associated with the consultation process. • Compiles and studies occupational, educational, and economic information to aid counselees in making and carrying out vocational and educational objectives • Attends the workplace regularly, reports to work punctually and follows a work schedule to keep up with the demands of the worksite. Reports include: Monthly, Bi-Annual, MCCC Annual Report and Assessment Reports. • Analyzes and maintains program data to gauge success of program effectiveness. • Coordinates, implements and evaluates processes and procedures. Makes recommendations for program improvements. • Other duties as assigned.
• Master’s degree (M.A) Academic Advising, Education, Counseling, Sociology, any liberal arts or sciences discipline, or related field • Five years or more related experience and/or training • License in Social Work or Counseling • Effective written communications skills (as evidenced by application materials), experience developing and delivering presentations. • Demonstrated professional partnerships with at least five community organizations that could support the needs of MCCC students.
Internal Number: S-0164-2020
About Mercer County Community College
"As a community college faculty, we believe that...our students deserve a high-quality education that challenges them to acquire new knowledge and skills, test their accustomed ideas, and achieve competitive excellence. All of our students, regardless of where they find themselves when they come to us, deserve a caring, creative, and engaged pedagogy that helps them achieve their goals, and which cultivates lifelong learning and a passion to understand themselves and the world. We believe that we must create a college community that engages students in civic life and prepares them to fully participate in our democracy. We are responsible and accountable for giving our students? work our respect and critical evaluation, for holding students to the highest ethical standards, and for providing effective feedback that encourages our students to grow.
MCCC is an equal opportunity employer.
Under the “New Jersey First Act”, effective September 1, 2011 newly hired Mercer employees may be required to live in New Jersey or to move to the state within one year of taking a position. Failure to comply with this residency requirement shall render the person unqualified to continue emplo...yment in their position.
In compliance with Title IX requirements, Mercer County Community College does not discriminate on the basis of sex in its education programs and activities.
TITLE IX COORDINATOR
The college’s Title IX Coordinator oversees compliance with all aspects of the sex/gender harassment, discrimination and misconduct policy. Questions and complaints regarding Title IX may be directed to the Title IX Coordinator or the Office of Civil Rights at the following locations and or contact information.
Elizabeth Mizerek, MSN, RN, FN-CSA, CNE, CEN, CPEN, FAEN
Interim Title IX Coordinator
Mercer County Community College
1200 Old Trenton Rd. - MS 125
West Windsor, NJ 08550
Phone: (609) 570-3526 Email: email@example.com
Individuals experiencing harassment or discrimination also always have the right to file a formal grievance with the government authorities:
Office for Civil Rights
U.S. Department of Education
32 Old Slip, 26th Floor
New York, NY 10005-2500
Telephone: (646) 428-3800
Facsimile: (646) 428-3843