Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, is seeking a Student Counselor for Undergraduate Academic Services. This position provides advising and referrals for specialized populations of undergraduates and acts as the cohort advisor and coordinator for the JFEW Scholars program. This position reports directly to the Associate Dean for Advising and Academic Services who herself reports to the Primary Investigator for the JFEW program and who oversees the Office of Advising and Academic Services (OAAS) and the Director of Career Explorations in Arts and Sciences Initiatives. The position also reports indirectly to the Director of Career Explorations in Arts and Sciences Initiatives in the Office of Undergraduate Education, in order to preserve the dual focus on career and academic advising.
Among the key duties of this position are the following:
Advises all SAS students within the University, with a special focus on individualized advising and support to JFEW program Scholars.
Makes appropriate referrals when necessary and works in close collaboration with the SAS Assistant Deans for Advising and Academic Services, as well as colleagues in Career Explorations in Arts and Sciences, to provide academic and pre-professional advising in a comprehensive and collaborative fashion.
Reviews and evaluates students' records to assist with course selection and planning, consideration of scholarly options, and preparation for their academic and post-graduate careers; develops detailed, timely graduation plans emphasizing goal setting and leadership skills aimed at meeting each students' individualized objectives, and culminating in college success and on-time graduation.
Provides on-going, regular advising that will include developing plans to engage in alumni networking, job shadowing or externships, and a Junior year summer internship for JFEW scholars.
Maintains student records that capture required program metrics; coordinates with colleagues in the SAS Scholarships Office, Financial Aid, and Admissions to gather needed information; maintains regular informal contact with JFEW and compiling an annual JFEW Scholar program report.
Develops and delivers a program orientation and small workshops for JFEW students and work with the Director of Career Explorations in Arts and Sciences to assist in the identification and outreach to alumni and organizations in order to help students connect with networking and internship contacts.
Serves as liaisons with academic departments and programs; supports the School of Arts and Sciences by participating in all student advising functions, such as staffing the Student Advising Centers with walk-in and scheduled appointments, attending the first-year and transfer student recruitment and registration programs, participating in student outreach and training programs, and staffing various school functions such as Open House and Convocation.
Minimum Education and Experience:
Bachelor's degree, preferably in an Arts and Sciences field, or equivalent experience that demonstrates knowledge and understanding of new and continuing student populations and programs, student development and counseling theories and applications.
A minimum of two (2) years post-graduate relevant experience in higher education academic or career counseling/advisement.
Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Experience working with students at academic risk, first generation college students, students with disabilities, and international students.
Demonstrated ability and skills in addressing the issues and factors impacting today's college student populations.
Strong commitment to student support and success and a commitment to university and student service.
Strong interpersonal skills and highly developed oral and written communication skills.
Expert electronic and digital skills including enthusiasm to function in a paperless environment.
Ability to exercise good judgment in prioritizing tasks and meeting deadlines.
Ability to collaborate with all levels of employees within the organization and express a preference for working as part of team.
Adheres to established policies, schedules and office procedures and demonstrated organizational ability with strong attention to detail.
Use of personal vehicle in order to travel for business demands; a valid driver's license would be required for this position.
Experience working with faculty and staff from multiple units.
Possesses empathy, patience, and presence of mind to respond to and defuse contentious situations.
Microsoft Office suite of applications, including the use of mail merges.
IMS, Canvas, Sakai, WebNow, lmageNow, MyAdvisor, and Degree Navigator, as well as multiple home-grown databases are consulted on a daily basis.
Physical Demands and Work Environment:
This position may work in offices located on multiple campuses and travel between the 4 New Brunswick/Piscataway campuses on any given day or week.
Ability to climb stairs and lift up to 50 lbs.
This position requires flexibility and the ability to work occasional evening and/or weekend programs and activities.
Clean Driving Record
Posting Number: 21ST1697
Location: Douglass (RU-New Brunswick)
Internal Number: 135529
About Rutgers University
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, is a leading national public research university and the state's preeminent, comprehensive public institution of higher education. Rutgers is dedicated to teaching that meets the highest standards of excellence; to conducting research that breaks new ground; and to turning knowledge into solutions for local, national, and global communities. As it was at our founding in 1766, the heart of our mission is preparing students to become productive members of society and good citizens of the world. Rutgers teaches across the full educational spectrum: preschool to precollege; undergraduate to graduate and postdoctoral; and continuing education for professional and personal advancement. Rutgers is New Jersey's land-grant institution and one of the nation's foremost research universities, and as such, we educate, make discoveries, serve as an engine of economic growth, and generate ideas for improving people's lives.