Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA) is the second largest community college in the United States and the largest public educational institution in Virginia. NOVA has more than 71,000 students and 2,600 faculty and staff members. As one of the most internationally diverse colleges in the United States, with a student body consisting of individuals from more than 180 countries, NOVA is committed to creating a diverse, inclusive, and equitable Virginia by fostering excellence in higher education. As an Achieving the Dream âœLeader College,â NOVA is committed to the principles of access, opportunity, student success, and excellence by meeting the educational and training needs of the region and its people with excellent and affordable courses and programs, offered by an inspired and committed diverse faculty and support staff.
With six unique locations throughout our region, each conveniently located within 40 miles of Washington D.C, we have Northern Virginia covered. NOVAâ™s Alexandria Campus is located seven miles from the nationâ™s capital, just across the Potomac River from Washington DC; the Annandale Campus, with its urban feel and suburban appeal, is ranked as the most diverse in Virginia and boasts a thriving Koreatown; the Loudoun Campus is located in a comfortable suburb steeped in colonial history; the Manassas Campus is located next to Manassas Battlefield Park, site of the first major battle of the Civil War; the Woodbridge Campus is home to municipal parks, state parks, and national wildlife refuges; and the Medical Education Campus, located in Springfield, is a uniquely specialized campus that stands apart from what most community colleges can offer, with the area boasting an abundance of hiking and biking trails, and parks with nature and wildlife areas.
NOVA offers an opportunity to make a difference with outstanding career opportunities and competitive total rewards benefits, including a comprehensive health and dental insurance program, generous paid leave, deferred compensation plans, paid parental leave, state employee discounts, and a solid and secure retirement system. NOVA embraces opportunities to create a college community that is a welcoming and inclusive place to learn and work. We do this by fostering a sense of belonging and ensuring equity while maintaining an open, civil, and safe environment for our students, faculty, staff, and guests. In so doing, NOVA fulfills its mission to offer world-class teaching and learning to the Commonwealth of Virginia.
Job Description/ Duties + Tasks: The Campus Counselor will provide general academic, transfer, and career counseling to students through individual appointments and walk-in or virtual interactions. Responsibilities include the following:
Direct interactions, relationship building, case management, program development, and leadership in support of students at NOVA who need holistic social, emotional, and academic support. Maintain a student caseload of approximately 300 students.
Teach College Success Skills classes.
Design and facilitate workshops for faculty members and students on a variety of topics including academic success, wellness, working with distressed students, career and academic advising, and other topics.
Collaborate with college faculty, staff, and administrators.
Respond to students in distress and manage challenging academic cases.
Participate on College task forces, pathway councils, leadership committees, and working groups. Manage assignments that relate to programming, direct service delivery to students, and student caseloads regarding advising and outreach for academic life management concerns.
Regular work hours are during weekdays with some evening hours, as well as occasional weekend hours. Each counselor will be assigned one or more special areas of focus such as academic success, CARE team, transfer, etc. The counselor will be the lead person on campus for educating students, faculty members, and staff on issues related to their specialty roles. Participate in regular professional development as required and/or relevant to the assigned work.
Required KSAs: Â·
Knowledge of counseling and student development theories and best practices
Skill in providing academic, personal, transfer, and career counseling to adolescents and adults and an ability to maintain confidentiality
Ability to provide ongoing support for academic life management and an understanding of case management
Ability to de-escalate high emotion situations and appropriately involve other college resources and supports
Understanding of case management
Ability to promote inclusive counseling sessions and a campus climate respectful of diversity and multiculturalism
Informed of current equity issues in community colleges
Ability to utilize interpersonal and problem-solving skills to collaborate and negotiate with students, faculty, staff, parents, members of the community, and university representatives
Knowledge of relevant federal, state, VCCS, and college policies and regulations including the Family Education Rights Privacy Act (FERPA), Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), Title IX, and VAWA/SaVE, and Clery legislation
Ability to understand, disseminate, interpret, and communicate College policies and regulations using approved and accepted processes and practices
Outstanding oral and written communication skills include the development of letters, memos, and course materials and the ability to present to large and small audiences
Ability to design, implement, and evaluate programs
Ability to collaborate on the development, assessment, and reporting of student learning outcomes and other assessment measures
Ability to conduct responsibilities while demonstrating excellent customer service skills
Ability to pass a criminal background check
Knowledge of, and skill in, computer usage including Microsoft Office, e-mail, student information systems, Adobe Acrobat Reader, social media, and use of the Internet to complete research
Ability to understand and conceptualize data needs and utilize database systems to generate reports
Ability to occasionally travel to off-campus work sites such as other campuses, college sites, or local universities
Ability to work in a fast-paced academic advising environment
Ability to manage multiple tasks in a timely manner
Ability to work at least one evening per week and an occasional Saturday during peak registration periods
Masterâ™s degree with at least 18 credits of counseling coursework at the graduate level. Qualifying degree and coursework must be from a regionally accredited institution.
Some experience providing academic advising and counseling to college students or prospective college students.
Experience working with, and making referrals for, adolescents and adults in distress and an awareness of mental health issues commonly facing college students.
Experience researching a variety of community resources to holistically support studentsâ™ or clientsâ™ needs.
Teaching or workshop facilitation experience.
Experience working with individuals in the areas of student academic life management or equivalent experience.
Virginia's Community College's educate 240,000 credit students annually and over 170,000 non-credit students at 23 Community Colleges with over 40 campus locations throughout the Commonwealth. Our mission is to provide comprehensive higher education and workforce training programs and services of superior quality. These programs are financially and geographically accessible to meet the individual, business, and community needs of the Commonwealth.