This is an exciting time to be a part of the HCCC community. In 2021, the College launched its Strategic Plan, the culmination of which, aligns with the College’s 50th anniversary in 2024. The College was recognized by the Association of Community College Trustees as the recipient of the 2021 ACCT Northeast Region Equity Award. HCCC has recently been named one of 101 recipients, 1 of only 7 community colleges to be distinguished for the Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award, a national honor recognizing U.S. colleges and universities that demonstrate an outstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion. HCCC’s Culinary Arts Institute was ranked as the #6 Culinary Arts program in the United States by Best Choice Schools. HCCC is a 2023 Bellwether College Consortium award winner for Instructional Programs and Services for the Hudson Scholars Program. Also, HCCC has been named a 2023 Most Promising Places to Work in Community Colleges(MPPWCC) award winner.
Position Summary/Job Description
Hudson Scholars is an innovative student success program designed to support students' transition and ongoing success at Hudson County Community College. Hudson Scholars employs and expands upon the best practices of the New Jersey Educational Opportunity Fund (EOF) Program and the City University of New York (CUNY) Accelerated Study in Associate Programs (ASAP). The Hudson Scholars program was recognized with the 2023 National Bellwether Award at the Bellwether College Consortium “Community College Futures Assembly” in San Antonio, Texas.
The program consists of four pillars: proactive advising with small student caseloads; financial support tied to student achievement of academic milestones; early intervention through faculty engagement; and high-impact learning experiences. These pillars have transformed HCCC’s advisement approach, increasing a student’s likelihood of being retained by roughly 30% while reducing their time-to-completion in half. The program currently serves approximately 2,000 HCCC students. Because of the significant impacts on student success, HCCC is committed to sustaining the Hudson Scholars program and gradually applying the model and its four pillars to all students.
The College has multiple openings for full-time Academic Counselors, who will report to the Senior Assistant Director of Advisement. Academic Counselors promote student success in support of and in accordance with the College’s mission statement, program policies and procedures, and established goals and objectives of the Offices of Student Affairs and Enrollment. This role may serve students at the North Hudson Campus and/or the Journal Square Campus. Hudson Scholars Academic Counselors serve specific cohorts of students in caseloads of fewer than 150 students per counselor. Key components of the Hudson Scholars program include personal and intensive advising; financial stipends awarded for achievement of specific milestones; high-impact educational experiences; and regular faculty progress reports.
Salary Grade: 113
What you would be doing in this role:
Provide students with academic advising, major exploration, transfer opportunities, educational programming, and course registration assistance through monthly meetings and consistent communication.
Assist incoming students with transition to the College by engaging in conversations about time management, study skills and test taking strategies.
Maintain documentation, data, and reports across various platforms to inform college personnel of student success and retention rates.
Integrate data-informed decision-making and evidence-based practices into daily work.
Create and manage progress reports from faculty by informing students of their academic progress and providing recommendations to improve.
Design, update, and execute a communication plan consisting of weekly emails and text messages to inform students of important dates and action steps.
Collaboratively plan monthly tasks that enhance the student experience.
Provide resources, referrals, and information to assist students in navigating the college.
Create and maintain cross-campus relationships to provide referrals and opportunities for engagement.
Participate in college committees and events to increase visibility for the program, gain knowledge, and build partnerships across the College.
Perform other duties as assigned by departmental leadership.
What you’ll need to succeed:
Clear Communication Style: Superior verbal and written communication skills are required.
Master’s degree: Required in Counseling, Higher Education, Social Work, Student Affairs, or a related field.
Experience: Open to various levels of experience in higher education but working with a culturally and socioeconomically diverse student population is highly desirable. Hudson County Community College supports a diverse and traditionally underrepresented student population, and we consider this an important element of the work we do at the College.
Technology Skills: Proficient in various computer software programs and SaaS including Microsoft Office suite, Airtable, Ellucian Colleague, EAB Navigate or similar higher education platforms.
Relational skills: Relationship building is a central part of the role, so strong interpersonal and active listening skills are essential. It is important that you balance having a supportive ear with the ability to identify needs, so students are able to realize their personal and educational goals.
Bi-lingual preferred: Our College has a linguistically diverse student population, so while not required, Spanish and Arabic language skills are a priority for the institution.
Creativity: A penchant for out of the box thinking and creative problem-solving will be an asset in this role.
Additional Skills: Collaboration, flexibility, innovation, strategic thinking, and a positive attitude.
As a New Jersey First Act Employer, new employees must establish a primary residence in New Jersey within one year unless an exemption applies.
HCCC is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. We are committed to ensuring a diverse and inclusive learning and working environment. Decisions on employment are made on the basis of the qualifications of an individual for the particular position being filled. Women, veterans and minorities are encouraged to apply.
HCCC EMPLOYEE BENEFITS:
We value and appreciate all employees and acknowledge the importance of a comprehensive benefit program. Below is a brief glance of HCCC benefits, perks, and discounts offered to employees. For more detailed information about employee benefits please visit: https://www.hccc.edu/administration/hr/benefits-pensions.html
Hudson County Community College serves one of the most ethnically diverse and densely populated communities in the United States. The College is a vibrant, urban institution of higher education whose mission is to provide its diverse communities with inclusive, high-quality educational programs and services that promote student success and upward social and economic mobility.
More than 90% of HCCC’s students receive scholarships, grants, and loans to finance their education, and the College’s extensive financial aid program helps connect students with the resources they need. To date, the College’s Foundation has raised over $3.5 million for student scholarships, and HCCC ranks first in the state of New Jersey for its award of Community College Opportunity Grant funds. About half of its more than 12,000 credit students identify as Hispanic, and more than 33% of all students were born outside of the U.S. In 2021, HCCC had two students selected from a national applicant pool to receive the prestigious Jack Kent Cooke Foundation’s Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship.
Hudson County Community College has three campuses. The largest campus is located at the heart of Jersey City’s Journal Square, which is approximately 20 minutes from New York City. The College has a North Hudson Campus, located in Union City, New Jersey and an additional location at the Hudson County Schools of Technology in Secaucus, New Jersey. The College offers 70 degree and certificate programs and more than 300-day, evening, and weekend courses throughout its three-campus network.
Hudson County Community College is committed to delivering high-quality educational experiences. HCCC is a member of the Achieving the Dream network of community colleges. Achieving the Dream is a national reform network of high-performing community colleges that are focused on leveraging data-informed best practices to promote equitable outcomes.
The College boasts several signature programs, including a nationally recognized Culinary Arts Institute and School of Nursing and Health Professions. The College’s Culinary Arts Institute is one of only three programs in the New York Metropolitan region to hold accreditation from the Accrediting Commission of the American Culinary Federation Education Foundation. The Culinary Arts Institute features state-of-the-art facilities and a hands-on program that prepares students for a range of careers in the hospitality industry. The Nursing Program includes a theoretical base of general education and science courses together with a range of nursing theory and practical courses designed to prepare graduates to be eligible for the New Jersey State Licensure Examination for Registered Professional Nurses (NCLEX–RN).
HCCC has three campuses located just minutes from Manhattan: the Journal Square campus in Jersey City and North Hudson Campus in Union City are adjacent to vital transportation hubs; the Secaucus Center has abundant parking. Fully accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, the College offers courses and classes in a wide variety of disciplines to the people and businesses of Hudson County, one of the most ethnically diverse areas of the United States. The College was recently recognized with the 2021 Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT) Northeast Regional Equity Award, and the 2021 INSIGHT Into Diversity’s Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award. In 2016 the Gabert Library was one of three academic libraries in the United States to receive the Excellence in Academic Libraries Award from the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL), and in 2019 the HCCC Tutoring Center received the Frank L. Christ Outstanding Learning Center Award for Two-Year Institutions. In 2019, the College joined Achieving the Dream, a network of high achieving community colleges, part of its expanding effort toward continuous improvement in student suc...cess.
HCCC has partnerships with every major four-year college and university in the greater New Jersey-New York area and beyond, accommodating seamless transfer of credits for further undergraduate and graduate education. Hudson County Community College is proud of its culture of care and invites applications from those wishing to join a community dedicated to promoting student success in all forms.