This is an exciting time to be a part of the HCCC community. The College recently launched its 2021-24 Strategic Plan, the culmination of which will align 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. Most recently, the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD) selected HCCC as one of 24 colleges nationwide to be named a “2022 Most Promising Place to Work in Community Colleges.”
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 also 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.
HCCC offers 10 fully online degree programs and expects this number to grow in the coming year. In addition to its degree programs and courses, HCCC offers a wide array of Continuing Education and Workforce Development, non-credit classes and programs designed to develop professional skills, provide occupational training, teach languages and culinary skills, and enrich personal and cultural knowledge.
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.
HCCC’s Nursing Program is a fully accredited, sought after institution, for students seeking a career in the field of Nursing. The Program prepares students for careers as Registered Professional Nurses. HCCC partners will many four-year institutions for those students who seek to continue their education in the field, and with hospitals, clinical sites, therapeutic centers, as well as many other medical institutions, to successfully train and place students after they have completed their studies with us.
In addition to Nursing, the College boasts several signature programs, including a nationally recognized Culinary Arts Institute and Nursing Program. 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 College recently announced the dedication of the Bloomberg Finance Lab, which provides students with real world experience to prepare them for employment in banks, corporations, and government agencies.
A leader in workforce development, HCCC hosted The Aspen Institute’s Workforce Leadership Academy, which was the first to be offered in partnership with a community college. The Hudson County Workforce Leadership Academy was funded through a combination of public and private donors that included JPMorgan Chase, The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation, The W.K. Kellogg Foundation, the County of Hudson, the LeFrak Family, and Mack-Cali.
Position Summary/Job Description
The College is currently searching for a Counselor for the Educational Opportunity Fund (EOF). Reporting to the Director of the Educational Opportunity Fund, the Counselor provides academic and personal counseling (pertaining to academic progress), financial assistance advisement, and related support services to students in the Educational Opportunity Fund (EOF) program to foster academic, professional, occupational, and personal growth in support of the College’s mission program policies and procedures, and in accordance with established goals and objectives, policies, and procedures of the Student Affairs Division.
Provides individual and group academic advising and counseling to an assigned caseload of EOF students in matters related to education preferences, choice/change of major, registration, course selection, sequencing and requirements, graduation and transfer requirements, in accordance with EOF’s mission and commitment to offer educational opportunities and related support services to eligible students from educationally or economically disadvantaged backgrounds;
Maintains comprehensive knowledge of current and changing academic policies and procedures, academic calendars, College course catalogs, developmental education matrices, etc., to ensure the accuracy of information provided to each student, quality of direction provided to students, and maximum student retention;
Regularly monitors the academic progress of assigned EOF students, prompts interaction with students to address academic status and initiate Academic Contract, regularly track testing placements, suggest and/or arranges for tutorial services, and supports students in maintaining an acceptable level of academic status in their chosen program of study.
In consort with the Assistant Director and Director of EOF, develops the EOF program recruitment and retention efforts coordinate related administrative activities and maintain accurate and complete student and program information for recordkeeping and reporting purposes.
Represents the EOF program at student recruitment functions, explains program objectives, interviews prospective students, and encourages participation in the program.
Participates in planning, coordinating, and implementing the EOF Summer program.
Schedules regular group meetings each semester for a caseload of EOF students.
Advises EOF student organizations.
Teaches a section of HCCC’s College Student Success (CSS 100) course.
Actively participates in campus-wide activities to reinforce and assist in college recruitment, retention and enrollment (e.g., Walk-in registration, Open House, etc.).
Participates in program assessment activities, and assists in completing state reports related to the processing of EOF students and/or the evaluation of program services.
Attend all other appropriate regularly scheduled staff meetings within the EOF program. May supervise part-time student workers and summer staff.
Participate in planning and/or implementing programs and activities concerning academic, social and vocational needs of EOF students.
Serves as EOF program representative on the EOF Community Advisory Board.
Assumes other related duties/responsibilities as delegated or assigned by the EOF Director.
Minimum of a Master’s degree in Social Work, Counseling, Student Personnel, Higher Education, or a related field. Ability to think conceptually, develop and implement policies and procedures, and make administrative/procedural decisions and judgments. Superior verbal and written communication skills, interpersonal skills, and negotiation skills. Experience counseling or advising a culturally diverse college population. Knowledge of FERPA regulations.
Background with the Educational Opportunity Fund (EOF). Proficiency with various computer software programs including Microsoft Office suite including Access and Excel, Ellucian-Colleague, or similar higher education platforms. Professional social media experience.
To Apply: Send a letter of application, resume, salary requirements, and names/contact
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 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.