Position Summary: The Academic/Career Advisor is responsible for providing sound academic advising support to assist students in planning their educational career, learning skills necessary for academic success. Connecting students to campus resources and services in support of goal attainment.
Note: Cochise College requires a post offer, pre-employment background screening of all employees.
This announcement us Open Until Filled, with applications reviewed upon receipt. The position may close at any time.
Duties and Responsibilities: Within the scope of College policies and procedures, this position:
Provides comprehensive academic and career planning services to students using effective communication techniques with various modes of technology and encouraging and guiding students to define and develop realistic goals
Participates in annual commencement ceremony, ongoing departmental training and cross-training activities to ensure an understanding of the colleges programs, curriculum, graduation requirements, policies, and procedures, and resources and services available to students, coordinating with staff in the areas of financial aid, registration and admission, and other enrollment management services
Collaborates with college recruiters and department staff on new student orientation and first year experience activities and conducts workshops on topics in support of student success for all students, including topics such as stress management, study skills, managing test anxiety, etc.
Engages students in academic and career planning assessments, interprets results, and assists student in developing an educational plan that leads to student success and completion
Participates in college committees and task forces as required and works with faculty and academic staff to develop student-focused processes and assists in the development of goals and objectives for the department
Provides crisis intervention support and refers students to community agencies for personal counseling as needed; advises students on academic lack-of-progress probation/suspension
Supports the college’s early alert program and other related retention initiatives and collaborates with college faculty and staff to facilitate student success, retention, and persistence
Performs related duties as assigned
Education and Experience Requirements:
Bachelor’s degree, preferably in counseling or a related field, from a regionally accredited institution of higher learning recognized by the US Department of Education
Three years higher education system experience preferably to include two years in assessment, academic advising, recruitment and career interest assessment/advising
An equivalent combination of education and/or experience from which comparable knowledge, skills and abilities have been achieved may be considered.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Knowledge of and ability to follow college policies and procedures
Knowledge of current technologies and word processing, database, presentation, and spreadsheet software, specifically Microsoft Office applications, Banner and DegreeWorks
Knowledge of academic and/or career advising techniques
Knowledge of diagnostic tests used to assess preparation for college study
Knowledge of tools used for student interest and personality type and the ability to interpret results of such tools to assist students in making sound decisions
Knowledge of the proper operation of and the ability to use personal computers and standard office equipment
Skill in evaluating a student’s academic interests and desires to formulate a plan designed to assist the student in achievement of specified goals
Ability to communicate effectively, verbally and in writing, and to relate to others in a professional, helpful manner
Ability to relate to a diverse population and to maintain composure when faced with difficult situations
Ability to multi-task and organize, prioritize, and follow multiple projects and tasks through to completion with an attention to detail
Ability to work independently while contributing to team environment
Ability to analyze problems, identify solutions and take appropriate action, resolve problems using independent judgment and decision-making processes
Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with supervisors, other department staff, students and the public
Ability to read and interpret policies related to academic programs and student requirements for participation in various programs
Work Environment: Work is primarily performed under general supervision in an office setting with appropriate climate control. Travel, early morning, evening, and weekend work may be required.
Physical Requirements: Essential functions of this position require: lifting, manual dexterity, ability to communicate.
Sedentary Work: Exerting up to 10 pounds of force occasionally and/or a negligible amount of force frequently or constantly to lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise move objects, including the human body; involves sitting majority of time; walking and standing are required only occasionally and all other sedentary criteria are met
Mental Application: Utilizes memory for details, verbal instructions, emotional stability, critical thinking, adaptability and creative problem solving skills are important
Reports to: Director of Counseling and Advising