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Academic Career Advisor

Categories: Rocky Mountain Region 10


Counseling & Advising


Cochise College

Date Posted:

Oct 5 2020 10:00PM

Close Date:

Nov. 2, 2020

Position Description

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.

Essential Functions:
As defined under the Americans with Disabilities Act, may include any of the following tasks, knowledge, skills, and other characteristics. This list is ILLUSTRATIVE ONLY, and is not a comprehensive listing of all functions and tasks performed by incumbents of this class.

Note: Cochise College requires a post offer, pre-employment background screening of all employees. Position is open until filled with priority to applications received by November 2, 2020.


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 General Expectations: Employees are expected to accomplish assigned duties in an efficient, effective and competent manner and to strive for improvement and excellence in all work performed. Additionally, employees must understand the comprehensive role of the community college and cooperate and work harmoniously with students, faculty and staff, and the public.
Employees will follow all college policies, rules, regulations and guidelines as they relate to this position.

Application Process

Interested parties can easily apply online to:

Institution Information

Cochise is a two-year public Community College offering over 90 degree and technical certificates, including honors curriculum. Cochise College has been recognized nationally for its cost, return on investment and high success rate. At Cochise, students learn about subjects in small classes with individualized attention from faculty who pass along real world experience. Cochise College graduates can transfer seamlessly to all three Arizona four-year universities. And because of articulation agreements with many out-of-state universities, students can guarantee transfer credits. Cochise College has also built strong relations with local and national businesses to offer co-op and internship opportunities in health care, industrial industries and other local organizations. In February 2016, Cochise College received the full accreditation of 10 years from the Higher Learning Commission (HLC).

Additional Information


Contact Information

Mollie Blanchard,


Required Qualifications

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

Preferred Qualifications

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