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Career and Academic Counselor

Categories: Great Lakes Region 5



Career and Academic Advising


Bowling Green State University - Firelands

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Position Description
Position Summary:
The Career and Academic Counselor is part of the broad team of professional academic advising staff at the University. The position will be responsible for providing academic advising to students who identify as undecided, or to students in declared majors who are considering other program options. The position will also provide advice regarding academic and career direction for current students and alumni in transition- changing majors, changing careers, preparing for internships, etc. Under the direction of the immediate supervisor and in accordance with university academic strategies, the position will provide essential support and service to students and contribute to the university’s goals of promoting student learning, development, and success, as well as student persistence and retention. Additionally, this staff member will participate and assist with both university and college recruitment and retention efforts, serve on university, college, and community committees, and participate in university and college-specific training and development

Essential Duties, Tasks and Responsibilities:
•Advise current and prospective students within an assigned college/academic program on course planning, major selection, degree requirements, university policies and procedures, and registration processes. Provide assistance with career direction through career counseling.
•Design and implement comprehensive career development/ planning programs to infuse career development in curricula and courses. As needed, train faculty and staff on career development and career pathways.
•Utilize current and emerging technology and available data to complete essential advising duties, processes, and communication with students to support and foster retention, persistence, and success (e.g. CSS/MyBGSU, EAB/SSC, successNET/early alert, DARS, Schedule Planner, Canvas, Query, Data Warehouse/STARS, etc.).
•Review student academic progress and performance and advise students on specific actions regarding academic and career goals.
•Refer students to appropriate BGSU and non-BGSU support offices and/or organizations as needed to support student success.
•May be responsible for advising a specific population/cohort of students, requiring additional specialized knowledge and skills.
•Additional college and/or academic program specific duties and responsibilities as assigned.
•Maintain and update student files and records in accordance with federal, state and university regulations.
Student Services
•Maintain/Manage advising caseload and work-lists through the utilization of online/digital and analog administrative programs and processes
•Maintain and update student files and records in accordance with federal, state and university regulations
•May conduct, complete and report audits related to student academic progress toward degree completion, eligibility, and fulfillment of requirements to achieve graduation clearance (may include NCAA, Financial Aid, ROTC and other scholarship programs)
•Create and execute events designed to help students select a major, explore career options, and find a job.
•May be responsible for developing programming efforts and intervention strategies for targeted and identified populations of at-risk students.
•Participate and/or assist in planning and implementing New Student Orientation, Welcome and other advising activities, as well other events on- and off-campus to advise prospective students of college specific requirements (Events may include Falcon Friday, Preview Day, Presidents’ Day, regional college events, etc., and other specialized events within a college/department. May include evenings and/or weekends).
•Develop and maintain contact with faculty, staff, and administration as needed to support effective academic advising practice
•Represent college and advising office on college and/or university wide committees as well as at least one University Advising Commission
•Participate and successfully complete initial and on-going training and professional development at the university and departmental level. Topics may be related to academic advising practice and philosophy; university and college policies, procedures and resources; desktop/web-based software and systems; and other related skills and abilities to enhance professional practice and support student success
•May, under the direction of the immediate supervisor and based on the needs of the college or department, be responsible for the preparation, instruction and assessment of 1-2 credit hour introductory and/or academic recovery course per semester which may be designed to introduce students to a specific or variety of academic programs and careers, assist students in their transition to the university, and/or develop strategies and skills for academic success.
•Other and additional college and/or academic program specific duties and responsibilities as assigned
Other duties as assigned.

Application Process
To Apply:
For a complete job description & to apply for this position visit or contact the Office of the Dean at (419) 372-0623 or BGSU. AA/EEO/Disabilities/Veterans. In compliance with the ADA Amendments Act (ADAAA), if you have a disability and would like to request an accommodation in order to apply for a position with Bowling Green State University, please call 419-372-8421.

Institution Information
BGSU Firelands is a 2,100 student, regional campus of Bowling Green State University. The University has nationally recognized programs and research in the natural and social sciences, education, arts, business, health and wellness, humanities and applied technologies. BGSU Firelands seeks talented individuals to join our community in Huron, Ohio, on the scenic shores of Lake Erie.

Additional Information
Deadline to apply: December 4, 2019

Contact Information
Karen Osterling 419.372.0623


Required Qualifications
Master’s Degree required in Counseling, Communication, College Student Personnel, Student Affairs in Higher Education, or related field. Successful candidate must have Master’s degree conferred at the time of application.
The following experience is required:
•1-2 years of academic advising or career services professional experience. 2 years of graduate assistantship in academic advising or career services will be considered.

Preferred Qualifications
Knowledge, Skills or Abilities:
•Understanding of the functions of an institution of higher education, including academic and student affairs
•Comprehensive knowledge of university degree programs, especially those degrees granted by BGSU;
•Knowledge of University academic policies and procedures as well as support services;
•Knowledge of computer applications including but not limited to: Microsoft Office, Microsoft Outlook, People Soft/CSS, an ability to learn and adopt other technologies, and comfort level to use computer database, word processing, spreadsheet programs and web-based applications
•Effective written and oral communication skills
•Active listening skills
•Strong organizational skills
•Ability to interact well with students, parents, faculty, administrators and other members of the campus and community
•Knowledge of developmental advising strategies
•Knowledge of or ability to learn student development theories and career development theory
•Compassionate and caring attitude toward working with students
•Effective in working with diverse populations
•Lifelong learner