Wells College seeks qualified applicants for the Student Support Services (SSS) Counselor position. SSS is a comprehensive academic and personal support program that aims to increase retention and graduation rates among students who are first-generation, low-income, or have a disability. Reporting to the Director, the Counselor oversees personal and mental health support for program participants and collaborates with the Community Medical Center and other health care providers to deliver mental health care for SSS students, providing clinical care as allowed by their license or degree. The Counselor informs the campus community and potential participants about the SSS project; interviews applicants and makes selection recommendations to the Director; completes the Academic Needs Assessment and Individual Educational Plan and monitors progress for a caseload of students; provides guidance on majors, minors and course selection decisions; assists with financial aid applications; provides career guidance; administers and interprets academic/career assessments; prepares monthly reports and assists the Director with program evaluation.
Requires a Master’s degree in counseling, psychology, education or related field; minimum two-year’s experience as a program counselor or advocate; experience providing support for disadvantaged youth; commitment to serving individuals from multicultural backgrounds; strong interpersonal, communication and computer skills.
Prefer candidates with a Master’s in Social Work or licensed as a mental health counselor; evidence of a strong commitment to diversity and inclusivity; sensitivity to/understanding of multicultural needs and characteristics of the target population; ability to work independently with little supervision.
Wells College is a small coeducational liberal arts college located in the village of Aurora, New York, which offers affordable, family-friendly living within a half hour's drive of Ithaca and within a 75-minute radius of Rochester, Syracuse and numerous other colleges and universities – an area rich in natural, educational and cultural resources. The current student body numbers about 400, 76% from NY State, and 32% identifying as students of color.
Wells College wishes to reinforce its commitment to increase faculty and staff diversity, recognizing that to provide a diverse learning environment is to prepare students for personal and professional success in an increasingly multicultural and global society.
Applications should be submitted online at www.wells.edu/employment and include a cover letter, resume, and the names and contact information of three references. All materials submitted should be in PDF. Review of applications will continue until the position is filled. Inquiries can be made to: Charles Kenyon, Dean of Students, at 315-364-3311 or [email protected]
About Wells College
The mission of Wells College is to educate students to think critically, reason wisely, and act humanely as they cultivate meaningful lives. Through Wells' academic program, residential atmosphere, and community activities, students learn and practice the ideals of the liberal arts. The Wells experience prepares students to appreciate complexity and difference, to embrace new ways of knowing, to be creative, and to respond ethically to the interdependent worlds to which they belong. Committed to excellence in all areas of its reach, Wells College equips students for lifelong learning and for sharing the privileges of education with others.