Utica College, a small comprehensive college in Upstate New York, is seeking a Counselor in Opportunity Programs to be responsible for counseling students, coordinating student development programs, counseling, and academic advising for program students. Through personal contact and coordination with other faculty and staff, the Counselor assists students in attaining their educational goals.
In deciding whether to apply for a position at Utica College, candidates are strongly encouraged to consider the UC mission and culture to help determine their potential success at http://www.utica.edu/instadvance/marketingcomm/about/. Our Mission and Values Statement includes a commitment to fostering diversity in background, perspective, and experience within an environment that is dedicated to the freedom of expression and the open sharing of ideas. At UC, diversity means that we are a community that represents a range of human experience and makes conscious choices to appreciate, respect, and learn from each other. Utica College actively seeks and welcomes applications from candidates with exceptional qualifications, particularly those with demonstrable commitments to a more inclusive society.
Primary responsibilities include:
•Provide individual and group counseling for students concerning educational, career, and personal issues related to personal, academic, financial aid and career concerns. Primary personal counseling support for Opportunity Program Students. Provide counseling referrals as appropriate. Actively participate in all counseling case conferences. •Coordinate Opportunity Programs’ admissions including reviewing, interviewing and admitting prospective program students; serve as program liaison to the Admissions and Student Financial Services Offices. Responsible for collecting and submitting HEOP income documentation for prospective HEOP students. •Develop programs and activities geared to addressing developmental needs of program students. Work collaboratively with other staff members. Develop and facilitate special programs, workshops, develop and maintain monthly newsletter and brochures and explore ways to address the personal and academic needs of program students. Recruit, hire, train and supervise peer mentors. •Maintain student counseling logs and contact records. Collect and report data necessary to assess effectiveness of counseling interactions as well as student programs. Maintain an ongoing dialog with the faculty, deans, and college administrators in support of the student development programs. Attend Student Success and Student Life Staff meetings as requested. •Facilitate access to counseling support for students concerning educational career and personal issues. Provide direction to staff and students in communicating, interpreting and administering College policies and procedures. Maintain confidentiality of student records. Assist in the development and implementation of the objectives and the goals of the Student Success Division. Attend Utica College functions, including Convocation and Commencement and be supportive of College-sponsored events and programs. Project a positive attitude toward the position, the department, and the College. •Take an active role in the development of the department’s strategic and operational plans as required by department leadership. Works closely with department supervisor to develop and implement operational goals that support departmental success. •Responsible for working with supervisor and other team members to achieve successful results on all established individual and departmental goals and key performance indicators. •May perform other related duties as assigned.
•Master’s degree in student personnel, counseling or related field is preferred. •Ability to initiate and implement student developmental programs. •Prior experience in providing counseling support services to “high-risk” students preferred. •Evidence of strong organizational, leadership, and interpersonal skills. •Strong work ethics.
To apply, submit a cover letter, resume, and a diversity statement. All positions at Utica College support the College’s mission and values in part by being active members of an inclusive environment. Please describe in your diversity statement how you would see yourself incorporating this into this role.
In line with the College’s Affirmative Action Policy, there is no requirement or expectation that a candidate disclose their identity or membership in any protected class or group, either in the diversity statement or in other application documents submitted to the search committee. For additional information on what to provide in your diversity statement please reference the diversity statement guide at the following link: https://www.utica.edu/hr/media/Diversity_Statement_Guide.pdf
Founded in 1946, Utica College is a private comprehensive institution distinguished for its integration of liberal and professional study. Our dedicated faculty and staff have built a tradition of excellence in teaching and learning with particular emphasis on providing individual attention to students. The College enrolls approximately 3,700 students – approximately 2,700 undergraduates and 1,000 graduate students. A city of approximately 60,000, Utica is located at the foothills of the Adirondack Mountains in the Mohawk Valley region of upstate New York. The area offers easy access to a broad variety of cultural attractions, including the historic Stanley Performing Arts Center and renowned Munson Williams Proctor Arts Institute, as well as four-season recreation.