Reports to: Associate Dean of Student Success and Retention
Posting Close Date: October 21, 2021
The Counselor/Advisor for the Occupational Support Program will be responsible for academic advising, career advising, facilitating career development workshops and events, and overall assistance in moving students towards economic security through preparation of high wage, high skill, and high demand careers. The Occupational Support Program (OSP) works to build career advising and development capacity for all students but especially focuses on students who are interested in pursuing career-focused Associate and Certificate programs. The mission of the Occupational Support Program is to partner with students, academic departments, community resources, and employers to grow students into future employees who can meet the degree requirements, skills and needs of employers in the community.
Essential Job Functions
Provide resources and communication to support students who are interested or enrolled in career focused academic programs at GRCC.
Responsible for providing group career advising services and developing electronic career resources to assist students in narrowing their career and post-GRCC goals.
Responsible for providing holistic career and academic plans for students enrolled in career focused pathways and programs that qualify as high-wage, high demand, and high-skill programs under Perkins V.
Create career exploration, assessment and partnership opportunities and integrate learning into career and academic choices.
Maintain current knowledge of requirements related to credit & non-credit academic programs, GRCC degree programs, potential career paths, graduation, transfer and career programs, and courses to help students move toward degree completion.
Knowledge and use of labor market information and industry-specific competencies to support students in decision making and job-readiness preparation.
Assist students in aligning career and post-GRCC goals with the best GRCC academic programs.
Responsible for monitoring and documenting the academic and personal academic progress of students who are eligible as special populations under the Perkins V Grant.
Connect students to career, work, or skills based experiential learning activities
Award financial resources such as tuition grants, book loans, and child care to eligible career-focused students with greatest need as defined by Perkins V Grant and the State of Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity.
Partner with academic departments and other college offices to develop opportunities for career exploration through job shadowing, informational interviewing, and community and workforce engagement.
Maintain clear and concise notes to document history of academic advice provided to individual students.
Teach students to gather and organize accurate, relevant information necessary to their education, career, and personal development.
Assist students in noticing and developing their strengths, confidence, experience, work-related competencies as it relates to future employment.
Assist students who meet the Perkins V Special Populations guidelines with financial assistance and attendance costs such as grants, books, and transportation costs.
Maintain expertise in the advising field.
Support the initiatives of Student Success and Retention through normal activities of faculty members.
Marginal Job Functions
Representing Occupational Support Program at virtual or in person events during evening or weekend hours
Knowledge of current resume, LinkedIn, and job search techniques.
Masters in Counseling Education, Higher Education, Career and Technical Education, Student Affairs Leadership, Social Work or closely related field required
License: Licensed Professional Counselor license or Limited Licensed Professional Counselor license or Licensed Masters of Social Work preferred.
Two or more years of academic advising or career advising experience at the college level required.
Experience with career assessments, workforce trends, strengths-based advising, career or job readiness activities required.
Virtual meeting technology (Zoom, Google Meets)
Able to utilize various technology resources required for the job (including but not limited to G-Suite, scheduling software, ImageNow, DegreeWorks, and Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
Sitting or standing stationary for long periods of time.
Heavy computer use for communication and documentation
Ability to navigate virtually and independently move throughout GRCC campus for meetings, appointments, class visits, events..
Able to effectively communicate verbally, non-verbally, and in written form.
Ability to independently and effectively operate a computer, use a mouse and/or keyboard, engage in video calls, phone calls, and in person meetings or events
Zoom, phone, and in person advising will be required.
Positive outlook and flexible mindset to adjust methodology to match the diverse styles, personalities, goals, and needs of students
Virtual and in-person presentations
Ability to maintain a positive customer and student-oriented approach in a demanding work environment.
Strong interpersonal skills and demonstrated ability to work as part of a team.
Ability to work under pressure while managing interruptions and changes in priorities on a regular basis.
Must use good judgment in handling sensitive or difficult situations in a professional manner.
Ability to work in a high traffic, indoor office environment.
Faculty assignment may include travel to occasional offsite locations.
METHOD OF APPLICATION
Grand Rapids Community College is only accepting online applications for this position athttps://www.grcc.edu/jobs. Submit a cover letter, resume, unofficial transcripts, and three professional reference letters in one document for full consideration.. The opportunity to apply for this position will close on October 21, 2021 at 11:59PM. Individuals with diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Grand Rapids Community College is an equal opportunity employer. Visa sponsorship is not available.
Grand Rapids Community College creates an inclusive learning and working environment that recognizes the value and dignity of each person. It is the policy and practice of GRCC to provide equal educational and employment opportunities regardless of age, race, color, religion, marital status, sex/gender, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, height, weight, national origin, disability, political affiliation, familial status, veteran status or genetics in all programs, activities, services, employment and advancement including admissions to, access to, treatment in, or compensation in employment as required by state and federal law. GRCC is committed to reviewing all aspects of GRCC programs, activities, services and employment, including recruitment, selection, retention and promotion to identify and eliminate barriers in order to prevent discrimination on the basis of the listed protected characteristics. The college will not tolerate any form of retaliation against any person for bringing charges of discrimination or participating in an investigation. Further information may be obtained from the EEO Office or the Office of General Counsel, 143 Bostwick Avenue NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503-3295.
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The urban campus of Grand Rapids Community College is situated on a six-block area in the heart of Michigan’s second largest metropolitan area with a population approaching one million. GRCC, founded in 1914, is the oldest community college in Michigan, but the atmosphere is exciting and contemporary; its top-notch faculty, commitment to diversity in programming and campus lifestyle, and the strong spirit of community collaboration under the leadership of President Bill Pink, make it a vital and rewarding workplace. Known as “The Community’s College,” GRCC is responsive to the needs of surrounding business, economic, cultural and educational environments. The college offers credit and non-credit, associate degree and certification programs, and workforce training at both on- and off-campus locations so that students of all ages and abilities can pursue personal goals for higher education and/or enhanced job opportunities with success. For more information about GRCC, visit our website at www.grcc.edu