Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA) is the second largest community college in the United States and the largest public educational institution in Virginia. NOVA has more than 71,000 students and 2,600 faculty and staff members. As one of the most internationally diverse colleges in the United States, with a student body consisting of individuals from more than 180 countries, NOVA is committed to creating a diverse, inclusive, and equitable Virginia by fostering excellence in higher education. As an Achieving the Dream âœLeader College,â NOVA is committed to the principles of access, opportunity, student success, and excellence by meeting the educational and training needs of the region and its people with excellent and affordable courses and programs, offered by an inspired and committed diverse faculty and support staff.
With six unique locations throughout our region, each conveniently located within 40 miles of Washington D.C, we have Northern Virginia covered. NOVAâ™s Alexandria Campus is located seven miles from the nationâ™s capital, just across the Potomac River from Washington DC; the Annandale Campus, with its urban feel and suburban appeal, is ranked as the most diverse in Virginia and boasts a thriving Koreatown; the Loudoun Campus is located in a comfortable suburb steeped in colonial history; the Manassas Campus is located next to Manassas Battlefield Park, site of the first major battle of the Civil War; the Woodbridge Campus is home to municipal parks, state parks, and national wildlife refuges; and the Medical Education Campus, located in Springfield, is a uniquely specialized campus that stands apart from what most community colleges can offer, with the area boasting an abundance of hiking and biking trails, and parks with nature and wildlife areas.
NOVA offers an opportunity to make a difference with outstanding career opportunities and competitive total rewards benefits, including a comprehensive health and dental insurance program, generous paid leave, deferred compensation plans, paid parental leave, state employee discounts, and a solid and secure retirement system. NOVA embraces opportunities to create a college community that is a welcoming and inclusive place to learn and work. We do this by fostering a sense of belonging and ensuring equity while maintaining an open, civil, and safe environment for our students, faculty, staff, and guests. In so doing, NOVA fulfills its mission to offer world-class teaching and learning to the Commonwealth of Virginia.
This position will provide career counseling to NOVA students and will teach career-related Student Development courses with a specialized focus on an assigned set of disciplines. The Career Counselor will work with the career counseling team to identify and utilize career assessments and other resources to assist students with career decision-making. The Career Counselor will develop and evaluate pre-employment skills opportunities such as resume workshops, interview preparation, business site visits and assist with recruiting events for NOVA students. This position will support the career planning and development team with the development and maintenance of the divisionâ™s website and resources. The Career Counselor will work with internal and external stakeholders, including faculty, staff, and businesses to update and share career information and opportunities related to assigned disciplines. The Career Counselor will work closely with student services and academic advisors to provide timely, data-driven information about industry trends and other relevant information regarding their assigned disciplines. Regular work hours are during weekdays with some evening hours, as well as occasional weekend hours. Participates in regular professional development as required and/or relevant to the assigned work.
Knowledge of counseling theory including career development and multicultural counseling theory.
Skill in providing career counseling to adults.
Strong interpersonal skills to help engage and provide support to students with a focus on career development
Ability to advise with consideration for the studentâ™s interests, qualifications, and career goals
Ability to work with College faculty and staff in support of career development outcomes as related to select academics pathways at NOVA
Familiarity with online career technologies including Symplicity
Ability to work in a fast-paced environment with a diverse student population
Excellent customer service skills, to include the ability to effectively follow up and follow through
Effective written, interpersonal and presentations skills, with small and large groups
Ability to manage multiple projects and tasks in a timely manner.
Ability to design and implement programs including career workshops and major events.
Effective problem-solving and organizational skills
Ability to use and analyze data to evaluate and improve programs
Demonstrated ability to work effectively both independently as well as part of a team
Knowledge of relevant federal, state, VCCS, and college policies and regulations including the Family Education Rights Privacy Act (FERPA), Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), Title IX, and VAWA/SaVE, and Clery legislation
Required Qualifications: Masterâ™s degree in counseling, college student development or related field with at least 18 graduate semester hours in counseling. Qualifying degrees and coursework must be from a regionally accredited institution.
Virginia's Community College's educate 240,000 credit students annually and over 170,000 non-credit students at 23 Community Colleges with over 40 campus locations throughout the Commonwealth. Our mission is to provide comprehensive higher education and workforce training programs and services of superior quality. These programs are financially and geographically accessible to meet the individual, business, and community needs of the Commonwealth.