Academic Advisement Center Counselor
Fashion Institute of Technology - New York, NY

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The Counselor is responsible for providing academic advising through drop-in or scheduled appointments with individual and student groups, advisement seminars, outreach/recruitment events, orientation, special events, new information technology (i.e. chat rooms, Skype, Facebook), and/or other valuable resources for FIT students. The Counselor manages the information and communication resources of the Academic Advisement Center and works collaboratively with other Center and college faculty and staff on programs and events. Contributes to the Center’s mission by working in partnership with the academic departments; provides students with thorough and correct information; and supports students in identifying and attaining their academic program goals. Advises students on the required courses required to graduate within the prescribed time for their selected program. Responsible for all services related to the implementation of the emerging models of academic advisement.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

Supports students in planning and encourages active participation in their respective academic programs.

Advises students who wish to explore or change academic programs and ensure that the advantages and disadvantages of their decisions are fully explored.

Provides resources and services to students that provide an opportunity to explore the connection between academic programs and future paths of study and work.

Evaluates students using interviews, counseling/advising sessions, assessments, and other tools; assists students to understand their individual interests, values and abilities, and personality characteristics to develop realistic academic options. Refers students to other areas of the College for further assistance, such as departmental advisers, the Career and Internship Center and/or the Counseling Center.

Will assist students in evaluating coursework and requirements to ensure graduation within the prescribed period.

Develops materials for assessment and shares such materials with others throughout the College who conduct assessment work in conjunction with the Center.

Designs, develops, and presents materials for students and faculty.

Establishes cooperative relationships with other FIT offices and services to support mutual referrals, the exchange of information, sharing of resources, and other program functions.

Develops strategic objectives and programming in support of the Academic Advisement Center mission.

Work collaboratively in cross-functional teams within the Academic Advisement Center to develop new initiatives for targeted student populations.

Researches best practices, industry changes, environmental and economic factors that affect work with students.

Participates in development and implementation of systems, processes, and solutions in development and delivery of services as identified by the Assistant Dean for Academic Advisement.

Requirements:
Counselors require a Master’s Degree in Higher Education Administration, College Student Personnel, Counseling or a relevant post-graduate degree and a minimum of four (4) years of counseling/ academic advisory or related experience

Counselors will have the requisite qualifications and competencies to perform effectively in their defined roles with students, faculty, administrators, and others.

Strong interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to work effectively with a wide range of constituencies in a diverse community.

Knowledge of academic advisement best practices and of related academic and student support areas.

Knowledge of interviewing and advising/counseling techniques.
Knowledge of resources related to FIT academic programs.
Knowledge of academic resources and the relevant technologies.
Ability to demonstrate strong student-centered focus.
Ability to adapt to change.
Ability to promote, manage and implement academic advisement programs.
Ability to develop and maintain accurate records.
Ability to analyze data, compile information and prepare reports.
Ability to maintain confidentiality of records and information.
Ability to conduct individual and group counseling sessions

Additional Information:
Please note this position is a non-classroom faculty tenure-track appointment. The selected appointee will follow the reappointment and tenure process.

30 hrs per week
Schedule subject to change based on the needs of the department.
Salary commensurate with experience.
A background check is required for appointment to this position.