Incumbents are required to have demonstrated advanced knowledge and abilities in the following areas:
• Nursing and health care;
• Psychological and social counseling techniques;
• Crisis analysis and intervention;
• Personality, academic, and occupational assessment instruments, their administration and interpretation;
• Career and academic development;
• Effective oral and written communications.
These skills and abilities are acquired through a combination of education, training, and experience which would include a master’s degree in Nursing, together with from two to five years of experience in higher education; or a combination of education, training, and experience which would lead to the competencies required for successful performance of the position’s essential duties. The incumbent will hold current licensure as a Registered Nurse in the state of Connecticut.
The Advisor, Nursing and Allied Health works under the direction of the Director of Nursing and Allied Health. The position may lead support staff or student workers as assigned.
The position is required to have extensive cooperative and collaborative relationships with students, faculty, staff, and with professionals in peer organizations and professional associations. These relationships may involve a very high degree of sensitive and confidential information. The incumbent is expected to represent the College in a positive manner.
The Advisor, Nursing and Allied Health is accountable for development and delivery of counseling services to support students enrolled in Division degree and certificate programs meeting the instructional goals of the College through effective performance in these essential functional areas:
• Student counseling program development;
• Student guidance and counseling;
• Guidance to faculty and staff.
Essential Duties and Accountabilities
A. Student counseling program development: The Advisor, Nursing and Allied Health is accountable for participating in and contributing to the development of sound programs for guiding and counseling the students at both the Norwalk and Gateway campuses in academic, personal, and social progress. This accountability includes such essential tasks as:
1. Administering and interpreting appropriate student assessment instruments;
2. Researching potential counseling needs of the Nursing and Allied Health students and developing recommendations for programs and strategies to meet those needs;
3. Assisting in the implementation of the Systematic Evaluation Plan;
4. Participating in development of comprehensive student counseling and guidance programs based on research and assessment information;
5. Conducting appropriate research studies as required by accrediting agencies.
B. Student guidance and counseling: The Advisor, Nursing and Allied Health, is accountable for providing professional counseling to students to contribute to their successful College experience. This accountability includes such essential tasks as:
1. Reviewing and evaluating learning outcomes and students’ career preparation;
2. Advising students prior to admission to programs;
3. Participating in recruitment and retention activities;
4. Providing professional interpretation to students of their assessment instrument results and their implications for academic and personal plans and strategies;
5. Consulting with students and providing guidance on appropriate academic courses;
6. Consulting with students and providing guidance on appropriate personal and social actions, including those related to adapting to different language and cultural situations;
7. Conducting orientation sessions for incoming students;
8. Conducting workshops to promote student success such as organizational skills, study skills, test-taking strategies, and learning styles;
9. Reinforcing curriculum content through individual and group tutoring;
10. Providing guidance, counseling, and referral services for students in crisis situations;
11. Completing graduation checklists.
C. Guidance to faculty and staff: The Advisor is accountable for advising faculty and staff on appropriate actions and assistance for students requiring special attention. This accountability includes such essential tasks as:
1. Interpreting and evaluating the results of assessments and interviews to determine appropriate courses of action to assist students in academic, personal, and social situations;
2. Providing guidance and recommendations to faculty and staff on strategies of optimum assistance to students;
3. Completing special projects as assigned.
Professional Participation and Development
In addition to the accountabilities listed above, the position is required to carry out the essential duties of:
• Attendance and participation at convocation and commencement ceremonies;
• Service on assigned committees and task forces;
• Attendance and participation at committee, staff, informational, and professional meetings.
These may involve attendance at evening or weekend events.
The incumbent is required to maintain currency in the position’s required fields of professional expertise and competencies.
The incumbent is required to maintain complete confidentiality of student records and other information of a confidential nature.
Commesurate with qualifications and experience;
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