Program Counselor
Empowered Careers - Saint Louis Park, MN

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Job Description (located in Minneapolis, MN)

About Empowered
A unique combination of passionate leaders and experts has come together to merge Silicon Valley’s best-in-class technology, Hollywood’s marketing assets and the world-renowned academic curriculum of UCLA Extension. The result is a new concept and company called Empowered.
The program will offer students UCLA Extension certificates and career counseling designed specifically for those transitioning to new careers or seeking to remain competitive in today’s job market. With a focus on practical, work-related knowledge, the fully online courses will allow students to complete certificate programs in just one year with far more robust interaction than many modern day classrooms.
Empowered Career’s headquarters is located in Campbell, CA with the location in Saint Louis Park, MN, supporting the operations team and functions.
Position Overview
As a key member of the Empowered Team, the Program Counselor will serve as the main point of contact and representative of the Empowered brand. Through interactions via phone, email, chat and social media, the Program Counselor will establish and build the initial relationship with prospective students, provide guidance in determining the best solution, and qualify and support all aspects of the enrollment process. Additionally, the Program Counselor will maintain the student relationship beyond enrollment and work closely with Career Services to successfully support students for graduation and the next phase of their careers. As needed, the Program Counselor will aid in continually improving the experience of the student at all phases.

This position reports to Senior Manager of Student Experience and is located in Saint Louis Park, MN. Relocation costs are not included in this position.

Essential duties & responsibilities:
Guide and qualify prospective students by understanding their needs and motivation while helping to identify the best educational solution.

Assist prospective students in exploring and discussing both career and UCLA Certificate program choices.

Ability to problem solve and aid prospective students in reviewing their educational and financial options while serving as a guide and an advocate.

Acquire knowledge and insight of relevant industry and career information, UCLA certificate programs, industry certification exams, credentials and requirements, and career field trends.

Provide excellent service and support to prospective and current students through to graduation.

Ability to perform consistently to meet established and expected individual and team performance targets.

Technical knowledge and use of Customer Relationship / Contact Management systems as well as related office products.

Network and develop professional relationships to generate personally developed inquiries.

Partnership and collaboration with supporting team members, such as Career Counselors, Academic Advisors and Marketing, to continuously improve process and student experience.

Adherence to a high level of ethics and integrity.

Completion of additional projects and duties as assigned to support the mission of Empowered Careers.

Bachelor’s degree (Master’s degree a plus)

Previous admissions/enrollment experience strongly preferred (minimum 2+ years)

Prior experience supporting students/customers in a complex decision

Outstanding written and verbal communication and interpersonal skills

Ability to adapt and successfully navigate a fast-paced, change-rich environment

Self-starter with the capacity to work within a team and be a team-player

Empowered Careers is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Company Overview
The Empowered UCLA Extension yearlong program empowers adults with the practical skills, real-world education from UCLA Extension, professional community and career coaching they need to achieve their goals.

We offer:
Upfront guidance matching individual aspirations and abilities to ideal certificates and related careers, allowing students to explore certificate options based on their interest and career goals.

Expert practitioners in each field have developed the UCLA Extension certificate programs based on real-world experience, so that what students learn in the course is directly applicable to their career.

Built in career support – such as personalized career coaching – helps students achieve their unique goals, be it preparation for workplace advancement or a complete career change.

Mobile learning via the Empowered iPad app.

Certificate programs are taught on a cutting-edge, mobile platform developed for the iPad, which transforms online education by allowing you to learn on the go. Each certificate is comprised of instructor-led, asynchronous weekly modules, which keep students aligned with coursework while allowing the flexibility to study and “attend class” anytime, anywhere. Consistent navigation and organization between courses makes it easier than ever for students to communicate with instructors and peers, and stay on task. The completely mobile, online learning platform connects you with other students, instructors and graduates, to create an extensive professional network at your fingertips.