Student Service Counselor
Temple University - Philadelphia, PA

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The STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Student Service Counselor’s primary responsibility is the development, implementation, and administration of strategies, services and educational counseling geared at improving, facilitating, and enhancing the learning/academic, personal/interpersonal, career and social concerns of students and building an integrated co-curricular experience that will benefit each student. The Counselor will work to integrate RCC students and program activities into the academic and social/cultural life of the University and community. Specifically, the Counselor will provide individual and group counseling to Temple University students in personal, career, financial and co-curricular areas during both the Summer Bridge Program and the academic year. The Counselor develops study groups and retention initiatives for students in math and science courses to facilitate their proficiency in mathematical reasoning and scientific thought. The Counselor will conduct developmental workshops in Technology, Learning Skills for Science and Math, Learning Styles, Test-taking Skills, Critical Reading Skills, Academic Research, Time Management, and Life Skills (among other topical areas), as well as areas relating to gender, diversity, and peer pressure. Maintain and report counseling and workshops session notes and data. Teach either an Academic Skills Seminar that is focused on “Success in the STEM” fields and college acclimation during the Summer Bridge Program and the academic year or a mathematics course (Intro to Algebra or College Algebra) to prepare students for collegiate math. Develop and conduct programs and events to build student community and increase student retention. Present Pre-Matriculation Workshops. Conduct student outreach to re-engage students in Center programming. The Counselor will write articles for newsletters and student brochures, design student materials, posting activity and counseling schedules, Listserv materials, and E-mail usage for academic counseling etc. In addition, the Counselor will assist the Counseling Coordinator with designing and implementing comprehensive services to improve student retention. Administratively, the Counselor will compile and provide data and reports regarding program services, student participation and growth. Performs other duties as assigned.

Required Education and Experience:

Masters degree in a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering or Math) or related field with one year of related experience in higher education or an academic support setting that provided service to low-income, first generation, and/or under-prepared students. An equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered

Required Skills and Abilities:

*Must be able to demonstrate experience in developing and teaching educational and social workshops.

*Understanding of the skills required to succeed in math and science disciplines.

*Ability to help students develop a career path to succeed in a STEM major.

*Knowledge of varied STEM careers.

*Must show experience in providing educational counseling to students in groups or one-on-one settings.

*Strong communication skills (both written and oral) and technology skills (Web and Internet abilities).

*Demonstrated excellent organizational skills and ability to prioritize in a fast pace environment. *Ability to work independently and in groups.

*Ability to interact with people of all constituent groups.

*Experience with identifying and serving the needs of low income and potential first generation college students, as well as an understanding of the affective, cognitive, and social needs of the target population.

*Leadership and interpersonal skills.

*Demonstrated ability to handle and prioritize diverse tasks in a fast paced environment.

*Proficiency with Microsoft office (Word, Excel and Access).

*Must be available to work some evenings and weekends as needed.


*Previous experience in overcoming academic and economic obstacles to success helpful.

*Must be able to demonstrate experience teaching.

Compliance Statement: In the performance of their functions as detailed in the position description employees have an obligation to avoid ethical, legal, financial and other conflicts of interest to ensure that their actions and outside activities do not conflict with their primary employment responsibilities at the institution. Employees are also expected to understand and be in compliance with applicable laws, University and. employment policies and regulations, including NCAA regulations for areas and departments which their essential functions cause them to interact.

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