Under general supervision, the purpose of the classification is to provide advising/general support services for immigrant, bilingual, minority, and international students. Employees in this classification perform advising and communications with linguistic minority students. Classification is responsible for providing academic/career advisement, conducting needs assessments, assisting international students in processing forms, coordinating workshops and educational activities, participating in student activities/committees, and communicating in foreign languages. Performs related work as directed.
The primary role of the Education and Career Advisor is to conduct the intake and orientation process for all students; to administer all program related assessments for determining placement and measuring educational gain; and to assist the students in the development of an Education and Career Plan. The plan will align the student’s interests, goals and abilities with a personalized plan that outlines the steps needed to achieve the student’s goals. The Education and Career Advisor will also be required to provide the supports necessary to meet the goals through referrals and educational and career counseling duties.
Bachelor’s Degree in Counseling, Education or closely related field; with two years of experience and/or training involving career counseling, academic advising, international student policies, foreign language interpretation, and personal computer operations; or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience; Previous experience in working with adult learners; Excellent oral and written communication skills.
Provides counseling and general support services for international, bilingual, minority, and immigrant students (i.e. – collaborates with faculty, staff, and college departments regarding needs/services for the linguistic minority population; organizes orientation sessions to assist this population in adjusting to college life; conducts career counseling, personal/family counseling, and transfer counseling; assists international students in processing admissions applications and necessary forms; provides scholarship information and prepares scholarship packages; communicates in foreign languages and serves as language translator as needed; provides tutoring as needed).
Performs admissions counseling and academic advising for international and local students (i.e. – reviews international student records for admission into college; conducts student surveys to determine student needs; fills out financial aid and admissions forms; reviews academic reports to evaluate progress of students; counsels students in course selection and registration; conducts conferences and makes recommendations; assists in conducting student registration and orientation; conducts exit interview for withdrawal from college; serves as liaison with financial aid office and admissions office; refers students to appropriate support services and resources).
Coordinates/facilitates workshops and educational activities (i.e. – organizes “Prepare to Attend College” ( PAC ) program; provides information about PAC program schedule; recruits students for PAC program; arranges logistics for PAC classes; organizes cultural events, tournaments, educational field trips, and other student activities as needed).
Participates in student activities and committees (i.e. – serves as advisor for International Club; maintains control of International Club budget).
Performs administrative tasks associated with department activities (i.e. – prepares resumes, recommendation letters, workshop materials, student surveys, reports, forms, and general correspondence; receives or refers to student records, academic reports, technical study reports, health/immunization forms, test scores, student visa applications, financial declarations, bank statements, curriculum , catalogs, policies, manuals, and reference materials; operates a computer and utilizes word processing, spreadsheet, database, Internet, or other software programs).
Interacts with various agencies/individuals (i.e. – attends meetings and serves on committees; participates in college fairs; serves as liaison with community organizations; communicates with supervisor, employees, other departments, students, faculty members, community organizations, international associations, the public, outside agencies, and other individuals to coordinate activities, review status of work, exchange information, or resolve problems).
Maintains professional knowledge in applicable areas (i.e. – maintains a working knowledge of assigned area; researches new trends and advances in the profession; reads professional literature; attends conferences, workshops, and training sessions).
Administer and track primary, midpoint and final ABE and/or ESOL assessments for students; Recruit new students and coordinate the intake and orientation process; Based on initial intake interview and placement testing information, enroll students in the appropriate course that meet their educational needs within the program; Conduct conferences and make recommendations; conduct exit interview for withdrawal from ABE program as needed; Coordinate/facilitate workshops and educational activities; Assist students in the development of an Education and Career Plan as required by funding source (50% of enrolled students in FY2013 & 100% of enrolled students in FY2014 and beyond); Maintain a confidential record of advising notes and activities in a secure and locked location for a period of seven years; Work with participants in the identification of short term and long term goals, communicate goals of participants to instructors and monitor the progress and achievement in meeting goals; Provide and coordinate all advising and support services to assist students in meeting their education and career goals; Provide referrals to community resources/agencies to enhance academic supports and address barriers to attendance; Work in concert with program staff on the identification and development of program wide improvement efforts; Attend regularly schedule program wide meetings and contribute in the process of continuous improvement; Serve on committees; participate in college wide activities as requested; serve as a liaison with community organizations; Participate in at least 12 hours of professional development activities or 2.5% of total hours, whichever is greater; Align staff development goals with program initiatives; Work with program staff to implement policy and programmatic changes made by MWCC and funding source; Coordinate GED registration process with students and staff of the GED Test Center; Assist students in transition to concurrent and/or next steps in their education and career training experience; Follow up with students on goal achievement after they leave the program. Other duties as assigned by the Director.
Rate of Pay:
Actual Salary determined by applicable grant funding limits per collective bargaining agreement.
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Open Until Filled
Special Instructions to Applicants:
Candidates may be subject to employment screening to include both a Criminal Offender Record Information ( CORI ) request and a Sexual Offender Registry Information ( SORI ).
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