Counselor/Learning Specialist -PLAN Program
Massasoit Community College - Brockton, MA

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The PLAN Counselor is responsible for implementing comprehensive counseling services to eligible participants. The counselor/learning specialist will be responsible for providing academic advising, guidance and support services to participants; developing and conducting financial literacy, career, study skills and other related workshops; providing subject matter tutoring; assisting participants with creating academic, degree and career plans; monitoring participant’s academic progress; and, work effectively with the TRiO SSS staff to meet the goals and objectives as stated in the approved grant proposal. This position is a part of the Massasoit TRiO Student Support Services Program which is funded by the U.S. Department of Education Title IV Grant. The Learning Specialist/Counselor position advocates for and provides advising and academic services to low-income, first-generation college students and/or students with disabilities to contribute to students’ successful persistence through college.

Specific job duties may include but not be limited to the following:

• Assist with identifying and selecting students to participate in the PLAN/TRiO SSS Program
• Provide academic advisement, transfer and personal counseling to participants
• Advise students regarding Financial Aid renewal, various components of federal, institutional, and other sources of financial aid. Instruct students on personal budget planning, monitor student completion of TRiO scholarship requirements.
• Assist participants in goal setting and developing an Educational Action Plan
• Conduct individual participant meetings each semester
• Assess participant academic and personal development needs
• Provide TRiO SSS students with subject matter tutoring
• Develop and conduct seminars and workshops in response to the participants’ need
• Provide information for the monthly student newsletter/calendar
• Serve as coordinator for the mentoring program
• Maintain accurate records on each participant
• Visit on a rotating basis four year transfer colleges and universities
• Establish and maintain a working relationship with faculty and staff
• Develop and maintain contact with other TRiO and non-TRiO programs, both on and off the MCC campus
• Assist in updating all forms, webpage and brochures
• Maintain knowledge of academic support and financial literacy resources
• Participate and assist with the planning of participant cultural events
• Serve on college committees
• Participate in appropriate training/professional development, including annual regional and/or state association conferences
• Collaborate with program staff in developing appropriate events, such as seminars, workshops, and other activities in relation to program (grant) objectives
• Responsible for completing and submitting monthly reports to the Director
• Assist in statistical data collection for grant preparation
• Other duties as assigned.

Master’s Degree in Counseling or related field required. Excellent oral and written communication with proven interpersonal skills. Strong computer skills, including use of internet, digital media, and presentation software. Experience in academic advisement/education and career planning. Ability to develop and facilitate workshops in areas such as but not limited to study skills and financial literacy. Demonstrate understanding of student development needs and the mission of TRiO programs. Counseling and/or student development theories and/or skills required. Ability to work effectively in a team environment; and work independently with little supervision.
Candidate may be assigned to any instructional site.

Additional Qualifications (Preferred):

Experience working with a TRiO Program or educational opportunity programs in a higher education setting; Knowledge of FERPA and related confidentiality guidelines preferred. Demonstrate knowledge of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and providing educational support services to individuals with disabilities. Experience working with students who are non-traditional and/or come from a disadvantaged background. Experience overcoming the challenges faced by low-income and/or first generation college students and students from underrepresented communities.

Additional Information:
MCC Unit position
Schedule: 37.5 hours per week, Monday through Friday, Full time benefitted position.
Salary: $50,786.00 to $65,000.00 per year. yearly. Commensurate with education and experience in conjunction with classification study .

Closing: January 31, 2013

Application Instructions:
Submit a cover letter outlining background and experiences as they relate to the position requirements and responsibilities, if applicable include an equivalency statement, a current resume, a list of three professional references with contact information.