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The Academic Counselor advises students experiencing academic difficulty regarding college policies, procedures, and options available to assist them in reaching their academic goals and return or maintain Good Academic Standing. This person advises students regarding the implications of academic warning, probation, continued probation, and suspension status. Emphasis is placed on helping the student find academic success and encouraging retention. Duties include coaching and mentoring students, explaining policies, making referrals, maintaining records, interpreting career/interest and personality assessments, dealing with a variety of academic standards issues, developing and facilitating academic workshops, and coordinating with faculty, staff, and other departments on campus. In addition, this position includes preparing statistical reports as needed. This person will also be required to represent the department on various projects, committees, and meetings as assigned by the director.
Graduation from an accredited institution with a master’s degree in Counseling & Guidance, Educational Psychology, Social Work, or related Social Science field and two years of full time professional employment related to the Summary of Duties.
Graduation from a regionally accredited institution with a master’s degree in Counseling and Guidance, Educational Psychology, Behavioral Science, Student Development, Education, or a closely related field AND two years full-time paid experience related to the summary of duties.
Knowledge of psychosocial interviewing and counseling/coaching techniques. Knowledge of pedagogy in developmental education. Knowledge of, and ability to administer and interpret MBTI, STRONG, STRENGTHS and other psychological tests.
Knowledge and experience with theory and practice related to adult learning, study strategies, learning disabilities, advising, counseling, and student development
Knowledge of student development and the ability to assist students in developing effective academic strategies that align with their life goals in order to promote student retention and academic success
Understanding of, and commitment to, UVU’s mission and strategic directions.
Strong skills in the use of computers, Microsoft Word and Excel programs, email, academic, and office software platforms (BANNER) as applied to management of student records, report preparation, and related activities.
Strong interpersonal verbal and written communication skills, including various electronic media, telephone, facsimile, e-mail and presentation tools.
Ability to gather data regarding student academic standing, compile information, and prepare reports.
Ability to creatively and independently problem solve by prioritizing, organizing, and multitasking during peak times while maintaining flexibility to address urgent concerns.
Ability to respectively serve and appreciate individuals with diverse personalities and backgrounds.
Ability to work in a team environment and represent the department in various functions using public speaking and group presentation skills.
Ability to develop and implement a variety of support systems, programs, and initiatives related to student success
Ability to be self-directed and complete tasks without supervision
Please list a minimum of three contacts. References may be contacted at some point during the screening and selection process.
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