Academic Counselor, Advisement and Career Planning

Massachusetts, United States
Salary Not Specified
Sep 16, 2020
Employment Type
Part Time
About Cape Cod Community College:

Cape Cod Community College is a place of personal discovery, enrichment, and professional development for those just beginning the quest and for those at many points along the path of higher education throughout life. It is a caring, comprehensive institution that belongs to the people it serves and responds to their individual and community needs. Students attending Cape Cod Community College are striving for personal excellence, and are finding it, day after day. Graduates of the College can be found in all levels of private business, the professions, and public service, and they excel at what they do.

For students seeking to lay a foundation for further study, there is no better place to begin than at Cape Cod Community College. In today's highly competitive market place, the well prepared transfer student is the most aggressively recruited person in higher education. For many Cape Cod Community College graduates, that Associate Degree opens the door to institutions that were just not an option after high school. And, when you consider the savings in the overall cost of a four-year degree at either a public or a private university, starting at Cape Cod Community College becomes an incredible bargain that blends quality with unmatched value.

The students' education is the first priority at Cape Cod Community College. As a learning-centered community, we value the contributions of a diverse population, welcome open inquiry, and promote mutual respect. The College offers a strong educational foundation of critical and creative thinking, communication competency, and a global, multicultural perspective that prepares students for life and work in the 21st century. Our liberal arts, sciences, and career programs provide educational pathways that serve the varied social, economic, and demographic characteristics of our community with a distinctive focus on sustainability. We honor our past, celebrate our present and imagine our future.

Job Description:


The Academic Counselor for the Advantage/TRiO Student Support Services Program provides academic advising, including counseling to students with personal, career, and academic difficulties.


  1. Conduct proactive (intrusive) counseling services to program participants, assisting with course selection, registration, financial aid, academic counseling, transfer and career planning, and personal issues.
  2. Create an academic/graduation plan with each assigned advisee/participant.
  3. Regularly monitor and act upon the academic progress of participants.
  4. Assess students' needs and assist students in obtaining developmental tutoring assistance.
  5. Maintain and update student confidential records.
  6. Assist in planning and implementing all program events.
  7. Counsel and educate students on financial and economic literacy, including financial planning for postsecondary education.
  8. Communicate and liaise with other departments, staff and faculty.
  9. Administer and interpret career assessment tests.
  10. Coordinate career exploration activities.
  11. Participate in the identification and selection of students for the Student Support Services Program.
  12. Write articles for program newsletter.
  13. Make referrals and maintain liaisons with appropriate college staff, and public and private social services and health agencies.
  14. Supervise and provide training for the Advantage Peer Mentors program.
  15. Assist in developing and conducting follow-up studies to track student retention, transfers, career choices, and prepare data for annual report.
  16. Participate in the planning and implementation of all matters pertaining to meeting program objectives.
  17. Assist in preparation of Annual Performance Report to the U.S. Department of Education.
  18. Other duties as assigned.



  1. Master's degree in developmental education, education, counseling, student services, or a related field.
  2. One year of experience providing personal, transfer, academic, or career advising, or equivalent.
  3. Demonstrated strong communication and interpersonal skills.


  1. Extensive counseling background, preferably with low-income adults and marginalized communities.
  2. Experience advising community college students; prior work experience with TRIO/SSS programs desirable.
  3. Experience in the administration and interpretation of assessment and diagnostic instruments such as FOCUS, MBTI, and O*NET Interest Profiler.
  4. Demonstrated ability to coordinate and conduct workshops on academic and life skills.

Additional Information:

COMPENSATION : 19 hours per week, $30.03 per hour; appointment through August 31, 2021 (extended annually pending funding). Grant funded, Benefited. MCCC Unit Professional Position.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Immediate need; applications reviewed upon receipt.

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This appointment is subject to grant funding and the FY 2021 budget appropriations.

Appointment subject to SORI (Sex Offender Registry Information), publicly-accessible Massachusetts CORI (Criminal Offender Record Information) and national background checks.

Cape Cod Community College is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, religion, age, veteran status, genetic information, gender identity or sexual orientation in its programs and activities as required by Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and other applicable statues and College policies. The College prohibits sexual harassment, including sexual violence. Inquiries or complaints concerning discrimination, harassment, retaliation or sexual violence shall be referred to the College's Affirmative Action/Title IX Coordinator, the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination, the Equal Employment Opportunities Commission or the United States Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights.

Application Instructions:


Begin the online application process by going to the APPLY NOW link. During the process you will be given an opportunity to upload required documents : a cover letter addressing how you meet the minimum requirements of the position and resume (failure to submit requested documents may result in disqualification). Please note that finalist candidates will be asked to provide three current professional letters of reference and transcripts.

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