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FT Director of Counseling and Advising

Cochise College
Sierra Vista, Arizona
Up to $78,143 per year + Benefits
Posted Date
Jun 30, 2022

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Position Type
Administrative, Student Affairs, Academic Advising & Academic Support Services
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time
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Position Summary: The Director of Counseling and Advising is responsible for the planning, developing and implementation of academic and career counseling and advising services, promoting student retention, academic success, and career development of students while supporting the vision, mission, and values of the college. 

This position is OPEN UNTIL FILLED with applications being reviewed as received.

Essential Functions: As defined under the Americans with Disabilities Act, may include any of the following tasks, knowledge, skills, and other characteristics. This list is ILLUSTRATIVE ONLY, and is not a comprehensive listing of all functions and tasks performed by incumbents of this class.


Note: Cochise College requires a post offer, pre-employment background screening of all employees.


Duties and Responsibilities: Within the scope of college policies and procedures, this position:

Provides strategic and effective leadership and accountability for the district-wide delivery of high-quality and high-impact academic and career advising services, including academic planning; transfer and career exploration and planning services, and for monitoring academic progress, assisting with support interventions and providing resource referrals as needed

Designs, develops, implements and maintains a holistic case managed service delivery model in support of student development and success 

Builds and maintains collaborative and productive partnerships across the college, including but not limited to academics, registration and records, financial aid, testing services, and accessibility services, in order to integrate the planning and execution of holistic, proactive, and seamless delivery of student services

Manages department staff, including hiring, onboarding, performance management and evaluation, general supervision and mentoring, with a focus on holistic advising, student success and completion; manages allocation of duties, training, and problem resolution; evaluates staff performance and makes recommendations for personnel actions; develops and conducts student success assessments; works in collaboration with the Vice President of Student Services on special projects as assigned

Oversees, analyzes, and makes budget decisions in alignment with college policy, mission, and priorities; participates in future budget development processes involving staffing and operations; reviews expenditures for approval and implements budgetary adjustments as appropriate

Participates in student outreach programs, student orientation, and other developmental activities coordinated by the department; attends career fairs, commencement ceremonies, convocation, and professional development activities

Collaborates with other college departments to develop and disseminate printed, social media, and web content regarding registration policies and procedures, degree requirements, graduation, cross-enrollment, and other enrollment initiatives

Serves on CARES Team; provides crisis intervention support and refers students to community agencies for personal counseling as needed; counsels students on academic policies, including warning, probation/suspension

Collaborates with the Office of Accessibility Services to develop student schedules; serves as the Designated School Official for international students ensuring compliance with F1 Visa status and providing counseling and advising services as needed


Performs other related duties as assigned



Education and Experience Requirements: 

Master’s degree in student development, counseling or a related field from a regionally accredited institution of higher learning recognized by the US Department of Education

Four years related professional experience, preferably in a higher education setting

An equivalent combination of education and/or experience from which comparable knowledge, skills and abilities have been achieved may be considered


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Commitment to the community college mission

High level of personal integrity and professionalism

Knowledge of and ability to follow college policies and procedures

Knowledge of current technologies and word processing, database, presentation, and spreadsheet software, specifically Microsoft Office applications

Knowledge of educational advising, tutoring and test administration, principles, practices, techniques and    theory 

Knowledge of student success services development and implementation 

Knowledge of student resources, referrals and services

Knowledge of management practices and principles

Skill in listening to issues, synthesizing information, and reaching sound conclusions

Skill in presenting ideas and concepts orally and in writing

Skill establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with other department staff, faculty, students and the public

Skill in supervisory practices and techniques

Ability to communicate effectively, verbally and in writing, and to relate to others in a professional, helpful manner

Ability to relate to a diverse population and to maintain composure when faced with difficult situations

Ability to multi-task and organize, prioritize, and follow multiple projects and tasks through to completion with an attention to detail

Ability to work independently while contributing to team environment

Ability to effectively identify, analyze and resolve problems, to use independent judgment and decision-making processes to take appropriate action, and to maintain strict confidentiality related to sensitive information

Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with other department staff, faculty, students and the public


Work EnvironmentWork is primarily performed under limited supervision in an office setting with appropriate climate controls. Travel is required. Early morning, evening, and weekend work may be required.

Physical Requirements: Essential functions of this position require: lifting, manual dexterity, ability to communicate.

Sedentary Work: Exerting up to 10 pounds of force occasionally and/or a negligible amount of force frequently or constantly to lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise move objects, including the human body; involves sitting majority of time; walking and standing are required only occasionally and all other sedentary criteria are met


Mental Application:  Utilizes memory for details, verbal instructions, emotional stability, critical thinking, adaptability and creative problem-solving skills are important


Reports to:  Vice President of Student Services

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