Adjunct Counselor/Academic Counseling (CACSS)

Thompson & Bender - SUNY Westchester Community College
Valhalla, New York
$45.32 per hour
Posted Date
Aug 15, 2022

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Position Type
Administrative, Student Affairs, Counseling
Employment Level
Non-Tenured Track
Employment Type
Part Time

Responsibilities:  Under the general supervision of the Acting Director of The Center for Academic Counseling and Student Success, counselors engage students through effective enrollment and case management interventions and provide service to the College. Counselors' responsibilities include:

Engage Students in Choosing a Career, Degree Program, and a Successful Outcome

  • Aid students with the selection of a career and curriculum, and advise students of their respective requirements
  • Help students identify a successful outcome (graduation, transfer with general requirement courses, transfer with degree, employment) and the requirements to achieve this goal
  • Support students with their educational and life skill planning, as well as plan development
  • Provide individualized academic counseling to students, virtually or in-person
  • Coordinate group advisements, when necessary 
  • Discuss transfer and employment opportunities with students

Engage Students in Establishing Successful Behaviors & Monitor their Progress

  • Connect students to different resources, on and off-campus, depending on the student's need (i.e., tutoring, personal counseling, financial resources, veterans' affairs, benefits access, etc.)
  • Offer students support, so they adapt to the college environment and expectations
  • Assist with the coordination and implementation of retention strategies to promote student success
  • Help create specific retention strategies for students who are academically at risk
  • Provide intrusive intervention for all students
  • Report and discuss students' academic and personal concerns with appropriate college officials in keeping with compliance requirements and ethical, professional judgment
  • Monitor student progress by assessing credit accumulation and credits counted towards the degree program, as well as leveraging early alert warning systems

Provide Outstanding Service to the College

  • Maintain confidentiality of student information according to FERPA
  • Assist with various campus reports
  • Attend appropriate meetings
  • Work collaboratively with the campus community while serving as a productive member of the Division of Student Access, Involvement, and Success.
  • Collaborate and communicate through effective, caring, and honest means
  • Lead by positive example and influence
  • Serve occasional evening & weekend hours and participate in student orientation programs and workshops.




Required Qualifications:  A Master's Degree in Guidance Counseling, Higher Education, Student Affairs, Psychology, Sociology, or a closely related field and two years of experience in admissions or guidance counseling is required. The successful candidate must also possess knowledge of college courses and programs, counseling techniques; experience in using interactive/community building software such as e-portfolios, Facebook, Zoom, and the ability to relate to community college students of traditional college-age as well as non-traditional students of various ages and diverse educational and socio-economic backgrounds.  Effective oral and written communication skills are required. The successful candidate will be able to relate well with students & colleagues and possess a deep desire to help students succeed.

Preferred Qualifications: Bilingual verbal and written fluency preferred. Experience using student information systems such as PeopleSoft and course managers such as Blackboard is desirable. Familiarity with higher education trends, especially those affecting the community college is desirable, as well as knowledge of the Guided Pathways model.


Additional Information:

Work Schedule: The work schedule is Monday through Friday and occasional weekends. Hours are between 9 am and 7 pm. Weekly hours vary with a maximum of 28 hours a week, depending on the time of the year. This is an in-person position.

Position Effective:  The position will remain open until filled.

Hourly Rate of Pay:  This is a grant-funded position.  $45.32 per hour.  No benefits.

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