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Counselor of the Academic Excellence and Student Performance (AESP) Program

Fisk University
Tennessee, United States
Competitive Salary
Posted date
Sep 22, 2021

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Position Type
Administrative, Student Affairs, Counseling
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Full Time
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Academic Excellence and Student Performance is responsible for the further development, implementation, and evaluation of the university-wide initiative to impact retention, persistence, and graduation rates at Fisk University. The AESP Counselor provides academic advisement and other intervention to enhance student performance. In addition, this position will serve as the Veterans Affairs Recruiter and will be responsible for recruiting veterans of all military branches, active military, military family members and civilians. This position will be based at our Clarksville, Tennessee campus.


  • Assist in identifying and/or selecting eligible students to participate in the Program
  • Provide individual and group advisement, including academic advising, financial literacy education, academic skills and study strategies, career exploration, and personal support.
  • Monitor students’ academic progress on an ongoing basis; recommends appropriate interventions to improve performance as needed and follows up to ensure that students are following through with recommended interventions.
  • Assist with the development and implementation of program activities which will aid participating students in their academic, career, and personal success.
  • Maintain up-to-date individual student records and reports; Assist with other data collection as required.
  • Coordinate and supervise the AESP peer mentor program.
  • Recruit Veterans to attend Fisk University.
  • Represent Fisk University while attending college fairs and events.
  • Assist with planning, organizing activities related to student veterans as directed by the Supervisor.



In addition to performance of the essential functions, this position may be required to perform a combination of the following supportive functions, with the percentage of time performing each function to be solely determined by the manager based upon the requirements of the University.

  • Prepare flyers for mass mailings, curricula reports, duplicate instructional materials, class handouts, forms for documentation of various program activities, contact notes and other materials for usage by participants.
  • Assist with data management, surveys, and program evaluation.
  • Assist with the preparation of annual reports, grant proposals and other documents
  • Maintain social media presence and monthly newsletter for communication and educational needs of participants.
  • Assist in organizing the scheduling of physical facilities, procurement of audio-visual aids, refreshments, and other materials, replication of materials and performance of necessary logistical or other tasks to ensure effective implementation of quality programming and activities.
  • Attend appropriate Student Success conferences and trainings (state, regional) and/or University meetings and trainings as assigned to promote continuous professional growth.
  • Serves as a professional resource to Fisk University Clarksville campus regarding helpful strategies for working with military students.
  • Collaborate with other program areas on activities to enhance the holistic wellbeing of student veterans and active military and their families.
  • Advise students regarding academic concerns, assists them to obtain support and /or resources by referrals to meet specific academic needs
  • Assist the Veteran Affairs Coordinator in assigned activities, promotional efforts and programs during the academic year.
  • Provide administration assistance duties as needed at Fisk University Clarksville campus and develop, prepare and present written reports
  • Assist and perform other job-related duties as assigned.
  • Must be detailed in documentation and follow-up and have time management skills


  • Three or more years of experience in counseling, academic advising and/or other student- centered activities.
  • Goal oriented and student centered.
  • Strong communication, oral, written and interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to develop and conduct presentations for a variety of audiences.
  • Grant writing and proposal development.
  • Energetic and enthusiastic personality.
  • Flexibility and able to travel periodically.
  • Ability to work beyond eight hours day and on weekends when needed.
  • Ability to work under pressure to meet deadlines.
  • Able to handle several complex tasks simultaneously.
  • Ability to work effectively in a team environment; and work independently with little supervision.
  • Knowledge of the academic setting and financial aid process.
  • Knowledge of diagnostic tests used to assess preparation for college study.
  • Knowledge and experience in provision of academic support to “at risk” students.
  • High proficiency in use of Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Publisher), CAMS, student databases (Blumen, Student Access)

Education: Bachelor’s degree in Counseling, Psychology. Education or a related field. Master’s degree preferred.


Experience: Minimum of three (3) years of experience in higher education providing direct services to students required.

Licenses or Certificates: N/A



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