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Job Standard for Career Counselor, Associate

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Career Counselor, Associate Overview

  • Person Group: Professional
  • Job Code: 75334
  • Pay Grade: P4
  • FLSA Status: Exempt
  • Career Level: Associate
  • Family: Student Services
  • Function: Career Planning & Placement


This position advises students on career decision-making, planning, and job search assistance.

Level Scope

Entry-level professional with limited or no prior experience to contribute on a project or work team. Incumbent learns to use professional concepts to resolve problems of limited scope and complexity under close supervision while achieving day-to-day objectives. Works on developmental assignments that are initially routine in nature, requiring limited judgment and decision making. This level is typically focused on self development. Requires theoretical knowledge through specific education and training.

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree or relevant professional experience.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Knowledge of student development and career development theories and practices
  • Strong communication, presentation, marketing, and organizational skills
  • Strong team building and relationship building skills; ability to work collaboratively with others

Essential Functions

Key Responsibilities

60% of Time the Career Counselor must:

  • Conducts individual and group/class sessions with student and alumni providing interest and skill assessment, values clarification, career opportunity/trend information, and advising.
  • Advises and teaches students and alumni on resumes, cover letters, applications, job search techniques, interviewing skills, networking, internet usage, employer research, graduate/professional school research and application, and evaluation of job offers.
  • Acts as a liaison to a designated college and/or campus organization and its students.
  • Provide classroom and non-classroom presentations regarding the center’s services, the career development process, or job search skills
  • Work collaboratively with faculty and staff to improve student career opportunities
  • Develop strategies for students to successfully secure employment

35% of Time the Career Counselor

  • Determined by department needs

5% of Time the Career Counselor

  • Perform other duties as assigned

Work Environment and Physical Demands

Some positions may involve frequent bending, moving, lifting, and carrying material weighing up to 50 pounds; some positions may involve moving, lifting, and carrying material weighing up to 70 pounds; standing up to eight hours each day; working in all weather conditions; exposure to high noise levels and require wearing hearing protection.

Travel Requirement

Not applicable for Career Counselor, Associate

Career Path

Career Counselor

Additional training/education or equivalent experience, as well as business need, are required for movement into higher level jobs.


Incumbent must perform the essential duties and responsibilities with or without reasonable accommodation. The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work. Final employment offers are contingent upon a Final Candidate’s successful completion of a Background Verification, and a determination by the University that the information derived from the Background Verification does not disqualify the individual. In addition, a Financial History Check and Motor Vehicle Record (MVR) Check may be required.