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Career Counselor, Senior Overview

  • Person Group: Professional
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  • Pay Grade: P7
  • FLSA Status: Exempt
  • Career Level: Senior
  • Family: Student Services
  • Function: Career Planning & Placement


This position helps students by counseling/coaching on career exploration, planning and the job search preparing and competing for experiential learning opportunities, professional employment, and graduate and professional school opportunities. The position works with college faculty and administration to embed career related learning outcomes into the classroom, designing and managing out of classroom career education opportunities and programming. This position requires advanced knowledge of career counseling theories and practices, job search coaching, and job market knowledge.

Level Scope

Recognized subject matter expert who knows how to apply theory and put it into practice with in-depth understanding of the professional field with limited oversight from managers. Independently performs the full range of responsibilities within the function; requires deep job knowledge of area typically obtained through higher education combined with experience. Manages large projects or processes and problems faced are difficult and often complex; analyzes problems/issues of diverse scope and determines solutions. May manage programs that include formulating strategies and administering policies, processes, and resources; functions with a high degree of autonomy. Influences others regarding policies, practices and procedures. Typically hold a Bachelor’s or Advanced Degree and 5 years of professional experience or equivalent relevant experience.

Minimum Qualifications

Master’s degree plus 1 year experience.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Knowledge of career-development and student development theories and practices
  • Counseling – Knowledge, awareness, skills and experience related to providing individual, multi-person and group counseling; multicultural competence/humility, empathy, advance listening skills, problem solving, wide repertoire of intervention strategies, knowledge of ethical principles, mastery of personal and interpersonal and interpersonal dynamics, and assessment skills
  • Knowledge of employer recruiting strategies and policies, human resources, job market trends, and occupational, career and employment information sources
  • Strong writing, presentation, public speaking, and interpersonal skills
  • Experience working with and relating to a diverse student population
  • Demonstrated ability to build partnerships across a university campus
  • Ability to work independently and in groups
  • Ability to problem solve and show initiative
  • Ability to conduct business with attention to ethical considerations, University policies and procedures, employment law and accreditation guidelines
  • Excellent customer service skills
  • Highly self-motivated and directed with keen attention to detail and strong analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • Strong working knowledge of various modes of appointment and presentation delivery, including in-person, video conferencing, email, and phone.
  • Ability to train and develop new career counselors and help create professional development opportunities for the staff/team.

Essential Functions

Key Responsibilities

60% of Time the Career Counselor, Senior  must:

  • This position will deliver all the following services through remote means and with some alternative appointment times.
  • Provide subject matter expertise to counsel, coach, and facilitate career related one-on-one appointments, presentations, and workshops. This requires formal training in career counseling theory and practice, test assessment, and in-depth knowledge of career information and career trends.
  • Conducts individual and group/class sessions with students and alumni providing interest and skill assessment, values clarification, career opportunity/trend information, and counseling, which includes the facilitation of: increased self-knowledge, motivation to achieve success, ability to effectively use decision-making processes, ability to overcome barriers, and ability to establish and achieve goals.
  • Engages students in career exploration early and throughout their academic career
  • Promote experiential learning opportunities with the goal of transforming the students’ university experience.
  • Help students reflect on their academic career and be able to articulate their experiences to their respective audience.
  • Advise, teach, and prepare students and alumni individually and/or in workshops on resumes, cover letters, applications, job search techniques, interview skills, networking, internet usage, employer research, graduate/professional school research and application, and evaluation of job offers.
  • Provide ongoing feedback to students with respect to individual job search skills
  • Ensure accurate data entry and reporting of all activity into the career development database, including counseling notes and outreach career activity
  • Requires in-depth, current knowledge of employer hiring practices and preferences, computer literacy in using web and internet applications, and strong interview skills.

35% of Time the Career Counselor, Senior

Determined by department needs

5% of Time the Career Counselor, Senior

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, Senior

Career Path

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.