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Job Standard for Career Counselor

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The statements on this job standard are intended to describe the general nature of the role and level of work being performed. They are not intended to represent an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required of the employee.

Career Counselor Overview

  • Person Group: Professional
  • Job Code: 75333
  • Pay Grade: P5
  • FLSA Status: Exempt
  • Career Level: Intermediate
  • Family: Student Services
  • Function: Career Planning & Placement


The primary role of this position helps students by counseling/coaching on career exploration, career planning, the job search, preparing and competing for experiential learning opportunities, professional employment, and graduate and professional school opportunities. The position also works with college faculty and administration to help embed careers.

Level Scope

Fully competent and productive professional contributor who applies acquired job skills, policies, and procedures to complete substantive assignments/projects/tasks of moderate scope and complexity.  Works independently with general supervision; exercises judgment within defined guidelines and practices to determine appropriate action.  May provide guidance and assistance to entry level professionals and/or support employees.

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree or equivalent plus 2 years experience.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Ability to relate to a diverse student population
  • High energy and ability to multitask
  • Strong communication skills and relationship building skills
  • Ability to problem solve and show initiative
  • Requires in-depth, current knowledge of employer hiring practices and preferences, computer literacy in using web and internet applications, and strong interview skills.

Essential Functions

Key Responsibilities

60% of Time the Career Counselor must:

  • Provide counseling, coaching, and facilitation of 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.
  • Engages students in career exploration early and throughout their academic career.
  • Promote experiential learning opportunities with the goal of transforming the students’ university experience.
  • 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.

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

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.