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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


This position helps students prepare and compete for experiential learning opportunities, professional employment, and graduate and professional school opportunities by working closely with college faculty and administration to embed career related learning outcomes into the classroom, designing and managing out of classroom career education opportunities, and through coaching/advising students on career exploration, planning and the job search.

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

Essential Functions

Key Responsibilities

60% of Time the Career Counselor must:

  • Review student resumes and cover letters and advise on strategies to enhance these documents based on most current trends
  • Conduct mock interviews and give productive and encouraging feedback in interview performance
  • Present multimedia presentations to small and large groups of students on unique career topics that may require research.
  • Collaborate with Academic Advising staff to coordinate new student orientation.
  • Assist with planning and coordinating large recruiting and networking events.
  • Develop relationships with new employers and foster relationships with existing employers/partners to become aware of workforce needs as well as to connect students with internship and job opportunities.
  • Assist with post-graduation employment outcome surveying, including cold calling graduates and compiling placement data.

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.