Academic Counselor

Posted in , on 05/22/2013

University of California - Berkeley

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Berkeley, CA

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Departmental Overview
UC Berkeley is looking for a highly talented individual to serve as an academic counselor in the Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) with responsibility for independently developing and administering complex programs and providing holistic counseling to “at risk” student populations.

EOP and the Transfer, Re-entry, and Student Parent Center comprise the Centers for Educational Equity and Excellence (CE3). These units provide multi-format programs and services to priority student populations to ensure their successful transition into the academy, their academic success, graduation, and transition to graduate programs and careers.

The students served by the centers are low income, first generation college students, historically underrepresented students, and non-traditional students including transfer students, re-entry students, student parents, veteran students, students who are former foster youth, emerging student populations such as international and immigrant students, and other student groups that may be at a higher risk of experiencing transitional challenges and/or academic difficulty.

Specific services within EOP include complex cross-cultural programs, projects and multiple service components to “at risk” student populations including:  solution-focused and holistic counseling and advising model; the EOP Program; Graduate Student Counselor Internship Program; Academic Probation Project; Peer Academic Counseling; and other student-focused programs and events.

Academic Counseling:  Handles most complex/sensitive multicultural, academic counseling across disciplines and colleges/schools to “at risk” populations. Incorporating a variety of theoretical approaches, the incumbent manages a caseload of students from post-admission through graduation.

Program Design, Implementation and Evaluation:  Plans, develops, and administers specialized and complex programs and projects that are designed to enhance student success; establishes short- and long-term program goals and objectives; manages program funds.

Management, Group Training and Facilitation: Manages the unit’s graduate counselor internship training and development program/project.  Develops curriculum for innovative academic and personal development seminars/courses; teaches undergraduate transitional courses. Conducts informational workshops on the needs and experience of underserved populations campus wide and at conferences, symposia, and colloquiums within Higher Ed jobs.

Required Qualifications
•Master’s in Counseling or Educational Psychology, or Master’s degree in related field with five years of  work experience in a higher education counseling setting.
•Demonstrated counseling and advising skills, working in direct student service programs in a higher education setting.
•Demonstrated competencies and advanced knowledge in theories of multicultural counseling, learning, identity development, human and career development.
•Knowledge and experience in working with historically underrepresented ethnic minority communities, first generation college students.
•Knowledge in the methodologies used to enhance student achievement, such as collaborative teaching/learning models, strategies for effective counseling and peer mentoring, small group facilitation and training, coaching, mentoring and advocacy.
•Extensive experience in multicultural competencies, and personal and academic crisis intervention; working with students to assist in clarification of ethics and values.
•Knowledge of and experience in conflict management and intervention strategies.
•Advanced experience in group dynamics, facilitation, and training; comprehensive assessment of academic preparation and personal competencies.
•Advanced experience in planning, developing, and administering enrichment programs/projects, academic and personal development seminars, courses, and workshops.
•Experience in establishing and implementing short and long-term program goals and objectives and administering evaluative instruments for measuring program effectiveness.
•Knowledge and experience in managing funds designated for special programs.
•Knowledge and experience in researching, compiling and analyzing data, and generating reports.
Preferred Qualifications
•Knowledge of academic curricula; strong knowledge of campus climate structure/organizations, and culture.
•Knowledge of UC Berkeley student information systems (Bear Facts, MyFinAid, CARS, DARS, myBerkeleyapplication,).
•Knowledge of University requirements, policies and procedures, including policies on handling student records and confidential documents.

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Salary & Benefits
$57,000 – $61,000 annually, plus benefits

For information on the comprehensive benefits package offered by the University visit:

How to Apply
Please submit your cover letter and resume as a single attachment when applying (do not attach zip files).
Criminal Background Check
This position has been designated as sensitive and may require a Criminal Background Check. We reserve the right to make employment contingent upon successful completion of a Criminal Background Check.
Equal Employment Opportunity
The University of California, Berkeley is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.

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