Academic Counselor/Specialist - TRIO

Support Transitions Into, Through, and Out of College | Plan and Implement Programs | Academic Advising

The Academic Counselor will work with students in TRIO Student Support Services to support the transitions into, through, and out of college for both traditional and transfer students. Responsibilities include planning and implementing programs and activities, academic advising, and counseling. Working with a wide variety of constituents is necessary; this will include students, faculty, staff, and outside vendors.  Additionally, the incumbent will be expected to work within the Franciscan values of the University.

This is a full-time 10-month position funded by a grant from the US Department of Education.


  • Advise students on an individual and group basis.
  • Counsel individual learners, working with them to aid in the development of both hard and soft skills.
  • Support students in developing a long-term plan for reaching their post college objectives.
  • Plan and publicize TRIO Student Support Services programs and events.
  • Partner with admissions to identify and serve eligible transfer students.
  • Plan and implement regular office activities and educational workshops.
  • Other duties may be assigned.


  • Master’s degree in counseling, education, human services, or similar program.
  • Two (2) years of experience working with college students-especially first generation and low income.
  • Experience with instruction and/or curriculum design.


  • Knowledge of student learning.
  • Awareness of and sensitivity to issues relating to diverse student body.
  • Reliability to maintain an established work schedule.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality of student information and work-related information.
  • Presentation skills to groups of various sizes.


Accomplished skills in typing, word processing, and spreadsheet management.  Familiarity with Outlook and other Microsoft software preferred.


The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 10 pounds.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.

Briar Cliff University is an equal opportunity employer. 

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