The Career & Academic Advisor is responsible for conducting career and academic planning programs for the SJFC student community on an individual and group basis within the Center for Career & Academic Planning. This position will also present outreach programming and workshops to students in classroom settings, residence halls, and student organizations as appropriate or as required by School-based programs. The Career & Academic Advisor serves as the primary point of student contact for integrated career and academic planning.
1.Counsel and advise students and alumni—from prospective student through graduation— individually and in groups, on issues related to planning an academic program, personal development, and identifying educational and career goals. Employ vocational assessment instruments where appropriate; assist students and alumni in the use of existing resources for learning about academic programs and careers of interest to them; assist with programs and services related to internships and employment, e.g., resume reviews, mock interviews, job search strategies. 2.Develop, coordinate, facilitate, and/or present academic planning, career development modules, special workshops, and seminars, e.g. choosing a major, resume development, identifying internship opportunities, negotiating a job offer, business etiquette. 3.Meet with prospective and admitted students and their parents/family members during appropriate campus programs, e.g., Open House, Orientation. 4.Provide information to students, alumni, and parents on specific programs, and make referrals where appropriate, for services offered either by the College or by outside organizations for the benefit of the individual. 5.Train faculty/staff advisors to recognize students’ concerns related to career and academic direction, graduate school options, and choice of major, and to make and follow up on referrals. 6.Coordinate, lead and/or participate in advising programs and courses serving specific sub-populations of students. Serve as content resource to Career Planning courses across all Schools. 7.Review and respond on a daily basis to case notes in CRM. 8.Serve as liaison and resource for academic Schools, departments, as assigned. 9.Prepare, organize, and maintain appropriate resources, reports and statistical summaries as needed. 10.Supervise and/or train student Peer Mentors as assigned. 11.Participate in professional development activities as required; serve on committees and at meetings as assigned. 12.Perform related duties as assigned.
Education / Experience:
1. Master’s degree in counseling, higher education administration, or related field required; 2. Career services/ academic advising experience preferred. 3. Understanding of career and student development theories preferred.
Competencies / Skills:
1. Excellent counseling, communication, presentation, and organizational skills 2. Ability to multi-task and prioritize work 3. Develop and implement innovative strategies and programming to expand meaningful outreach to students 4. Demonstrated ability to use online tools, e.g., Starfish, Handshake, Banner 5. Knowledge of best practices in career and academic advising 6. Ability to work effectively with internal (students, alumni, faculty and staff) and external (employers) stakeholders 7. Knowledge of career opportunities and graduation requirements for different programs of study
Supervision of Employees:
Physical and Mental Demands:
Physical Demands: Normal sitting, standing, and walking throughout the course of the day. Periods of extended computer usage. Requires dexterity and data entry skills. Mental Demands: Ability to think clearly amid changing priorities and circumstances. Maintain professional attitude and demeanor in difficult situations. Ability to multitask in an open, dynamic work environment. Exercise sound judgement. Maintain high level of confidentiality.
35 hours per week. Ability to work nontraditional work hours including evenings, holidays or weekends as needed.
It is the policy of St. John Fisher College to provide Equal Employment Opportunity to all employees and applicants for employment in accordance with the applicable federal, state, and local laws governing non-discrimination in employment in each locality in which the College has employees.
The College does not discriminate against applicants or employees in hiring, promotion, termination or the terms and conditions of employment on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, citizenship, age, disability, marital status, military status, veteran status, predisposing genetic, characteristics or genetic information, arrest or conviction record, status as a victim of domestic violence, or any other characteristic protected by law.
Internal Number: 1893
About St. John Fisher College
St. John Fisher College is an independent, liberal arts institution in the Catholic tradition of American higher education. The College emphasizes liberal learning for students in traditional academic disciplines, as well as for those in more directly career-oriented fields. We are committed to enriching the work, teaching and life experiences for all faculty and staff, in support of the College’s mission. Human Resources is dedicated to providing high quality service with a true sense of personal value for all faculty, staff and their families and consistently meeting or exceeding expectations in all human capital disciplines. Mission: St. John Fisher College is a collaborative community dedicated to teaching, learning, and scholarship in a student-centered educational environment. The College is guided by its liberal arts tradition and its Catholic heritage, as expressed in the motto of its founders, the Basilian Fathers: “teach me goodness, discipline, and knowledge.” Fisher engages individuals in lives of intellectual inquiry, professional integrity, and civic responsibility, where diversity and service to others are valued and practiced.