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Counsels individual students, especially first-year students and students undecided in their major, to help them plan their programs of study and to maximize their academic potential. Responsibilities include helping in the delivery, development, and implementation of effective academic counseling services as well as informational and academic advisor training programs and materials. The Academic Counselor works with special population students during and beyond the first academic year: This includes students in selected pre-major programs, Texas Success Initiative (TSI) responsible students, Conditionally Admitted students (ABR), and students identified as academically at-risk including First Year Probation (FYP), readmission, and suspension students. Additionally, the Academic Counselor will work with students who need to re-evaluate their Major or degree program choices and may need intervention and/or referral to campus services. The Academic Counselor works directly with the Academic Counselor Coordinator, and may also work with the Student-Athlete Program Coordinator, when working with student-athletes. An Academic Counselor is required to maintain an active liaisonship with assigned academic areas. The Academic Counselor will participate in high school outreach programs and relevant program presentations. Reports to the Director of the Academic Success Center.
Works primarily with students to provide academic counseling and develop academic study plans in compliance with degree program requirements and/or NCAA guidelines, when working with student-athletes. Collaborates with academic departments to coordinate advising services for students. Participates in program assessments, training, and professional development workshops; maintains complete and accurate records; develops and participates in informational presentations during orientation and other relevant university sponsored events. May facilitate academic success services such as First Year Probation and TSI academic counseling, transitioning to academic programs, grade-checks, and study hours for student-athletes. Performs other duties as assigned by the ASC Director.
A minimum of two years of academic experience in higher education preferred. Previous experience in counseling preferred. Should also be experienced in the use of computer software programs such as Word, Excel, and Outlook and familiarity with Banner or similar student Information systems preferred.
Should have a general knowledge of the University's core curriculum and degree requirements of the various academic programs. Knowledge of NCAA rules preferred.
Must have a demonstrated interest in working with and assisting students. Have excellent communication and organizational skills. Must have the ability to learn, interpret and apply detailed academic requirements to the needs of individual students. Be able to participate in training workshops and other professional activities. *Regular reliable attendance is required. *This position is designated as security sensitive and requires a criminal background check.