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Graduate Student Counselor

Categories: Mid Atlantic Region 2


School of Public Affairs and Administration


Rutgers University

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Position Description

Rutgers University-Newark, an urban public research university and anchor institution, located in Newark, New Jersey, a city of promise, is seeking a Student Counselor. Reports to the Assistant Dean for Graduate Programs in the School of Public Affairs and Administration.


  • Provides academic advising and counseling to graduate students, assists them with problem solving, and teaches students to advocate for themselves.
  • Establishes and maintains productive contacts with assigned students, counseling, facilitating declaration of major, progress toward graduation, and successful career and/or professional development for them.
  • Manages the incomplete grade, independent study and internship process for graduate students. This process includes, but is not limited to, updating and providing the incomplete grade form, educating faculty on the policies, and completing the manual process of ensure the work was completed on time, entering grades on to the student transcript, and notifying the student of the grade change.
  • Performs outreach, identifying and growing opportunities and marketing, and preparing students for success.
  • Develops relationships with faculty and other departments and contributes to transcript evaluation, graduation certification, commencement activities, major/minor fair, website and social media maintenance, and any other special events or duties as needed.
  • Assists, impacts, influences, and counsels a large number of students.
  • A team member in a fast-paced, deadline-driven, customer service-focused environment.
  • Duties are performed in a manner that furthers the mission of SPAA, and RU-N and contributes to strategic goals.

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Required Qualifications

  • Requires a bachelor's degree in public administration, student counseling, college student personnel, psychology, social work, education, higher education administration, or related field; or the equivalent combination of education and/or experience that demonstrates knowledge and understanding of new student transition education for non-traditional student populations, student development and counseling theories and applications, and workshop design and presentation;
  • plus two years relevant experience in counseling, providing academic advisement, and conducting workshops for diverse populations, that includes life experience sufficient to advise and mentor others
  • Requires effective communication, interpersonal, and organizational skills; computer literacy; and the ability to work nights and weekends, if needed.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master's prefer. communication skills (both oral and written) and exceptional interpersonal skills.