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Academic Counselor

Categories: Mid South Region 3


Student Support Services


West Virginia University

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Position Description

The Student Support Services Department in the division of University Advising is seeking applications for a Counselor II position. This position is responsible for providing professional career, personal, guidance or academic counseling to students who are from first-generation backgrounds, economically disadvantaged backgrounds or who possess learning or physical disabilities. This position will also oversee the mentoring component of the Student Support Services/TRIO Program.


  • Provide personal advising, academic counseling and coaching to the student participates.
  • Establish and maintain frequent contacts with program participants in order to ensure they make the transition necessary to adjust academically, socially, and culturally to college.
  • Develop individual success plans for student participants that involve and address goal setting, academic advising issues, counseling, cultural and social events, tutoring, graduate school preparation, financial aid and major/career decision-making.
  • Serve as an advocate for students with sensitive issues across campus and throughout the community.
  • Serve as a liaison with the Office of Financial Aid, Career Services, Accessibility Services, the Carruth Center for Counseling, and the Mountaineer HUB.
  • Coordinate a peer mentoring program, including recruiting, selecting, hiring, training and supervising peer mentors.
  • Maintain a budget and provide oversight for all costs and expenditures for the mentorship program.
  • Design program, including course, service activities and mentoring services.
  • Oversee the SSS/TRIO Service Learning course and match peer mentors to course sections.
  • Work with the Center for Service and Learning to work through course details and community service placement arrangements.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

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Required Qualifications

  1. Master's degree in counseling, social work, education, administration or related field is required
  2. An equivalent combination of education and experience may also be considered
  3. At least one (1) year of experience in each of the following is required:
    • Professional work in higher education
    • Work with college students
    • Group/public presentations and/or teaching
  4. At least one (1) year of experience with financial aid policies preferred

Preferred Qualifications