Academic Counselor/ Coordinator (UCP 7)

Storrs, CT
May 09, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
Job Title: Academic Counselor/ Coordinator (UCP 7)
Job ID: 2017568
Location: Storrs Campus
Full/Part Time:
Regular/Temporary: Regular

Job Posting

The Office of First Year Programs and Learning Communities (FYP & LC) offers an exciting menu of programs designed to assist students with their transition from high school to college, as well as aid in their persistence, success and retention at the University of Connecticut. Under the general direction of Director of Academic Support in the Office of First Year Programs & Learning Communities, the individual in this position coordinates services for undergraduate students seeking to improve academic performance, provides direct and group counseling service to students regarding academic performance, advises regarding appropriate educational and career direction, identifies and recommends additional resources and assists in the realization of a productive UConn experience. This position is responsible for various program components and the supervision of staff and student facilitators.

Duties and responsibilities include but are not limited to having day-to-day programmatic responsibility for UConn Connects – an academic intervention program for first and second year students on academic probation. Assist in the supervision of Academic Support Program staff such as UConn Connects and Master Coaches, Academic Achievement Center coaches, and student staff. Help students design process systems, i.e., specific strategies, techniques, self-regulation, and metacognitions that will allow them to achieve consistent, excellent academic performance. Assist in the recruitment and training of new UConn Connects facilitators – volunteer faculty, staff and students who work with students on academic probation, or those who want to improve their academic skills. Gathers relevant data, compiles data and information to create statistical and narrative reports and maintain appropriate computerized files and records. Integrate the UConn Connects program into Learning Communities especially those that have competitive GPA requirements for entry into majors, graduate schools or medical, pre-dental and law schools. Meet with students in a one on one environment to provide strategic academic counseling. Develop online curriculum units on self-regulatory strategies (e.g., study skills) to be used in FYE and general first year classes.

Academic Counselor/ Coordinator will also develop and implement specialized programs for gateway courses through the Academic Achievement Center, and UConn Connects and integrate programming with other academic support programs on campus. Train and support the extensive peer education/leadership component of FYP & LC including summer and winter intercession training before new semester's start. Monitor student progress and works closely with faculty and other University offices to identify and resolve problems. Responsible for Co- teaching a UConn Connects course each semester that trains and supports peer facilitators (currently HDFS 3080). Provide advising on issues negatively impacting academic performance. Participate in First Year Experience (FYE) courses and support other FYE instructors by providing class presentations on success strategies. Serve as a liaison between program and other University offices, external organizations and the public. Work closely with other offices and programs to foster academic success and retention. Represent the program or department and participate in events that requires occasional weekend, evening or irregular hours.

Minimum Qualifications
  1. Master's degree in Counseling or relevant field.
  2. Five (5) years of professional experience in counseling, coaching and/or advising students.
  3. Demonstrated experience in providing/administering academic support services and activities that support student growth, retention, persistence and graduation.
  4. Demonstrated ability to make exercise sound analytical judgment, evaluate information and produce reliable results.
  5. Ability to work without close supervision.
  6. Comprehensive knowledge of the program specialty area appropriate to department to be served, and proven ability to apply a range of concepts, techniques and practices to carry out program objectives.
  7. Experience working with diverse constituencies.
  8. Excellent communication, interpersonal skills, and counseling skills and ability to work effectively with administrators, faculty, staff, and students.
  9. Knowledge of diverse and unique student populations.
  10. Demonstrated ability to trouble shoot problems that interfere with students' academic progress and work effectively to resolve them.
  11. Demonstrated knowledge utilizing databases and Microsoft products including Excel.

Preferred Qualifications
  1. Licensed Professional Counselor.
  2. Demonstrated knowledge of change theories.
  3. Demonstrated knowledge of strategies, techniques, and metacognition necessary for intentional academic success.
  4. Experience with proven academic intervention methodologies (i.e. Supplemental instruction, peer tutoring).
  5. Knowledge or personality assessments such as MBTI, Strengths Quest, or DiSC
  6. Supervisory experience.

Appointment Terms

This is a full-time, permanent 12-month position. Salary will be commensurate with successful candidate's qualifications and experience. Position includes a comprehensive benefits package.

To Apply

Please upload a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three (3) professional references via The cover letter and/or resume should demonstrate how the applicant meets any, or all, of the posted qualifications for this position. Include the Search# 2017568 in all correspondence. Screening will begin immediately. Employment of the successful candidate is contingent upon the successful completion of a pre-employment criminal background check. (Search # 2017568)

This job posting is scheduled to be removed at 11:59 p.m. Eastern time on May 22, 2017

All employees are subject to adherence to the State Code of Ethics which may be found at

The University of Connecticut is committed to building and supporting a multicultural and diverse community of students, faculty and staff. The diversity of students, faculty and staff continues to increase, as does the number of honors students, valedictorians and salutatorians who consistently make UConn their top choice. More than 100 research centers and institutes serve the University's teaching, research, diversity, and outreach missions, leading to UConn's ranking as one of the nation's top research universities. UConn's faculty and staff are the critical link to fostering and expanding our vibrant, multicultural and diverse University community. As an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity employer, UConn encourages applications from women, veterans, people with disabilities and members of traditionally underrepresented populations.


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