Multicultural Retention Counselor

Ogden, Utah
Oct 05, 2018
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

The following statements are intended to describe, in broad terms, the general functions and responsibility levels characteristic of positions assigned to this classification. They should not be viewed as an exhaustive list of the specific duties and prerequisites applicable to individual positions that have been so classified. The Multicultural Retention Counselor(s) serves as a primary contact for ethnic minority, first-generation and other underrepresented student groups. In one-on-one and cohort settings, the counselor guides students through their educational experience, helping them overcome roadblocks and various barriers by connecting students to campus and community programs and services as well as social resources and engagement opportunities including clubs and student activities. This position will focus on African American students (advise student groups like Black Scholars United-BSU). This position helps underrepresented students reach their academic goals by providing direct support services specifically to the African American student population.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Counseling, Educational Leadership, Student Affairs, Social Work, Education, Cultural Studies, or a related field.
  • Two years of demonstrated experience with the educational needs and student development of specific college-aged groups: English Language Learners, first-generation, low-income, scholars, and other underrepresented student groups. Primary emphasis will focus on African American populations.
  • Seeking applicants with the following knowledge, skills, and abilities:
  • Ability to engage a diverse group of students, colleagues and stakeholders; sensitive to the needs of diverse student populations, such as LGBT, LEAP/ESL, non-traditional, students with disabilities, student-athletes, and other groups is a necessity.
  • Ability to balance the institution’s policies and interests with the needs of students.
  • Ability to interpret student needs and determine when referral to other University resources is appropriate.
  • Embrace rapid change and develop new solutions to meet evolving student needs.
  • Effective oral, written, interpersonal communication skills and organizational skills; listening, record keeping, and information management; ability to prioritize tasks; meet deadlines; and successfully handle multiple projects concurrently.
  • Ability to work independently, analyze and make decisions related to program content.

Preferred Qualifications include:

  • Master’s degree in Higher Education Administration, Counseling, Educational Leadership, Student Affairs, Social Work, Education, Cultural Studies, or a related field.
  • Proven ability to build relationships across campus from administrative to academic areas and collaborate successfully with campus and community partners to facilitate student retention.
  • Engage with departmental, program or academic advisors to gain a working knowledge of program requirements to consider when assisting students in connecting with University resources and opportunities.
  • Knowledge of student development theory/practice and assessment/interpretation strongly preferred.
  • Demonstrate initiative, creativity, and collaboration.

To apply, please complete the online application at and attach a cover letter, current resume, proof of educational degree(s), and the names and contact information for three professional references.
Additionally, candidates should provide one letter of recommendation from a previous or current supervisor. Screening of applications will begin October 18, 2018. Position will remain open until filled.
Criminal background check required as a condition of employment.