Academic Counselor

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UNT System Overview:

Welcome to the University of North Texas System, or UNT World as we like to call ourselves. UNT World includes the University of North Texas in Denton, the University of North Texas at Dallas and the University of North Texas Health Science Center in Fort Worth. We are the only university system based exclusively in the robust Dallas-Fort Worth region and we are committed to transforming lives and creating economic opportunity through education. Over the past decade, combined UNTS enrollment has grown by more than 25 percent to nearly 44,000 students.

Posting Title:

Academic Counselor


UNT-COS - Student Services-124120

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Salary Information:

Salary commensurate with experience

Department Summary:

The University of North Texas (UNT) is a Carnegie R1 research university and a federally designated Hispanic-Serving Institution and Minority-Serving Institution, with a diverse population of over 40,000 students. UNT is located in Denton, a cultural hot spot on the northern edge of the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, one of the fastest growing metropolitan areas in the country.

The College of Science at the University of North Texas consists of the Departments of Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Mathematics and Physics and the interdisciplinary programs Teach North Texas, BioDiscovery Institute, Advanced Environmental Research Institute, and Interdisciplinary Program in Applied and Computational Science. The college offers Bachelor’s, Master’s, and PhD degrees in science and mathematics, currently serving more than 4,000 majors. Our faculty are world-class researchers in science and mathematics, and the college faculty and staff work together to provide excellent support to our students in their academic education and professional development.

The mission of the College of Science is to provide a supportive, inclusive, and collaborative environment for students, faculty, and staff, integrating a contemporary education in science with the pursuit of research at the forefront of the natural and mathematical sciences. The College of Science Advising Center is committed to improving student learning outcomes and student success as our student population becomes ever more diverse and adapts to a changing world.

Position Overview:

The COS – Student Services Department at the University of North Texas is seeking to hire an Academic Counselor to join our team. Responsibilities of the position include, but are not limited to: * Provide advanced academic and career advising services to students in the College of Science Advising Center. * Assist with retention and advising strategies related to science students, particularly with regards to college engagement and career development . * Responsible for advising students on degree/program requirements and course scheduling. * Maintains and updates student status records, transcript evaluations, degree plan audits, and graduation applications. * Advises students regarding University requirements and individual program requirements including applicability of transfer credits in a timely and professional manner. * Implements student success and retention initiatives * May assist with recruitment and other campus-related events and initiatives. * Confers with faculty or administrators with regard to academic policy issues, such as acceptable course substitutions for a particular degree. * Prepares and updates degree audits, student records using advising technology. * Receives and processes applications for graduation. * Partners effectively with campus resources to make appropriate referrals. * Develops and delivers presentations to on-campus and off-campus groups regarding procedures and program requirements. * Assists with graduation exercises or special events.

Minimum Qualifications:

Master’s Degree and two years of experience in student affairs, student services, counseling, professional academic advising, or related experience.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

• Considerable knowledge of University policies and procedures related to functional area (or ability to rapidly assimilate). • Current knowledge of student development and counseling theory. • Strong presentation, problem solving, and critical thinking skills. • Strong counseling skills including career development and group facilitation. • Ability to communicate effectively with diverse populations verbally and in writing. • Ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships. • Ability to work independently. • Remains active in professional development.

Preferred Qualifications:

The preferred candidate will possess the following additional qualifications:

  • Advanced experience in higher education.
  • Knowledge of university policies and procedures.

Work Schedule:

Monday-Friday 8am to 5pm; occasional work on evenings and weekends

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Security Sensitive:

This is a security sensitive position

EEO Statement:

The University of North Texas System and its component institutions are committed to equal opportunity and comply with all applicable federal and state laws regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action. The University of North Texas System and its component institutions do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, religion, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, or veteran status in its application and admission processes, educational programs and activities, and employment practices.

Classification Title:

Academic Counselor


Performs accurate advising work in the College of Science regarding individual degree requirements and relevant academic policies for specified and targeted undergraduate populations


Maintains, updates, and edits degree audits and other student records through the university systems and advising technology, including graduation applications


Confers with faculty and/or administrators with regard to transferability of credit and academic policy issues


Documents advising appointments and student interactions in the advising software and provides follow up with students, as needed


Counsels students, as necessary, on best degree and career matches, college transition challenges, and other issues related to overall student success


Manages programs and initiatives to increase student persistence and graduation rates


Coordinate special programs at the college and university level such as orientation, commencement, recruitment events, and other activities


Builds and maintains strong relationships with on and off campus partners to improve student service


Promotes good will and quality customer service to students and is effective in handling a variety of student situations


Maintains cordial and professional attitude within office, college, university, and community

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Job No:
Posted: 4/3/2021
Application Due: 4/10/2021
Work Type: Full Time