Program Director and Assistant Professor Counseling and Career Development, Tenure Track

Grand Rapids Community College
Grand Rapids, Michigan
Closing date
Aug 17, 2021

Job Details


Date: July 15, 2021

Position Title: Program Director and Assistant Professor Counseling and Career Development, Tenure Track

Department:  Counseling & Career Center

Job ID:   1177

Work Hours/ Schedule: 40 hours/week, 52 weeks/year

Compensation: $ 81,056 (Master’s Degree), $86,356 (Ph.D)

Start Date: Fall 2021

Reports to: Dean, Student Success and Retention

Posting Close Date: August 16, 2021


The primary functions of this position are to provide leadership and direction for the GRCC Counseling and Career Development program, clinical and outreach services to GRCC’s diverse student population, and consultation services to the campus community.

We are seeking an experienced counselor with strong demonstrated interest and experience in one or more of the following desired clinical and outreach areas: triage and crisis management, consultation and case management; suicide prevention; veteran student concerns; LGBTQ student concerns, International student concerns; career counseling; race/ethnicity; and disability needs.

Essential Job Functions

  • Providing assessment, evaluation and short-term counseling services for individual students.
  • Help students identify, evaluate, manage, resolve, and/or cope with emotional, social, academic, and career issues.
  • Providing group counseling services through groups that address a specific clinical issue or the needs of a particular population of students.
  • Develop and implement career exploration workshops, classroom presentations and resources with a focus on the undecided student population.
  • Providing outreach and clinical services that address the needs of the general student population as well as the needs of traditionally underserved populations.
  • Evaluating and managing psychological emergency, crisis and trauma response needs across campus.
  • Provide consultative service to faculty regarding concerns about students
  • Provide leadership for CCD day-to-day operations.
  • Monitor the student counseling and career development services to ensure a successful student experience.
  • Provide support to maintain and/or improve the CCD services.
  • Plan, prepare, and recommend faculty schedules.
  • Maintain appropriate service and student records for the department.
  • Coordinate and be responsible for meetings, appointments, and other CCD and college related initiatives.
  • Responsible for monitoring processes and/or improving procedures to ensure that quality and responsive counseling and career development services are being provided, along with fulfilling current federal and state regulations.
  • Attend and participate in meetings including but not limited to AGC and SSR leadership meetings, departmental meetings and college meetings as needed or requested.
  • Other duties as normally required of GRCC faculty members.
  • Other duties as assigned or requested by the Dean/Associate Dean of Student Success and Retention.



  • Master’s degree or higher in Counseling, Counselor Education, Social Work, or Psychology from a regionally accredited college/university required, doctoral degree in the same areas preferred.
  • Licensed Professional Counselor, Licensed Psychologist, Limited Licensed Psychologist, or Master’s Social Work License with clinical designation required

Work Experience

  • Minimum of 5 years counseling experience required.
  • Experience in higher education is highly preferred.
  • Progressive experience in administration and management preferred.

Equipment Use/Knowledge/Skills/Abilities

  • Use of electronic health record software for the timely completion of clinical records.
  • Use of a secure video conferencing platform to conduct tele-mental health appointments.

Physical Demands

  • Must be proficient in verbal, written, and interpersonal communication skills.
  • Project a professional image including punctuality and good attendance record.
  • Ability to ambulate around campus and sit for long periods and travel to off campus sites.

Mental Demands

  • Demonstrated understanding and strong commitment to diversity and inclusion.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with student-clients, program directors, agencies, concerned family members and the public as needed.
  • Excellent interpersonal, verbal, written and technology skills.
  • Ability to work under pressure while possessing mature judgment and flexibility in regards to interruptions.
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively with and respect diverse populations.
  • Demonstrated initiative and problem-solving abilities.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and demonstrated ability to work as part of a team.
  • Proven ability to provide excellent customer service to students and staff in a demanding work environment.
  • Ability to perform routine and unexpected duties with minimum supervision.
  • Pronounced interest in helping and supporting students, staff, and the general public.
  • Excellent organizational skills and the ability to prioritize and complete tasks in a timely manner.
  • Must use good judgment in handling sensitive or difficult situations in a compassionate and professional manner.

Working Conditions

  • Available to assist students during hours that the department is open including occasional weekend and evening hours (varies by semester).
  • Ability to work in a high traffic, indoor office environment.


Grand Rapids Community College is only accepting online applications for this position at Submit a cover letter and resume in one document. The opportunity to apply for this position will close on August 16, 2021 at 11:59PM. Individuals with diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Grand Rapids Community College is an equal opportunity employer. Visa sponsorship is not available.

Grand Rapids Community College creates an inclusive learning and working environment that recognizes the value and dignity of each person. It is the policy and practice of GRCC to provide equal educational and employment opportunities regardless of age, race, color, religion, marital status, sex/gender, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, height, weight, national origin, disability, political affiliation, familial status, veteran status or genetics in all programs, activities, services, employment and advancement including admissions to, access to, treatment in, or compensation in employment as required by state and federal law. GRCC is committed to reviewing all aspects of GRCC programs, activities, services and employment, including recruitment, selection, retention and promotion to identify and eliminate barriers in order to prevent discrimination on the basis of the listed protected characteristics.  The college will not tolerate any form of retaliation against any person for bringing charges of discrimination or participating in an investigation. Further information may be obtained from the EEO Office or the Office of General Counsel, 143 Bostwick Avenue NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503-3295.



Working at Grand Rapids Community College

Grand Rapids Junior College (GRJC) was founded in 1914 by the Grand Rapids Board of Education after a resolution was passed by the University of Michigan’s faculty which encouraged the establishment of junior colleges in Michigan.

Today, GRCC’s eight-block downtown campus, encompassing more than 25 acres in downtown Grand Rapids, includes several classroom buildings, a learning center (including the Diversity Learning Center) and library, Spectrum Theater, the Applied Technology Center (which features a green roof), a remodeled music building, a fieldhouse with natatorium, a student center, Bostwick Commons, and the Calkins Science Center.

The college also offers instruction from a variety of regional centers in the metropolitan Grand Rapids area (including numerous local high schools, regional centers and its two Learning Corners on Wealthy St. and Seward Ave.) and on the West Michigan lakeshore (including West Ottawa High School, Careerline Tech Center, the Midtown Holland Center and Grand Valley State University's Meijer Campus in Holland).

In addition, GRCC has two Michigan Technical Education Centers (M-TECs in West Michigan. The Patrick Thompson M-TEC, part of GRCC's Lakeshore Campus, located in Holland, opened in Fall 2000 in partnership with the Ottawa Area Intermediate School District. The Leslie E. Tassell M-TEC ® in Grand Rapids opened in 2002. This world-class facility offers training in manufacturing, auto service, and building and construction trades.

To increase capacity to meet unprecedented demand, GRCC acquired the former campus of Davenport University on Fulton St. in downtown Grand Rapids and began offering courses at Sneden Hall beginning in the Fall 2009 semester.

In Winter 2010, more than 17,000 students enrolled in more than 1,900 liberal arts and occupational courses. The diverse student body represents students from Kent and surrounding counties as well as students from across the U.S. and 22 other nations. Another 10,000 learners are served by non-credit instructional opportunities. In addition to traditional classroom environments, students may also receive instruction through community and distant service-learning offerings, seminars, workshops, training classes, distance learning options and other educational formats. GRCC employs a faculty of more than 260 full-time and 590 part-time members as well as a staff of 430, all of whom are focused on the College’s priorities to be student-centered, collaborative, and flexible. Throughout its 90-year history of academic excellence, GRCC has maintained a solid reputation as a premier transfer institution and is nationally recognized for both its liberal arts and occupational programs. Many GRCC faculty members have been recognized regionally and nationally for their expertise and innovative teaching styles.

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