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Academic Counselor

Life Chiropractic College West
Life Chiropractic College West HQ - Hayward, CA, 94545

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Level: Experienced

Job Location: Life Chiropractic College West HQ - Hayward, CA

Position Type: Full Time

Education Level: Masters Required

Travel Percentage: Up to 25%

Job Shift: Any

Job Category: Education


Life Chiropractic College West (Life West), is a leader in chiropractic education. Our dedicated focus on the profession sets us apart from other institutions making our doctoral and continuing education programs some of the most sought-after in the world.

Through a leading-edge curriculum and clinical training experience, we provide graduates with the knowledge, skills, philosophies, attitudes, and competencies to be the best in their field. Life West also empowers transformation. We believe that an outstanding education provides opportunities and resources far beyond the classroom experience. Our mission is to support the full career lifecycle from the classroom to retirement.


The vision of Life West is to create a brighter future for humanity through graduating chiropractors who have a deep understanding of service, and of the innate potential of the human body to heal and adapt to its environment. The Doctor of Chiropractic program prepares graduates for personal and professional fulfillment in a climate of giving, doing, loving and serving from a place of abundance.


The Academic Advisor is a central part of Life West's expanded efforts in implementing educational technology in the classroom, expanding online learning opportunities, and enhancing student success programs.

The position advises graduate students regarding the Doctor of Chiropractic Program (DCP) requirements and course scheduling. This position is responsible for advising International students at Life West.

The Academic Advisor reports to the Manager of the Academic Success Center.

This position also works closely with the LCCW Registrar, Financial Aid, and Admissions staff to assure that all students entering LCCW are received according to the LCCW Core Values, that all student-centered policies and procedures are carried out consistently and expediently, and that our diverse student population is given equal access to a high-quality education.


Specific duties and responsibilities for the Academic Advisor include but are not limited to, those noted below.

• Meet with individual students to assess and develop their educational and vocational goals.

• Meet with and monitor the progress of individual International students; work with the international advisor in Admissions on graduation timelines for international students

• Oversee and lead registration for students identified on special schedules

• Track and meet with students quarterly who are identified as not meeting Satisfactory Academic Progress

• Coordinate the tutoring program, including hiring and supervising tutors in basic science courses

• Encourage students to utilize digital, tutoring and library resources.

• Prepare supporting documents for student advising files.

• Analyze and resolve student issues associated with program requirements, course scheduling and degree matriculation. Interpret and apply academic policies for student degree requirements and academic progress as needed.

• Lead workshops regarding time-management, study skills, test-taking, etc. as needed.

• Collaborate with campus staff to identify creative solutions to enhance the student’s overall educational experience.

• Pursue and demonstrate content knowledge regarding specific degree, credential and certificate programs.

• Pursue and demonstrate content knowledge regarding current learning outcome model of academic advising as endorsed by the National Academic Advising Association.

• Respond to complex inquiries by students and prospective students relating to program requirements, curriculum and course offering, Testing and Educational Services.

• Familiarity with FERPA and HIPAA regulations

• Other duties as assigned.


In addition to satisfactory performance on all of the responsibilities for this position, all College employees must fulfill the following basic performance expectations:

1. Values, Mission and Goals: All employees are expected to know and work by the College's values, mission and goals as set out in the college Strategic Plan.

2. Customer Service: All College employees will strive to provide outstanding customer service to everyone they serve including students, the community and fellow employees.

3. Grooming and Appearance: College employees are expected to maintain a neat and professional image at all times. When issued, College personnel must wear uniforms, and maintain a neat, clean, and well-groomed appearance.

4. Safety Awareness: College employees are expected to work diligently to maintain safe and healthful working conditions, and to adhere to proper operating practices and procedures designed to prevent injuries. Employees are required to wear personal protective equipment as provided, depending on the position.

5. Attendance Standards: College employees are expected to attend their work assignments and schedules at all times, pursuant to the College's Employee Handbook.

6. Training: College employees are expected to attend College-provided training sessions and meetings when deemed necessary or required.

7. Continuous Improvement: College employees are expected to give attention to continuous assessment and improvement of the position's assigned set of duties and responsibilities.


• Bachelor’s degree in Counseling, Psychology, Sociology or related discipline required; Master’s degree in Counseling, Psychology, Sociology or related discipline preferred

• 1-3 years directly related experience, preferably in a higher education institution.

• Demonstrated knowledge of academic advising theories and principles.

• Excellent oral and written communication skills to explain academic policies and procedures to diverse constituents, including students, faculty and staff.

• General knowledge of enrollment management and retention best practices and the ability to apply them to an adult learning environment.

• Working knowledge of federal regulations such as Family Education Rights and Privacy Act

(FERPA), and Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) as it relates to student accommodation.

• Strong analytical skills to gather data.

• Experience in interpreting and applying academic policies for student degree requirements and academic progress.

• Experience in resolving academic issues that also involve the vocational and life goals of the student.

• Academic course work in the Basic Sciences or a Health Care Discipline preferred.

• Excellent interpersonal skills to interact with diverse constituents and to provide high quality support and customer service to students.

• Sensitivity to the needs of students from diverse backgrounds.

• Ability to use tact and diplomacy and maintain high level of confidentiality.

• Ability to abide by the ethical standards and guidelines for academic advising.

• Computer skills in the use of word processing, spreadsheet, database, electronic mail and internet applications, preferably of Microsoft Office Suite software.

• Technical skills to learn and use online tools and administrative software.

• Strong attention to detail and accuracy.

• Provide professional services with integrity.

• Provide professional services objectively.

• Maintain the knowledge and skill necessary to provide professional services competently.

• Be fair and reasonable in all professional relationships. Disclose conflicts of interest.

• Protect the confidentiality of all client information.

• Act in a manner that demonstrates exemplary professional conduct.

• Provide professional services diligently.


1. Nature of work requires an ability to operate standard business office equipment.

2. Requires ability to communicate and exchange information, collect, compile and prepare work documents, set up and maintain work files.

3. Must be able to lift 25 lbs., retrieve and place materials on high shelves and on floor-level shelves; standing, walking, carrying, grasping, hearing, seeing, sitting, kneeling, climbing, balancing, stooping, crouching, and reaching.


1. Work performed in a general office environment.

Life Chiropractic College West (LCCW)) is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer committed to assembling a diverse, broadly trained faculty and staff. Women, minorities, people with disabilities, and veterans are strongly encouraged to apply. In compliance with applicable laws and in furtherance of its commitment to fostering an environment that welcomes and embraces diversity, LCCW does not discriminate based on race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex (including pregnancy and parenting status), disability, age, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status or genetic information in its programs or activities, including employment, admissions, and educational programs.

For additional information, please submit your questions to [email protected].


Working at Life Chiropractic College West

Leadership and Innovation

Life Chiropractic College West, which offers a Doctor of Chiropractic degree, is internationally recognized for leadership and innovation in chiropractic education. The curriculum at Life West features an integrated emphasis on chiropractic philosophy and technique which draws passionate students from around the world. Life Chiropractic College West provides solid academic and clinical experience through our 12 and 14 quarter program options. The Life West learning community is known for its diversity, integrity and co-operative spirit.

What Makes Life West Distinct?

What makes Life West distinct from other chiropractic schools, is that Life West students are trained in over 13 different chiropractic techniques, providing excellence in hands-on chiropractic education. Life West provides a well balanced approach to education, integrating the fundamental elements of practitioner success: science , technique, philosophy and business skills. Our location is fantastic! You will find us in the heart of the San Francisco Bay Area where our location gives students an unparalleled experience in lifestyle as well as access to a wide variety of mentorship and career opportunities.

Graduate Success

Life West graduates are well prepared for their career, with a strong foundation in the sciences, a deep understanding of the chiropractic philosophy, hands-on practice using cutting-edge technology as well as specialized training in innovative chiropractic techniques. Find out for yourself why our graduates are so delighted with the education they received at Life West.

A Bigger Mission

The Doctor of Chiropractic program has a huge mission: “Creating a Brighter Future for Humanity”. How do we make that happen? Life West delivers a curriculum and clinical training experience which provides Life West graduates with the knowledge, skills, attitudes, and competencies to uniquely serve the health care needs of the community as a chiropractor. Want to know more? Be sure to read our entire mission and purpose statement to find out more. Life West is also committed to the contribution of academic and clinical research to the body of knowledge available to and for the chiropractic profession.

At Life West, our program prepares the chiropractor to function as a specialized health care provider, offering care on a direct-access, initial contact basis. This care focuses on the relationship between the structure of the human body, especially the spine, and the function of the human body as coordinated by the nervous system. A chiropractor places specific attention on the relationship between the skeletal structures of the body and the nervous system and how this relationship may affect the restoration and preservation of health.

A Focus on Clinical Excellence

Our Doctor of Chiropractic program prepares Life West graduates to provide for the health care needs of patients through excellent assessments, diagnostic competencies and superior patient management skills. Life West graduates are taught how to provide patient care on an independent basis, to co-manage patient care in cooperation with other members of a patient’s health care team, to consult with other providers as required by a patient’s needs and to refer patients to other providers consistent with the best interests of the patient. Life Chiropractic College West prepares graduates to become teachers of healthy living strategies, health risk avoidance approaches and wellness promotion concepts.

A Well-Balanced Chiropractic Education

At Life Chiropractic College West, students learn chiropractic history, philosophy, and principles as a foundation for the practice of chiropractic. Life West trains graduates as Doctors of Chiropractic to function as primary health care providers, with the ability to evaluate the health status of their patients and to consult and refer patients within and throughout the health care professions in accordance with their professional judgment. Life Chiropractic College West promotes the growth and development of the profession through education and research in chiropractic principles and practice. Life West encourages students to develop a high standard of ethics, so that they may better serve their patients, the public, and the profession. Life Chiropractic College West encourages students to communicate freely with members of other health care professions as well as with members of the chiropractic profession. Life Chiropractic College West seeks to inspire its students to become active in their respective communities and to work for the betterment of the human condition. Life West students are encouraged to be teachers charged with the responsibility of educating the public on health and its achievement through chiropractic care. After graduation, Life Chiropractic College West offers a postgraduate education program enabling Life West graduates and others to maintain and improve their professional skills.

Life Chiropractic College West is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of the Council on Chiropractic Education, an agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

Life Chiropractic College West shares a history with Life University. In March 1981, the efforts of Dr. George Anderson, Dr. George Wentland, and Dr. Sid E. Williams, then president and founder of Life Chiropractic College (now Life University), were instrumental in forming what is today Life Chiropractic College West. Life University maintains a close relationship with Life Chiropractic College to this day.

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