DEPARTMENT: Student Development
REPORT TO: Assistant Dean of Student Development
CLASSIFICATION: Exempt (salaried) – Full-time
The Counselor will provide personal counseling, consult with faculty and staff regarding psychological challenges of students, serve as a liaison between the student’s mental health agency and college administrators, and provide appropriate referrals within Marygrove College and/or to community agencies when appropriate. The Connecting to the Grove (CTG) program under the guidance of the Program Coordinator will focus on implementing best retention practices when working with the target population by ensuring project participants are able to:
- Identify and utilize campus resources such as the Science and Math Lab, Writing Center and academic support services offered through the Student Development Department.
- Participate in learning communities that support their ability to “learn how to learn”.
- Develop personal and meaningful contacts with faculty, both in and out of the classroom setting.
- Explore careers and majors to make those linkages with their professional/career development in a chosen field.
- Involve themselves in multiple and varied college activities such as sports and recreation, student organizations, service learning projects and academic symposiums.
- Connect their educational experiences to social/academic interactions in the Residence Hall, CTG program, their chosen academic department and the rest of the college community.
- Establish a mentoring relationship with upper class students and alumni.
- CTG is funded by the King•Chavez•Parks Initiative through the State of Michigan, therefore this position is contingent on continued funding of the program.
- Coordinates the activities and events for the Connecting to the Grove (CTG) program for 1st/2nd year students. Conducts initial assessment meeting with CTG participants to determine academic needs.
- Serves as an advisor and resource person for 1st and 2nd year students in CTG.
- Monitors academic performance, conducts monthly review sessions with participants and implements appropriate inventions when necessary.
- Works collaboratively with Institutional Research and Assessment to design and administer assessments to determine if the goals and objectives of the CTG grant are met.
- Writes and submits reports and assessment results as required by CTG grant guidelines.
- Works to offer guidance on gaining admission to their chosen major, maintaining a link between students and various programs and services of the College, and generally assisting them in reaching their educational and professional goals.
- Serves as a resource person for students and faculty in matters pertaining to the CTG participation.
- Develops and implements academic workshops and seminars for participants
- Provides crisis counseling and brief counseling for commuter and Residence Hall students.
- Offers counseling support when intervening in conflict & anger management matters, roommate disputes, and student relationship concerns in the Residence Hall.
- Develops workshops and programs relevant to timely issues confronting students (i.e., unhealthy relationships, dorm behavior, depression, alcohol/drug abuse, test anxiety, study strategies, time and stress management, dealing with diversity, etc.) as needed.
- Active involvement with the upcoming Jump Start events to give new students an early introduction to the program.
- Establish lines communication for continuing CTG participants and potential CTG participants to ease “Summer Slump” and maintain student engagement over the summer.
- Work with the Office of Institutional Research to develop assessment tools for the CTG program.
- Serves on various campus-wide committees including: the Retention Committee, Special Events Committee and New Student Orientation Committee.
- Makes presentations at New Student Orientation, Faculty Assembly and other venues to educate the community about the benefits of the CTG program and Counseling.
- Attends development workshops and conferences as recommended by the Assistant Dean and budgeted by the grant.
- Understands college mission and implementing or abiding by college policy.
- Maintains effective interpersonal and interdepartmental communication.
- Exhibits skills and attitudes which reflect good customer services.
- Performs other appropriate duties as assigned.
- Works a flexible schedule to meet the needs of the students (evenings and weekends).
- Master’s degree in counseling from an accredited institution.
- Licensed as a Limited Licensed Psychologist or Licensed Counselor.
- Two years of experience in higher education (counseling, advising, or similar)
- Excellent listening, oral, and written communication skills
- Documented experience at effectively working with college students, administrators, staff and faculty.
- Strong interpersonal and intrapersonal skills.
- Ability to organize, prioritize, problem-solve, collaborate and work independently;
- Effective listening, probing, and assessment skills; and excellent computer skills also required.
- Ability to balance urgency of assignments and timelines.
- Establishes and refines administrative processes in areas of responsibilities
- Expected to be an energetic and creative colleague.
- Ability to work independently and as a team player.
- Highly motivated and a self-starter and self-monitor work projects.
- Committed to educating students for leadership in urban communities.
- Has an interest in leadership development, urban issues, and community engagement.
(state title of position in subject line) Marygrove is committed to achieving a faculty and staff that is reflective of its diverse student body and welcomes and encourages applications from members of communities historically underrepresented in higher education. For information about the College visit our website