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Academic Counselor, Pathways Academic Advising

Position Deleted on 3/15/2014. This position is no longer an active posting on HigherEdJobs.
Fall River, MA
Admin - Academic Advising

Company Description:

Bristol Community College is a fully-accredited college located on a modern 105 acre campus in northeastern Fall River, Massachusetts. Founded in 1965, the College first opened its doors in 1966. More than 9,000 day and evening students now attend classes each year.

Bristol Community College also offers classes at other locations in New Bedford and Attleboro Massachusetts, as well as satellite campuses in New Bedford and Taunton. Our main campus in Fall River offers students access to some of the most modern equipment and resources available to support and enrich their education. In New Bedford, we have buildings in the downtown area within walking distance of public transportation, parking and services. The Attleboro center is located in the heart of Attleboro just minutes from downtown.

As one of fifteen comprehensive Massachusetts community colleges, BCC offers a wide range of educational programs and community services. It develops and presents programs for the entire community, from children to senior citizens, and it is well known for its friendly atmosphere and a faculty that cares about its students.

Job Description:


Collaborate with various campus offices, faculty, and staff to support a broad range of advising activities focused on two grant-funded programs, supported by the Performance Incentive Fund (PIF), work in conjunction with staff both internal and external to the college and participate in other centralized academic advising initiatives to help ensure delivery of quality academic advising services for the Pathways Grant initiatives.

SUPERVISION REQUIRED: Reports to the Dean, Academic Advising


Performance Incentive Fund (PIF) focuses on improving student retention through the development of new academic and student service programming at this institution as well more effective paths to transfer into baccalaureate programs in collaboration with other area higher education institutions.

The Coordinator of Pathways Academic Advising supports Advising Services and the Pathways Grants through:

  • Developing advising methodologies for three new academic Meta-Majors that will use the Guided Pathways for Success model and include elements of experiential learning
  • Developing advising systems that support pathways into baccalaureate work that will align through curricula and student service preparation
  • Creation and implementation of an intrusive advising process that will assist undeclared students in identifying career goals and link them to Meta-Major opportunities
  • Support the Director of the Pathways Grant in identifying and recruiting eligible students and identify experiential learning opportunities or students
  • Serves as academic advisor for a roster that may include first year students, at-risk students, students on academic probation or warning, and those readmitted to the institution
  • Participates in academic advising meetings and assists with overall planning and delivery of all academic advising programming college wide as it integrates with the Pathways Academic Advising
  • Provides assistance with and helps coordinate pre-registration/orientation tasks such as professional advisor training, academic/college coach training, faculty advisor training, etc., focusing on Pathways Academic Advising
  • Undertakes research and program development related to academic advising, Guided Pathways to Success (GPS) model, first year programs and first generation college students, as assigned
  • Carries out other professional tasks as assigned



  • Minimum requirement of a Master's Degree in student personnel, counseling, education or a closely related field
  • Three years of related experience and/or training involving college admissions, academic advisement, career development, or program/project management; or an equivalent combination of education, training, and experience
  • Experience supporting first year students, first generation or educationally disadvantaged populations
  • Ability to implement technological solutions in the delivery of academic advising services is critically important
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills required. Good interpersonal skills are essential
  • Understanding of higher education principles, practices, and procedures is required
  • Demonstrated ability to work in stressful situations required Position requires sensitivity to human concerns, flexibility, patience, professional integrity and a concern for student needs in a demanding academic context
  • Ability to work effectively with a diverse faculty, staff and student body.


  • Ability to create engaging group advising experiences and deliver key information effectively through a structured group experience

Additional Information:

POSITION STATUS:  This is a grant-funded, part-time, non-unit position, non-benefited 30 hours per week (Monday thru Friday 6 hours per day) (Current grant funding will continue through August 31, 2014)

SALARY:  $25.06 per hour

STARTING DATE: February 2014

Application Instructions:

Screening will begin with resumes received by January 8, 2014 and will continue until the position is filled. Please send a cover letter, resume, and the names, addresses and telephone numbers of three references with your online submission.

Only on-line applications will be considered.

Bristol Community College is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer.

Bristol Community College changes the world by changing lives, learner by learner.

Bristol Community College is committed to a policy of nondiscrimination and affirmative action in its education programs, activities and employment practices. In an effort to improve ethnic diversity, Bristol Community College encourages minorities and other to apply Bristol Community College changes the world by changing lives, learner by learner.
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