College Counselor Job Description

College Counselor Job Description

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College counselor provides patients education of financial policies, payment options, availability of alternative financing including Federal, State, and local programs, and Mercy charity/financial assistant policies.

College Counselor Duties & Responsibilities

To write an effective college counselor job description, begin by listing detailed duties, responsibilities and expectations. We have included college counselor job description templates that you can modify and use.

Sample responsibilities for this position include:

Educate students and parents about colleges, the college admissions process, trends, procedures, and testing
Collects all required paperwork and documents for progression requirements and selected payment options (including financial aid reapplication)
Financially clears students, ensuring all matters are appropriately attended to well in advance of a course start, incorporating funding strategies as needed to keep students in attendance, progressing toward their scheduled graduation date
Ensures all matters or issues related to academic compliance are attended to and/or resolved well in advance of a course start, incorporating intervention strategies, as needed, to keep students in attendance, progressing toward their scheduled graduation date
Monitors student schedules to ensure only applicable courses related to degree are selected and satisfactory academic performance is achieved
Serves as a student advocate to navigate through university policy and procedure
Works closely with cross functional and support departments to update student information and to resolve student issues
Promoting students’ understanding of both their rights and responsibilities as school and community citizens
Collects and tracks immunization and health and safety documentation required for clinical and practicum rotations
Ensures students meet all required deadlines and notifies appropriate parties of non-compliance

College Counselor Qualifications

Qualifications for a job description may include education, certification, and experience.

Education for College Counselor

Typically a job would require a certain level of education.

Employers hiring for the college counselor job most commonly would prefer for their future employee to have a relevant degree such as Bachelor's and Collage Degree in Writing, Communication, Sound, Counseling, Education, Social Work, Psychology, Guidance, Graduate, Technology

Skills for College Counselor

Desired skills for college counselor include:

Applicable computer software
Colleges
Higher education financing
Postsecondary education entrance processes
Student financial aid
Admission policies
Excel
Financial policies and procedures
Microsoft Office programs: Word
Outlook: TxEIS

Desired experience for college counselor includes:

Communicates to students and faculty before documentation expires or a file becomes out of date
Assists with placement of students in practicum, clinical rotations, including monitoring site issues
Handles high volume of outbound and inbound student calls while meeting GCU customer service standards
Establishes rapport and relationships with students
Encourages students to ensure they are on track with meeting clinical and practicum requirements
Works as part of a high-performance team and encourages and supports other team members

College Counselor Examples

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College Counselor Job Description

Job Description Example
Our company is growing rapidly and is looking to fill the role of college counselor. Please review the list of responsibilities and qualifications. While this is our ideal list, we will consider candidates that do not necessarily have all of the qualifications, but have sufficient experience and talent.
Responsibilities for college counselor
  • Work remotely within your assigned territory, managing and implementing strategies to increase prospective student inquiries
  • Cold calling key decision makers at prospective businesses/organizations to build relationships and create a pipeline of prospective students
  • Create and execute event/activity plans, which includes conducting informational, prospective student presentations
  • Counsel students on the enrollment process from lead generation through first few classes
  • Maintain and grow inquiry and account databases
  • Significant regional travel within assigned territory
  • Throughout the duration of the students’ programs, monitors student schedules to ensure only applicable courses related to degree are selected and satisfactory academic performance
  • Manage the operation of the KIPP Through College Advising Office (college resource center) at KNDLA
  • Deliver college readiness curriculum as the instructor for the Junior Seminar course offered at KNDLA
  • Meet with students, individually and in groups, to discuss the college process and individual interests, and act as college counselor to the junior classes
Qualifications for college counselor
  • 6 months related professional experience in higher education preferred
  • Experience in healthcare settings preferred
  • A combination of education and relevant work experience may be substituted
  • 3-5 years of direct, full time college counselling experience, preferably at a charter school
  • Ability to work as the expert on site with regards to the college admissions process with very little training
  • Demonstrated ability to lead adult teams, including leading professional development for teachers and staff
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Job Description Example
Our company is looking to fill the role of college counselor. To join our growing team, please review the list of responsibilities and qualifications.
Responsibilities for college counselor
  • Create regular activities and routines in alignment with KIPP Colorado culture to further accentuate and celebrate the college focus at all of our schools
  • Remain aware of issues and trends in college admission, higher education and testing, especially that apply to first-generation college students, low-income students, students of color, and undocumented students
  • Develop and maintain positive working relationships with KIPP Colorado staff and educate them about college readiness and college transition
  • Establish and maintain KNDLA rules and expectations
  • Develop and maintain positive working relationships with postsecondary staff, including admissions representatives, pre-collegiate partners, and other related outreach partners
  • Participate in various community events including college fairs, college access program events, DPS events, or other events that align with the mission of KIPP Through College
  • Serve as lead for KTC with Junior team and participates in weekly Junior team meetings
  • Serve as a member of the KIPP Colorado KTC Team, attending bi-monthly team meetings, assisting with KTC events and presentations, and participating in professional development opportunities locally and with KTC colleagues across the KIPP network
  • Co-Manage the operation of the KIPP Through College Advising Office (college resource center) at KDCHS
  • Deliver college readiness curriculum as the instructor for the daily Junior and Senior Seminar course offered at (KDCHS)
Qualifications for college counselor
  • College transcript will be required, if selected for in person interview
  • Experience providing direct advising support to high school students
  • Familiarity with the challenges and opportunities for first-generation college students
  • Meet with students, individually and in groups, to discuss the college process and individual interests, and act as college counselor to junior and senior classes
  • In collaboration with other KTC College Counselor, creates and implements a comprehensive 9th-12th grade family education program to empower families to support their students’ college plans
  • Establish and maintain KDC rules and expectations
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College Counselor Job Description

Job Description Example
Our growing company is looking to fill the role of college counselor. If you are looking for an exciting place to work, please take a look at the list of qualifications below.
Responsibilities for college counselor
  • As a member of the KTC team this position may assist team members with other aspects of the KTC work load as necessary
  • May include but are not limited to other duties and responsibilities assigned by the Director of KIPP through College
  • Plans and coordinates office logistics as necessary
  • Manage a case load of students in 11th- 12th grade, providing advising services focused on college counseling and admissions
  • Lead a daily advisory of high school students
  • Assists faculty, staff, and students with academic advising about programs, courses, transfer, and careers
  • Advises new students of academic process and generalized direction to enhance academic success
  • Counsels students using web-based career and education guidance system and makes academic and career recommendations
  • Facilitates retention and completion through personal coaching with new and returning students
  • Reviews and discusses with the students site selection preferences for their student teaching assignment
Qualifications for college counselor
  • Demonstrated competence working with individuals and families from diverse backgrounds (racial/ethnic, economic, religious, ), including a background in social justice or diversity education and work
  • Multicultural competencies and ability to work effectively with clients from various ethnic, racial, gender, sexual orientation, religious and/or spiritual backgrounds, age or disability status
  • Ability to react effectively to crisis situations and adapt with flexibility to changes in workload
  • Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing to a wide variety of constituents, including parents, faculty, administrators, medical, psychological and psychiatric personnel
  • Ability to develop and manage computer database and provide statistical analysis
  • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively in a complex, demanding environment
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Job Description Example
Our innovative and growing company is searching for experienced candidates for the position of college counselor. We appreciate you taking the time to review the list of qualifications and to apply for the position. If you don’t fill all of the qualifications, you may still be considered depending on your level of experience.
Responsibilities for college counselor
  • Communicates to students, preceptors, and sites before documentation expires or a file becomes out of date
  • Assists with placement of students to include practicum, clinical, or practice immersion
  • Assists with the processing of paperwork for sites and preceptors if needed
  • Provide students one-on-one assistance in defining career options, developing employment skills, and job-search strategies
  • Teach 2-3 sections of BUSM-200 and/or BUSM-300 each semester
  • Supervise 1-2 graduate-level career counseling interns each semester
  • Coordinate and deliver programming and customized seminars, workshops, and programs based on student needs assessment and faculty requests
  • Maintain knowledge of best practices in career development, and keep up-to-date on hiring projections and trends in occupations and industries of greatest interest to COB students
  • Assist Director and Assistant Director in employer development efforts
  • Participate in school-wide professional development, grade-level teams, and school-specific duties
Qualifications for college counselor
  • Master’s degree in education, counseling, or a related field preferred
  • Master’s degree in Education & School Counseling or Counseling
  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited 4-year college, required
  • 2-4 years of demonstrated success in college access and/or advising low-income, first generation college applicants and their families, or 2-4 years of demonstrated success teaching in underserved or urban communities, required
  • Knowledge of the financial aid process, the FAFSA, and scholarship opportunities
  • Prior teaching experience is a plus
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College Counselor Job Description

Job Description Example
Our company is growing rapidly and is hiring for a college counselor. We appreciate you taking the time to review the list of qualifications and to apply for the position. If you don’t fill all of the qualifications, you may still be considered depending on your level of experience.
Responsibilities for college counselor
  • Research and understand certification processes for assigned states/regions
  • Coordinates practicum and student teaching requests with the Teacher Placement Coordinator (TPC)
  • Serve as the college counselor for KIPP alumni/Ujima Scholars Cohort -- college-bound juniors and seniors attending area high schools, advising them on academic planning and college research
  • Meet with students, individually and in groups, to discuss the college process and individual interests, and act as their lead advisor
  • Maintain monthly contact with cohort students at area high schools
  • Build a true cohort culture that embodies Ujima values of community and support for others
  • Develop and maintain relationships at local high schools in order to provide excellent support and counseling
  • Collect report cards to monitor academic success, and respond to gaps or off-track data
  • Deliver parent workshops focused on topics related to college planning for juniors and seniors
  • Provide summer program, college, and financial aid advising to ensure students are getting the right experiences and support to ensure college graduation
Qualifications for college counselor
  • One to three years’ experience servicing students in the education industry preferred
  • A passion for assisting others in realizing their goals through higher education
  • Ethical, has integrity and is compliance focused
  • Self-directed professional that possesses and exercises high level communication skills
  • Enjoys a fast paced dynamic work environment
  • Capable of spending four or more hours on the phone assisting students

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