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Counselor (#3409)

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Please see Special Instructions for more details.

Please upload a formal letter of interest, current resume/vita, a writing sample, two letters of recommendation and one current professional reference with contact information to satisfy required list of references.

Position Details

Posting Detail Information

Position # 00003409
Position Title Counselor
Working Position Title Counselor (#3409)
Posting Type SPS
FTE 1.00
Representation Non-Union
Primary Function

The Counselor will provide coaching, training, and advisement services in support of employees and supervisors at NIU through the Employee Assistance Program. The Counselor will provide advisement, counseling and advocacy for employees to assist in career development and advanced education opportunities. The Counselor will also provide coaching, training, and consultation for employees in supervisory positions to assist them in maximizing their effectiveness in their role.

Duties and Responsibilities (generally)

• Assist employees in identifying academic and professional interests and eligibility while formulating a plan for pursuing educational and professional development and growth opportunities.
• Assess academic barriers and progress in order to intervene, advise and assist with identifying and implementing solutions.
• Utilize academic tools to assist employees with academic planning skills and the development of strategies for personal growth.
• Aid in identifying and addressing personal, interpersonal, and academic issues that are barriers to academic and professional success.
• Advocate with employees to proactively address issues and concerns.
• Develop and provide coaching, training and consultation services with Supervisors, Managers and Administrative staff to address an array of University, personnel, programmatic, communication, interpersonal and human resource related needs, issues and functions in order to maximize their effectiveness in their roles.
• Provide training services to the employees of the University.
• Work collaboratively with campus units (colleges, orientation, advisors, etc.) to promote services offered under this position.
• Thoroughly and accurately complete reports and records .

Scheduled work hours are 8-4:30 p.m. M-F; some evenings and weekends may be required.

Starting salary commensurate with education and experience plus benefits.

Minimum Required Qualifications for this position

• Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, Counseling, Social Work, Human Resources, Adult Education, or related field.
• At least three (3) years of experience providing personnel, professional and/or academic advisement, coaching, and support services.
• At least four (4) years of experience providing supervision to full-time staff.
• At least two (2) years of experience offering training, coaching, and consultation with individuals who are in a supervisory role.
• Previous work experience identifying and addressing personal, interpersonal, and academic issues that act as barriers to academic and professional development for employees.
• Previously developed and presented trainings addressing educational, professional and personal development.
• Strong presentation and organizational skills.
• Ability to work independently and as a part of a coordinated team.
• Excellent oral, written communication and customer service skills.
• Appreciation for diversity and ability to work well with diverse groups.
• Strong computer skills, including proficiency in Excel, MS Office and MS Outlook.

Education and Experience Preferred

• Master’s degree in Psychology, Counseling, Social Work, Human Resources, Adult Education, or Higher Education. Licensure or Certification in the State of Illinois.
• Previous experience providing personal, professional and/or academic advisement, coaching and support services with employees in a college or university setting.
• Experience providing professional counseling and/or mental health services.
• Training and/or or experience in crisis intervention and post-crisis debriefing.
• Training and/or experience providing conflict resolution and mediation services

Working Hours Scheduled work hours are 8-4:30 M-F; some evenings and weekends may be required.
Hiring rate/range Commensurate with experience
Posting Date 08/30/2017
Closing Date
Priority Review Date 09/27/2017
Open Until Filled Yes
Special Instructions to Applicants

Please upload a formal letter of interest, current resume/vita, a writing sample, two letters of recommendation and one current professional reference with contact information to satisfy required list of references.

Link to Department Homepage www.hr.niu.edu
Physical Demands
EEO Statement

In accordance with applicable statutes and regulations, NIU is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, religion, age, physical and mental disability, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, political affiliation, or any other factor unrelated to professional qualifications, and will comply with all applicable federal and state statutes, regulations and orders pertaining to nondiscrimination, equal opportunity and affirmative action.

Is Background Check Required Yes
Visa Policy

In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification document form upon hire.

ADA Accomodation

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * How did you learn of this vacancy?
    • NIU HR Website
    • HigherEdJobs.com
    • Word of mouth
    • Agency Referral
    • Listserv
    • Mailing
    • Phone contact
    • Other
  2. If other, please indicate where you learned about this vacancy

    (Open Ended Question)

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Resume/Curriculum Vitae
  3. List of References
  4. Writing Sample
  5. Three (3) Letters of Reccomendation
Optional Documents
  1. Certifications/Licensure