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Position: Counselor - Career & Academic - Pre-Nursing

Grade Department Position type: Position Number
4CC – Department not found Full-time A97966

Position Summary:

Advises pre-nursing, new, prospective, and transfer students in General Academic majors and general education courses. This includes developmental and career advising as well as helping students develop an educational plan toward graduation. It also includes career testing, counseling, and exploration for the undecided students. Emphasis is placed on managing an advising caseload toward greater retention. Duties include explaining policies, making referrals, maintaining records, interpreting test scores, dealing with academic standards issues, coordinating with faculty and staff, and representing the department on various projects, committees, and meetings as assigned.

Essential Functions, Major Duties, and/or Accountabilities:
  • Works specifically with pre-nursing students while maintaining close contact with the Nursing Department by staying updated on all admissions requirements, program changes, and pertinent advising requirements for that program.
  • Responds to informational requests from potential students, staff, high school counselors and others interested in Utah Valley University and create/update informational materials.
  • Interprets and explains UVU policies and procedures to advisees.
  • Provides information, assistance and referrals to student support services to assist advisees in managing their college experience, including internships and research opportunities. 
  • Maintains a case load of incoming and continuing undergraduate students.
  • Maintains student advising records using computer applications relevant for file maintenance and organization of case load.
  • Counsels students regarding the development of meaningful educational plans and academic major and emphasis selection which are compatible with their life goals.
  • Using counseling techniques engage students in career exploration and planning activities. Assist students with course planning to meet educational and career goals.
  • Provides accurate program information to continuing and prospective students in person, via telephone and email and on site at UVU. 
  • Assists students with the enrollment and registration process.
  • Interprest test scores and assist student in appropriate course placement.
  • Counsel's students in academic difficulty, remove holds, etc. to facilitate their progress. Review post-secondary institution unofficial transcripts and prior academic history.
  • Helps retain current students and aid in the transition through higher education for new students.
  • Advocate and problem solves with faculty, administration and staff on student academic problems, issues and concerns.
  • Assists faculty and staff with questions about issues related to academic advising.
  • Serves as a member of the Advisement Forum and attend and participate in meetings, activities and events of the forum.
  • Represents the department on any relevant University committees, departmental committees or professional associations/organizations as needed and/or assigned.
  • Consults with faculty and staff in order to provide accurate information concerning program changes, assessment guidelines, course and instructor information, transfer issues, scholarships and appropriate referrals.
  • Organizes, coordinates or assists in managing a number of undergraduate student programs or events. Examples of such events include: Majors' fair, Parent Orientation, International student and parent orientation, Undergraduate information sessions, regional, national, and international guidance counselor events.
  • Works with Advisor Training and Development staff to learn all aspects of UVU academic advising and achieve advisor certification.
  • Participates in regular Performance Evaluations with supervisor.
  • Assesses and counsels clients in the interpretation of career and vocational instruments toward selection of majors and careers.
  • Spends one to two weeks in the department of nursing helping walk-in students with questions regarding the nursing program.
  • Regularly attends faculty meetings and reads minutes from faculty and committee meetings.
  • Performs miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.

Supervisory Responsibilities:
  • None.

Special Requirements of the Position:

  • Spends one to two weeks in the department of nursing helping walk-ins students with questions regarding the nursing program.
  • Regularly attends faculty meetings and reads minutes from faculty and committee meetings.


Graduation from an accredited institution with a master's degree in counseling and guidance, educational psychology, or a closely related field and two years experience related to the summary of duties

  • Knowledge of student development, and the ability to assist students develop effective academic plans and career and life goals, in order to promote student retention and academic success.
  • Knowledge of student advising and teaching laws and techniques including content, curriculum, and graduation requirements specific to the academic major, department or school, and the ability to anticipate departmental and student needs.
  • Skill in the use of microcomputers, computer terminals, and academic and office software platforms (BANNER) as applied to management of student records, report preparation, & related activities.
  • Ability to creatively and independently problem solve by prioritizing and multitasking while under pressure.
  • Ability to serve individuals with diverse personalities through the use of effective interpersonal and communication skills using various communication media, including telephone, facsimile and e-mail.
  • Ability to work in a team environment
  • Understanding of and commitment to the UVU mission and strategic directions
  • Knowledge of career development and decision-making theory
  • Ability to provide career counseling for students to assist them to define and integrate their academic and career goals
  • Ability to administer, analyze, and interpret MBTI, STRONG and other psychological tests
  • Ability to help students acquire knowledge about self and Career Market
  • Ability to communicate and work closely with Nursing Department on all relevant issues related to Nursing program.

This position description has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by employees within this classification. It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive list of all duties, responsibilities, and qualifications required of employees assigned to the position.
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