Working at Cal Lutheran

Cal Lutheran is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The university encourages candidates who will contribute to the cultural diversity of CLU to apply.

Administrative Position (exempt)

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Position Title
Academic Counselor - CLOSING AT 5PM ON 6/21/13
Student Support Services
Salary ($US) and Benefits
Salary Range: $34,872 - $41,000
Basic Function
Student Support Services (SSS) is a federally funded TRIO program at CLU intended to increase the retention and graduation rates of first-generation and low-income students as well as individuals with disabilities who are enrolled in the program. The Academic Counselor is someone with demonstrated passion for and dedication to this population of students. He or she is familiar with the unique issues faced by first-generation college students and is sensitive to cross cultural differences. In addition, it is preferred that the Academic Counselor is an individual who has succeeded in overcoming barriers similar to those confronting the project’s target population. Under the direction of the Student Support Services Director, the Academic Counselor will implement an array of holistic academic support services to raise the retention and graduation rates of program participants.
Representative Duties
-Provide academic and personal advising to SSS participants. E
-Provide the highest quality academic assistance to students enrolled in the SSS program. E
-Coordinate and implement the SSS Tutor Program to provide tutoring services to eligible SSS participants. E
-Develop, implement, and evaluate academic workshops for all SSS eligible students with the assistance of the SSS staff. E
-Coordinate graduate school and career preparation programs for SSS participants. E
-Conduct Student Success Plan meetings each semester with SSS students. E
-Meet weekly with probationary students referred from the SSS Director. E
-Offer financial literacy advisement to participants. E
-Co-lead SSS Freshmen Seminar with CLU faculty member. E
-Assist in the coordination of the SSS summer bridge program-SOAR (Summer Orientation to Academic Resources). E
-Coordinate and promote semester cultural activities. E
-Use judgment and experience in implementing University academic policies; correctly assess University requirements. E
-Sensitively communicate information and policies to students, parents, staff, administrators, and faculty. E
-Document and maintain counseling log for each participant interaction. E
-Coordinate educational and community building activities and events of SSS office. E
-Assist the SSS Director in implementing Federal Grant objectives and plan of operations. E
-Maintain current knowledge and records of regulations and requirements applicable to SSS office. E
-Assist the Director and program staff in the identification, selection, retention and graduation of program participants. E
-Aid in the monitoring of participants' academic success. E
-Coordinate communication between SSS office and Registrar, Financial Aid, Center for Academic and Accessibility Resources, Admissions, and other campus departments regarding SSS and its services. E
-Support SSS and the University’s mission through words and actions. E
-Perform other duties as assigned by the Director.
Knowledge Of
Needs of first-generation and low-income college students as well as students with disabilities.
Organization, policies and rules of assigned department and academic division.
Federal regulations pertaining to TRIO programs.
Modern office practices, procedures and equipment.
Record-keeping techniques.
Correct English usage, grammar, spelling, punctuation and vocabulary.
Oral and written communication skills.
Interpersonal skills using tact, patience and courtesy.
Telephone techniques and etiquette.
Public relations techniques.
Operation of a computer and other office equipment.
Public speaking techniques.
Ability To
Provide effective academic, social, personal and cultural advisement to students.
Coordinate academic support workshops and develop seminars geared towards SSS students.
Learn the University mission, goals, and objectives.
Plan program activities geared toward SSS students.
Prepare, establish, and deliver oral presentations.
Communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
Learn to interpret, apply and explain rules, regulations, policies and procedures.
Understand and follow oral and written directions.
Determine appropriate action within clearly defined guidelines.
Establish and maintain cooperative and effective working relationships with others.
Meet schedules and timelines.
Prepare reports by gathering and organizing data from a variety of sources.
Work confidentially and with discretion.
Complete work with many interruptions.
Maintain a variety of files, records and logs.
Prioritize and schedule work.
Education and Experience
Bachelor’s degree with three years of counseling and educational experience, Master’s degree preferred in Counseling, Education, Social Science, or related field; three years’ experience working with underrepresented University students population including program and workshop design.
Office Environment.
Constant interruptions.
Deal with personal and sensitive matters.

Dexterity of hands and fingers to operate a computer keyboard.
Sitting for extended periods of time.
Hearing and speaking to exchange information in person or on the telephone.
Seeing to read a variety of materials.
Application Procedure
Completed Application Packet includes:

• CLU Application
• Cover letter outlining your qualifications for this particular job
• Resume

Only complete packets will be forwarded to the search committee. Please submit your cover letter and resume by email to, or mail to:

California Lutheran University
Human Resources, MC1100
60 W. Olsen Road
Thousand Oaks, CA 91360
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California Lutheran University is an equal opportunity employer. Upon request, reasonable accommodations in the application process can be provided to individuals with qualifying disabilities. Please contact the Human Resources Department for further information or to request an accommodation.