|Description: Join a vibrant campus community whose excellence is reflected in its diversity and student success. West Chester University of Pennsylvania’s Psychology Department invites applications for a full-time, one-year temporary position of Program Counselor for the Psychology B.A. program (with the potential for permanent funding at the end of one year). Founded in 1871, West Chester University is a public, regional, comprehensive university and one of the fourteen campuses of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education.
Reporting directly to the Psychology department chairperson and/or the chairperson’s departmental designee (i.e., another departmental faculty administrator), the Psychology B.A. Program Counselor will provide regular assistance to undergraduate Psychology majors in areas of course scheduling, course selection, program requirements (including major, general education, and degree program requirements), scheduling conflicts, and related matters. The Program Counselor will also maintain files and provide assistance to both undergraduate students and faculty advisors regarding advisee records and field experience placements. More specific information about position responsibilities are listed below.
Minimum Qualifications: Candidates must possess a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution, at least three years of professional work experience in a higher education setting, and experience with formal or informal student academic advising. Experience working with diverse populations and experience using PeopleSoft software are preferred. Candidates should possess excellent communication, organizational, and interpersonal skills (particularly during stressful periods of each semester) as well as a commitment to working in a team environment that requires flexibility in terms of both daily routines and specific assignments. The responsibilities of this position include, but are not strictly limited to, the following:
Providing scheduling information to Psychology majors and minors (includes sending out periodic mass e-mail reminders about the scheduling process, department resources and meetings with advisors as well as posting information about scheduling process, deadlines, etc.)
Providing regular walk-in hours and appointments to meet with existing Psychology majors and minors to review program requirements and sign appropriate forms (Change of Major, Add a Minor)
Assisting department administrators with group advising sessions for incoming transfer students and preparation for university open houses and preview days
Being available to answer student questions regarding major requirements, general education requirements, and degree requirements (e.g., foreign language requirements) during university business hours
Maintaining advising sheets/files for all undergraduate Psychology majors, making information available to faculty and/or students upon request
Updating advising materials as needed and making updated materials available to students and faculty (i.e., advising sheets, Psychology major handbooks, etc.)
Serving as contact person for the APA Psychology Department program, conducting activities that contribute to the overall ability of the department to meet APA undergraduate program goals
Maintaining (and updating, as necessary) field experience site information binders/spreadsheets for department
Providing advising and field experience updates for the department web-page
Serving as initial department contact person for students (and their site supervisors) enrolled in undergraduate field experience courses (including the enrollment of students in field experience courses)
Providing up-to-date field experience enrollment and requirement information to undergraduate students interested in field experience courses
Collecting and maintaining field experience materials from students (and their site supervisors) enrolled in field experience course; providing materials to faculty supervisors for review and grading purposes
Offering department-wide town-hall meetings for students on advising issues/questions each semester (include faculty participants)
Consulting regularly with department faculty regarding student needs and/or referring students to department faculty/administrators for consultations
Providing timely feedback to department chairperson and/or other department faculty and administrators regarding student advising issues and inquiries
Pursuing continuous professional growth
Starting salary is $44,362. Excellent benefits package including tuition fee waiver for self and dependents. Applicants must successfully complete interview process to be considered as a finalist.
Candidates should apply online at www.wcupa.edu/hr/application and should include a cover letter, an updated resume, and three professional references. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. The filling of this position is contingent upon available funding.
AA/EOE. West Chester University is actively building a culturally diverse academic community that fosters an inclusive environment and encourages a broad spectrum of candidates, including women, people of color, veterans, and people with disabilities to apply.
All offers of employment are subject to and contingent upon satisfactory completion of all pre-employment criminal background and consumer reporting checks.