Graduate Academic Counselor (GAC

College Park, Maryland
Sep 23, 2019
Oct 28, 2019
Full Time

The Graduate School (GS) at the University of Maryland, College Park, the state’s flagship campus and an AAU research university with national distinction and global prominence, invites applicants for the position of Graduate Academic Counselor (GAC).  The GAC, under the direction of the GS Dean and/or Assistant Dean with a high level of engagement and cooperation with the Director of the University Counseling Center (UCC) and the Director of the University Health Center (UHC), is responsible for providing case management services for graduate students who are experiencing issues and challenges in their academic program. As the key staff person integrating academic and counseling support services, the GAC is a central point of contact for graduate students and program staff/faculty, providing information and referral services as well as guidance for students who are experiencing difficulties that impact their education and research progress.

The GAC’s specific areas of responsibility include communicating to graduate students, staff and faculty the availability of support services; fielding referrals of individuals facing challenges; coordinating review and response to documentation provided by health professionals in connection to the Leave of Absence policy; recommending and coordinating strategies and solutions; and appropriate handling or referring of graduate student cases. The GAC will oversee and coordinate general wellness programs for graduate students, provide outreach to students and various campus partners on these topics, and provide individual consultations as necessary and appropriate.  The GAC works closely with the GS, departments/programs, UCC, UHC, the BETA (Behavioral Evaluation & Threat Assessment) Team, and other campus and community resources to identify and refer as early as possible students whose behavior suggests the need for counseling or other academic support services.

Minimum Qualifications: 

  • Masters or Doctoral Degree in clinical psychology, counseling, social work or related field, from an accredited institution with a minimum of 1-3 years of relevant experience.
  • Theoretical and practical knowledge of policies/procedures relating to graduate students and the administration of academic progress, research and degree completion activities, to advise students, faculty, staff and others about academic policies and requirements; knowledge of the principles of graduate level higher education and an understanding of the university organizational structure/function and how these apply to graduate student counseling.
  • Skill in interacting with clientele of diverse social, cultural, economic, and educational backgrounds to obtain and convey material using tact and diplomacy. 
  • Ability to establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with graduate students, faculty and staff; skill in listening, counseling and eliciting relevant information from graduate students; ability to screen, assess and counsel graduate students who are having difficulties.
  • Working knowledge of federal and state regulations impacting student records, including FERPA and HIPAA.
  • Demonstrated skills in crisis management under the conditions of limited supervision, high demands, and rapidly changing circumstances.

Preferences include the ability to develop and implement programs; maintain factual case records; working knowledge of mental health services for graduate students; and ability to work independently using judgment/decision-making skills and abilities.

Qualified candidates must be able to provide proof of eligibility to work in the USA – no H1-B visa sponsorship is offered for this position. For best consideration, submit cover letter, resume, and at least three references by Friday, October 11, 2019 to Position will remain open until filled.

The University of Maryland is an EOE/AA Employer – Minorities, Women, Protected Veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

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