Academic Counselor, Department of Teacher Education (Gainesville Campus)

Position ID: 38329
University of North Georgia
Teacher Education
Branch Campus: 
Gainesville, Georgia
Position Description
New Position?: 
Job Class: 
Academic Advisor
Job Description: 


Academic Counselor
Position Number:  53049305
Benefits Eligible:  Yes
Campus Location:  Gainesville
Job Close Date:  01/17/2018
General Summary:

The University of North Georgia is currently accepting applications for a Academic Counselor. The Academic Counselor for the College of Education (COE) is responsible for the day-to-day activities of the COE Advisement Center to ensure that the center meet the needs of Teacher Education students and faculty.  This involves collaborating with admissions, registrar’s office, academic affairs, student affairs and other University entities to address the academic advising needs of individuals or groups of students.  The Academic Counselor is also responsible for understanding and interpreting the University’s policies and academic options of all degree and certificate programs within the COE and their potential impact on student academic success.

Located in the fastest-growing region of the state, the University of North Georgia is a multi-campus university with an enrollment of over 19,000 students, making it one of the largest institutions in the University System of Georgia. UNG is focused on a mission of educational excellence, leadership development and community engagement opportunities that develop students into leaders for a diverse and global society. Through a variety of educational pathways that provide access and range from certificates and associate degrees to a professional doctoral program, UNG is responsive to regional education and economic development needs. Federally designated as a senior military college, one of the university's signature leadership programs is its 800-member Corps of Cadets on UNG's Dahlonega Campus.

Job Duties & Responsibilities:

The Academic Counselor will:

  • Be responsible for advising enrolled College of Education students assigned to the Center by providing year-long individualized guidance and/or resources to students in good academic standing, as well as students experiencing academic difficulty or who are in special academic situations, such as probation, provisional admission status and other.
  • Coordinate advisement of entering freshman students during summer INTRO sessions.  In addition to the advisement sessions, there is constant communication with prospective and accepted students and their parents via email, phone calls, and in person, plus the recruitment and training (when necessary) of faculty who volunteer to assist during INTROs. 
  • Ensure accuracy and efficiency of office records, manuals and documents keeping abreast of new policies and procedures, education options, resources and services and inform student assistants and faculty advisors of changes and updates.  This also involves working closely with Registrar’s Office, Testing Office, Tutoring, Counseling, Career Services and other student services to connect students to more extensive academic support.
  • Create, maintain and update Plans of Study on all education students.  Present Plans of Study to students accepted into the Teacher Education Program for review and approval before forwarding to Registrar’s Office.
  • Create and maintain a current data base of all freshman and sophomore students who have declared a College of Education program as their major. Keep course completion data base and other reporting documents up-to-date.
  • Provide support and assistance to the COE Admission Counselor to ensure a seamless transition into the major for students completing pre-education.
  • Complete other advising duties as requested such as:  authorize drop/adds, overload waivers, and conduct degree audits. 
  • Other duties as assigned.
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:
  • Must have knowledge of current trends of advising and of computer programs such as BANNER, DegreeWorks, Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Access, FrontPage), Smart Catalog, Publisher, InDesign, and other related software.
  • Must have superior interpersonal and problem-solving skills. 
  • Must adhere to strict confidentiality and other ethical standards. 
  • Must be clearly student-focused in both philosophy and purpose. 
  • Must be able to multi-task, perform accurately with constant interruptions, meet deadlines and be flexible in a changing, fast-paced environment.
  • Must be able to prioritize tasks and to work unsupervised. 
  • Must be flexible in terms of hours and days worked (includes evening hours and some weekends).
Certifications/Licenses & Minimum Requirements:
  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • Two years of related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience
Required Documents:  Cover Letter, Resume/Curriculum Vitae
Special Instructions to Applicants:  Please submit contact information for three professional references.
Employer Information:
All employment offers are contingent upon successful completion of a background investigation, as determined by the University of North Georgia in its sole discretion.
The University of North Georgia, a unit of the University System of Georgia, is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, sex or national origin, age, disability, religion, genetics or veteran status. Georgia is an open records state. Also, UNG is a federal contractor and desires priority referrals of protected veterans.

We provide equal employment opportunities to minorities, females, protected veterans, and disabled individuals, as well as other protected groups.

Application Procedure: 
Please see the below "Institution Employment Link" to view a complete job description, create an application, and apply for the position.
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CIP Discipline Code: 
Career/Academic Advising - Student Career Guidance Serv (Admin code)
Degree Levels: 
Position Type: 
Application Deadline: 
Wednesday, January 17, 2018
Position Starting Date: 
To Be Determined
Contact hiring institution for further details.
Vacancy Status: 

The hiring institution advertising this vacant position is responsible for the application, hiring procedures and content within this advertisement.  Please contact the institution for questions concerning this vacant position.

University System of Georgia
Applicant Clearinghouse
119 Holmes-Hunter Academic Building
The University of Georgia
Athens, Georgia 30602

Phone: (706) 542-7817
Fax: (706) 542-2822

Janyce Dawkins, Director

Kristopher Stevens, Associate Director

Clare Norins, Assistant Director

Louis C Castenell, Assistant Director

Sheila C England, System Coordinator

Sandra Gilbreth, Admin Assistant II