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Junior Specialist (Senior Advisor), (#73293, 73295) Position Description

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The application collection portion of the recruitment for this position vacancy has concluded.

UH Hilo, Division of Student Affairs, Advising Center; tenure track; general funds; full-time; 11-month type appointment, filling of two positions; to begin approximately July 2013, pending position clearance and availability of funds.


Under the general supervision of the unit Director, provide integrated, holistic advising, guidance, consultation, coaching, mentoring and support to UH Hilo students as they identify a program of study, identify a pathway for achieving their academic goal, and explore their career aspirations and interests. Deliver individual consultations and group educational workshops and outreach programs for prospective students, current undergraduate and graduate/professional students, and recently graduated alumni to maximize students’ success in the pursuit of their academic journey, in their career selection, and in their preparation for transition into the workforce of graduate/professional school, e.g., general education and major course requirements, résumé writing, interviewing, professional networking, etc. Teach UNIV 101, the freshman success seminar, and/or other for-credit courses addressing academic success skills and career development as appropriate. Commensurate with expertise/experience, administer and interpret career assessment instruments and other developmental/educational instruments which help foster self-insight and self-discovery; assists students with significant/milestone life-decisions such as selecting a major, clarifying personal philosophy/values, selecting a viable career path, etc. Assist students with monitoring their progress to degree and provide regular feedback on adjustments needed to remain “on track” to academic goal. Describe various occupations; link students with relevant experiential learning opportunities; assess and monitor employment opportunities and provide guidance to students regarding market and employment trends both within the state, across the country, and around the world. Inform students about curricular requirements, academic responsibilities and expectations, academic policies, and procedures and provide appropriate referrals to various campus resources as needed. Assist in planning and implementing student support programs and services. Assist in the development and evaluation of applicable policies and procedures. Provide immediate crisis intervention and effective referral to the appropriate on-campus mental health service providers as appropriate. Train, mentor, supervise and coordinate the activities of Student Success Advisors and other lesser experienced advisors. Assist the Unit Director with the process and logistics of creating a new unit, which will include the functions of academic and career advising and other related services designed to support students’ academic and vocational success. Assist with activities that track and/or monitor alumni placement into employment opportunities and conduct assessment/follow-up. Perform other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications

A master’s degree from a college or university of recognized standing in counseling psychology, counseling, education, college student personnel, student affairs administration, student development, or closely related behavioral/social science field. One year experience in career development, academic advising, or academic support, etc.

Desirable Qualifications

Experience in working in one or more of the above functional areas in a higher education setting. Evidence of proficiency in counseling, advising, coaching and/or mentoring skills. Graduate coursework in counseling. Knowledge of best practices in academic advising, career development, career counseling, and academic support. Knowledge of student development theories, academic integration models, and career development theories. Familiarity with concept of Advising as Coaching. Demonstrated working knowledge of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI), Self-Directed Search (or other Holland-based instruments), and other career assessments. Demonstrated experience providing effective educational programs & services within a community of ethnically, socioeconomically, and culturally diverse students, as well as the demonstrated potential to adapt and apply cultural competency skills to respond to the unique learning styles and learning needs of Hawaiʻi’s resident students. Experience working with programs that enhance the recruitment, retention, and graduation of undergraduate students. National Certified Career Counselor, NCDA Career Development Facilitator, or equivalent certification. Possess computer skills including presentation and word processing programs. Familiarity with or fluency in Native Hawaiian language.

Pay Range

$50,004 per annum (S2H11)

Applications (How to Apply)

A complete application must include: (1) cover letter indicating how you meet each of the minimum and desirable qualifications; (2) résumé; (3) transcripts showing degrees and course work appropriate to the position (copies are acceptable at the time of application, however, official college transcripts must be submitted prior to employment), and (4) the names, addresses, telephone numbers and email addresses of three professional references. All requested documents/information become the property of the University. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Failure to submit all required documents and reference information shall deem an application to be incomplete. Send to: Senior Advisor Search Committee, c/o Andrea Adrian, Search Committee Secretary, University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo, Office of the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, 200 W. Kawili Street, Hilo, Hawaiʻi 96720-4091 Electronic submissions may be sent to Please note: Applicants applying for both 73293 AND 73295 need to submit only one set of application materials to be considered as a candidate for both positions.

Inquiries (General)

Dr. Norman S. Stahl, Search Committee Chair, email address:

Please refer to position #73293, 73295 when making inquiries.

Application Deadline

Continuous Recruitment. Review of applications will begin on Monday, April 15, 2013 and will continue until the positions are filled.

Important Information

The official advertisement can be found at Work At UH.

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Individuals with disabilities who need a reasonable accommodation for the application or hiring process are encouraged to contact the EEO/AA coordinator(s) for the respective campus.

Employment is contingent on satisfying employment eligibility verification requirements of the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986; reference checks of previous employers; and for certain positions, criminal history record checks.

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