Student Counselor II

Rutgers University
September 22, 2023
Offerd Salary:Salary 51359.
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Position Information

Recruitment/Posting Title Student Counselor II

Job Category URA-AFT Administrative Department NJ Step Overview

  • The New Jersey Scholarship and Transformative Education in Prisons (NJ- STEP) initiative is an association of higher education institutions in New Jersey that works in partnership with the State of New Jersey Department of Corrections and New Jersey State Parole Board, (a) to provide higher education courses toward a college degree for students while they are incarcerated, and (b) to assist in their transition to college life upon release from prison.
  • Posting Summary

    Rutgers University- Newark (RU-N), an urban public research university and anchor institution, located in Newark, New Jersey, a city of promise is seeking a Student Counselor II. Reporting to the NJ-STEP Dean of Academic Services at Northern State Prison in Newark, NJ, this position provides incarcerated STEP students with the necessary academic advising and coordination for the STEP college admissions/transitions process across the State of NJ.

    This position is responsible for and not limited to the following:

  • Interview and advise students regarding information, procedures, and academic requirements STEP Counselors assist students in exploring academic interests, evaluating abilities, and setting goals
  • Prepare registration materials and register students in their assigned correctional facilities
  • Serve as the liaisons between faculty, staff, and students involved in the degree programming inside prison facilities. STEP Counselors also work with and assist students through pre-release procedures and transition back into the community
  • Work collaboratively with staff within DOC facilities and at community colleges
  • Develop partnerships and processes that enable NJ-STEP students while in prison and/or transitioning into the community to continue and complete college degree work
  • Link transitioning students to college admissions and financial aid processes while incarcerated and seek to formally integrate relevant academic support services for program participants across multiple campuses pre and post-release
  • Assume an appropriate caseload of incarcerated and transitioning NJ STEP students
  • Assess student needs and arranges the provision of personal, academic, career, financial aid, financial literacy, and study skills, utilizing appropriate research literature and recognized best practices
  • Assist in navigating prisons, assessment centers, halfway houses, and community colleges for degree completion
  • Assist in administering all NJ-STEP processes as needed
  • Attend appropriate program meetings and events on behalf of the NJ-STEP program
  • Track all service delivery through a comprehensive database and generates formative reports as needed
  • Report program updates, needs, student issues, and concerns
  • Requires a solid understanding of, and investment in, the mission of NJ- STEP, which assists currently and formerly incarcerated students in earning college degrees
  • Occasionally travels to the Newark Campus
  • Position Status Full Time Hours Per Week Daily Work Shift Day Work Arrangement

    Consistent with the current application of Rutgers Policy 60.3.22, this position may be eligible for a hybrid work arrangement. The flexible work arrangements outlined in Rutgers Policy 60.3.22 are part of a pilot program that is effective September 1, 2022 through August 31, 2024. Therefore, there is no guarantee that this flexible work arrangement will continue beyond that date. Flexible work arrangements are not permanent, are subject to change or cancellation and contingent on the employee receiving approval in the FlexWork@RU Application System. Additional information may be found at https: //

    FLSA Exempt Grade 04 Position Salary Annual Minimum Salary 51359.000 Annual Mid Range Salary 63909.500 Annual Maximum Salary 76460.000 Standard Hours 37.50 Union Description URA-AFT Administrative Payroll Designation PeopleSoft Benefits

    Rutgers offers a comprehensive benefit program to eligible employees. For details, please go to https:// Rutgers also offers a benefit program to eligible full-time postdoctoral fellow students. For details, please go to https: // insurance.

    Seniority Unit Terms of Appointment Staff - 12 month Position Pension Eligibility ABP


    Minimum Education and Experience

  • Requires a Bachelor's degree or an equivalent combination of education and/or experience.
  • Requires two years of relevant experience in an administrative, facilitating or advising function, good communication and interpersonal skills, and computer literacy.
  • Certifications/Licenses Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Must have excellent communication, writing skills, and organizational skills;
  • Experience with academic advising, peer supports, mentoring, program coordination, career counseling, and/or learning assistance required;
  • Must be proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
  • Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience with opportunity programs, New Jersey State Department of Corrections, prisons, incarcerated populations or reentry populations preferred;
  • Preference may be given to candidates whose background is similar to the target population, or individuals with other experience or direct knowledge of incarceration and reentry processes.
  • Equipment Utilized Physical Demands and Work Environment

  • May be required to lift up to 15 pounds to be carried up to 100 feet;
  • Must be comfortable working in Correctional Environments;
  • Must be able to obtain clearance to enter New Jersey Department of Corrections facilities within 45 days of hire.
  • Special Conditions

    Posting Details

    Posting Number 23ST2129

    Posting Open Date 08/22/2023 Special Instructions to Applicants Regional Campus Rutgers University-Newark Home Location Campus Rutgers University-Newark City Newark State NJ Location Details

    Pre-employment Screenings

    All offers of employment are contingent upon successful completion of all pre- employment screenings.

    Immunization Requirements

    Under Policy 60.1.35 Immunization Policy for Rutgers Employees and Prospective Employees, Rutgers University requires all prospective employees to provide proof that they are vaccinated against COVID-19 prior to commencement of employment, unless the University has granted the individual a medical or religious exemption. Rutgers University may require certain prospective employees to receive an updated (bivalent) vaccine dose. Under Policy 100.3.1 Immunization Policy for Covered Individuals, if employment will commence during Flu Season, Rutgers University may require certain prospective employees to provide proof that they are vaccinated against Seasonal Influenza for the current Flu Season, unless the University has granted the individual a medical or religious exemption. Additional infection control and safety policies may apply. Prospective employees should speak with their hiring manager to determine which policies apply to the role or position for which they are applying. Failure to provide proof of vaccination for any required vaccines or obtain a medical or religious exemption from the University will result in rescission of a candidate's offer of employment or disciplinary action up to and including termination.

    Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

    It is university policy to provide equal employment opportunity to all its employees and applicants for employment regardless of their race, creed, color, national origin, age, ancestry, nationality, marital or domestic partnership or civil union status, sex, pregnancy, gender identity or expression, disability status, liability for military service, protected veteran status, affectional or sexual orientation, atypical cellular or blood trait, genetic information (including the refusal to submit to genetic testing), or any other category protected by law. As an institution, we value diversity of background and opinion, and prohibit discrimination or harassment on the basis of any legally protected class in the areas of hiring, recruitment, promotion, transfer, demotion, training, compensation, pay, fringe benefits, layoff, termination or any other terms and conditions of employment. For additional information please see the Non-Discrimination Statement at the following web address: https:// discrimination-statement

    Supplemental Questions

    Required fields are indicated with an asterisk ().

  • What is the highest level of education you have completed?
  • High School Diploma/GED
  • Associate's Degree
  • Bachelor's Degree
  • Master's Degree
  • Ph.D.
  • Do you have at least two years of relevant experience in an administrative, facilitating or advising function, good communication and interpersonal skills, and computer literacy?
  • Yes
  • No
  • Applicant Documents

    Required Documents

  • Resume/CV
  • Cover Letter/Letter of Application
  • List of Professional References (contact Info)
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