Academic Counselor

Crownpoint, New Mexico

Navajo Technical University


Provides individual assistance to students in planning academic programs and support and guidance for students who are experiencing difficulty in academic achievement and attendance. Develops and maintains appropriate files and records.

This position description indicates in general the nature and levels of work, knowledge, skills, and abilities. It is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities required or assigned to this position.

  • Counsel and resolve student problems related to curriculum and course prerequisites, referring to catalogues, written description, and other appropriate sources.
  • Assist in evaluation of transcripts to ensure proper transfer of credits and applicability of academic credit to program requirements.
  • Advises, counsels, analyze, and tracks progress of students on academic probation, curricular, financial, career and personal concerns; identify and explains University programs policies, admission qualifications and enrollment procedures.
  • Plans, develops, and conducts educational seminars and/or workshops for faculty and staff on strategies, polices, procedures, and issues pertaining to student academic advisement and retention.
  • Provides guidance and professional leadership in student development, development of advisement, retention, early alert and recruitment programs; provide initiatives and strategies for the University academic departments by preparing reports and presenting data.
  • Consults with academic faculty, advisors, and staff for resolution of complex and/or sensitive day-to-day issues associated with program requirements and degree completion by providing an optimum environment for student success.
  • Assist in retention efforts on first year students to ensure they are able to be successful.
  • Create an individualized action plan to help each student achieve program requirements and implement appropriate retention strategies to support students' efforts.
  • Speaks to various organizations, college and high school counselor, students, prospective students and parents concerning the University programs for recruitment and orientation; prepare materials to promote and support NTU and designs presentations format to address concerns of diverse groups.
  • Makes decisions regarding student disqualification; reviews petitions for re-admittance, interview applicants, recommends re-admittance or denial and monitor student's progress.
  • Provides information and statistical data, such as detailed enrollment statistics, on the programs; analyzes data and writes reports as needed; maintains academic files.
  • May teach courses at the University.
  • Compiles with all regulatory requirements for student record maintenance and storage.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.
  • N/A
  • Bachelor's Degree in Counseling, Psychology or related field; Preferred a Master's Degree.
  • Three years in higher education experience actively counseling adults and young adults in a secondary or post-secondary academic setting.
  • Valid state driver's license.
  • Must be able to pass background check, with NO prior convictions of any felonies.
The Navajo Nation Preference in Employment Act applies to all hiring, promotions or transfers of individuals into this position.

  • Knowledge of computerized student information systems.
  • Knowledge of assessment test administration, scoring, and interpretation.
  • Knowledge of student outreach services and activities.
  • Knowledge and understanding of clinical counseling principles, substance and chemical abuse, programs and methodology.
  • Knowledge of academic standards governing student probation, suspension, and/or expulsion.
  • Knowledge of academic programs, colleges, and departments university-wide.
  • Demonstrated student service orientation
  • Skill in advising and counseling.
  • Skill in operating business computers and office machines, including in a Windows environment, specifically Word, Excel, Access, and presentation software (such as PowerPoint).
  • Database and records management skills.
  • Ability to plan, implement, and evaluate individual care plans.
  • Ability to create, compose, and edit written materials.
  • Ability to develop and maintain recordkeeping systems and procedures.
  • Ability to make administrative/procedural decisions and judgments.
  • Ability to gather data, compile information, and prepare reports.
  • Ability to carry out instructions furnished in verbal or written format.
  • Ability to establish and maintain professional relationships with individuals of varying social and cultural backgrounds and with co-workers at all levels.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality.
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks and meet deadlines.
  • Ability to communicate effectively in the Navajo and English language.
  • Ability to work as a team member in a structured working environment.
  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee may be required to sit for prolonged periods, walk and stand.
  • Use hands for dexterity of motion, repetitive movement of both hands.
  • Have normal auditory, visual acuity, and verbal communications skills.
  • The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.
  • Work is generally performed in office setting.
  • Tight time constraints and multiple demands are common.
  • Evening and/or weekend work may be required. Extended hours and irregular shifts may be required.
Posted: 08/17/2022