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St. Bonaventure University Career Counselor in St. Bonaventure, New York

Career Counselor

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Career Counselor


St. Bonaventure, NY

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Full Time


Student Affairs

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Reporting to the Assistant Director for the Career and Professional Readiness Center, this position supports St. Bonaventure University (SBU) students in their career development through individualized career counseling/coaching, program development and group presentations. The Career Counselor will work with key members of the university community to bring forward career advisement initiatives specifically for undeclared students.

Examples of Duties

  • Career Counseling/Coaching: Provides full range of career counseling/coaching to students in various phases of the career development process including self-assessment, major selection, occupational exploration, decision making and goal setting internship/job/graduate school search advisement and self-marketing. Develops framework for and provides individualized career counseling for undeclared students. Administers and interprets various vocational assessments, both individually and in group settings.

  • Educational Programming: Develops and presents innovative career-related presentations specifically for the first year experience class, SBU 101/102. Serves as a contributing member of the CPRC team in the delivery of services and programs specifically the Center’s innovative Competitive Edge Certificate Program (EDGE).

  • Leadership: Oversees and implements the Freshmen Leadership Program and the Sophomore Year Experience in collaboration with other Student Affairs professionals, bringing forward early engagement and career and leadership preparation.

  • Assessment: Develops appropriate assessment strategies to enhance service deliver and ensure student learning

  • Technology: Contributes to the development of web-based resources

  • Collaborates with key members of the university community to foster mutually beneficial relationships to enhance student engagement with the CPRC

  • Serve as an active member of the Center for Career and Professional Readiness, the Student Affairs Division, the broader University community, and appropriate professional affiliates

  • Supervise student workers/interns.

  • Performs other duties as assigned

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Demonstrated knowledge of career counseling theories and career decision-making and job search processes

  • Skilled in vocational assessment and interpersonal counseling

  • Ability to make sound decisions and to organize and coordinate work efficiently.

  • Ability to prioritize, multi-task, perform well under pressure and meet deadlines.

  • Proven ability to develop and maintain working relationships with employers as well as faculty, staff and students.

  • Excellent oral and written communication and creative presentation skills.

  • Excellent working knowledge of internet job searches, database, spreadsheet and word processing software

  • Ideal candidate is expected to be highly ethical and adhere to professional guidelines of the college career development field and possess a strong desire to help others and be able to inspire respect, trust and confidence.

  • Experience with online recruiting and career management systems a plus

Typical Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree in Counseling, College Student Personnel Administration, Business or related fields. Master’s preferred.

1-3 years experience in career development, student affairs/higher education or related fields

Supplemental Information

Available to All University Employees:

  • Mandatory insurances: Social security; worker’s compensation; unemployment.

  • Free on-site non-emergency medical care through SBU’s Wellness Center.

  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP): Free/confidential service available to university employees for a variety of personal & financial issues. Username: LFGsupport; Password: LFGsupport1 or call (888) 628-4824.

  • Free parking: All University employees may park for free on the SBU campus by displaying the parking tag available from the Safety and Security office in Robinson Hall. SBU Security WILL ticket if improperly parked.

  • University Travel Insurance: When travelling on University business, you are covered for a variety of issues that may befall the unlucky traveler. Full details available online at mySBU under the HR/Payroll tab.

  • Richter Fitness Center membership: Free access to our on-campus, state-of-the-art fitness center.

  • Local employee discounts: Literally dozens of discounts at local businesses with your employee ID card.

  • Library privileges: Free access to all that the Friedsam campus library has to offer.

  • Employee meal plans: Payroll deduction, reduced cost meal plans at our on-campus dining facilities.

Additional Benefits available to Full time Staff only:

  • Sick days: Eight days per year accrued quarterly. First quarterly distribution on day of hire (may be prorated).

  • Sick bank: With five years’ service and minimum 160 hours banked, employee receives 1,048 hour paid sick leave bank with accrual rate revised to four days per year.

  • Long Term Disability: 60% replacement of wages after six-months’ sustained illness.

  • Vacation days: 15 days per year to start. 20 days after five years of service. Available only to 12-month employees. First distribution on date of hire (may be prorated).

  • Personal days: 3 personal days per year, granted in full upon hire (may be prorated based on start date).

  • Holidays and PTO days: 19-21 days per year. Ten Designated Holidays and minimum of nine Paid Time Off days scheduled around holidays by administration. Essential personnel working on holidays or PTO days receive additional compensation or additional leave per policy.

  • Bereavement leave: Up to 3 days available. Discuss with supervisor. Must be approved by division Executive. Additional time may be granted as needed with Executive approval.

  • Health, dental, accident, vision: Available first of the month following a minimum 30-days full-time employment.

  • Retirement contribution: 10% University contribution after two year vesting.

  • Participation in supplemental retirement: Begin your own pre-tax, payroll deduction retirement account.

  • Tuition Remission and Exchange: Employee, spouse and dependents have full undergraduate tuition waiver at SBU. Dependents also have tuition waivers available at 500+ partner universities. Remission for Graduate programs (SBU only) is 80% of the tuition cost for the employee and 50% for the employee’s spouse. Tuition remission for SBU online graduate programs is only available to the employee.

  • Term life insurance: 1.5 times employee annual wage up to $300k. Premium paid at 100% by the University.

  • Pre-tax Flex spending: Up to $2,750 per year may be set aside by the employee pre-tax to pay for unreimbursed medical, childcare, or eldercare expenses.

  • Golf course membership: Annual membership to University golf course for a $100 fee.

  • Two free season basketball tickets: Taxable benefit available annually to the employee. Liberal choice of seats.


St. Bonaventure University (NY)


3261 West State Road St. Bonaventure, New York, 14778