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Student Counselor II
Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey
Date Posted 05/15/2022
Admin-Student Affairs and Services
Employment Type
Application Deadline Open until filled

Position Details
Position Information

Recruitment/Posting Title Student Counselor II
Job Category Staff & Executive - Advising and Counseling
Department NJ Step
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 the Edna Mahan Correctional Facility in Clinton, 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.
Responsibilities include and are 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.

This position is contingent upon the continuation of grant funding.
Position Status Full Time
Hours Per Week
Daily Work Shift Day
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
Rutgers offers a comprehensive benefit program to eligible employees. For details, please go to http://uhr.rutgers.edu/benefits/benefits-overview .
Rutgers also offers a benefit program to eligible full-time postdoctoral fellow students. For details, please go to https://finance.rutgers.edu/healthcare-risk/insurance/postdoctoral-health-insurance.
COVID-19 Immunization Requirement
Under Policy 60.1.35 , Rutgers University requires all prospective employees to provide proof that they are fully vaccinated and have received a booster (where eligible) against COVID-19 prior to commencement of employment, unless the University has granted the individual a medical or religious exemption.  Prospective employees who are not eligible for a booster at the time of an offer of employment must provide proof they have received a booster within two weeks (14 calendar days) of eligibility .  Based on current guidance, individuals are considered fully vaccinated against COVID-19 two weeks after receiving the final dose of any COVID-19 vaccine authorized or approved for use in the United States by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and recommended by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  Eligibility for a booster against COVID-19 varies and is explained on the University’s web site located at https://coronavirus.rutgers.edu/covid-19-vaccine .  Failure to provide proof of primary vaccination and booster will result in rescission of a prospective employee’s offer of employment and/or disciplinary action up to and including termination.
Seniority Unit
Terms of Appointment Staff - 12 month
Position Pension Eligibility ABP


Minimum Education and Experience
  • Requires a Bachelor’s degree in a related field, or an equivalent combination of education and/or experience
  • Requires two years of relevant experience in an administrative function, good communication and interpersonal skills, and computer literacy

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
  • Requires a Bachelor’s Degree
  • Must have excellent communication, writing skills, and organizational skills
  • Experience with academic advising, 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
This position is contingent upon the continuation of grant funding.

Posting Details

Posting Number 22ST1595
Posting Open Date 05/14/2022
Special Instructions to Applicants
Regional Campus Rutgers University-Newark
Home Location Campus Rutgers University-Newark
Location Details

Pre-employment Screenings

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

Infection Control and Safety

This position is subject to all Rutgers University policies, including TB surveillance and other infection control and safety policies. Please review the Tuberculosis Surveillance Policy for additional information.

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: http://uhr.rutgers.edu/non-discrimination-statement

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