EOP Counselor (Student Services Professional III) (515691)

  • San Diego State University
  • San Diego, California
  • Jun 22, 2022
Full Time Education and Training

Job Description


Position Summary

The mission of the Office of Educational Opportunity Programs (EOP) and Ethnic Affairs is to serve students from low-income backgrounds and historically underserved communities by providing innovative programs and services that facilitate the successful recruitment, retention, and development of scholars and leaders as they persist toward a university degree. EOP assists students in achieving academic success and working through educational, psychological, social, and economic challenges through their college experience by providing a comprehensive program of support services. EOP also supports students who are former foster youth, wards of the court, under legal guardianship, or unaccompanied youth through the Guardian Scholars Program. In addition, EOP supports undocumented students and allies.

Under the direction of the Assistant Director of EOP/Ethnic Affairs, the EOP Counselor is responsible for providing holistic counseling and academic advising for EOP students regarding course selection, evaluation, adjustment from high school and/or community college, financial aid referrals, personal counseling related to self-awareness, personal growth, peer relationships, family expectations/problems, career investigation, academic probation, and residential life. In addition, counselors also work with various retention initiatives to help students progress towards their degree in a timely manner. These are, but are not limited to, probation/disqualification, not enrolled, high achievers, SAP, etc.

The EOP Counselor also is responsible for the coordination of student service areas, events, and programs (e.g. EOP graduation, Summer Bridge, etc.) and supports other department initiatives.

Division of Student Affairs and Campus Diversity

The Division works proactively to address systemic inequities through professional learning, community building, advocacy, policy recommendations, and organizational structures while facilitating an integrated vision and shared responsibility for prioritizing and advancing institutional goals. We aim to foster an affirming campus culture based on the core values of excellence, equity, diversity, belonging, and inclusion through:
  • Recruiting and retaining faculty and staff who are reflective of the diverse student body and communities served by SDSU, and recruiting students who are representative of the rich diversity of the region and the world;
  • Fostering an environment that is welcoming, affirming, and empowering for students, faculty, staff, and alumni of all backgrounds;
  • Enhancing the career and educational pathways of a diverse student body, the faculty and staff; and
  • Cultivating relationships with the local community that advance the well-being of diverse individuals and communities.

For more information regarding The Office of Educational Opportunity Programs and Ethnic Affairs, click here.

This is a full-time (1.0 time-base) benefits-eligible, permanent (probationary) position. This position is designated exempt under FLSA and is not eligible for overtime compensation. Standard SDSU work hours are Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., but may vary based on operational needs.

The individual hired into this role will work on-campus at SDSU in San Diego.

Education and Experience

Education: Equivalent to graduation from a four-year college or university in a related field, including or supplemented by upper-division or graduate coursework in counseling techniques, interviewing, and conflict resolution where such are job-related.

Experience: Possession of this knowledge and abilities is typically demonstrated through the equivalent of three years of progressively responsible professional student services work experience. One year in the program area to which assigned may be preferred but is not required.

A master's degree in Counseling, Clinical Psychology, Social Work, or a directly related field may be substituted for one year of experience. A doctorate degree and the appropriate internship or clinical training in counseling or guidance may be substituted for the three years of experience for positions with major responsibility for a professional career or personal counseling.

Preferred Qualifications
  • The equivalent of five years of progressively responsible professional student services work experience or professional experience in higher education academic support services or equivalent.
  • Master's degree in Counseling, College Student Development, Higher Education, or a directly related field.
  • Experience developing, planning, and implementing workshops or other programming aimed at supporting students, including undocumented students and former foster youth.
  • Experience working with diverse student populations.
  • Knowledge of student services programs outside the program to which assigned.

Specialized Skills
  • Minimum of one year experience working with students from low-income, traditionally underserved, and traditionally disadvantaged backgrounds.
  • Minimum of one year of experience with student outreach efforts in school and community settings.
  • Minimum of one year of experience developing, organizing, planning, and implementing university transitional programs.
  • Minimum of one year of experience utilizing individual counseling techniques.
  • Minimum of two years of experience analyzing complex situations accurately and adopting effective courses of action.
  • Minimum of one year of experience advising students individually and in groups on complex student-related matters.

Compensation and Benefits

Salary placement is determined by the education, experience, and qualifications the candidate brings to the position, internal equity, and the hiring department's fiscal resources. Starting salary upon appointment is not expected to exceed $4,691 per month.

San Diego State University offers a rich benefits package that constitutes a major portion of total compensation. For more information regarding SDSU benefits, please click here.

CSU Classification Salary Range: $4,691 - $6,683 per month.

SDSU COVID-19 Vaccine Policy

In accordance with the California State University systemwide policy, students, faculty, and staff must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or provide a valid medical or religious exemption in order to access campus. Individuals are considered fully vaccinated for five months after their final dose of a two-dose COVID-19 vaccine or for two months after receiving the only dose of a single-dose vaccine. Afterward, a COVID-19 booster is required to continue to be considered fully vaccinated.

The individual hired into this role will be required to submit their completed vaccination documentation to the university's secure online health portal prior to beginning work. Individuals with an approved medical or religious exemption on file with the university will be required to participate in SDSU's COVID-19 testing program.

Supplemental Information

Initial review of the required application materials, including cover letters and resumes, will begin on July 6, 2022. To receive full consideration, apply by July 5, 2022. The position will remain open until filled.

The person holding this position is considered a 'mandated reporter' under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.

San Diego State University is not a sponsoring agency for staff or management positions (e.g., H-1B visa). Applicants must currently be authorized to work in the United States on a full-time basis. Offers of employment are contingent upon the presentation of documents that demonstrate a person's identity and authorization to work in the United States, which are consistent with the provisions of the Immigration Reform and Control Act.

A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered a position with the CSU. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or the continued employment of current CSU employees who apply for the position.

SDSU is a smoke-free campus. For more information, please click here.

SDSU is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against persons on the basis of race, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity and expression, marital status, age, disability, pregnancy, medical condition, or covered veteran status.

Applicants with disabilities and applicants who require assistance completing an application may contact Meracle Cothron at mcothron@sdsu.edu.

Closing Date/Time: Open until filled

Remote-eligible (Remote work is a type of flexible working arrangement that allows an employee to work from remote location)


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