Student Accessibility Support Advisor/Counselor

Location: SCCC - Newton, NJ

Date Posted: 03/31/2021

Schedule: Full-Time

Type: Sussex Staff

Company: Sussex County Community College

Job Description

Performs all roles and responsibilities as a generalist advisor/counselor within the Advising & Counseling Center.

Provides intake assessment and evaluation of students requiring disability and accessibility support services. Coordinates necessary academic services for students with documented disabilities.  Supports faculty and staff in working with students requiring disability/accessibility support.  Additionally, supports students in other areas of academic needs. Will also perform generalist  Advising functions, including admission and registration, academic advising, transfer counseling, as well as provides general college information.



Generalist Counselor/Advisor Responsibilities


Intentionally focuses on leading-and-developing a culture of “caring regard” at the college.


Dedicates creative energy to the development of innovative student engagement and support programming. Such work is done in concert with the Advising & Counseling Center and with the Associate Dean of Advising and Center, and relates to new/strategic initiatives.


Performs all generalist counselor/ academic advisor functions including, but not limited to, admissions and registration, academic advising, responding to Early Alerts, providing general transfer information, as well as assisting students to navigate a variety of academic services.   


Works a variety of day, evening, and some weekend provide coverage for center and College needs.  Must be able to retain flexibility with hours and order to meet the center’s needs. 


Serves on various governance and general College committees.


Serves as the campus Section 504 Officer.


Participates in statewide associations as well as professional development opportunities to keep abreast of current or upcoming changes to accessibility and compliance issues.  Keeps the institution appraised n any needed adjustments or enhancements to ADA compliance.


Serves as the Campus ADA Officer and provides all intake assessments for students seeking accommodations.  Chairs the ADA Committee  & Student Accessibility Services Council committee and the manages all appeals related to accommodations.


Creates, maintains and houses all disability-related files for individual students participating in Student Accessibility Services.   Follows state-initiated guidelines, manages the purging of older files. 


As supported by the administrative assistant for the Advising & Counseling Center, facilitates all auxiliary supports for Student Accessibility Students, including but not limited to sign language interpreters, scribes, and alternate format textbooks and other adaptive technology needs.

    Participates in a variety of recruitment and retention initiatives, including those related to the onboarding of new students and various retention strategies (e.g. SOAR/ Open House).


    Communicates and advocates on behalf of students to administrators, faculty and staff and promotes a strong focus on student success amongst students, faculty and staff.  Should be able to work well with faculty and understand the differing relationships the students have with various members of the campus community.


    Works collaboratively with the Associate Dean of Advising & Student Support and other Counseling & Advising Center staff members to develop, monitor and assess functions pertaining to the efficient delivery of services provided by the Advising & Counseling Center.


    Participates on committees and special programs as assigned.


    Counsels new students and their parents regarding the admissions process and college requirements.


    Maintains active membership in professional organizations and attends programs for Academic Advisors in order to remain current in the field of Academic Advising.



    EDUCATION - List the level of education, certification(s), License(s) or designations in order of most recent:

    • Master’s Degree in Counseling or related field required. 


    Essential Skills/Experience:

    • Advising or student services/support experience in Higher Education 
    • Willing to learn SCCC policies and procedures, academic requirements, campus resources and support services.
    • Sensitivity to the needs of a diverse student population, including minority and international students.
    • Interpersonal/human relations skills.
    • Ability to encourage and empower students to make their own decisions.
    • Ability to work with students and parents to help each navigate their changing roles
    • Ability to act as an advocate for both the student and the College.
    • Ability to identify students’ needs for support services in order to make appropriate referrals.
    • Ability to operate a personal computer and various software packages.


    Preferred Skills/Experience:

    • Background and familiarity with accessibility/disability services and ADA/504 compliance
    • Demonstrated interpersonal and problem solving skills
    • Demonstrated autonomy, effectiveness and sensitivity.


    Contact Person:

    Human Resources

    To Apply:

    Please submit cover letter and resume to  Sussex County Community College is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


    Effective September 1, 2011, the NJ First Act requires that certain classifications of persons employed by a public higher education institution will have 365 days within which to establish a principle residence in NJ. Failure to comply will render the individual unqualified to continue to hold the position. Individuals may seek exemption from the residency exemption committee based on critical need or hardship.