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College and Career Transition Counselor/Advisor (this position will serve the Ames and Collins-Maxwell School District)

Des Moines Area Community College
Job Location:
Ankeny, Iowa
Academic Advising

JOB SUMMARY: Provide advising services to Ames and Collins-Maxwell high school students to promote personal growth, academic and career planning, and decision making across school districts and at the college. Must be able to maintain a flexible work schedule with ability to work in high schools. This position will be at the high schools four days per week and at DMACC one day per week during the school year and then summers at DMACC .

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: Travel to assigned high schools and collaborate and coordinate as part of the high school counseling team to advise students in college and career planning and support academic success and career exploration. Connect students and families with community and higher education resources to support success in school and facilitate planning for post-secondary education. Monitor high school student enrollment in AP and dual enrollment courses to ensure student progress toward college and career goals. Responsible for proactive communication and follow-up with students and high school staff. Utilize and track data on student outcomes for targeted groups of students.

Advise students in all phases of academic and career planning, including program and course information, scheduling, registration, transfer requirements, articulations with other educational institutions and graduation requirements. Advise, coordinate and refer students with specific learning needs regarding the identification and utilization of support services to assist in student success. May also assist with educational achievement plans.
Conduct recruitment, orientation and retention activities for high school and first year college students, visit high schools and business/industry, attend college fairs, schedule and conduct campus tours, and serve as a resource in the development of promotional materials to recruit and retain students.
Teach College Experience courses, Freshman Seminars and direct workshops for students. Assist with summer programs, college orientation sessions, and other recruitment or enrollment events.
Perform other duties as assigned.

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS: Master’s degree in School Counseling or related program leading to Iowa licensure as a School Counselor (Professional Service License or School Counselor Endorsement). Degree must be completed prior to July 1, 2022. One year of experience in counseling, advising, recruitment, promotions, admissions or related experience in a secondary and/or postsecondary educational setting. Knowledge of current college educational and student services procedures and practices. Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing and to prepare and deliver public presentations. Ability to plan, organize and manage time. Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain a professional working relationship with a wide variety of individuals coming from diverse backgrounds. Knowledge of current software applications. Must be willing to work a flexible work schedule.

DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS: Experience and commitment to working with diverse student populations including low-income, first-generation, underrepresented, and English Language Learner (ELL). Experience working with community colleges. Experience working with high school populations and/or working in high schools. Ability to speak a language in addition to English.


    • Sit 
  • Lift Floor to Waist < 10 lbs 
  • Carry < 10 lbs x 100 ft 
  • Push/pull horizontal 10 lbs x 18 in 
  • Lateral Pinch 
  • Forward reach 
  • Crouch 
  • Neck Flexion, Extension & Rotation 
  • Fine Motor Coordination 
  • Hand & Foot Coordination 
  • Stand 
  • Ability to be Mobile 
 Mobility accommodations will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis and determined by the essential functions of this position.

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