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Northwest Missouri State University

Student Employment Program - Job Description

Job Title

Couseling Assistant


Upward Bound

Job Description

To assist with counseling duties (one-on-one appointments and small group workshops) to Upward Bound students during the summer session.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  •  Facilitate group and individual counseling sessions to program participants
  •  Document participant contacts
  •  Proctor and interpret standardized career assessments
  •  Communicate to central staff any concerns about participants
  •  Maintain participant confidentiality
  •  Attend and participate in weekly staff meetings
  •  Attend and participate in a job-training workshop


  • Ability to listen objectively Give advice and maintain confidentiality in accordance with standard counseling practices
  • Give clear instructions and answer questions fully during workshops
  • Immediately communicate any concerns to central staff members

Critical/Creative Thinking and Problem Solving:

  • Person must work independently, and solve problems dealing with classroom mangement


  • Basic Microsoft Office and Internet skills needed

Competence in a Discipline:

  • Students must be familiar with basic counseling theories and practices and be able to adhere to such practices

Personal/Social Development:

  • Maintain confidentiality
  • Properly treat others with respect and be able to work with high school students

Multicultural/Cultural Enrichment:

  • Assist in faciliating students understanding/awareness of diversity in its many forms


Education: Bachelor's degree and significant progress toward an advanced degree in Guidance and Counseling, Social Work or Counseling Psychology is required.

Experience: Previous experience working with low-income, first-generation high school students will enhance employment possibility. Personal experience in overcoming academic and economic obstacles to success is preferred.

Skills: Individual, group, and career counseling skills; ability to document duties performed.

Wage Rate

$1,350 for the five-week summer program.

Hours Available

Approximately 20 hours per week

Start Date

June 3 - July 3, 2013

Application Deadline

Friday, March 8, 2013; Please complete the Northwest application online at In addition to the Northwest application, all applications must also complete the Upward Bound job application. Upward Bound applications can be picked up at the Upward Bound Office, Administration Building 352, or online at


Jackie Cochenour


352 Administration Building




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