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Educational Counselor - Estherville

Date Posted: May 11, 2015
Type: Part-time
Job Details

GENERAL JOB SUMMARY: This is a 20 hours per week position serving students from Mid-August – Mid-May. Primary responsibility is to provide career, academic, and personal counseling services to Iowa Lakes Community College students. This includes an emphasis on transfer counseling.

DEPARTMENT: Student Services
REPORT TO: Executive Dean of Students 


Constant (67-100%)

  1. Meet with students by appointment or on a walk in basis.
  2. Provide students career, academic and personal counseling in order to assist them with their academic goals.  Utilize college and community resources, including technology to assist them in making appropriate decisions.
  3. Refer students who need therapy or ongoing professional support; e.g. substance abuse counseling, mental health counseling, etc.
  4. Provide proactive counseling by presenting counseling services in the classroom, assisting with the dorm education programming, and promoting focus topics through a variety of means.
  5. Provide early identification of and intervention with potentially at-risk students.
  6. Assist students in deciding on transfer institutions and in determining transfer requirements.
  7. Contact students with attendance or academic problems.  Assist them by identifying college and community resources, facilitating problem solving, and collaborating with students to create study plans.

Frequent (34-66%)

  1. Conduct assessments that enable students to become more self-aware and increase their achievement at the college level.
  2. Utilize the Noel Levitz Survey to identify and intervene with at-risk students.
  3. Utilize the Learning Styles Analysis in order to assist students with their academic goals.
  4. Establish and maintain confidential records of students.
  5. Continually market educational counseling services to students and staff to enhance awareness.
  6. Establish and maintain professional contacts with appropriate agency personnel, advisory committee members, superintendents, principals and school counselors, and Iowa Lakes Community College faculty and staff.

Occasional (10-33%)

  1. Collaborate with other counselors to develop a year-long plan to assure that proactive counseling and resources are provided by counseling team.
  2. Complete annual reports, as required by the college, to comply with state and federal regulations.
  3. Coordinate and promote college-wide visits by college/university transfer counselors.
  4. Participate in statewide counseling organizations and appropriate professional development.
  5. Serve on selected and volunteer committees. 
  6. Attend meetings and conferences as required by supervisor. 
  7. Other duties as assigned.


  1. Ability to access input and retrieve information from a computer for word processing, data base information, and the mainframe.
  2. Represent the College in a positive manner to employees, students, visitors, and the general public.
  3. Must be enthusiastic and energetic in performance of assigned duties and responsibilities.
  4. Ability to express oneself clearly and effectively in oral and written documentation
  5. Ability to read and understand written and oral instruction or communication.
  6. Ability to efficiently perform tasks in an environment of frequent interruptions.
  7. Ability to assume responsibility, deal effectively with problems and exercise good judgment when making decisions; maintaining student confidentiality.
  8. Ability to establish rapport with students, parents, faculty and staff.
  9. ADA and Section 504 regulations
  10. Knowledge of agencies and personnel for student referral purposes.

SPECIAL DEMANDS: Sedentary to light work. Position involves sitting most of the time; exerting up to 20 pounds of force occasionally (10-33%). Stooping, kneeling, crouching, pushing, pulling, carrying and repetitive motion occasionally (10-33%). Walking, lifting, and grasping frequently (34-66%). Talking, hearing, and viewing various types of close visual work constantly (67-100%). Required to travel utilizing personal vehicle. Must have valid driver’s license, good driving record and provide proof of insurance.

Employment with Iowa Lakes Community College is dependent upon successful passage of a criminal background check. 

The statements contained herein reflect general details as necessary to describe the essential functions, job duties/responsibilities, and performance expectations of the job, which should not be considered an all inclusive listing of work requirements. Individuals may perform other duties as assigned. 


MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: Masters degree required. At least three years counseling experience in an educational or social work setting required.

SALARY: $23.70/Hour


APPLICATION PROCESS: The following items must be included in your application packet before it will be considered a complete application:

  • Employment Application form
  • Applicant Confidential Information form (This data is used to comply with government required affirmative action record keeping only and is not used for applicant screening purposes.)
  • A letter addressing your qualifications for the position
  • A resume
  • A copy of transcripts, with originals due upon hiring

Only complete application packets will be considered for the position vacancy. Position open until filled; review of application begins May 29, 2015.

Application:  Employment Application 

(Save document to your computer and fill in application. Re-save completed application and email as an attachment to Diane Friesner at You may also print out the completed form and mail it to Iowa Lakes Community College, 19 South 7th Street, Estherville, IA 51334.) *** 

*** NOTE: Applications must be complete, including Employment Application Form, Applicant Confidential Information Form, Letter Addressing Qualifications, Resume and Transcripts (if required). See individual job descriptions for instructions. Incomplete applications will not be considered.
Contact Information

Questions and requests regarding application: Diane Friesner at 712-362-0409 or

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