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25 Mar 2021

Full-Time Educational Planner – Advising & Student Services

Clark College – Posted by Vancouver, Washington, United States

Job Description

Clark College is currently accepting applications for a full-time, exempt, Educational Planner in the Advising Services department, reporting to one of three associate directors. Educational Planners are integral members of the collaborative and student-centered Advising Services team. Primary responsibilities include providing holistic advising for current and prospective students enrolled in current programs offered at Clark, while providing culturally informed services with Students of Color.  We are seeking an individual who is knowledgeable and passionate about social justice, skilled at forming relationships with faculty or staff in other departments (such as the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and Counseling & Health Center), interested in being a point of contact for Student of Color organizations and groups, and in working with campus partners in developing procedures or programs to better respond to Student of Color needs in an effort to support overall retention and student success/outcomes.  Hours of operation are from 8-6 Monday to Thursday, 8-4:30 on Friday; this position may require some evening and/or weekend hours. This recruitment pool may be used to fill future vacancies.

Clark College values diversity and is an Equal Opportunity Employer and Educator. Protected group members are strongly encouraged to apply.  Clark College provides equal opportunity in education and employment and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, creed, religion, honorably discharged veteran or military status, citizenship, immigration status or use of a trained guide dog or service animal. Prohibited sex discrimination includes sexual harassment (unwelcome sexual conduct of various types). The college considers equal opportunity, affirmative action, and non-discrimination to be fundamental to the mission, vision and values of the college. All faculty and staff hired at Clark College are encouraged to embrace, continually support and enhance social equity on our campus and in our community. The college provides reasonable accommodations for qualified students, employees, and applicants with disabilities in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and Federal Rehabilitation Act. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies, Title II and Title IX, and Affirmative Action: Darcy Rourk, Interim Vice President of Human Resources, 360-992-2119,, 1933 Fort Vancouver Way, Baird 012, Vancouver, Washington 98663. Clark College is a smoke-free/drug free environment.  This recruitment announcement does not reflect the entire job description and can be changed and or modified without notice.

Job Duties and Responsibilities:

Academic Advising Responsibilities (75%).

  • Provide accurate and timely advising to students so that they may develop education plans, enroll in appropriate classes, understand college policies and procedures, utilize online services, and be able to access and use college support services.
  • Provide supportive and appropriate advising for students struggling academically and suggest, provide, present, or develop college success strategies aimed at retaining students encountering academic difficulty.
  • Assist students in the development of effective problem-solving skills, self-advocacy, decision-making, and personal responsibility to support students’ ability to persist in goal attainment.
  • Collaborate with college partners in retention and completion efforts.
  • Design, implement and evaluate advising related outreach programs, presentations, workshops, and other activities to facilitate retention of Students of Color.
  • Provide unofficial credential evaluations from other colleges and universities for academic degree placement and planning.
  • Perform other duties as assigned of a similar level and nature.

Coordination Responsibilities (25%) 

  • Provide support for the leadership team while working with the Associate Directors to help with the development of policies and procedures for advising Clark College students.
  • Participate & support the Advising Services team including curriculum development, advisory, college and community events while assisting Credential Evaluations and Running Start.
  • Provides coordinated support and develops collaborative relationships between Counseling and Health Center, Student Affairs, The Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, and International Education.  Expected to consider and emphasize the needs of Students of Color in these settings.
  • Develop strategic and effective partnerships with other university departments/programs supporting students with marginalized identities.

Minimum Qualifications: 

  • Bachelor’s degree and three (3) or more years of combined related experience or master’s degree and one year of combined related experience; year-for-year combined related experience equivalent to educational levels will also be considered.
  • Demonstrated experience providing services, support, and advocacy for Students of Color.
  • Strong computer skills and demonstrated ability to utilize technology (learning management systems; Microsoft Office Suite; virtual communication platforms, relational databases; PeopleSoft preferred).
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, including active listening skills. Strong interpersonal skills with high level of self-awareness.
  • Demonstrated critical thinking and analytical skills. Self-directed initiative to create solutions to identifiable and perceived problems.  Ability to work independently as well as establish and maintain harmonious relations with other staff, faculty, and students.
  • Ability to respond to changing needs, requirements, and information. Respond positively to changing business needs and responsibilities.  Adapt approach and method to achieve results; recover quickly from setbacks and finds alternatives.
  • Must provide excellent customer service and function well in a busy, sometimes stressful environment. Positive attitude in the face of adversity is a necessary.

Preferred Qualifications: 

  • Three (3) or more years of either academic advising experience or counseling; showing increased responsibility, preferably in a community college system.
  • Ability to work collaboratively within a team and across organizational lines.
  • Experience with serving a high volume of students in a fast-paced environment.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage multiple projects with competing priorities through to completion.
  • Focused experience working in counseling and advocacy with people from marginalized identities/communities (BIPOC, LGBTQIA+, low income, first generation, undocumented, DACA students, students with mixed status family, students with disabilities, veterans).
  • Able to provide advising and support services in Spanish (or other).
  • Specific knowledge of issues of gender, culture, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, ability differences, socio-economic status, etc. and a commitment to the work of anti-racism.

Salary Statement: $54,161/annually

Benefits include vacation/ sick leave; medical, dental, life and long-term disability insurance; retirement; and tuition waiver.

How to Apply


Required Online Application Materials:
  • Clark College Online Application
  • Cover letter describing background and experience related to qualifications and responsibilities of the position
  • Current résumé
  Please apply online at   To contact Clark College Human Resources, please call (360) 992-2105.   Application Deadline:  Required application materials must be completed and submitted online by 3 p.m., April 15, 2021.

Job Types: Full-Time.

Job expires in 7 days.

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