Assistant Director/Counselor, EOF

Posting Date: December 11, 2017

Closing Date: Open until filled

Invitation to Apply:

Under the direction of the Executive Director of the Educational Opportunity Fund Program and Academic Achievement, the incumbent provides comprehensive individual and group counseling (academic, financial, personal, career, leadership development, etc.) and facilitates the prospective EOF first year students’ admission process.

William Paterson University is the third most diverse public university in New Jersey. As a longstanding member of the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU), we have been designated by the US Department of Education as a Hispanic-Serving Institution. The University offers more than 250 undergraduate and graduate academic programs that range from liberal arts and sciences to pre-professional and professional programs; it enrolls nearly 11,000 students from across the country and from over 40 nations. The University is situated on a beautiful, 370-acre suburban campus in Wayne, New Jersey, just twenty miles west of New York City.

Opportunities to Contribute: Development and execution of comprehensive programs which will enhance students’ educational, persistence, retention, academic success and graduation rates.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Monitors student academic performance and progress
  • Facilitates prospective EOF first year students’ admission process, which includes interviews, high school visits, open houses, presentation and review of financial documentation for state eligibility.
  • Gathers assessment and student progress data, conducts relevant research, assists in report preparation.
  • Assists in the coordination of the Summer Program
  • Develops internal programs tailored to student needs and acts as an advocate for the EOF student.
  • Teaches a specialized success seminar
  • Provides comprehensive individual and group counseling to a caseload of approximately 150 students.


  • Master's Degree, in Higher Education Administration, Psychology, Counseling, Counselor Education from an accredited college or university.
  • Two years of professional counseling/advising experience in higher education or similar setting
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced setting and team environment.
  • Proven experience working and interacting with diverse populations of students, faculty and staff.
  • Demonstrated conceptualization and implementation of cohort specific retention programs.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication abilities as well as strong interpersonal and strong analytical skills.
  • EOF recruitment and admission coordination experience.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Teaching experience.
  • Knowledge of financial aid criteria and documentation tracking.
  • Knowledge of state funded opportunity programs and regulations.
  • Experience working in a multicultural setting.
  • Working knowledge Ellucian’s Banner.
  • Hobson Starfish information platform.


The Ideal Candidate:

Supports student success

Demonstrates ethical leadership

Uses technology on various platforms including social media

Thinks innovatively and creatively

Thrives in a fast paced and high volume environment

Works effectively with at-risk student population


Invitation to apply:

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Submit a cover letter and resume or CV

Provide names/contact information of three professional references.  

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William Paterson University is an equal opportunity employer that actively values and supports diversity among faculty, staff and students. Women, minorities, and members of under-represented groups are encouraged to apply.