Job Details
Career and Academic Counselor
Academic Advising
BGSU Firelands Campus
Ends at 11:59 pm Bowling Green, OH local time

The Career and Academic Counselor is part of the broad team of professional academic advising staff at the University.  The position will be responsible for providing academic advising to current and prospective students who identify with the Resort and Attraction Management (RAAM) degree program:  PRE-RAAM; RAAMAA, RAAMAS; RAAM. In addition, this position will provide advice regarding academic and career direction for Resort and Attraction Management students, including the pre-majors.  Please note that although this position is based in Sandusky, the incumbent will perform their duties on the Firelands and Bowling Campuses as well.

Under the direction of the immediate supervisor and in accordance with University academic strategies, the position will provide essential support and service to students and contribute to the University’s goals of promoting student learning, development, and success, as well as student persistence and retention.  Additionally, this staff member will participate and assist with both University and college recruitment and retention efforts, serve on University, college, and community committees, and participate in University and college-specific training and development.


Resort and Attraction Management Student Advising

  • Advise current students, prospective students, and alumni who identify with the Resort and Attraction Management degree program:  PRE-RAAM; RAAMAA, RAAMAS; RAAM.   Provide assistance with career and academic direction through academic advising, career counseling, course planning, major selection, degree requirements, University policies and procedures, and registration procedures.
  • Work collaboratively with faculty, staff, Cedar Fair representatives, and other industry professionals to design and implement comprehensive career development/ planning programs to infuse career development in curricula and courses.  Engage in active career pathway advising for required co-ops and post-graduation jobs.
  • Utilize current and emerging technology and available data to complete essential advising duties, processes, and communication with students to support and foster retention, persistence, and success (e.g. CSS/MyBGSU, EAB/Navigate, successNET/early alert, DARS, Schedule Planner, Canvas, Query, Data Warehouse/STARS, etc.).
  • Review student academic progress and performance and advise students on specific actions regarding academic and career goals.
  • Refer students to appropriate BGSU and non-BGSU support offices and/or organizations as needed to support student success.  Communicate regularly with support offices in both BGSU and BGSU Firelands to refer students to appropriate services.
  • May be responsible for advising a specific sub population/cohort of students, requiring additional specialized knowledge and skills.
  • Additional college and/or academic program specific duties and responsibilities as assigned.
  • Maintain and update student files and records in accordance with federal, state and University regulations.


Resort and Attraction Management Student Services

  • Develop an annual calendar of career events and activities.  Represents unit at University and community events (on Bowling Green and Firelands campuses). 
  • Communicate with Cedar Fair and other industry representatives and faculty to coordinate class visits, employer visit days, interviews, speakers, co-op/job fairs and other career and professional development-related activities.
  • Provide job search assistance including resume and cover letter review and advice, mock interviews, and information on how and where to search for jobs. 
  • Provide outreach presentations and career-related workshops to local schools and businesses.  Develop, coordinate, and conduct seminars and workshops on topics related to career, employment, academic and personal development. 
  • Create and execute events designed to help students explore career options within Resort and Attraction Management and the job search process. 
  • May be responsible for developing programming efforts and intervention strategies for targeted and identified populations of at-risk students.
  • Participate and/or assist in planning and implement transfer orientation, welcome and other advising activities, as well other events on- and off-campus to advise prospective students of college specific requirements (Events may include Falcon Fridays, Preview Days, transfer days, Presidents’ Day, regional college events, etc., and other specialized events within a college/department.  May include evenings and/or weekends and programs at both campuses).


  • Maintain expertise in trends and research on career counseling, especially in higher education. 
  • Maintain career services web page and communication. 
  • Interact and respond to inquiries from students, staff, faculty, and community constituents about career and employment-related issues. 
  • Other duties as assigned. 









Minimum Qualifications

Master’s degree in Business, Counseling, College Student Personnel, Communications, Higher Education and Student Affairs, Cultural Studies, Hospitality/ Entertainment/Resort/Tourism/Recreation Management or related field.  Must maintain a valid driver’s license and comply the university's vehicle use policy.

The following experience is required:

  • 1-2 years of advising experience at the college level or 2 years graduate assistantship in advising or career services.



Full-time, Administrative staff position available. Administrative Grade Level 354.  Salary is commensurate with education and experience. Full benefit package available.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Understanding of the functions of an institution of higher education, including academic and student affairs
  • Comprehensive knowledge of University degree programs, especially those degrees granted by BGSU;
  • Knowledge of the tourism industry especially as it relates to resort and attraction management;
  • Knowledge of University academic policies and procedures as well as support services;
  • Knowledge of computer applications including but not limited to:  Microsoft Office, Microsoft Outlook, People Soft/CSS, an ability to learn and adopt other technologies, and comfort level to use computer database, word processing, spreadsheet programs and web-based applications
  • Effective written and oral communication skills
  • Active listening skills
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Ability to interact well with students, parents, faculty, administrators and other members of the campus and community
  • Knowledge of developmental advising strategies
  • Knowledge of or ability to learn student development theories and career development theory
  • Compassionate and caring attitude toward working with students
  • Effective in working with diverse populations
Fiscal Year
Full Time
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