Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

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Academic Counselor - Worcester

at Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

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For nearly 200 years, MCPHS University, formerly known as Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, has been at the forefront of innovation in the healthcare world. We take pride in our history, yet are motivated by a curiosity about the future. That’s why we are constantly updating our state-of-the-art labs, innovating our curriculums, and adding programs to coincide with the needs of an ever-changing healthcare landscape.

Faculty and staff continue to bring their talents and skills to MCPHS University to contribute to our mission of guiding and supporting students toward successful and sustainable careers in healthcare. Whatever position an employee holds, their efforts make an important impact on the overall quality of campus life. Employees are an integral part of a community that is proud of its heritage and the accomplishments that make MCPHS University a first-class educational institution.


The Academic Counselor reports to the Assistant Dean. This is a full-time position, serving multiple academic department cohorts, including online students in online programs emanating from the Worcester campus.

  • Hire, train, and manage Peer Mentors to be academic leaders during New Student Orientation and then work as Peer Tutors throughout the first year.
  • Coordinate tutoring and pre-test review sessions with Peer Tutors.
  • Create Academic Improvement Plans for students on warning and probation; for online students, work with program directors as needed to develop Academic Improvement Plans.
  • Counsel students regarding study skills, test taking strategies, and time management.
  • Support students returning from leaves of absence.
  • Develop and present workshops on study skills and time management.
  • Maintain statistical data on progress and persistence of student caseload.
  • Participate in staff development and function as a team member of the Student Affairs staff.
  • Act as a resource for faculty regarding issues of academic assistance and academic progression.
  • Serve as an ex-officio member of the Academic Standing Committee.
  • Participate in outreach programs to MCPHS community.
  • Assist with orientation and commencement programs.
  • Periodic travel between campuses is required.

Additional responsibilities may be assigned by the supervisor.



  • A master's degree in Education, Educational Psychology, Academic Advising or a related field
  • A valid driver's license
  • Experience working with a diverse population and a commitment to diversity
  • Experience working with students in postsecondary education setting
  • Knowledge of study skills, learning styles, and the learning process
  • Ability to establish and maintain harmonious working relationships with members of the college community
  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • Effective time management skills and the ability to set priorities
  • Strong interpersonal, organizational and computer skills
  • Demonstrated ability to work individually and as a member of a team

MCPHS offers a competitive salary and excellent benefits, including a substantial health/dental insurance subsidy, generous holiday/vacation policy, and a significant pension plan contribution.

Please attach a cover letter and a resume. No phone calls, please. Principals only. No relocation available. Finalist candidate(s) for this position will be subject to a pre-employment background check as a condition of employment. MCPHS University is an equal opportunity employer. Applicants who would enrich the University’s diversity are welcome to apply.