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Graduate Assistant McNair - Academic Counselor

University of Maryland

Job Description

Position Number:



Graduate Assistant McNair (Academic Counselor)

Functional Title:

Graduate Assistant McNair - Academic Counselor

Category Status:

04-Graduate Assistant

Applicant Search Category:

Graduate Assistant


UGST-Academic Achievement Programs

Campus/College Information:

Founded in 1856, University of Maryland, College Park is the state’s flagship institution. Our 1,250-acre College Park campus is just minutes away from Washington, D.C., and the nexus of the nation’s legislative, executive, and judicial centers of power. This unique proximity to business and technology leaders, federal departments and agencies, and a myriad of research entities, embassies, think tanks, cultural centers, and non-profit organizations is simply unparalleled. Synergistic opportunities for our faculty and students abound and are virtually limitless in the nation’s capital and surrounding areas. The University is committed to attracting and retaining outstanding and diverse faculty and staff that will enhance our stature of preeminence in our three missions of teaching, scholarship, and full engagement in our community, the state of Maryland, and in the world.

Background Checks

Offers of employment are contingent on completion of a background check. Information reported by the background check will not automatically disqualify you from employment.

Vaccine Protocol

The University of Maryland has made the safety of our students, faculty and staff, and our surrounding communities a top priority. As part of that commitment, the University requires that students, faculty, and staff on the UMD campus be vaccinated against COVID-19. As a prospective and/or a new employee at UMD, you will be required to comply with the University’s vaccination protocol. Proof of full vaccination will be required before the start of employment in order to work at any University of Maryland location. Prospective or new employees may seek a medical or religious exemption to the vaccination requirement at return.umd.edu and must have an approved exemption prior to the start of their employment. Failure to provide proof of vaccination or to obtain approval for a medical or religious exemption will result in the offer of employment being rescinded.

Position Summary/Purpose of Position:

The Academic Counselor is responsible for providing general administrative and operational assistance to the Director in implementing activities and services in accordance with the McNair grant. Travel is an integral part of this position.

The Academic Counselor position is responsible for:
  • Assisting with recruitment activities.
  • Assisting with planning and conducting workshops.
  • Advising students on graduate school preparation (e.g. admissions, financial aid, course selection etc.) and matters related to graduate school and doctoral study.
  • Maintaining accurate records on advising caseload, student attendance sheets for all activities, and other pertinent records that demonstrate student compliance with activities.
  • Assisting with planning for the Summer Research Institute.
  • Planning summer graduate school visits and related trips.
  • Assisting with organizing the summer closing banquet.
  • Designing appropriate forms to document and assess student performance.
  • Assisting with preparing annual performance reports.
  • Representing the program in the absence of the Associate Director.
  • Performing other administrative duties as assigned by the Director and/or Executive Director.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Enrollment in a graduate program leading to a master’s degree in Counseling, Higher Education Administration, or related fields is required. 

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills and genuine interest in student development.


Preferred Education:
  • Enrollment in a doctoral program in Counseling, Higher Education Administration, or related fields is strongly preferred.

Preferred Experience:
  • Experience with conducting research preferred.

Posting Date:


Open Until Filled


Best Consideration Date


Diversity Statement:

The University of Maryland, College Park, an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, complies with all applicable federal and state laws and regulations regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action; all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment. The University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, physical or mental disability, protected veteran status, age, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, creed, marital status, political affiliation, personal appearance, or on the basis of rights secured by the First Amendment, in all aspects of employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions.

Women, minorities, LGBTQ+, veterans, and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

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