Career and Professional Development Counselor

Job ID 2021-1443
Job Locations
Student Affairs Staff
Budgeted Salary Range
$45,300 (minimum) -$56,600 (midpoint) per year

Location, Job Title, Benefits

Rocky Vista University in Ivins, UT has an opening for a

Career and Professional Development Counselor  (Full-Time)


To be considered for this position applicants should submit a resume/cover letter and salary requirements.




The posted salary range represents the minimum to the midpoint within RVU’s compensation plan.   RVU’s full compensation structure provides a minimum to a maximum range.  The salary of the finalist(s) selected for this role will be set based on a variety of factors, including but not limited to skill, knowledge, experience, education, and credentials.


RVU offers a full benefits package that included 401(k), Health, Dental and Vision insurance, paid vacation, sick and holidays.


RVU is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Primary Purpose

Lead career counseling services to guide and support all RVU students in achieving their career and professional goals.

Essential Job Functions

  1. Serves as an integral member of the Student Affairs team.
  2. Execute the career advising program to guide and support students holistically in the clarification and development of their personal and professional goals, and promote student development by providing information and referral to campus specialty organizations, professional national memberships & conferences.
  3. Provide career counseling in cooperation with the Utah advisor for students in the Master of Science in Biomedical Sciences (MSBS) program to develop strategic plan for next steps dependent on their academic (tier) status and interests.
  4. Council and support students in the ongoing development of their personal brand, documentation, and career exploration through the delivery of one-on-one and group career advising sessions, resources, and professional development workshops.
  5. Coordinate and provide training to students in utilizing such national self-assessment tools as the Gallup Strengths Finder to help students leverage strengths in their individual lives, career paths, and leadership opportunities.
  6. Partner with Clinical Career Advisors to generate training and produce transition plans for COM OMS-II students’ transition to clinical years, and participate in preliminary preparation of the MSPE by assisting students to develop comprehensive Noteworthy Characteristics.
  7. Research, design, and teach educational sessions to students to develop their career readiness skills.
  8. Manage, select, and train Career Peer Leadership team. Lead the Career Peer Coaching Leadership program to enhance leadership competences in Peer Coaches and increase student engagement in professional development through one-on-one and group interactions in person and virtually.
  9. Partner with Clinical Career Advisors to generate training and produce transition plans for COM OMS-II students’ transition to clinical years.
  10. Manage career advising online resources, including Teams, Careers in Medicine, and RVU website.
  11. Recognize different types of crises and refer students to campus/community resources as deemed appropriat Develop metrics and assessment tools to continuously assess the efficacy of career services and programing by measuring student learning outcomes and utilizing student evaluation data to refine solutions and program design for purposeful career placement.  
  12. Prioritize program content based on emerging national data and trends to enhance professional development aimed at assisting students to acquire crucial competencies to continuously yield compelling future residency candidates.
  13. Build cross-campus collaborative partnerships with faculty, staff, and program directors to assess students’ professional development needs, enhance students’ holistic understanding and selection of curricular and co-curricular involvement based on competency attainment.

Marginal Job Functions

  1. Perform ongoing assistance with Student Affairs events and activities.
  2. Participate in regular collaboration meetings with counterparts on Utah Campus.
  3. Have a clear understanding of all university and college academic policies; and work on a daily basis with other entities across campus.
  4. Help students navigate institutional policies and procedures.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  1. Ability to communicate clearly effectively, both orally and in writing.
  2. Public speaking.
  3. Ability to maintain confidentiality and security of information.
  4. Ability to problem-solve.
  5. Excellent organizational skills.
  6. If needed, ability to work outside of normal business hours.
  7. Knowledge of University and College Policy and Procedures.  

Minimum Qualifications

  1. Bachelor's Degree
  2. At least three years of full-time experience at an accredited university, health profession college, or medical school.
  3. Demonstrated increased leadership responsibilities in a university setting.

Preferred Qualifications

  1. Six years of full-time experience at an accredited university, health profession college, or medical school.
  2. Experience with student advising and/or academic support services.
  3. Master's or Graduate Degree.


Final applicant will be required to pass background check and drug screening.


Qualified applicants will be contacted. There may be an additional video interview for you to complete. Please watch your email including spam and promotions folder.


Rocky Vista University, on the recommendation of the COVID-19 Response Team (CRT), implemented a mandatory vaccination policy for all employees and students effective July 1, 2021



Rocky Vista University is in full compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and does not discriminate with regard to applicants or employees with disabilities, and will make reasonable accommodation when necessary.  The following are essential abilities and physical requirements for all positions at the University.


  • Ability to orally communicate effectively with others;
  • Ability to communicate effectively in writing, using the English language;
  • Ability to work cooperatively with colleagues and supervisory staffs at all levels;
  • May be exposed to short, intermittent, and/or prolonged periods of sitting and/or standing in performance of job duties;
  • May be required to accomplish job duties using various types of equipment/supplies to include, but not limited to, pens, pencils, calculators, computer keyboards, telephone, etc.;
  • May be required to transport oneself to other campus offices, conference rooms, and on occasion, to off-campus sites to attend meetings, conferences, workshops, seminars, etc.


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