Educational & Career Planner

Posted on January 4, 2024
WFSE 1488
South Puget Sound CC
 - $ 
 per year
Olympia, WA
Health insurance, Paid time off, Paid holidays, Dental insurance, Vision insurance, Retirement benefits, Life and disability insurance
Applications accepted until position filled
Type: Full-Time
Posted: 12/20/2023
Category: Career Development and Services
Salary: $56,069.00 – $58,312.00 Annually

Department: Advising(303)

Opening Date: 12/19/2023

Our Opportunity

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*This position is open until filled.*

South Puget Sound Community College (SPSCC) seeks a highly motivated and qualified individual for the position of Educational & Career Planner.

The Educational and Career Planner reports directly to the Director of Advising, Career and Transfer Services and is responsible for assisting enrolled and prospective students in developing meaningful educational goals, providing educational planning, career and transfer assistance. This position will advise a general caseload of professional/technical and transfer students as assigned by the Director.

South Puget Sound Community College is committed to increasing its cultural diversity with an emphasis on equity and inclusion among its professional staff. A firm understanding of anti-racist policy development coupled with the skills to eliminate barriers that harm underrepresented people is a college requirement. The students that we serve come from a variety of backgrounds. On average, 43% of SPSCC students are people of color. We strongly encourage members of the underrepresented groups, veterans, and bi- or multi-lingual individuals to apply for this position to help meet the needs of our diverse students and service district.

And if that isn’t enough?  We also offer:

  • A healthy work/life balance for our employees with the opportunity for flexible work schedules and remote work depending on position and college needs
  • Fine dining in the Percival Room, offering vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free choices as part of our Culinary Arts and Baking & Pastry Arts programs
  • The Clipper Coffee Corner serving Batdorf & Bronson coffee and a selection of delicious food items from our baking/culinary students
  • A brand new Health & Wellness Center
  • FREE Bus service every 15 minutes to downtown Olympia and beyond
  • FREE parking on our campuses – permits are not required
  • On-campus child care
  • Percival Creek which runs beneath our campus footbridge, provides year-round beauty and views of Chinook, Coho, and chum salmon pass through each fall
  • Many walking paths that are marked and on nicely paved sidewalks
  • SPSCC promotes wellness with a variety of different workshops and events on campus
  • Lots of activities with our Artist & Lecture series, which are FREE for staff and faculty
  • Many community events in the Kenneth J. Minnaert Center for the Arts
  • Employee Resource Groups (ERGs)that offer an opportunity for SPSCC employees to gather and connect around issues that define them personally, and which affect their work at the College and their professional development. Current Employee Resource Groups include:
    • Staff and Faculty of Color (SFOC) ERG – an employee network which strives to create an intentional and relational foundation for community and trust building across different groups through shared values.
    • The LGBTQIA+ ERG creates a space for LGBTQIA+ staff and faculty at the college to share resources, build support and community, and work towards greater equity and accessibility.

What You’ll Do

The Educational and Career Planner’s core responsibilities include, but are not limited to managing a caseload of students assisting them with specific tasks described below:

  1. Assist students in clarifying educational, career, and life goals through career exploration and connecting students accordingly to programs of study and student support services.
  2. Advise students of requirements for transfer and professional/technical programs, certificates, special programs and other degrees.
  3. Assist students with the development of individualized degree plans and appropriate course selection.
  4. Utilizing a Case-Load Management approach, the Educational Planner will monitor individual student academic performance and consult with Instruction, Enrollment Services, Academic Support Services and other administrative departments to ensure student persistence and success.
  5. Provide supportive intervention and outreach to students and appropriate referrals to college resources or community agencies for personal counseling or related issues.
  6. Interpret placement test scores and review college/high school transcripts to determine English and math course placements when appropriate.
  7. Articulate college policies and procedures.
  8. Conduct student orientation, advising sessions and worker retraining program eligibility sessions.
  9. Assist with planning and participate in advising, career and transfer events, such as; Pathways Day, Campus Career fairs, Annual Career Day, Job Fairs, Veterans Career Day, Health-Care Career Day, Transfer fairs, etc.
  10. Work with various college departments and other institutions to maintain accurate and current curriculum information and interpret their policies as well as degree and transfer requirements.
  11. Assist in maintaining educational planning materials for college degrees and programs.
  12. Assist in the development and implementation of training materials, presentations and workshops.
  13. Serve as a resource for faculty, staff and students regarding the needs of veteran and military connected students.
  14. Identify trends and best practices in advising through literature review and research.
  15. Serve on college committees as assigned.
  16. Perform other duties as assigned by the Director of Advising, Career and Transfer Services.
  17. Some evening and weekend work may be required.

Qualifications You Possess

Minimum Qualifications:

  1. Master’s degree (completed or in progress) in Advising, Counseling, Education or related area from an accredited college or university.
  2. Experience working with individuals in a one-on-one setting.
  3. Ability to provide comprehensive and creative educational planning, degree/career exploration and advising services.
  4. Experience developing and/or conducting presentations and group advising sessions.
  5. Experience working with and supporting the needs of diverse student populations.
  6. Ability to create and maintain positive working relationships with a diverse group of staff, faculty and administrators across the college.
  7. Demonstrated sensitivity to, and understanding of, the diverse academic, socio-economic, cultural, ethnic and disability backgrounds of community college students.
  8. Demonstrated intercultural competence.
  9. Experience interpreting placement test scores and articulating college policies and procedures.
  10. Extensive application using the Microsoft Office software (Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint) and using technology to track student interaction and services.
  11. Ability to multitask in a fast-paced environment.
  12. Ability to handle a large caseload of students.
  13. Ability to maintain policy and programmatic integrity while communicating in a manner respectful of cultural and college realities.

To Apply

Applications must be completed online and include the following attachments:

  1. Cover letter addressed to the Screening Committee highlighting your ability to perform the responsibilities and competencies described in the job posting.
  2. Current resume/CV showing all educational and professional experience which demonstrates how you meet the minimum and any preferred qualifications.

Top candidates will be notified directly to interview for this position. Selection will be based on the applicant’s knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the duties listed in this job posting as identified in the materials requested above. Applications with comments directing the reader to see attachments will be considered incomplete.

Veterans Preference
Applicants who meet the minimum qualifications and are wishing to claim Veterans Preference should redact their personally identifiable information from a copy of their United States Department of Veterans Affairs honorable discharge documentation and email to wpeters@spscc.edu with the job number for which they are applying in the subject line.

Bargaining Unit
This position has been designated as a bargaining unit position represented by the Washington Federation of State Employees.

Background Check Condition of Employment
Employment with the college is contingent upon the successful completion of a comprehensive background check. Any adverse information will be considered on a case-by-case basis and does not automatically preclude a candidate from employment.

South Puget Sound Community College values diversity and is an Equal Opportunity Employer and Educator
South Puget Sound Community College provides equal opportunity in education and employment and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, creed, religion, or status as a veteran of war. Prohibited sex discrimination includes sexual harassment (unwelcome sexual conduct of various types). SPSCC provides reasonable accommodations for qualified students, employees, and applicants with disabilities in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and Federal Rehabilitation Act. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies, Title II and Title IX, Samantha Dotson, Executive Human Resource Officer /Title IX Coordinator, 360-596-5361, ssoto@spscc.edu, Building 25, Room 220, 2011 Mottman Rd SW, Olympia, WA 98512;  South Puget Sound Community College is a smoke-free/drug free environment.

Applicants needing accommodation in the application process in an alternative format may contact the Human Resources office at (360) 596-5500.


A generous benefits package including medical, dental, vision, life insurance, long-term disability, retirement, and optional deferred compensation programs. The position is eligible to participate in the State Board Retirement Plan (SBRP) and Department of Retirement Systems (DRS). Employees have the option to participate in two tax-deferred retirement investment programs. For health benefit information go to Washington Health Care Authority

Your paycheck is just part of your total compensation package, with an employee benefits package worth about 30% of your salary.

Annual leave includes 24 days of vacation, 11 paid holidays, and 12 days of sick leave

For more benefits information please visit our Employee Benefits website.

About the employer: South Puget Sound CC

The College employs full-time administrative/exempt professionals, faculty, classified staff, students and many part-time employees who are invaluable in helping us meet our student mission.

The college embraces the diversity of our ever changing community and strives to reflect that diversity in our staff, faculty and student body. We cultivate an inclusive environment on campus while ensuring respect for all. Candidates representing all aspects of diversity are encouraged to apply.

About your union: WFSE 1488

Local 1488 of the Washington Federation of State Employees (AFSCME Council 28) has the third largest membership among the campus unions. More than 2,000 members come from dozens of occupational categories and are responsible for a huge range of work both on the main campus and at Harborview Hospital, including food service, custodial service, grounds maintenance, trucking, mail service, and technician and clerical jobs in many labs, offices, and the hospital.

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