Education and Career Advisor (Part-Time)

POSITION: Part-Time Education and Career Advisor: Academic Counselor; Essex County Sheriff's Department; position includes travel within the Essex County Sheriff's Office Continuum; MCCC/MTA Unit Professional Position; 20 hours per week, Monday through Friday, 3:30pm – 8:00pm; Grant Funded Position

SUMMARY: The Advisor will report to the Education Director and will advise and support incarcerated and justice involved individuals at one or several of the Essex County Sheriff's Department's carceral and/or reentry settings. The Education and Career Advisor maintains a caseload of students; advises and supports students in the formulation of education and career goals and transition plans; attainment of a high school credential; development of digital literacy skills; enrollment in postsecondary education; identification of postsecondary education and work readiness skills education, and preparation for employment.

RESPONSIBILITIES: Specific duties for this position include:

  • Maintains a caseload of students across the ECSD continuum
  • Maintains and documents advising notes, intake data, attendance, and additional required information identified by supervisors, grantors, and funders for all students in platforms mandated by grantors and funders
  • Orients, intakes, enrolls and assesses new students
  • Assesses students at benchmarks identified by grantors and fundors
  • Monitors student progress and attendance; identifies and leads resolution of barriers to progress and attendance to include referring students to academic supports
  • Provides individual education and career planning and advising for post-secondary education/ training and career opportunities
  • Guides students and collaborates with Learning Specialists in the development of Education and Career Plans and Transition Plans
  • Leads weekly culturally responsive College and Career and Bridge to Work classes to include development of digital literacy skills
  • Refers and connects students to relevant education, vocation, and career planning community services
  • Maintains and posts advising office hours for students
  • Collaborates with instructor(s) to ensure that student goals and assessment results inform instruction
  • Networks with local/regional employers and education providers in order to help students connect to employment opportunities
  • Participates in required staff meetings, professional development and conferences
  • Participates in program planning and development activities
  • Develops and maintains relationships with school districts to support receipt of student records and monitor student progress
  • Adheres to policies, procedures, assurances and timelines defined by federal and state grants, ESCD, and internal guidance documents
  • Adheres to ADA (American with Disabilities Act) to include Individualized Education Plans (IEP), accommodations/modifications approved by NECC, and policies and processes established by Special Education in Institutional Settings
  • Demonstrates the ability to work as a member of a team and the capacity to work across departments and/or disciplines
  • Meets with students on housing units in carceral setting
  • Participates in an annual evaluation/performance review conducted by the Education Director
  • Performs other duties as requested by the Education Director or Assistant Education Director
  • The Classification Specification is available at: https://www.mass.edu/shared/classificationspecs/specsmccc/Academic Counselor – HB 1051.doc



  • Master's degree in Education, Counseling, Psychology or closely related field; with one (1) year experience and/or training involving academic advisement, career development, or program/project management; or an equivalent combination of education, training, and experience
  • Strong organizational and problem-solving skills
  • Strong digital literacy skills
  • Demonstrated writing and interpersonal communication skills
  • Ability to work independently and as part of an educational team
  • Experience working with adult learners and corrections populations
  • Knowledge of community resources
  • Ability to adapt to challenging environment


  • Experience working in a correctional facility
  • Bilingual (Spanish/English)
  • Experience working with and supporting a culturally diverse population

BACKGROUND CHECK: Candidates will be required to pass a CORI and SORI check as a condition of employment.

Additional Information:

SALARY: Anticipated salary is $33,280 ($32/hour) annually with complete fringe benefit package. Complete fringe benefit package including competitive health insurance, free dental insurance, basic life insurance, long-term disability insurance, paid sick, vacation and personal leave, educational benefits for employee/spouse/dependents, and excellent retirement benefits.


Application Instructions:

TO APPLY: To be considered for this position click on the "Apply Now" button, you will be prompted to setup a new account or login to an existing account. You will be able to upload the following required documents for consideration:

  • Cover Letter, describing your qualifications and experience
  • Resume/CV

Review of applications will begin 5 business days from the posting date and will continue until the position is filled.

**Please note that finalist candidates will be asked to provide contact information for three (3) professional references.

Northern Essex Community College is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, religion, age, veteran or military status, genetic information, gender identity, or sexual orientation in its programs and activities as required by Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and other applicable statues and college policies. The College prohibits sexual harassment, including sexual violence. Inquiries or complaints concerning discrimination, harassment, retaliation, or sexual violence shall be referred to the College's Affirmative Action Officer/Title IX Coordinator, Elizabete Trelegan (Assistant Director of Human Resources, B-219,978-556-3928/ etrelegan@necc.mass.edu), the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination, the Equal Employment Opportunities Commission or the United States Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights. Northern Essex Community College will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities and encourages both prospective and current employees to discuss potential accommodations with the employer.

Prospective employees are encouraged to review the College's Annual Security Report (ASR), in compliance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, which can be found on the disclosure page of the College's website at: http://www.necc.mass.edu/clery

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About Northern Essex Community College

NECC enjoys initiative and innovation from all employees and seeks to identify and develop the strengths in our faculty and staff. We are committed to using evidence-based planning and decision-making. These values are reflected in our work using Appreciative Inquiry to guide our focus.

Professional development is important to NECC. Employees are encouraged to participate in the NECC Leadership Academy in addition to a variety of professional conferences and training workshops. All new hires receive CliftonStrengths assessments as part of the on-boarding process. Our Center for Professional Development offers a robust calendar of training opportunities, including access to LinkedIn Learning.


We are committed to the recruitment, retention, and non-discrimination of a diverse workforce that reflects the communities we serve. NECC continues its efforts towards increasing the diversity of our faculty and is a proud member of Achieving the Dream, which aims to improve success for low-income students and students of color at community colleges.

We are seeking faculty and staff who are committed to the community college mission, actively engaged in promoting diversity, and prepared to use their unique strengths and innovation in the name of student success.


NECC offers a comprehensive suite of benefits, including generous vacation time; 11 paid legal holidays; a wide selection of health insurance options; and a selection of discount programs. In addition, employees have free access to our fitness center and Employee Assistance Program (EAP).


Our campuses—approximately 15 minutes apart by car—are conveniently located off of Interstate 495, offering easy access to Boston, Salem, Newburyport, and to local beaches and state parks.

About NECC

Northern Essex Community College, named the first Federally designated Hispanic Serving Institution in New England in 2001, is an education leader for the Merrimack Valley. Through a supportive learning environment and cultural inclusion, NECC embraces all identities and inspires initiative and excellence through top-notch affordable certificate and associate degree programs online and at campuses in Haverhill and Lawrence. NECC offers many bachelor’s degree transfer options, workforce development and community education classes, and is host to the NECC Police Academy, MassHire Merrimack Valley, and Gallaudet University’s Regional Center for the deaf and hard of hearing.

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