Rural Medical & Science Scholars Counselor (Intermittent Worker)

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Position type: Intermittent Worker
Department: 012000 - Food Sci Nutrition Hlth Promo
Location: Main Campus - Starkville, MS
Categories: Intermittent Worker
Position Open Date:

Position Function:

The Rural Medical & Science Scholars Counselor is administratively responsible to the Program Director and is responsible for performing duties related to the Rural Medical & Science (RMS) Scholars program. Additional direction is provided by the Assistant Director.

Employees hired into Intermittent positions are limited to working no more than 720 hours per fiscal year.

Salary Grade:  UC

Please see Staff Compensation Structure or Skilled Crafts and Service Maintenance Compensation Schedule for salary ranges.  For salary grade UC, these positions are "Unclassified" and salary ranges are determined by the hiring department.

Department Profile:

The Department of FSNHP at MSU offers an undergraduate degree with concentrations in nutrition and food science. A Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies emphasis area in Health Promotion is offered in cooperation with the Center for Distance Education and the College of Arts and Sciences; the Master of Science degree in the three concentrations of Nutrition, Food Science, and Health Promotion; and the Doctor of Philosophy degree in Nutrition, Food Science, and Functional Foods. Both the department and MSU focus strongly on preparing graduates to excel in their chosen professions.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

The following statements are not intended to be an exhaustive or comprehensive compilation of responsibilities. The RMS Scholars program is a dynamic program; duties and responsibilities will be added and changed as appropriate.
• Be available to assist students and Program Staff as needed throughout the duration of
the program and commit to planning time prior to program start date.
• Help ensure scholars have a positive program experience. Be available to listen to their
issues, problems, successes, etc.
• Design and facilitate group relationship building activities. Build strong relationships with
scholars so they will desire to maintain those relationships for years to come.
• Counselors must be accessible to scholars at all times if needed from 8:00am-11:00pm.
• Encourage communication and harmonious relationships between program participants.
• Review academic performance and provide best practices for studying to ensure the
highest grades possible.
• Coordinate and facilitate individual/group study sessions via zoom/online chat rooms.
• Participate in weekly, and as needed, briefing and planning sessions with the Program
• Participate in classroom and virtual experimental learning.
• Oversee that RMS students are abiding by program rules.
• Interface with Scholars parents as required.

Minimum Qualifications:

• Prefer two or more years of college coursework with a preference for pre-med, health-
related, counseling, sociology, social work or secondary education majors.
• Have the desire to work harmoniously, efficiently and objectively with youth and
• Ability to make sound and wise decisions.
• Ability to adjust to change.
• Supports the fundamental goals of the Rural Medical & Science Scholars program.
• Preference for previous work experience with teens.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

1. Demonstrable people skills, self-motivated, strong communication, organizational, and
interpersonal skills.
2. Knowledge of Canvas and Microsoft 360.

Working Conditions and Physical Effort

Examples of Working Conditions and Physical Effort. Please edit as necessary.

•No or very limited physical effort required.
•No or very limited exposure to physical risk.
•Work is normally performed in a typical interior/office work environment.
•Considerable physical activity. Requires heavy physical work; heavy lifting, pushing, or pulling required of objects up to 50 pounds. Physical work is a primary part (more than 70%) of job.
•No or very limited exposure to physical risk.
•Work may involve moderate exposure to unusual elements, such as extreme temperatures, dirt, dust, fumes, smoke, unpleasant odors, and/or loud noises.

Instructions for Applying:

Link to apply:

Apply online with your resume and cover letter.

Restricted Clause:

Position contingent upon funding availability. 

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:

MSU is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, ethnicity, sex, religion, national origin, disability, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, pregnancy, gender identity, status as a U.S. veteran, and/or any other status protected by applicable law. We always welcome nominations and applications from women, members of any minority group, and others who share our passion for building a diverse community that reflects the diversity in our student population.

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