Career Advisor, Center for Adult Transition (Grant-Funded)


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The Opportunity

This is an exciting time to be a part of the HCCC community. The College is making great progress on its 2021-24 Strategic Plan, the culmination of which will align with the College’s 50th anniversary in 2024. The College was recognized by the Association of Community College Trustees as the recipient of the 2021 ACCT Northeast Region Equity Award. HCCC has recently been named one of 101 recipients, 1 of only 7 community colleges to be distinguished for the Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award, a national honor recognizing U.S. colleges and universities that demonstrate an outstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion. HCCC’s Culinary Arts Institute was ranked as the #6 Culinary Arts program in the United States by Best Choice Schools. Most recently, the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD) selected HCCC as one of twenty-four colleges nationwide to be named a “2022 Most Promising Place to Work in Community Colleges.”



Hudson County Community College serves one of the most ethnically diverse and densely populated communities in the United States. The College is a vibrant, urban institution of higher education whose mission is to provide its diverse communities with inclusive, high-quality educational programs and services that promote student success and upward social and economic mobility.

More than 90% of HCCC’s students receive scholarships, grants, and loans to finance their education, and the College’s extensive financial aid program helps connect students with the resources they need. To date, the College’s Foundation has raised over $3.5 million for student scholarships, and HCCC ranks first in the state of New Jersey for its award of Community College Opportunity Grant funds. About half of its more than 12,000 credit students identify as Hispanic, and more than 33% of all students were born outside of the U.S. In 2021, HCCC had two students selected from a national applicant pool to receive the prestigious Jack Kent Cooke Foundation’s Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship.

Hudson County Community College has three campuses. The largest campus is located at the heart of Jersey City’s Journal Square, which is approximately 20 minutes from New York City. The College has a North Hudson Campus, located in Union City, New Jersey and an additional location at the Hudson County Schools of Technology in Secaucus, New Jersey. The College offers 70 degree and certificate programs and more than 300-day, evening, and weekend courses throughout its three-campus network.

Hudson County Community College is committed to delivering high-quality educational experiences. HCCC is a member of the Achieving the Dream network of community colleges. Achieving the Dream is a national reform network of high-performing community colleges that are focused on leveraging data-informed best practices to promote equitable outcomes.

HCCC has two campus Libraries that provide welcoming common spaces that encourage exploration, creation, and collaboration between students, faculty, and a broader community.  Our resources include a collection comprised of over 60,000 print and online books, 130 online databases, and approximately 67,000 periodicals (mostly online), nearly 2,000 DVDs, and a number of select streaming videos. In support of our many English Language Learners, our ESL collection offers a rich array of fiction and non-fiction books categorized by reading level to meet a variety of needs.

The Glen Gabert Library, located on the Journal Square campus, is the home of the Hudson County Community College Archive Collection which offers access to the rich history of HCCC and its impact on Jersey City and the surrounding community. The North Hudson Campus Library is located at our Union City location. 

The libraries are open seven days a week while offering a variety of digital technologies that offer pathways to learning and content acquisition. Some of the available technologies include Makerspace facilities for podcasting, 3D printing, crafts, and more, a combination of PC and Macintosh computers, scanners, printers, virtual reality headsets, learning hubs, and prayer and meditation rooms.

The College boasts several signature programs, including a nationally recognized Culinary Arts Institute and Nursing Program. The College’s Culinary Arts Institute is one of only three programs in the New York Metropolitan region to hold accreditation from the Accrediting Commission of the American Culinary Federation Education Foundation. The Culinary Arts Institute features state-of-the-art facilities and a hands-on program that prepares students for a range of careers in the hospitality industry. The College recently announced the dedication of the Bloomberg Finance Lab, which provides students with real world experience to prepare them for employment in banks, corporations, and government agencies.

A leader in workforce development, HCCC hosted The Aspen Institute’s Workforce Leadership Academy, which was the first to be offered in partnership with a community college. The Hudson County Workforce Leadership Academy was funded through a combination of public and private donors that included JPMorgan Chase, The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation, The W.K. Kellogg Foundation, the County of Hudson, the LeFrak Family, and Mack-Cali.


School Introduction

The School of Continuing Education and Workforce Development is an exciting and entrepreneurial office within the College which offers a wide variety of non-credit classes, courses, seminars, and training sessions for the community. These offerings are focused on revitalizing careers, upgrading skills and credentials, growing businesses, and pursuing pastimes and passions. Additionally, the HCCC Center for Business & Industry (CBI) is the area leader in developing and delivering educational classes and programs for Hudson County’s businesses, organizations, and individuals. Join a winning team focused on serving the educational training needs of the Hudson County business community.


Position Summary / Job Description

The Center for Adult Transition believes everyone deserves purposeful academic and workforce opportunities in which one feels productive and prospers. The mission for Hudson County Community College’s Center for Adult Transition is consistent with the overall College mission and provides adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities up to the age of twenty-four with the supports and resources for successful transition of secondary school to academic pathways, workforce training, skill development, and/or independent living in service of helping them meet their personal and professional goals. Our overall mission is to inspire those who are developmentally and intellectually challenged to transition into an academic certificate or degree program or to the workforce. We will create and illuminate opportunities for HCCC’s CAT students that advance social equity, environmental stewardship, and economic success into adulthood. HCCC is committed to removing academic and nonacademic barriers and making all our community feel “Hudson is Home”.

Hudson County Community College (HCCC) is seeking an experienced Career Advisor, who will report to the Associate Director of Center for Adult Transition (CAT). The Career Advisor must be willing support the Associate Director and take initiative and work collaboratively with Associate VP, Director of CEWD, and entire team to successfully move the Center’s and College mission forward, while guiding a student’s education and career pathway. The Career Advisor will be responsible for engaging and supporting the Academic Coaches and the CAT students throughout their educational activities and providing guidance, college-wide resources, academic and non-academic services as they explore academic and career pathways in their transitional years of 17-24 years of age. The Career Advisor will monitor the Academic Coaches as they provide study, learning, and time management strategies, review materials used in classes, explain various topics, and answer any doubts and questions regarding that topic to ensure the center is on track to meeting out goals.


Required / Minimum Qualifications

  • Years of Experience: Three years working in a multicultural, urban environment coordinating workforce activities in higher education and/or a public workforce setting. The Center for Adult Transition is more successful and dynamic when teams come to the table with diverse backgrounds and experiences.
  • Technology Skills: To reach 100% of the student body, the department relies on technology to scale its efforts. We need individuals skilled in database management, spreadsheets, video conferencing (WebEx, ZOOM, Google), email management, word processing (MS Word), and electronic presentations (MS PowerPoint).
  • Active Listening Skills: HCCC supports a diverse and traditionally underserved student body. The Career Advisor will need to recruit, assess, and identify student needs and match students with the appropriate resources.
  • Engagement Skills: A major challenge in any community college is retention of students. Center for Adult Transition supports HCCC’s overall vision to be a “first-choice option” for our community. To do so, we need you to hold their attention through individual sessions and public presentations.
  • Flexibility: The center for Adult Transition strives to be agile and flexible to the evolving needs of students and changes in the labor market. We want you if you can thrive in environments that change.
  • Strategic Thinking: Proven ability to manage up and down to achieve successful results. The Center for Adult Transition is a culture of continuous improvement. Your thoughtful attention to program challenges, the contribution of ideas, and participation in goal planning is significant to our growth and achievement.
  • Demonstrated ability to interact with a culturally diverse population and to effectively and respectfully function and communicate within the context of varying beliefs, behaviors, orientations, identities, and cultural backgrounds.



  • Associate’s degree in Human Services, Education (Special), or Business, Bachelor preferred.
  • Bi-lingual preferred: Spanish / Arabic languages are a priority for the college.



Please submit your resume and cover letter to mreyesFREEHUDSONCOUNTYCOMMUNITYCOLLEGE from your personal email and include your response to the following:

  • Tell us about one experience where you positively influenced someone’s life.
  • What is important for you to learn or experience as a Career Advisor at HCCC?


As a New Jersey First Act Employer, new employees must establish a primary residence in New Jersey within one year unless an exemption applies.

HCCC is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. We are committed to ensuring a diverse and inclusive learning and working environment. Decisions on employment are made on the basis of the qualifications of an individual for the particular position being filled. Women, veterans, and minorities are encouraged to apply.

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