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Minnesota Independence College and Community


Organization Summary:

Minnesota Independence College and Community (MICC) is a human services organization for adults with learning differences and autism spectrum disorders.  We are a private non-profit focused on helping individuals to be as personally and financially independent as possible and to achieve their dreams in life!  


Location: Twin Cities Metro Activity Area: Education Related
Category: Health/Human Services Workforce Closing Date: open until filled
Job Type: Full Time Salary: $35,000 - 37,000
Hours: Sunday - Thursday, flexible hours 

Primary Duties:

Purpose Statement

The Advisor is responsible for working directly with students in an advising and coaching capacity. The Advisor facilitates a student-centered, safe, and accepting relationship that builds a sustainable foundation for supporting student growth and development. The Advisor provides opportunities for regular self-reflection and goal setting that lends to the improvement of student performance. The Advisor assists with problem solving when students face barriers to their growth towards independence, facilitates conflict resolution between peers, and provides support for developing healthy relationships.

Essential Functions

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  •  Develop, implement and provide student advisory based on the students’ and program needs
  • Skill assessment and creation of individualized accommodations for student skill acquisition
  • Work collaboratively with other staff members, assisting in creating best practices for curriculum and activities
  • Demonstrate independent decision-making, planning and follow through
  • Maintain effective and professional communication with individuals inside and outside of MICC
  • Facilitate positive relationships with community partners and promote MICC whenever possible Maintain confidentiality and promote respect for all MICC students, graduates, staff, families and others
  • Record student information and evaluate student performance electronically as required
  • Be involved in programming during family weekends an other events as needed
  • Other duties as assigned

Areas of Responsibility


  • Partake in the continuous development and implementation of an advisory program that focuses on and promotes students’ success
  • Meet with students or student groups to mentor and support them in their MICC experience
  • Ability to respond effectively to the needs of a diverse student group
  • Establish and communicate clear objectives for all advisory learning objectives


  • Create advisory materials and plan applicable spaces for sessions
  • Design and have available a variety of resources for use in advisory
  • Design and have available a variety of educational and community resources for students, families and staff


  • Create and implement an advisory recording structure in BestNotes
  • Maintain student advisory and family meeting documents and information in BestNotes
  • Create and develop annual goals and plans to support success towards independence

Competency Oversight

  • Document student attendance and performance in BestNotes, prepare quarterly Competency Reports for each students
  • Using Competency Reports to identify individualized students needs and adjust advisory or setup small group sessions to support their growth

Behavior Support

  • Provide direct support services through structured conventions
  • Provide group or individual responsive services
  • Design individual student behavior plans and communicate them for consistency among staff members

Academic and Program Support

  • Identify any students with needed classroom accommodations and collaborate with the teacher on an implementation plan
  • Ensuring equitable access to opportunities and rigorous curriculum for all students
  • Collaborate and consult with family members, teachers and community organizations
  • Participate in department, school, community and family meetings
  • Participate in family weekends and graduation

Student Records and Coaching

  • Maintain accurate and complete records of students' progress and development
  • Encourage and monitor the progress of individual students and use information to adjust advisory strategies


  • As students are on-boarded work in collaboration with the Director of College Programs and the Admissions Coordinator on a communication plan for incoming families
  • Create a presentation and participate in New Family Orientation


Skills and Abilities

·        Ability to identify and assist in solving problems using strong organizational, time management, and interpersonal skills, as well as the ability to relate to and motivate a diverse population

·        Possess personal qualities of integrity, credibility and good judgment

·        Maintain confidentiality of organizational, employee and student information

·        Demonstrate professionalism in work performance and communication with others

·        Excellent interpersonal and organizational skills, with strong oral and written communication skills


Qualifications – Education & Experience

B.A., B.S. (Masters highly preferred) Social Work, Wellness Coaching and School Counseling preferred. Experience in working with young adults with learning disabilities and autism is highly desirable. Strong interpersonal and organizational skills, with excellent oral and written communication skills.


Additional Info:


We offer a competitive compensation package which includes pay commensurate with experience, generous paid time off, health and dental benefits, health savings/flexible spending accounts, long term disability, term life and AD&D insurance and a matching 403b retirement savings plan.

Applicants will receive consideration for employment regardless of their race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, disability, age, marital status, or status with regard to public assistance.

How To Apply:

 If you believe this rewarding opportunity is a match for your passion, skills and experience, please send your resume, along with a cover letter, to Elise Kling at


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