Allied Health - Staff/Administrative, Staff/Administrative
The University Counselor/ University Counselor II works as a clinician in the University Counseling Center and as a member of the Student Health and Counseling team to provide services to undergraduate and law students at Washington and Lee University. Assists students with a wide range of counseling concerns, such as personal, academic and life skills development, diagnosis/treatment of mental health conditions and crisis management, both through direct clinical counseling services and outreach/education activities. Participates in a shared call schedule to maintain 24/7 counseling availability. This is a 10 month position (mid-August to mid-June).
STATUS: Full-Time, 10 Month, With Benefits WORK HOURS: At least 40 hours per week plus shared rotating call schedule. The Counseling Center is open Monday-Friday, 8:30 AM-5 PM. Additional evening and weekend hours to be worked as needed for clinical call, programming and support of student organizations. FLSA: Exempt MINIMUM PAY: Salary commensurate with experience and qualifications.
Essential and Related Functions:
Participates in a shared Counseling Center call schedule to maintain 24/7 availability for students when the University (UG and Law) is in session, and phone availability to the Dean on Call during Thanksgiving and Winter breaks.
Provides individual and group therapy to undergraduate and law students regarding a wide range of counseling concerns including academic success, personal and life skills development, crisis management, and diagnosis/treatment of mental health conditions. Direct services account for approximately 65-80% of the counselor’s time.
Documents all clinical contacts appropriately in student Counseling Center records; enters appropriate encounter information in scheduling/utilization tracking software system; conducts and documents all clinical activities in accordance with professional standards, including pertinent privacy standards.
Participates as appropriate in the professional activities of the department and division and in service to the University. These may include development and presentation of training, education and health promotion programs for the University community, advising student organizations, supervising student organization activities and budgets, serving on University committees or advisory groups, attending meetings that address student life issues and other activities that support the mission of the SH&C department and the division of Student Affairs (e.g. attending pertinent campus programs or events). These indirect services account for approximately 20-35% of the counselor’s time.
Other related duties as assigned.
Strategic Thinking - Keeps the University's strategic objectives in mind when developing and contributing to plans and initiatives for own work group. Is able to explain the link between team goals and the University's strategic direction to work group. Makes informed decisions based on a clear understanding of the impact and consequences involved. Considers key financial factors (e.g., budget, revenue, resources) when making decisions.
Change Adaptability - Stays focused on own work and responsibilities in a changing work environment. Is able to quickly reprioritize to ensure resources (e.g., work group members, systems, tools, etc.) are in place to achieve change objectives. Responds positively and is supportive of change initiatives.
Communication and Networking - Articulates thoughts clearly and is able to offer logical arguments to gain acceptance of an idea in a positive manner. Consistently communicates to work group and/or supervisor ensuring that everybody is well informed. Proactively builds informal networks at own level and uses them to drive results within own work group.
Drive for Results - Seeks to identify specific improvements or opportunities to combine duplicate efforts to increase efficiency. Takes personal responsibility for seeing tasks and assignments through to completion. Sets high standards for work/deadlines and demonstrates a drive to deliver quality work within the allotted time.
Self Development and Motivating Others - Establishes productive working relationships by actively participating in meetings and activities. Listens carefully, encourages and accepts other points of view. Seeks work group input and encourages their participation and involvement. Stays informed on events, trends and other developments in own field of work (e.g., regulations, policies, standards and practices).
A master’s degree in counseling or clinical social work, or a doctoral degree in clinical psychology, and appropriate licensure/license eligible in Virginia (LPC/LCSW or Clinical Psychologist) is required, with at least two years of pertinent clinical experience. Knowledge and experience in psychological and developmental needs of the college population including mood disorders, suicide risk assessment and prevention, alcohol and other substance abuse problems, diversity and multicultural issues, sexual assault, and eating disorders are essential. Effective skills for individual/group therapy, collaborative clinical care, and outreach/education are expected. Experience in assessment and treatment of substance use disorders is preferred. Excellent clinical, communication, and interpersonal skills are necessary. Must possess the ability to work effectively as a team member within the organizational structure of the department of Student Health and Counseling Services, the division of Student Affairs and the University community.
Fingering: Picking, pinching, typing or otherwise working, primarily with fingers rather than with whole hand or arm as in handling.
Grasping: Applying pressure to an object with the fingers and palm.
Repetitive motions: Making substantial movements (motions) of the wrists, hands, and/or fingers.
The worker is not substantially exposed to adverse environmental conditions (as in typical office or administrative work).
Types of Work:
Sedentary work: Exerting up to 10 pounds of force occasionally and/or a negligible amount of force frequently or constantly to lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise move objects, including the human body. Sedentary work involves sitting most of the time. Jobs are sedentary if walking and standing are required only occasionally and all other sedentary criteria are met.
Please submit your resume, references and a letter that outlines your training, professional qualifications, experiences and interests pertinent to this position.
Equal Employment Opportunity Statement
Washington and Lee is an Equal Opportunity Employer. As such, we are interested in candidates who are committed to high standards of scholarship, performance and professionalism and to the development of a campus climate that supports equality and diversity in our faculty, staff and student body. Job description requirements are representative, but not all?inclusive of the knowledge, skill, and abilities needed to successfully perform this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.
Statement of Commitment to Diversity
Washington and Lee affirms that diverse perspectives and backgrounds enhance our community. We are committed to the recruitment, enrichment, and retention of students, faculty, and staff who embody many experiences, cultures, points of view, interests, and identities. As engaged citizens in a global and diverse society, we seek to advance a positive learning and working environment for all through open and substantive dialogue.
About Washington and Lee University
Washington and Lee University is an independent liberal arts university founded in 1749, named for an early benefactor (George Washington) and an innovative president (Robert E. Lee). The campus is a national historical landmark, the city offers small-town charm, and the Allegheny and Blue Ridge Mountains provide unparalleled surroundings. Students govern themselves in a community based on trust and honor. The faculty of teacher-scholars pursues a student-oriented approach to scholarship and nurtures lifelong relationships with the pupils. The curriculum blends traditional liberal arts and sciences with pre-professional programs in business, journalism and law. W&L prepares graduates for a life of learning, achievement, leadership, service and engaged citizenship in a global society.