Position Purpose: The Staff Counselor/Psychologist is responsible for providing direct clinical services within a culturally competent framework, and will be expected to participate in campus outreach initiatives and activities, as needed. The position is part-time (15-20 hours/week) during the spring 2020 semester (January 6th – May 8th, 2020) with renewal possible.
Represents Aurora University in the most positive manner with prospective, former and current students, clients, suppliers and the community we serve. Interacts effectively with a diverse group of faculty, staff, students and other customers of our service, learns and uses operating practices of the department and Aurora University.
Upholds the Mission Statement: Aurora University an inclusive community dedicated to the transformative power of learning.
Handle confidential information with tact and discretion.
Supports learning through performance of essential job functions and performing other duties and functions as necessary or as assigned.
Essential Job Functions:
Provide direct clinical counseling services to university undergraduate and graduate students including screening, assessment, diagnosis, case management and treatment planning and implementation.
Provide short-term counseling for individuals, couples, and families, and when appropriate, make referrals to outside providers and services.
Serve as a campus community mental health expert offering consultative services to faculty, staff, administrations, athletic staff, and families in a variety of modalities ranging from informal individual consultation to structured workshops and trainings.
Provide risk assessments and make appropriate recommendations and referrals.
Consult within a multi-disciplinary team of psychologists, social workers, medical, academic, and administrative professionals.
Provide substance abuse or behavioral health assessments after disciplinary violations to provide recommendations regarding treatment and to inform necessary sanctions or corrective actions.
Provide administrative services in support of the educational needs of the student population.
Essential Job Requirements:
Masters or Doctoral degree in a mental health discipline (Social Work, Counseling or Clinical Psychology) and licensed or license eligible as a mental health provider in the state of Illinois.
Clinical experience relevant to working with college students or young adult populations.
Experience providing crisis intervention.
Well-developed public speaking skills; interest and comfort in providing outreach and consultation to groups.
Knowledge and experience with multicultural theory and research, and the application of such research to college counseling center work.
Ability to manage multiple responsibilities, with a high degree of independent organization, communication, and ethical practice.
The chosen candidate will attend to collegiate mental health needs within the framework of the larger mission of higher education and Aurora University.
Ability to develop strong collaborative working relationships with all campus constituencies is required.
Eligible for state licensure as a mental health provider as outlined by the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (www.idfpr.com).
Sitting, standing, moving about campus, and computer use.
Aurora University is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is committed to becoming a model university of the 21st century. Toward this effort we are determined to have a faculty, staff, and student body reflecting the cultural demographics of the greater Chicago area.
Aurora University (AU) is an inclusive community dedicated to the transformative power of learning. It is committed to helping students discover what matters and build their life around it.
AU is a private, nonprofit, independent university accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. It offers more than 45 undergraduate majors — such as nursing, social work, business administration, criminal justice and psychology — and a wide variety of master’s and doctoral degrees that include social work and business administration. Degree programs are grounded in real-world experiences and are led by experienced, dedicated faculty members, nearly 140 of whom are full-time. The student/faculty ratio is 18:1.
Almost 6,000 undergraduate and graduate students take classes on two main campuses — Aurora University in Aurora, Illinois, and George Williams College in Williams Bay, Wisconsin — as well as the nearby Orchard Center in Aurora and the Woodstock Center in Woodstock, Illinois. Online classes are also available. The Aurora University campus is located 40 miles west of Chicago.
AU has 24 NCAA Division III teams competing in the Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference, Midwest Lacro...sse Conference, Midwest Women's Lacrosse Conference and Northern Collegiate Hockey Association. About 700 student-athletes compete in sports. AU has a rich history and tradition of success across the spectrum of sport offerings. From conference championships to NCAA Championship appearances to academic awards and community service, student-athletes and staff continue to bring excitement and a sense of pride to Aurora University and all of the Spartan fans across the country. At AU, we firmly believe that intercollegiate athletics should promote the character development of participants, enhance the integrity of higher education, and promote civility in society. Toward these ends, we strive to adhere to fundamental values such as respect, civility, honesty and responsibility. Student-athletes and staff are always expected to operate with the principles of sportsmanship and ethical conduct in mind.
Founded in 1893 in Mendota, Illinois, as Mendota Seminary, the institution soon changed its name to Mendota College. By 1911, it had outgrown its facilities and the following year changed its name to Aurora College and moved to Aurora, where its students could take advantage of a thriving business environment and easy access to Chicago. In 1985, Aurora College changed its name to Aurora University to better reflect the magnitude of its academic offerings. Seven years later, Aurora University and George Williams College traditions blended when the two institutions entered into an affiliation agreement that paved the way for a merger eight years later. In 2010, the Woodstock Center opened to meet the needs of students in McHenry County and surrounding communities.