Staff Psychologist

Virginia, United States
Competitive Salary
Jul 22, 2020
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

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Staff Psychologist

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Full Time

Sensitive Position


Sensitive Position Statement

A sensitive position requires a fingerprint-based criminal history check. This is NOT a sensitive position.

Campus Security Authority


Campus Security Authority Statement

This position is NOT designated as a Campus Security Authority. A Campus Security Authority (or CSA) is defined as an “official of the institution with significant responsibility for student and campus activities.” A CSA is required to immediately report any crime that is reported to them to the University Police who will then review, evaluate, and investigate the reported crime. Annual training is required by the Department of Education for all personnel who have been designated as a Campus Security Authority.

Designated Personnel


Designated Personnel Statement

This position is a “designated position” meaning this position could potentially be required to work (depending on the event) during an emergency closing.

Statement of Economic Interest


Statement of Economic Interest Statement

This position does NOT require a Statement of Personal Economic Interest.

Restricted Position


Restricted Position Statement

A restricted position would be subject to availability of funding. This is NOT designated as a restricted position.

Chief Objective of Position

To assist students in defining and accomplishing personal and academic goals. To provide brief counseling, including on-call crisis intervention and outreach. To assist students in overcoming specific personal, educational or behavioral problems that interfere with healthy living and success at the University. To offer responsive and supportive clinical services that address conditions that may negatively influence student welfare and to initiate interventions that will neutralize such conditions and enhance overall student health.

Work Tasks

1. Provide brief individual and group counseling.
2. Provide on-call crisis response intervention, and consult with and for students in need.
3. Work collaboratively within the division, university and community to build an adaptive and responsive mental health and crisis response service delivery system.
4. Actively participate in events and assigned duties that support the mission of the division and university.
5. Provide consulting and educational outreach concerning student issues related to counseling, healthy student development and behavior management in the classroom and campus community.
6. Contribute to the office training program(s) as a clinical supervisor to graduate level trainee(s).
7. Support student adjustment and development in the university community through appropriate student development programs and services.
8. Educate professional staff and others in anxiety management, suicide and self-harm, substance use, sexual assault, diversity appreciation, crisis intervention and other topics as needed.
9. Develop and maintain very positive and professional customer service and relations with all constituencies to include students, faculty, staff, administrators, other employees, other agency personnel and community members. Demonstrates a positive and professional attitude and treats everyone with dignity and respect. Fully supports the “Student’s First” value at CNU and routinely go the extra mile in providing service. Complete all work in a timely, efficient and accurate manner.
10. Safety issues are reviewed and communicated to assure a safe and healthy workplace and a reduction in work related absence.
11. Other duties as assigned by the Executive Director to support office functions and services.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities (KSA's) required

Knowledge concerning individual and group counseling theory and practice. Skills in providing brief individual and group counseling and educational outreach. Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written. Strong abilities in counseling, consultation, outreach programming and communication.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities (KSA's) preferred

Knowledge concerning counseling those who are at risk for suicide and/or substance abuse. Knowledge of how to support survivors of sexual assault. Knowledge of principles of consultation. Knowledge of student development. Skills in providing brief individual and group counseling to special populations including students at-risk for suicide, substance abuse, and survivors of sexual assault. Skills in training and supervision. Ability to manage and administer concurrent action items meeting a variety of needs. Ability to work collaboratively with various stakeholders within a university community. Ability to contribute to an appreciation for a diverse and inclusive campus community.

Required Education

Must possess a doctoral degree in clinical psychology or counseling psychology or a related discipline at the time of start date. Must have course work and appropriate training in individual and group counseling, suicide assessment, psychological theories, psychopathology, and standards of ethical practice. Must be license eligible in the state of Virigina and obtain licensure within two years of employment start date.

Preferred Education

Course work and training in brief psychotherapy, crisis response, substance use, sexual assault, psychological assessment, multicultural awareness, and providing training and supervision.

Experience Required

Experience in providing brief individual or group counseling. Experience in crisis response and intervention.

Experience Preferred

Experience in providing brief individual counseling and educational programming and outreach in a university setting. Experience in providing voluntary and involuntary emergency mental health hospitalizations. Experience in providing counseling and outreach services. Experience in providing training and outreach for professional staff. Experience in behavioral management techniques to assist students experiencing difficulty in adjusting to the University environment.

CNU Information

Selected by The Princeton Review to be included in The 385 Best Colleges: 2020 Edition, Christopher Newport University is a public school offering a private school experience — great teaching, small classes, and a safe, vibrant campus. A “student-first, teaching-first” community, CNU is dedicated to the ideals of scholarship, leadership and service. The University is located in Newport News, Virginia and enrolls 5,100 students. Academic programs at CNU encompass more than 90 areas of study, from biology to business administration and political science to the performing arts. The University has recently completed over $1 billion in capital construction on its 260-acre campus, generated over 7,200 applications for a freshmen class of 1,238 and has been ranked by U.S. News & World Report’s America’s Best Colleges guide as third among public regional universities in the South and sixth among all regional universities in the South. In addition, CNU is ranked third among all public schools for having "the highest proportion of classes with fewer than 20 students.” Christopher Newport University is committed to ensuring that all people are welcomed, honored and fully engaged in the life of our academic community. We seek exceptional and diverse candidates and encourage applications from individuals who are underrepresented in their profession. For further details and information about Christopher Newport, visit


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Interested parties are requested to submit a cover letter; current resume; and the names, addresses, and telephone numbers of at least three professional references at the time of application. Review of applications will begin August 12, 2020. Applications received after August 12, 2020, will be accepted but considered only if needed. Search finalists are required to complete a CNU sponsored background check.

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