Saxon Success Coordinator/Mental Health Counselor

New York, United States
Salary Not Specified
Sep 03, 2020
Employment Type
Full Time

The Saxon Success Coordinator/Mental Health Counselor provides coordination of the Saxon Success program, which includes but is not limited to recruiting, hiring, and leading a team of graduate students who offer support, guidance, consultation, and advising/coaching for the undergraduate students assigned to the program. The coordinator will also provide a range of services to help the Alfred University community meet the psychological, educational, and developmental needs of students.

Responsibilities include individual and/or group counseling for students; crisis response; participation in the after-hours on-call rotation; consultation for students, faculty/staff, parents, etc.; outreach/programming; training; and committee participation. This position is held within an integrated center, which consists of a multidisciplinary team of counselors and medical professionals (e.g., nurse practitioners and nurses).

Formal Education:Must possess a Master's Degree in Counseling, Clinical Psychology, or Social Work by start date.

Certification/License:National Certified Counselor certification through the National Board of Certified Counselors preferred. Temporary permit in the State of New York. Licensed Mental Health Counselor or Licensed Professional Counselor preferred.


  • At least one year of experience as a mental health clinician.
  • An employment history of at least two years in a supervisory role or job responsibilities that demonstrate progression in leadership.
  • Experience counseling special populations, to include those at-risk for suicide, substance abuse, and victims of sexual assault.
  • Experience in case management or coordination of services.
  • A demonstrated understanding of integrated service delivery and the wellness model.
  • Experience treating diverse clients or interest in working with individuals from diverse social, cultural or socio-cultural backgrounds.
  • Knowledge of short-term counseling models, triage, risk assessment and crisis intervention.
  • Excellent communication skills (both verbal and written) and an ability to collaborate with a diverse group of campus partners including colleagues, staff/faculty, parents, students, and community stakeholders.
  • Knowledge of ethical, legal and university standards and regulations.
  • A demonstrated ability to make good decisions in a high stress environment with a strong ethical compass.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Prior experience working in college counseling, advising, or residence life.
  • Knowledge and training working with historically underrepresented or under-served student populations, individuals of diverse racial, ethnic and cultural backgrounds.
  • Knowledge of the dynamics of socialization, displacement, transition, oppression, internalized oppression, and accommodation as it relates to the emotional well-being of an individual.
  • Interest or experience working with student athletes a plus.

Additional Knowledge/Skills:

  • Knowledge or experience with scheduling and documentation in Medicat or other electronic health record system. Knowledge related to emergency hospitalization procedures and community resources preferred.
  • Knowledge of the Screening, Brief Intervention, Referral, and Treatment (SBIRT) model.

Essential Functions: With or without reasonable accommodations, the incumbent must be able to read and write and speak the English language at a college level, be capable of performing sometimes complex mathematical calculations, statistical calculations and other higher mathematical operations, and communicate with all levels of the institution in written and spoken form.The individual must be able to work independently.The ability to maintain regular and prompt attendance is essential to the successful performance of this position. Other essential functions may be required.

Physical Environment:Personal Protective Equipment must be worn when required. A respiratory function test and the ability to use respirators may be required. Stairs and uneven surfaces may be present; Artificial lifts, etc. may or may not be available. The position may require the incumbent to walk outdoors in all types of weather to other buildings or offices located on the campus. The Campus is located in an area that contains numerous hills and slopes and may not always be fully accessible for mobility impaired individuals.

Job Responsibilities

  • Coordinate Saxon Success Program and provide support, guidance, and leadership to graduate assistants.
  • Collaborate with faculty/staff tasked with measuring and improving retention, as well as evaluating programs aimed at supporting retention efforts.
  • Clinical service to students: individual, couples, and group counseling; intake assessments; crisis response; triage; and referrals.
  • Partner with public safety and residence life in after-hours emergency response, as well as Critical Incident Debriefing.
  • Consultation: faculty, staff, administration, parents, student organizations, and community.
  • Involvement in various outreach events to students and student groups.
  • Programming: provide psycho-education about mental health, emotional regulation, relationships, eating concerns, substance abuse, sexual assault, and other topics of concern related to the welfare of students.
  • Provide training to professional staff, student staff, and faculty.
  • Serve on committees, as needed.
  • Develop and maintain positive and professional customer service, to include relations with all constituents on campus and in the community, treating everyone with dignity and respect.
  • Collaborate with medical providers, as needed, to ensure holistic healthcare for students.
  • Maintain a safe working environment within and around the facilities and associated equipment and supplies including, but not limited to, obtaining Safety Data Sheet (SDS) information pertaining to any hazards associated with their work environment.
  • Safety: participate in safety training and comply with safety rules, regulations, and protocols
  • Perform additional duties and assist with special projects as assigned.

Alfred University actively subscribes to a policy of equal employment opportunity, and will not discriminate against any employee, student or applicant because of race, age, sex, color, sexual orientation, gender identification or expression, physical or mental disability, religion, ancestry or national origin, marital status, genetic information, military or veteran status, domestic violence victim status, criminal conviction status, political affiliation or any other characteristic protected by applicable law. Protected veterans, minorities and women are encouraged to apply.

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