Faculty, Clinical Counselor
Location As assigned.
Note: Any campus, per the needs of the college. Outreach services are subject to districtwide travel. Hours 8am - 5pm (hours may vary); Evenings, weekends, and extended work days may be required. Salary Salary is assigned according to the Full-Time Faculty Salary Scale. FLSA Status Exempt Reports To Associate Dean, Counseling Criminal Background Check Pre-employment criminal background checks are required for all Staff and Faculty positions. Pre-employment urinalyses drug screens are also required for all top candidates considered for positions in ACC's College Police department.
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- This is a 12 month faculty contract position.
Austin Community College (ACC) is a public two-year institution that serves a diverse population of approximately 41,000 credit students each fall and spring semester. We embrace our identity as a community college as reflected in our mission statement. We promote student success and community development by providing affordable access, through traditional and distance learning modes, to higher education and workforce training, including appropriate applied baccalaureate degrees, in our service area.
As a community college committed to our mission, we seek to recruit and retain a workforce that:
- Reflects the diversity of our community.
- Values intellectual curiosity and innovative teaching.
- Is attracted by the college mission to promote equitable access to educational opportunities.
- Cares about student success and collaborates on strategies to facilitate success for underrepresented populations.
- Welcomes difference and models respectful interaction with others.
- Engages with the community both within and outside of ACC.
Austin Community College District (ACC) is a Hispanic-Serving Institution. ACC currently enrolls 41,500 students, over half of whom are non-white. In fall 2017, ACC's students were 45% White, 35% Latinx, 8% African-American, 5% Asian, <1% Pacific Islander, <1% Native-American, and 4% multiracial. ACC's designation as a Hispanic-Serving Institution reflects the commitment the college has to supporting our students' educational goals as well as the economic and social well-being of the surrounding communities we serve.
ACC pursues educational excellence by being accountable and committed to achieving diversity in our faculty and staff ranks. ACC seeks to be innovative in all its operations and provides students with guidance and support in achieving success in their educational goals, whether they are seeking a degree, successful transfer, employment or lifelong learning.
The ideal candidate will be eager to work with a diverse student population and will be experienced in culturally-responsive academic practices for engaging with first-generation students and others who have been historically underserved.
The Austin Community College District promotes student success and community development by providing affordable access, through traditional and distance learning modes, to higher education and workforce training in its service area.
For more information, see http://www.austincc.edu/about-acc/mission-statement .
Commitment to Equity and Inclusion
ACC is committed to the ongoing systemic changes needed to ensure the increased recruitment, inclusion, retention, and completion of historically underserved and under represented populations. Through continual strategic community engagement and professional development of administrators, faculty, staff, and students, the college demonstrates its dedication to fostering a culture and climate for equitable outcomes.
As an open access and low-cost institution, ACC is proud to serve a diverse student body. Dedicated faculty members are excellent professors who help students achieve their educational goals and are sensitive to the diverse cultures and socio-economic backgrounds of our students. In 2017 our faculty adopted a Statement of ACC Faculty Values. This Statement affirms that ACC's faculty members value collaboration, service, agency, scholarship, inclusion, and teaching, all of which attest to our commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion at the heart of our mission.
Under the direction of the associate dean of counseling, the clinical counselor will provide multiculturally competent individual and group counseling to a diverse student population. The clinical counselor will oversee coordination of care for mental health crisis and provide consultation as needed to faculty, staff, and students. The counselor will be part of a regional counseling team that develops and implements outreach prevention programs for enrolled Austin Community College (ACC) students on topics pertaining to critical issues in college mental health focusing on persistence and student engagement.
Principal Responsibilities and Duties
- Manages assigned counseling caseload that will include referrals from the CARES behavioral intervention teams, Title IX coordinator, and the executive dean of district clinical services; that will frequently require crisis intervention in high-stress situations involving immediate risk to the mental and physical health of students; and that addresses the full-range of counseling needs of the student population.
- Maintains current, accurate, and timely clinical documentation in accordance with state and federal law, professional ethics, and district counseling services policies.
- Provides short-term, individual, and group counseling via scheduled in-person or virtual appointments and walk-in coverage to students seeking assistance related to personal concerns.
- Conducts mental health assessments and screenings such as suicide risk, drug and alcohol, threat and risk assessment, etc., utilizing evidence-based practices.
- Exercises clinical judgement in assessing situations and making recommendations regarding intake, referrals, triage, and interventions.
- Provides professional consultation to faculty, staff, administrators, and students related to student mental health concerns.
- Coordinates referrals between Austin Community College (ACC) and college or community service providers.
- Reviews client record to determine progress, effectiveness, and appropriateness of intervention strategies.
- Provides psychoeducational workshops, outreach, interactive seminars, videos, and classroom presentations.
- Provides support in managing crisis situations by coordinating with ACC mental health officers, administrators, faculty, and staff to provide appropriate intervention and referral.
- Assumes responsibility, accountability, and leadership of programs as assigned and requested.
- Attends and participates in regional and departmental meetings, case consultations, and staff development programs as assigned.
- Participates in continuing education and professional development activities related to the performance of job functions and the maintenance of skills in professional counseling, including provision of professional presentations at local, state, and national conferences.
- Assists in planning, implementation, and evaluation of compliance programming activities, including but not limited to, those in support of Drug Free Schools and Communities Act (DFSCA), Title IX Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act (VAWA), Campus Sexual Violence Elimination Act (Campus SaVE) | Clery Act, Suicide Prevention, and Domestic/Dating/Sexual Violence programming.
- Supports student college persistence through wellness activities and partnerships on campus and virtually.
- Assists with on-site clinical training and development opportunities including on-site supervision for graduate level practicum and/or internship students.
- Assists in the coordination of direct clinical counseling services for the district clinical counseling services team.
- Use a variety of spreadsheet, word processing, database, and presentation software.
- Technological experience in working remotely and in a virtual environment (e.g. clinical sessions, presentations, videos, interactive sessions, workshops, etc.).
Principal Professional Standards
- Knowledge of and adherence to applicable professional ethics and board rules, federal, state, and local laws, regulatory codes, ordinances, legislative changes, and procedures relevant to assigned programs, projects, and counseling operations, including delivery of services in a tele-mental health setting..
- Knowledge of current counseling practices, theories, and research in college student services.
- Knowledge, understanding, and the ability to manage counseling services and wellness programs to include prevention, intervention, counseling, and referral services pertaining to distresses such as depression, substance abuse, anxiety, crisis management, and other related concerns.
- Able to provide guidance and direction for counseling professionals' administering of appropriate assessment tools.
- Knowledge of applicable federal, state, and local laws, regulatory codes, ordinances, and procedures relevant to assigned programs, projects, and operations with particular emphasis on Drug Free Schools and Communities Act (DFSCA), Title IX, the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act (VAWA), Campus Sexual Violence Elimination Act (Campus SaVE), and the Clery Act.
- Effectively represent the district in contacts with governmental agencies, community groups, and various businesses, professional, educational, regulatory, and legislative organizations; establishing community partnerships to work collaboratively on providing support and resources to the college student population.
- Understanding of the community college philosophy and mission and how counseling services support student persistence, retention, and engagement.
- Knowledge of effective leadership and ethics techniques, principles, and practices including Servant-Leadership principles.
- Knowledge of and demonstrated ability to work effectively and collaboratively with a multi-disciplinary team (e.g., regional CARES behavioral intervention teams).
- In accordance with Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) accrediting requirements, Master's degree in Counseling, Psychology, or related behavioral sciences field from an accredited institution.
Required Work Experience (Workforce Programs)
- Three years clinical counseling work experience with diverse populations.
- Demonstrated experience in provision of clinical counseling services and training.
Licenses, Certifications, etc.
- Licensed in the State of Texas for: Licensed Professional Counselor-Supervisor (LPC-S), Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist-Supervisor (LMFT-S), Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT), Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW), Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), or Licensed Psychologist (LP).
- Must maintain licensure for continued employment.
- Must maintain own individual professional liability coverage.
- Must have BC-TMH certification or obtain within first six months of employment.
- Valid Texas Driver's License and reliable transportation needed for local Austin area travel.
Qualities of a Successful Candidate
- More than three years clinical counseling work experience in higher education is preferred.
- Two years experience with prevention programming and outreach networking relevant to the college population is preferred.
Criminal Background Check
Pre-employment criminal background checks are required for all staff and faculty positions. Pre-employment urinalyses drug screens are also required for all top candidates considered for positions in ACC's District Police Department.
ACC Benefits Overview
Full-time faculty and staffing table employees who work in full-time and/or part-time positions at the college are eligible for ACC medical benefits effective the first of the month after their first 60 days of employment. Benefits include medical, dental, life insurance, short- and long-term disability, retirement plans and AD&D.
ACC does not participate in Social Security. ACC participates in the Teacher Retirement System of Texas (TRS) and the Optional Retirement Program (ORP-Faculty and Administrators Only). Part-time and Hourly employees participate in the ACC Money Purchase Plan (ACCMPP) as a retirement program required by federal law.
- Work is performed in a standard office or similar environment.
- Subject to standing, walking, sitting, bending, reaching, kneeling, pushing, and pulling.
- Occasional lifting of objects up to 20 pounds.
- Work location will be a regional assignment; outreach services is subject to districtwide travel.
- Evenings, weekends, and extended work days may be required.
- Must be able to perform duties at any assigned college campus, work remotely, and in a virtual environment.
- Work safely and follow safety rules. Report unsafe working conditions and behavior. Take reasonable and prudent actions to prevent others from engaging in unsafe practices.
Equal Employment Opportunity Statement
The Austin Community College District is an Equal Opportunity Employer advancing inclusive excellence. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, political affiliation or other protected categories.
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- Updated 09-29-2020
ACC Benefits Overview
Full-time Faculty and Staffing Table employees who work in full-time and/or part-time positions at the College are eligible for ACC medical benefits effective the first of the month after their first 60 days of employment. Benefits include medical, dental, life insurance, short and long term disability, retirement plans and AD&D.
ACC does not participate in Social Security. ACC participates in the Teacher Retirement System of Texas (TRS) and the Optional Retirement Program (ORP-Faculty Only). Part-time and Hourly employees participate in the ACC Money Purchase Plan (ACCMPP) as a retirement program required by Federal law.
The above description is an overview of the job. It is not intended to be an all-inclusive list of duties and responsibilities of the job, nor is it intended to be an all-inclusive list of the skills and abilities required to do the job. Duties and responsibilities may change with business needs. ACC reserves the right to add, change, amend, or delete portions of this job description at any time, with or without notice. Employees may be required to perform other duties as requested, directed, or assigned. In addition, reasonable accommodations may be made by ACC as its discretion to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Austin Community College provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics.
As required by the US Department of Education, employees are required to report violations under the Title IX and, under the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Crime Statistics Act (Clery Act), select individuals are required to report crimes. If this position is identified as a Campus Security Authority (Clery Act), you will be notified, trained, and provided resources for reporting.