Senior Counselor

New York, United States
Salary Not specified
Nov 25, 2020
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

Senior Counselor

Utica College, a small comprehensive college in Upstate New York, is seeking applications for a Senior Counselor in the Counseling Office. The Senior Counselor provides clinical services, crisis management, and education/outreach related to mental health and/or substance use to Utica College students. This position provides consultation to the Utica College community and actively collaborates with other Utica College departments in order to best assist the student body. The Senior Counselor is also expected to assist in providing clinical guidance to colleagues when the Executive Director for Student Health and Wellness is unavailable. Through personal contact and coordination with other faculty and staff, the incumbent assists students with reaching their educational goals.

In deciding whether to apply for a position at Utica College, candidates are strongly encouraged to consider the UC mission and culture to help determine their potential success at Our Mission and Values Statement includes a commitment to fostering diversity in background,  perspective, and experience within an environment that is dedicated to the freedom of expression and the open sharing of ideas.  At UC, diversity means that we are a community that represents a range of human experience and makes conscious choices to appreciate, respect, and learn from each other. Utica College actively seeks and welcomes applications from candidates with exceptional qualifications, particularly those with demonstrable commitments to a more inclusive society.

Primary responsibilities include:

Clinical Responsibilities (75% of job duties):
• Provide culturally sensitive individual counseling to a diverse student body who present with a variety of challenges including, but not limited to: depression, anxiety, substance use, eating disorders, trauma, suicidal ideation, and general college adjustment related issues.
• Ability to give a diagnostic impression, using the DSM-5, in order to develop and implement a therapeutic treatment plan with brief solution focused interventions.
• Provide crisis intervention services, including after-hours emergency coverage to the campus community for mental health related emergencies.
• Be able to appropriately assess for risk and lethality, independently, and provide guidance for colleagues.
• Assist in meeting with students who are referred through the college conduct sanctioning process.
• Timely completion of appropriate clinical documentation, case management, and coordination of care with other offices throughout the college and within the community as needed.
• Maintain current and accurate clinical records of all counseling interventions, consultations and attempted outreach.

Alcohol and other Drug (AOD) Specific Responsibilities (10% of job duties):
• Assist with outreach and educational programs designed to assist students in making healthy life choices.
• Collaborate with other college departments/groups in the development and implementation of programs designed to increase awareness and decrease use of alcohol and other drugs on campus.

Additional Responsibilities/Expectations (15% of job duties):

• Provide consultation, education/training and prevention outreach programming for the Utica College community on issues of mental health, substance use and/or general wellness.

• Provide consultation to college faculty/staff, administrators and parents on student mental health and/or substance use related concerns.

• Liaison work with campus groups and/or constituencies as needed.

• Participate in clinical supervision and case reviews with counseling center staff, as well as attend Student Affairs and Student Wellness Center staff meetings.

• Take an active role in the development and implementation of the objectives and goals for the Counseling Center and Division of Student Affairs.

• Attend new student orientation, Student Life awards celebration, commencement and at least two programs/events each semester as a professional representation of the Counseling Center.

• Engage in at least one professional development opportunity by attending relevant trainings and/or conferences specific to mental health, substance use, and/or higher education each year.

• Provide training and/or educational outreach to the campus community as assigned by the ED for Student Health and Wellness. At least one each year.

• Assist in the development and coordination of campus wide educational events.

• Completes other job duties as assigned by the ED for Student Health and Wellness.


•  Master’s degree in Social Work or Mental Health Counseling, or PhD or PsyD required.

• NYSClinical licensure preferred. Unlicensed professionals will be considered with the expectation that they will obtain a NYSlicense or limited permit within six months of employment. If permit is obtained, they must be actively working towards obtaining a NYS state licensure via the Office of Professions and be fully licensed within three years of employment.

• Be in good standing with the NYS Office of Professions.

• 3-5 years post masters experience in a mental health setting preferred, however will consider candidates with less experience if they possess strong clinical and leadership skills.

• Experience with and knowledge of people living with substance use disorders preferred; basic substance use knowledge required.

• Specific crisis management and/or suicide assessment experience required.

• Experience in higher education preferred, experience working with young adults required.

Utica College:

Founded in 1946, Utica College is a private comprehensive institution distinguished for its integration of liberal and professional study. Our dedicated faculty and staff have built a tradition of excellence in teaching and learning with particular emphasis on providing individual attention to students. The College enrolls approximately 3,700 students – approximately 2,700 undergraduates and 1,000 graduate students.

A city of approximately 60,000, Utica is located at the foothills of the Adirondack Mountains in the Mohawk Valley region of upstate New York. The area offers easy access to a broad variety of cultural attractions, including the historic Stanley Performing Arts Center and renowned Munson Williams Proctor Arts Institute, as well as four-season recreation. 

Application Information:

To apply, submit a cover letter, resume, three references, and a diversity statement. All positions at Utica College support the College’s mission and values in part by being active members of an inclusive environment. Please describe in your diversity statement how you would see yourself incorporating this into this role.

In line with the College’s Affirmative Action Policy, there is no requirement or expectation that a candidate disclose their identity or membership in any protected class or group, either in the diversity statement or in other application documents submitted to the search committee. For additional information on what to provide in your diversity statement please reference the diversity statement guide at the following link:

All application materials must be submitted online at the following link:

Active consideration of candidates will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. References will be checked for candidates invited to campus. 

Utica College is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer. We encourage applications from under-represented groups as well as individuals who have experience with diverse populations.

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