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Counseling Specialist

Santa Fe College
Gainesville, Florida
Posted Date
Jul 14, 2022

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Position Type
Administrative, Student Affairs, Counseling
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time
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Application Deadline:            Thursday, July 28, 2022


Salary & Benefits:                   Salary is $47,998.66. Compensation package is comprised of many college paid benefits including health and life insurance, retirement, leave time, and tuition waivers for Santa Fe College and the University of Florida.


Classification:                          Full-time, Technical/Professional, Pay Grade PT5, Exempt


Location:                                   Northwest Campus, 3000 NW 83rd Street, Building R, Room 227, Gainesville, Florida, 32606.


Overview:  Santa Fe College (SF) has been recognized as one of the top-rated community college in the United States.  Santa Fe College is a student-centered institution with a commitment to open access, academic excellence, and cultural and ethnic diversity.  Santa Fe College is a comprehensive public college that offers a range of Bachelor’s degrees, Associate in Arts, Associate in Science and Associate in Applied Science degree options, as well as Certificate and Non-Degree programs.  A high quality of life, temperate climate, proximity to the University of Florida, diverse cultural events, and plentiful recreational opportunities make SF and Gainesville an ideal community to work and live.  SF enrolls over 16,000 students each semester, retains and completes over 60% of students every academic year, while over 10% transfer into the University system.




Focusing on equity, multicultural-competence, and social justice, Santa Fe College’s Counseling Center is seeking a Counseling Specialist to provide mental health counseling to college students with a variety of personal, academic, and career concerns. The Counseling Center provides short-term, culturally relevant mental health counseling, crisis intervention, and community resource referrals. Counselors participate in SF’s Trauma Response Team and offer regular consultations with faculty and staff. The Counseling Center also provides workshops, training, presentations, and outreach for both students and staff. Santa Fe College is committed is to enhancing diversity of the institution through minority recruitment. Our goal is for our faculty and staff representation to reflect our student body.




Responsibilities and duties include:



  • Provide face to face and telemental health counseling to students with personal, career, and academic concerns. Provide crisis intervention services during the workday. Conduct psycho-educational training for students, faculty, and staff. Provide outreach throughout the college community. Serve as a consultant to college faculty, staff, and students. Serve on college-wide committees on behalf of the Counseling Center. Work closely and collaboratively with Student Affairs and Academic Affairs. Maintain timely and professional written communication in record keeping, emails, and reports. Refer students to relevant campus and community resources. Strictly honor the confidentiality, privacy, and security of student records and other sensitive information according to state, federal, and college regulations, policies, and procedures.
  • Provide service excellence through courteous, informed, accessible and professional engagement. Perform other duties as assigned.



Reports to: Coordinator, Counseling Center






Required:  A Master’s degree in Counseling or a relevant field with an active State of Florida license as a Mental Health Counselor, Marriage and Family Therapist, Clinical Social Worker or Psychologist.  




Additional Requirements: A criminal background check will be conducted.




Preferred:  At least two (2) years of post-licensure mental health counseling experience is preferred. Substantive experience working directly with college students and minority populations, knowledge of community resources, and crisis intervention experience are also preferred.




Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: 


  • Communication – able to effectively communicate in a professional, diplomatic, empathetic, and tactful manner using preferred method and level as applicable to the job. Relationship Management – able to personally provide high level of interactive service to others, building relationships and addressing identified needs. Multi-task – able to expeditiously organize, coordinate, manage, prioritize, and perform multiple tasks simultaneously to swiftly assess a situation, determine a logical course of action, and apply the appropriate response. Organization & Time Management – able to plan, schedule, and organize tasks related to the job to achieve goals within or ahead of established time frames. Systems & Software – able to proficiently use Microsoft Office and/or relevant position software programs.



Application Process: All applicants must submit a completed online SF Employment Application, a letter of intent, an up-to-date resume, a copy of their Florida license to practice psychotherapy, as well as college transcripts to be considered for this position. Unofficial transcripts are only accepted for review purposes, official transcripts are required prior to any offer of employment being made.




If you are a retiree of the Florida Retirement System (FRS), please check with the FRS on how your current benefits will be affected if you are re-employed with the State of Florida. Your current retirement benefits may be canceled, suspended or deemed ineligible depending upon the date of your retirement.




Santa Fe College (SF) is committed to maintaining a work and educational environment that embraces diversity and where no member of the college community is excluded from participation in, denied the benefits of, or subject to discrimination in any college program or activity based on: their race, ethnicity, national origin, color, religion, age, disability, sex, pregnancy status, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status, genetic information, political opinions or affiliations, or veteran status. This commitment applies to employees, volunteers, students, and, to the extent possible, to third parties, applicants for admission, applicants for employment, and the general public.


Inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies or concerns about discrimination or harassment, including concerns about sexual harassment or sexual violence under Title IX, should be directed to:


Santa Fe College reserves the right to extend deadlines and/or not to offer advertised positions.

Preference will be given to eligible veterans and spouses of veterans.


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