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Christopher Newport University
Newport News, Virginia
Posted Date
Nov 4, 2022

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Position Type
Administrative, Student Affairs, Counseling
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time
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Chief Objective of Position:

The Office of Counseling Services at Christopher Newport University seeks to fill one or more positions of Resident-In-Counseling.

The Resident-In-Counseling is responsible for the following: to assist students in defining and accomplishing personal and academic goals; to provide counseling, including on-call crisis intervention, to assist students in overcoming specific personal, educational or behavioral problems that interfere with healthy living and success at the University; to support the development of students by helping all students enhance their growth potential and thereby benefit from their academic and social environment; and, to offer preventative support by anticipating environmental conditions that may negatively influence student welfare and to initiate interventions that will neutralize such conditions.

This position is grant funded and dependent upon the availability of the necessary funds.


Work Tasks:

  • To provide individual and group counseling, consultation, and outreach focused on developmental needs and issues of students.
  • Provide on-call crisis counseling and intervention support to students in need. Provide psycho-education about anxiety, depression, stress, emotional regulation, relationships, eating concerns, substance abuse, sexual assault and other topics of concern to the welfare of students.
  • Support student adjustment and student learning in the residence hall through appropriate outreach and educational programs and services.
  • Train residence hall advisor and others in suicide awareness and appropriate referral, listening skills, conflict management, crisis intervention and other topics as needed.
  • Provide consulting services as needed concerning student issues related to counseling, development and behavior management in the residential community.
  • Develops and maintains 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 goes the extra mile in providing service. Completes all work in a timely, efficient and accurate manner.
  • Safety issues are reviewed and communicated to assure a safe and healthy workplace and a reduction in work related absence.
  • Follow workplace safety regulations and adhere to applicable standards, processes, and programs established for your position.
  • Report unsafe work conditions to your supervisor. Immediately report work-related incidents to your supervisor and participate in accident investigation requests.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities (KSA's) required:

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

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities (KSA's) preferred:

Knowledge concerning counseling special populations including those who are at-risk for suicide and victims of sexual assault and substance abuse. Knowledge of principles of consultation. Knowledge of student development. Skills in providing individual and group counseling to special populations including those who are at-risk students for suicide and victims of sexual assault and substance abuse. Ability to plan, manage, and administer concurrent tasks meeting a variety of needs.

Required Education:

Master’s degree in counseling, counselor education, or a closely related discipline, at time of start date. Course work and appropriate training should include individual and group counseling, assessment of suicide, clinical theory, abnormal psychology or psychopathology, and standards of ethical practice.

Preferred Education:

Course work or training in working with anxiety, depression, adjustment, survivors of sexual assault, substance abuse and at-risk suicide populations.

Experience Required:

Experience in providing individual or group counseling.

Experience Preferred:

Experience in crisis counseling and intervention to include on-call status and emergency hospitalization procedures. Experience in providing individual and group counseling in a college/university setting. Experience in providing outreach programs for resident advisors and residential populations. Experience in behavioral management techniques to assist students experiencing difficulty in adjusting to the University environment.

CNU Information:

S​elected by The Princeton Review to be included in The 388 Best Colleges: 2023 Edition, Christopher Newport University is a public school offering a private school experience – great teaching, small classes, and a safe, vibrant campus. The University is located in Newport News, Virginia, enrolls approximately 5,000 students, and is dedicated to the ideals of scholarship, leadership, and service. Academic programs at Christopher Newport University encompass more than 90 areas of study, from biology to business administration and political science to the performing arts. The University is ranked by U.S. News & World Report’s America’s Best Colleges guide​ as 3rd among public regional universities in the South and 6th overall, and has recently completed more than $1 billion in capital construction on its 260-acre campus. Christopher Newport University is committed to ensuring that all people are welcomed, honored, and fully engaged in the life of our academic community. We recruit exceptional and diverse candidates and encourage applications from individuals who are underrepresented in their profession. For further details and information about Christopher Newport, visit


Position Detail Information

Working Title: Resident(s)-in-Counseling

Position Number: GA361

FLSA: Exempt

Appointment Type:  Full Time

Sensitive Position: No

Sensitive Position Statement:

A sensitive position requires a fingerprint-based criminal history check.

Campus Security Authority: No

Campus Security Authority Statement:

This position is 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: Yes

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: No

Statement of Economic Interest Statement:

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

Restricted Position: Yes

Restricted Position Statement:

A restricted position would be subject to availability of funding.


Posting Detail Information

Posting Number: AP267P

Posting Date: 11/04/2022

Application Deadline: 11/27/2022

Application Instructions:

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 at 11:59PM EST on November 27, 2022.

Applications received after 11:59PM EST on November 27, 2022, will be accepted but considered only if needed.

Search finalists are required to complete a CNU sponsored background check.

Christopher Newport University (CNU) will make a reasonable effort to accommodate persons with disabilities in the application and/or interview process. Persons with disabilities who require accommodation should contact the CNU Human Resources Office by calling (757) 594-7145.

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EEO Statement:

Christopher Newport University, an EO Employer, is fully Committed to Access and Opportunity.
Notice of Non-Discrimination & Title IX Policy Statement:




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