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Madison Area Technical College
Madison, Wisconsin
$71,789 - $94,947
Posted Date
Sep 20, 2023

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Job Posting Date:

September 15, 2023


Application Deadline:


Salary Information:

$71,789 - $94,947



Counseling and College Success


Job Description:


Madison College in Madison, Wisconsin, invites applicants to the open position of Counselor. Professional counselors at Madison College provide culturally responsive mental health counseling services that address the complex academic, social, emotional, cognitive, and behavioral health needs of students enrolled in our courses and programs. Counselors provide individual and group counseling in such areas as personal, educational, career development, interpersonal relationships, conflict management, risk assessment, crisis management, and psychological issues.


Our counselors assist students' progress toward their educational goal attainment through collaboration with faculty, academic advisors, and student affairs staff as appropriate. Counselors develop and engage in collaborative activities and partnerships across our college community to support student success, mental health, and personal well-being. Counselors possess a strong knowledge of current student needs with extensive professional skills. Counselors' understanding and expertise in the area of student development inform their College Success course instruction. This position requires an ability to maintain strict confidentiality and handle information with tact and diplomacy.


This position reports to the Associate Vice President, Dean of Students, who oversees counseling and college success services district-wide. Position/pay reflects a 44, non-consecutive weeks per year, contract.


Responsibilities include but are not limited to:


• Provides solution-focus mental health counseling and crisis intervention to address a wide range of inter/intrapersonal, social, emotional, psychological, behavioral health, and developmental needs of Madison College's diverse student population.

• Provides comprehensive assessments, case planning, and management of an array of student issues and concerns informed by evidence-based clinical practices; Assists in resolving acute mental health emergencies and crisis situations. Conducts risk assessments of students with presenting lethality concerns (harm towards self or others).

• Provides consultation regarding complex student interpersonal conflicts, crises, behavioral and mental health concerns to the college community (students and college employees

• Provides instruction and develops curriculum for credit and non-credit courses (e.g., College Success, Learning to Learn, Career Development, Study Skills, Life Management, Conflict Management, etc.). Provides staff and faculty training in student development, mental and behavioral health, conflict management, and crisis response to student situations.

• Provides academic counseling, career counseling, and career planning workshops to address a wide range of developmental needs of Madison College's diverse student population.

• Observes professional, ethical codes of conduct, and legal requirements relevant to mental health counseling, clinical social work, and other related professions. Counsels' students regarding Student Code of Conduct issues, formal and informal conflict management strategies, and student conduct administration.

• Maintains a commitment to the college mission, vision, and values. Comply with college policies, directives, and work rules.

• Engages positively with colleagues, handles conflict directly and professionally, contributes to team discussions, collaborates, and helps colleagues, assumes the best from colleagues, provides and accepts constructive feedback, follows through on commitments, and supports final decisions that are made by the team.


Madison College's dedication to promoting equity, inclusion and diversity is reflected in our Mission, Vision, and Values. We believe every member on our team enriches our diversity by exposing us to a broad range of ways to understand and engage with the world, identify challenges, and to discover, design, and deliver solutions. We value the ability to serve students from a broad range of cultural heritages, socioeconomic backgrounds, genders, abilities, and orientations. Therefore, we seek applicants who demonstrate they understand the benefits of diversity in a higher education community. Hiring a diverse workforce that mirrors our student population is more than just a commitment at Madison College—it is the foundation of what we are striving to do. Come be part of our great team!


REQUIRED DOCUMENTS (4) Failure to include these documents with your application submission will render your application ineligible.


1.Cover letter




3.Transcripts (unofficial)


4.Answers to supplemental questions* see below


DEADLINE: This position will be open until filled, with a first review date of October 15, at 11:59 pm. After this date, the recruitment may close without further notice. This posting may be used to fill similar vacancies that occur within six months of the closing date.


Interviews are expected to take place:


Round One Interviews: October 24 and 25 (Virtual)


Round Two Interviews: November 8 and 9 (In-person)


Final Interview: Week of November 13


Madison College provides a generous benefits package including ability to participate in the Wisconsin Retirement System (WRS).


This position is located in the vibrant and diverse city of Madison, Wisconsin's 2nd largest city and state capital. Nestled between two recreational lakes, Madisonians are offered year-round activities for all, including the Dane County Farmers' Market located around the Capitol Square, more than 200 miles of scenic biking and hiking trails, world class restaurants, and numerous festivals and community events. Madison is consistently ranked as a top community in which to work, live and play. Madison offers a small town feel, with a big city impression. But, if that's not enough, Madison is just a short 125 miles northwest of Chicago and 77 miles west of Milwaukee. To learn more about what Mad-Town has to offer, visit


Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:


• Knowledge and ability to effectively apply advanced mental health counseling principles, methods, techniques, procedures, and standards

• Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders (e.g., anxiety and depression).

• Knowledge of group behavior and dynamics, societal trends and influences, human migrations, race, ethnicity, and cultures and their history and origins; equity and inclusion principles and practices.

• Demonstrated ability and skill in effective and professional communication (orally and in writing) and human relations with populations of diverse socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds and persons with disabilities.

• Demonstrated thorough knowledge of individual and group clinical techniques grounded in counseling theory, practice, and student development philosophy.

• Knowledge and experience counseling traditional and nontraditional age populations with diverse backgrounds and working with individuals who have mental health and/or AODA challenges.

• Ability to effectively assess and manage student crisis and conflict situations. Demonstrated skill in conducting student risk assessments.

• Demonstrated skill in providing culturally responsive/competent mental health counseling services and course instruction and teaching student development curriculum.

• Knowledge of organizations that serve communities of color, the economically disadvantaged, individuals with disabilities, LGBTQIA, and other special populations.


Minimum Qualifications:


Master's Degree in Counseling, social work, rehabilitation counseling, counseling psychology, psychology, or related field


Five years of experience to include:


Three (3) years (6,000 hours) of direct clinical mental health counseling experience.

Two (2) years (4,000 hours) of other mental health therapeutic experience.


Must be licensed as a professional counselor, clinical social worker, or a related field such as a marriage and family therapist, psychotherapist, or psychologist in Wisconsin.


While not required, fluency in a second language preferred.




As a requirement of this application, please submit a MS Word or PDF document answering the following three supplementary essay questions below. Each response should be no more than 1200 characters.


1. Please describe your clinical experience as it pertains to your work with individuals presenting with mental health disorders as well as suicidal and homicidal ideation. What specific client presenting problems are you most and least comfortable working with as a clinician? Explain.


2. Please explain your experience and expertise in providing culturally responsive mental health counseling with diverse and marginalized populations within and outside the college environment.


Meeting the minimum qualifications does not guarantee an interview. In the assessment of credentials, a higher rating may be given for education/training, skills, and experience beyond the minimum qualifications.


Madison College does not offer H-1B or other work authorization visa sponsorship for this position. Candidates must be legally authorized to work in the United States at the time of hire and maintain work authorization throughout the employment term.


If you are experiencing application issues, please contact us at the HR email or HR hotline (608) 246-6900.


To ensure that emails from us regarding your application do not go to your spam folder, please add the domain as a safe sender in your email.


Madison Area Technical College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability or age in employment, admissions or its programs or activities. Madison College offers degrees, diplomas, apprenticeships and certificates in Architecture & Engineering; Arts, Design & Humanities; Business; Construction, Manufacturing & Maintenance; Culinary, Hospitality & Fitness; Education & Social Services; Health Sciences; Information Technology; Law, Protective & Human Services; Science, Math & Natural Resources; and Transportation. Admissions criteria vary by program and are available by calling our Enrollment Office at (608) 246-6210 or (800) 322-6282 Ext. 6210. The following person has been designated to coordinate Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and to handle inquiries regarding the college's nondiscrimination policies: Lisa Muchka, Compliance Coordinator, 1701 Wright Street, Madison, WI 53704 (608) 246.5221


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About Us


Welcome! Thank you for visiting our career site, where Madison College is committed to matching talent to opportunity. We are known for our real-world, smart approach to learning – offering students innovative, high-tech career pathways and college transfer opportunities with more than 150 programs to choose from. Madison College is a great place to work and has been for over 100 years, serving more than 33,000 students in 12 south-central Wisconsin counties. The College offers generous salaries, benefits, and an inspiring work environment. Employees enjoy a culture dedicated to lifelong learning, wellness and inclusiveness.


Take some time and look around — once you've have a chance to explore our current opportunities, apply to the ones you feel best suit your interests, background and experiences. Thereafter, you can keep track of your application status and watch for new opportunities that might be of interest to you.


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As part of the application process, finalists will undergo a background check including criminal history, educational verification, and references. Criminal history will not automatically disqualify you from employment. All cases are considered on an individual basis, and the offense will be compared to the position for which you are applying.



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