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Outreach Counselor, TigerWell Initiative

Princeton University
New Jersey, United States
Salary Not specified
Posted date
Nov 2, 2021

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Administrative, Student Affairs, Counseling
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Full Time
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The Campus Life Division at Princeton University has received a multi-year monetary gift focusing on undergraduate and graduate student health and well-being. This gift supports TigerWell, an initiative that is multi-faceted and involves engaging Campus Life as a whole in promoting well-being. UHS administers TigerWell, which includes skills-building, outreach, events, professional development for staff colleagues, and program assessment and evaluation. The TigerWell team, consisting of three Outreach Counselors, the Project Manager, a Health Communications Specialist, and UHS's Director of Health Promotion and Prevention Services (HPPS), in coordination with Campus Life leaders, works to bring the vision for the Initiative to reality. Because of the centrality of the position's clinical and compliance functions, UHS offices will be emphasized in this description; despite this emphasis, this position is conceptualized as a campus-wide position that serves Princeton students through partnering closely and coordinating responsibilities with other departments, namely: Office of Diversity and Inclusion (ODI) in Campus Life, the Office of the Dean of Undergraduate Students (ODUS), and the Emma Bloomberg Center for Access and Opportunity in the Office of the Dean of the College (ODOC).

This position builds on existing mental health interventions by staffing “satellite” offices, which serve as health and well-being outposts embedded within Princeton's student life community. The outreach activities conducted in these satellite spaces are coordinated with other well-being promotion projects within the TigerWell Initiative. The satellite offices promote greater student access to traditional forms of mental health services as well as serve as designated spaces for group and community outreach interventions in support of the mental health and well-being of students who hold multiple marginalized identities.

The position provides direct clinical services to our undergraduate and graduate student population, including urgent care and crisis intervention, psychological evaluations, time-limited individual and group psychotherapeutic treatment, on call services, campus liaison, mental health education and promotion, and community referral services. Also, UHS has an active Infirmary that provides 24 hour health coverage. As such, this mental health position involves the provision of limited primary after-hours, on-call coverage, assigned at the discretion of the CPS Associate Director.

The outreach counselor is responsible for providing direct short-term counseling and crisis intervention services to students, consultation to staff and administrators, and coordinated evidence-based mental health promotion programming (e.g., skills-building workshops) in partnership with staff and student groups in two satellite offices. The satellite offices will be in one of the undergraduate Residential Colleges (currently, Mathey College) and one of the ODI Affinity Centers (Gender + Sexuality Resource Center or Carl A. Fields Center), subject to change based on student needs. The counselor will be responsible for establishing an office in those locations, integrating with the student community in those locations, and working closely with staff both at the site and with other offices that have well-being-related functions.

The ideal candidate for this position will show specialized expertise in working with students who hold marginalized identities, with specific knowledge about issues pertaining LGBTQIA+ and BIPOC identities and experience in supporting individuals within those communities. The counselor will also have a significant campus prevention, outreach, and training background, and, in addition to licensure as a clinician, it is preferred that they will hold an advanced degree in public health or the equivalent credential to support their population-based educational work.

The counselor will be adept at establishing solid collaborative relationships with staff and administrators within UHS and from other units, as they will serve as a consultative resource to those campus partners (e.g., membership on the UHS Trans Health Team, providing guidance to academic departments around trans and gender non-binary inclusivity, etc.). The particular skill and knowledge set will also be informed by a strong understanding of the developmental and mental health challenges affecting late adolescents and young adults.

Clinical Care (40%)
    Provides time-limited individual and group psychotherapeutic treatment, psychological evaluations, and urgent care and crisis intervention within satellite counseling and educational spaces. Serves on an on call-after hours rotation with other CPS staff. Performs specialized evaluations for students of concern: these include administrative, readmission, exit, and post-hospital evaluations Uses clinical data to inform diagnostic assessments (DSM-V) and treatment planning Effectively manages the clinical operations of two satellite counseling and educational spaces.
Well-being Promotion, Outreach, and Consultation (40 %)

    Engages in evidence-informed campus outreach and community education related to mental health promotion with a particular focus on social connectedness and skills-building (e.g., mindfulness practices, promoting a growth mindset, contextualized self-care, etc.) Coordinates outreach programming with the Director of Health Promotion & Prevention Services and the the Project Manager for TigerWell to maintain open lines of communication, reach initiative goals, prevent duplication of services, and evaluate the success of the satellite offices. Serves as a mental health consultant to other University partners and stakeholders within the communities of the satellite offices. Partners with student peer groups such as the Residential College Advisers, Peer Health Advisers, and UMatter Engagement Specialists to implement and promote services and events. Attends residential, academic, or co-curricular events in the communities within which the counselor is physically located.

Performs other duties as assigned (20%)

Involved in other initiatives, projects, and activities, as assigned by the Director of CPS, the Director of Health Promotion and Prevention Services, or in partnership with other Campus Life staff.



    Master's degree in social work or doctorate in clinical or counseling psychology from an American Psychological Association (APA)-approved doctoral program Completion of APA-approved clinical internship or equivalent New Jersey State licensure or license-eligible Advanced understanding of the full range of developmental and mental health challenges affecting late adolescents and young adults. Demonstrated excellence in developing, facilitating, and evaluating evidence-informed prevention and outreach programming on well-being Evidence of experience in developing and managing new clinical initiatives or systems of care Demonstrated excellence in creating solid collaborative relationships with community stakeholders and partners Evidence of the provision of culturally informed mental health care, and attunement to the manifestations of psychological problems across different cultural backgrounds, identity configurations, and genders Specialized knowledge and expertise in working with students who hold (multiple) marginalized identities, particularly those who identify as LGBTQIA+ and BIPOC Knowledge of New Jersey's psychology licensure standards and federal regulations (e.g., HIPAA, FERPA) pertaining to health care organizations (including clinical records, patient privacy and confidentiality, treatment of minors) as well as relevant accreditation standards (e.g., Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care) Be knowledgeable in principles and methodologies (e.g., Plan-Do-Study-Act, Root Cause Analysis, measurement, data collection, and analysis) needed to support Quality Improvement projects and activities and/or willing to attend UHS-based Quality Improvement basic training within first 6-months of hire.


    Experience working in a university mental health service or a comparable healthcare system Advanced degree in public health or the equivalent credential. Evidence of professional contributions (such as presentations at professional and academic conferences, publications, and/or form of scholarship), and experience in writing and success in securing grant-related funding Thrives in an energetic, diverse work environment, and skilled at effective interactions with college-age populations, international students, parents, faculty, and college administrators Familiarity with total work systems (such as the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care, and Baldrige National Quality Program); and reviewing and analyzing data.

Princeton University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. EEO IS THE LAW


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