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Staff Psychologist

Christopher Newport University
Virginia, United States
Competitive Salary
Posted date
Nov 9, 2021

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Position Type
Administrative, Student Affairs, Counseling
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time
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Working Title

Staff Psychologist

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Full Time

Sensitive Position


Sensitive Position Statement

A sensitive position requires a fingerprint-based criminal history check. This is NOT a sensitive position. 

Campus Security Authority


Campus Security Authority Statement

This position is NOT 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


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


Statement of Economic Interest Statement

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

Restricted Position


Restricted Position Statement

A restricted position would be subject to availability of funding. This is NOT a restricted position. 

Chief Objective of Position

The Department of Counseling Services is seeking a Staff Psychologist to assist students in defining and accomplishing personal and academic goals. To provide counseling, including on-call crisis intervention and outreach, 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 students enhance their growth potential and thereby benefit from their academic and social environment. To offer responsive and supportive clinical services that addresses conditions that may negatively influence student welfare and to initiate interventions that will neutralize such conditions.

Work Tasks

  1. Provide brief individual and group counseling. 
  2. Provide on-call crisis response intervention, and consult with and for students in need. 
  3. Work collaboratively within the division, university and community to build an adaptive and responsive mental health and crisis response service delivery system. 
  4. Actively participate in events and assigned duties that support the mission of the division and university. 
  5. Provide consulting and educational outreach concerning student issues related to counseling, healthy student development and behavior management in the classroom and campus community. 
  6. Contribute to the office training program(s) as a clinical supervisor to graduate level trainee(s). 
  7. Support student adjustment and development in the university community through appropriate student development programs and services. 
  8. Educate professional staff and others in anxiety management, suicide and self-harm, substance use, sexual assault, diversity appreciation, crisis intervention and other topics as needed. 
  9. Develop and maintain 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 go the extra mile in providing service. Complete all work in a timely, efficient and accurate manner. 
  10. Safety issues are reviewed and communicated to assure a safe and healthy workplace and a reduction in work related absence. 
  11. Other duties as assigned by the Executive Director to support office functions and services.

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, consultation, outreach programming and communication.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities (KSA's) preferred

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

Required Education

Must possess a doctoral degree in clinical psychology or counseling psychology or a related discipline by start date into the position. Must have course work and appropriate training in individual and group counseling, sexual assault and response, suicide assessment, psychological theories, abnormal psychology or psychopathology, and standards of ethical practice.

Preferred Education

Course work and training in psychological assessment, learning disorders, diversity and inclusion, substance abuse, and providing supervision.

Experience Required

Experience in providing individual or group counseling. Experience in crisis counseling and intervention to include on-call and emergency hospitalization procedures.

Experience Preferred

Experience in providing individual and group counseling in a college/university setting. Experience in providing counseling and outreach services. Experience in providing training programs for resident advisors and Greek 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 387​ Best Colleges: 2022 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 faculty and encourage applications from individuals who are underrepresented in their profession. For further details and information about Christopher Newport, visit


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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 November 30, 2021.

Applications received after November 30, 2021, will be accepted but considered only if needed. 


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


Per the Governor’s order, as a state employee, you would be required to disclose vaccine status. If you are fully vaccinated, you must provide documents confirming this status.  The Governor requires that all employees who are unvaccinated, or not yet fully vaccinated to be tested weekly until they are fully vaccinated. This is a condition of employment.


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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