Mental Health Counselor

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  • Job Number:521205
  • Classification:Mental Health Provider 2
  • Grade:Grade 80
  • Work type:Hybrid, On Campus, Staff Part-time
  • Administrative Unit:University of Alaska Southeast
  • School/Business unit:Student Services
  • Location:Juneau
  • Categories: Health Profession, Student Affairs/Services

Position Summary:

Come join our caring and compassionate counseling team at the University of Alaska Southeast. This position is an academic year position (mid-August through early May), 30 hours per week with benefits. Provide short-term solution-focused therapy to our diverse college population and support students’ personal wellness and academic success goals.


10Provide Consultation to UAS Community: Inform and guide faculty and staff regarding mental health problems of individuals or groups (while maintaining strict confidentiality of clients). Assess and conceptualize problems including level of crisis, develop strategies to intervene and provide referrals to university or community resources. Serve as a member of various functional teams and committees supporting student success.Essential
15Case Management: Coordinate care and resources for students who have been identified through the Care Team, those in crisis, as follow up to one-to-one counseling, or after hospitalization. Work with on-campus services, such as Disability Services, Student Housing, and the Health Clinic to support holistic care. Connect with community resources to consult and refer students with care needs beyond what the Counseling Office can support or students who are out of state.Essential
5On-call: Serve as back up, on call support for the Lead Counselor. This would be occasional, planned and crisis support in conjunction with other key university partners.Essential
70Consultation and Counseling to Students: In conjunction with the Lead Counselor and under the direction of the Dean of Students, execute a stepped care model of counseling services for UAS. Conduct intake interviews for evaluation and assessment. Refer students to the therapeutic services most appropriate for their needs, including but not limited to: group therapy/counseling, one-to-one counseling, crisis intervention, and referral to outside resources. Provide in person and virtual clinical, developmental, and preventative counseling for students experiencing mental health concerns such as relationship conflicts, anxiety, depression, suicide, relationship violence, eating disorders, and psychoses. Provide short term solution focused therapy and other evidence based practices, such as cognitive behavioral therapy. Assess and discriminate treatment and interventions, maintain compliance and ethical standards, confidentiality and documentation. Offer group counseling in support of the goals of UAS Counseling Services. Maintain thorough documentation and confidentiality.Essential


Knowledge of local, state, and federal statutes and regulations as they apply to disability services, including but not limited to the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.

Familiarity with current ethical principles, practices, and standards of care for providing psychological services; working knowledge of State of Alaska mental health and child/elder abuse statutes; mastery of counseling theory and techniques, consultation skills, crisis intervention theory, and techniques; training in the development and effective presentation of outreach and prevention programs.
Ability to counsel one-to-one and in small groups.

Prior experience counseling at a college or university is preferred. Experience working with Alaska Native populations preferred.

Special skills & knowledge: Demonstrated competency in written and oral communication. Experience working with diverse populations. Experience with computer programs such as Word and Excel and other database management skills.

Required Education or training:

Minimum Master's degree in social work or counseling and licensed or Alaska license eligible. This advanced level of education/clinical experience is necessary for the staff counselor to make clinical decisions regarding student welfare in an independent manner.

This is a part-time,9-month, exempt staff position complete with both a competitive salary and full employee benefits package. New hires will be placed on the UA salary schedule, Grade 80, based on education and experience. 

A complete application will include a resume, cover letter, and contact information for three professional references. This is open until filled recruitment with the initial application review date on August 8, 2022. To ensure consideration, please apply by August 7, 2022, by 11:55 pm Alaska Standard Time. 

To be eligible for this position, applicants must be legally authorized for unrestricted employment in the United States. No work visas will be sponsored for this position.

If you need assistance in completing this application or are seeking accommodations for the interview, please contact UA Human Resources by phone at 907-450-8200.

Located in the ancestral homeland of the Tlingit, Haida, and Tsimshian peoples, the University of Alaska Southeast (UAS) is fully committed to advancing the education and research aspirations of Indigenous peoples and is committed to ongoing work toward decolonization. These efforts are reflected in our UAS programs and formal community partnerships across our three campuses and throughout all of Southeast Alaska.

Reasonable Accommodation Statement:

The University of Alaska (UA) is responsible for providing reasonable accommodations to individuals with disabilities throughout the applicant screening process. If you need assistance in completing this application or during any phase of the interview process, please contact UA Human Resources by phone at 907-450-8200.

Affirmative Action Statement:

UA is an AA/EO employer and educational institution and prohibits illegal discrimination against any individual:

Background Check:

The successful applicant is required to complete a background check. Any offer of employment is contingent on a background check.

Probationary Period:

Pursuant to University Regulation 04.07.020, new employees of the University are employed in an at-will probationary status for the first six months of employment. During the probationary period, employment may be terminated for no reason or any reason. Promoted employees also serve a probationary period with limited rights of retreat.

Public Disclosure Statement:

Your application for employment with the University of Alaska is subject to public disclosure under the Alaska Public Records Act.

The University of Alaska is a Drug-Free Workplace. University of Alaska campuses are Tobacco-Free. 

Training Policy:

It is the policy of the University of Alaska (UA) that all employees are required to complete training to meet the requirements of the positions they hold and to complete the required training within a specified period to remain employed at the UA.

Contact Information:

If you have any questions regarding this position, please contact the University of Alaska HR at 907-450-8200.

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