Mars Hill University is a private, four-year liberal arts institution located in the mountains of western North Carolina. Founded in 1856 by Baptist families of the region, it is the oldest institution of higher learning in western North Carolina on its original site. Mars Hill University, an academic community rooted in the Christian faith, challenges and equips students to pursue intellectual, spiritual, and personal growth through an education that is grounded in a rigorous study of the Liberal Arts, connected with the world of work, and committed to character development, to service, and to responsible citizenship in the community, the region, and the world.
DEPARTMENT: Student Life
POSITION/TITLE: University Counselor
LOCATION: Mars Hill, NC
SUPERVISOR: Director of Counseling Services
SCOPE: Through dynamic and innovative approaches, Student Life is a robust program that provides students with opportunities for meaningful engagement and transformation in the co-curricular context. The professional literature is very clear that quality counseling services on a campus are a key component to student retention. This position is an essential part of the investment in wellness at Mars Hill.
· The job is sedentary in nature
· Must be able to sit for long periods while performing office and computer operations
· 15-20 hours/week is expected; times may vary depending on client need, crisis issues, event hours, etc.
· On-call duty
· Master’s or Doctoral degree/ABD in social work, counseling or clinical psychology, counselor education, or marriage, couples, and family counseling
· Licensed in North Carolina as a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW), licensed psychologist, licensed clinical mental health counselor (LCMHC), or licensed marriage and family therapist
· Supervisory Licensure is preferred
· Knowledge of higher education, student life, and student development theory – experience working with young adult population
· Training or experience working in a university counseling center preferred
· Ability to work well with a diverse population of students
· Ability to work congruently within the mission of the university, division and department
· Excellent communication skills required (ability to clearly express ideas and concepts orally and in writing)
· Strong commitment to the values of diversity and human compassion
· Commitment to the academic achievement and personal development of college students, including the understanding of student success initiatives such as a first-year seminar program
· Successful completion of an employment and/or criminal history background check required
· Assist Director by providing short-term counseling and psychotherapy services (in-person and virtual) for currently enrolled MHU students
· As needed, consult with the Disability Services Coordinator to ensure appropriate accommodations are made available for qualifying students
· Assist with the facilitation of psychiatric health withdrawals from and re-entry to the University
· Keep up to date client (MHU student) records and maintain HIPAA and FERPA compliance
· Adhere to ethical codes as designated by state licensure
· Communicate with MHU faculty, staff, and students regarding ethical guidelines, mental health and wellness information, local resources, and advocacy initiatives
· Contribute to the assessment of student needs
· Participate in Title IX and Student Care Team work, as needed
· Contribute to the organization and planning for multiple outreach and education events per year
· Utilize avenues for communicating resources and processes with students, including the use of the web and via Lion’s ROAR (new student orientation)
· Contribute to the mental health training for staff, faculty, and administration on recognizing high risk students and various mental health concerns
· Contribute to the student mental health training on a regular basis in the classroom, residence hall, or guest presenter format
· Implement assessment strategies for student and counseling service outcomes and collaborate with multiple partners across various forms of communication to ensure student wellness and success
· Serve as on-call mental health crisis respondent for campus staff and students (duty shared between counseling center staff)
· Collaborate with multiple campus partners (faculty, athletics, disability services, student engagement, dean of students, Title IX, etc.) to support students
· Utilize technological systems (LionTrax and PIVOT) to track interventions, as appropriate
· Attend monthly Student Life divisional meetings (as able)
· Adhere to guidelines in the University Personnel & Safety Handbooks and departmental policies
· Other duties as assigned
EMPLOYEEBENEFITS: For more information concerning benefits offered to MHU employees, see the MHU Benefits Summary on the MHU website.
EEO / ADA Statement:
In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), MHU provides reasonable accommodation to qualified applicants and employees with disabilities unless the accommodation would impose an undue hardship on the organization or would change the essential functions of the job. Requests for reasonable accommodation should be directed to Human Resources (see below). MHU is committed to hiring faculty and staff who fully support MHU’s mission. Minorities and women are encouraged to apply.
MHU is committed to maintaining a safe and secure campus environment and protecting the university’s financial and physical assets. Therefore, Mars Hill University conducts background checks. Depending on the position applicants may also be required to consent to a credit check as part of the background check process.
In accordance with federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race color, national origin, age, disability, religion, sex, familial status, sexual orientation, and reprisal.
| To file a complaint with Mars Hill University, contact: Jennie Matthews Office of Human Resources Box 6664 Mars Hill University Mars Hill, NC 28754 828 689-1197 828 689-1256 Fax email@example.com | To file a complaint of discrimination, write to: USDA, Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Stop 9410 Washington DC 20250-9410 Or call toll-free at (866) 632-9992 (English) or (800) 877-8339 (TDD) or (866) 377-8642 (English Federal- relay) or (800) 845-6136 (Spanish Federal-relay). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.
Mars Hill University is a private, four-year liberal arts institution located in the mountains of western North Carolina. Founded in 1856 by Baptist families of the region, it is the oldest institution of higher learning in western North Carolina on its original site.Mars Hill’s small campus of approximately 1,200 students offers a warm and engaging environment, where students get to know each other, as well as professors and university staff. Mars Hill boasts a eclectic mix of students, and one of the highest percentages of minority students in the region. The university draws students from all over the United States, and the world.