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Counselor/Social Worker/Psychologist: Coordinator of Black Student Mental Health - University Counseling Center (Student Services)

Apply now Job no: 493887
Position type: EAP - Executive, Administrative, Professional
Location: Allendale
Categories: Student Services

The primary purpose of this position is to support the mental health and well-being of Black and African American students through the provision of clinical services, consultation, and outreach programming. The University Counseling Center (UCC) is committed to providing culturally sensitive services to students and the campus community. This work must be informed by a nuanced understanding of the unique lived experiences of Black and African American students, particularly in predominately white institutional spaces.

Required Qualifications and Education:

  • Completion of an MSW (CSWE-accredited program), MA in clinical or mental health counseling, or a Ph.D./Psy.D. in clinical or counseling psychology (APA-accredited academic program preferred) degree or equivalent by start date
  • Limited license eligible in the state of Michigan by start date
  • Experience providing mental health services to Black and African American populations
  • Ability to apply knowledge of the mental health impacts of systemic racism and anti-blackness on Black and African American communities
  • Strong commitment to enact principles of social justice and navigating layers of identity experienced by Black and African American students, including race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, ability, religion, class, and nationality
  • Experience providing individual therapy in a clinical setting

 Preferred Qualifications and Education: 

  • Experience providing outreach programming focused on the holistic mental health needs of Black and African American communities
  • Experience in a college/university counseling center
  • Experience providing crisis intervention
  • Experience working as part of an inter-disciplinary staff

Responsibilities – Essential Functions: 

  • Provide culturally sensitive individual, group, and crisis counseling over a broad range of difficulties and diagnoses
  • Collaborate with the UCC’s diversity, equity, and inclusion team and the center’s coordinator of diversity and inclusion initiatives to best serve students
  • Collaborate with the Black faculty staff association affinity group to form supportive relationships across campus
  • Provide consultation and outreach activities to the University community
  • Participate in Student Services activities pertinent to student well-being
  • Crisis intervention management as needed for the on-campus student population
  • Other responsibilities as assigned by the director/supervisor

Salary:  Commensurate with experience. There is an excellent fringe benefits package, including University 12% retirement contribution (no matching required), vacation, university holidays, and professional development time and funds.

Department/Division:  The University Counseling Center, Division of Student Affairs. The University Counseling Center is an IACS accredited comprehensive psychological services center and provides an APA-accredited doctoral internship in psychology and an MSW internship. The center is well integrated within the university (with services at both the Allendale and Pew campuses) and has strong supportive partnerships across campus, with access to excellent student affairs collaborations and leadership. Center staff are innovative, multidisciplinary, collegial, and invested in training and working collaboratively to ensure quality delivery of services to a diverse student body. The center strives for work-life balance, inclusive supportive relationships, and ample professional development opportunities for staff.

Inclusion Statement:  Multicultural competency is core to the work we do each day. We strive to provide safe and affirming spaces for students to discuss concerns they face through the lens of their identities. We acknowledge the impact of power, privilege, oppression, stereotypes, and discrimination on the basis of age, color, disability, familial status, height, marital status, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sex/gender (including gender identity and expression), sexual orientation, veteran or active duty military status, weight, and other identities. We work to create spaces for students to feel heard, accepted, and affirmed. We recognize that being culturally humble is a lifelong journey. We are committed to this journey and continue with ongoing professional and personal development in this area.

How to Apply: Apply online at jobs.gvsu.edu and select "Apply now". Please include a cover letter and vita. The online application will allow you to attach these documents electronically. On the application, you will be required to provide names, phone numbers, and e-mail addresses for three professional references. If you have questions or need assistance, call Human Resources at 616-331-2215.

Application Deadline Date:  January 20, 2022. Starting date August 2022

Grand Valley State University has a COVID-19 Vaccine requirement that requires all faculty, staff and students to be vaccinated. New hires will be expected to adhere to the policy unless they are eligible for allowable exemptions or postponement. Up-to-date information can be found on our Lakers Together website.

Grand Valley State University does not discriminate against students, faculty or staff in any of its employment practices or in its educational programs or activities. Grand Valley State University is guided by values for inclusiveness and community which are integral to our mission to educate students to shape their lives, their professions, and their societies, and to enrich the community through excellent teaching, active scholarship, and public service. The University is an affirmative action, equal opportunity institution. It encourages diversity and provides equal opportunity in education, employment, all of its programs, and the use of its facilities. Members of the University community, including candidates for employment or admissions, and visitors or guests, have the right to be free from acts of harassment and discrimination, which are prohibited if they discriminate or harass on the basis of age, color, disability, familial status, height, marital status, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, veteran or active duty military status or weight. In addition, Grand Valley is required by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 to ensure that none of its education programs and activities discriminate on the basis of sex/gender. Sex includes sex stereotypes, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, and pregnancy or parenting status. The Office for Title IX and Institutional Equity serves as a resource for the GVSU community and assists individuals who may have been impacted by discrimination or harassment in connecting with resources, imposes measures that protect or support access to programs and activities, and oversees the university’s grievance process for allegations of discrimination and harassment. Inquiries regarding the application of Title IX may be referred to the Title IX Coordinator, 4015 Zumberge Hall, titleix@gvsu.edu, (616) 331-9530.

The University will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities. See www.gvsu.edu/affirmative/. TDD Callers: Call Michigan Relay Center at 711 (in State) or 1-800-833-7833 (out of State)

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. Must have the physical stamina to work long hours and/or more than 5 days per week. The requirements listed are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The information contained in this job description is for compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act as amended by the ADA Amendment Act (2008), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and other applicable federal and state laws that prohibit discrimination on the basis of disability. GVSU will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request.

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