Director of Student Support Center & Mental Health Counselor

Southern Virginia University seeks a talented and enthusiastic individual to serve as a Student Mental Health Clinician and Director of the Student Support Center. The Student Mental Health Clinician provides individual counseling for SVU students utilizing brief therapy models. Successful candidates will also be experienced providing treatment in crisis intervention, brief therapy, and in working with diverse populations and with common psychological concerns of college students. Counseling techniques offered will respond with sensitivity and confidentially to the diverse needs of SVU students. Referral and resource information will be maintained as well as Student Support Center statistics and clinical records. The individual will also serve as Clinical Director and will provide supervision to unlicensed counselors. The position will start August of 2017.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Provide leadership and supervision to other counselors in the Student Support Center.
  • Conduct psychosocial assessments for students including diagnosis and treatment planning.
  • Provide therapeutic time-limited solution-focused individual and group counseling.
  • Function and communicate effectively and respectfully within the context of varying beliefs, behaviors, orientations, identities, and cultural backgrounds.
  • Maintain highest levels of protection of student’s right to privacy regarding health care records, student records, and confidentiality.
  • Provide referrals for students to treatment providers in the community.
  • Remain current on clinical service delivery issues within the collegiate mental health field.
  • Design and direct outreach efforts on campus

Minimum Qualifications:

A Master’s degree in Counseling, Social Work, Counseling/Clinical Psychology or related field and independent license to practice as a mental health services provider in the commonwealth of Virginia is required. Counseling experience required, and the ability and credentials to supervise other counselors, with preference given to candidates with experience in a college/university counseling center setting. The candidate must possess well-developed clinical assessment skills and high standards of ethical behavior and demonstrate the ability to work collaboratively with co-workers and with other departments within the university. Strong interpersonal skills and technological capabilities are needed. Knowledge of developmental issues of college students and demonstrated knowledge of and sensitivity to multicultural issues required.

Southern Virginia is an equal opportunity employer. Review of applications will begin immediately. To be given full consideration, applications should be submitted as soon as possible. Completed applications will include a cover letter, resume and letters of recommendation and/or professional references. These materials should be submitted (preferably electronically) to:

Office of Human Resources
Southern Virginia University
One University Hill Drive
Buena Vista, VA 24416
Fax: 540-266-3874
Email: hr@svu.edu