Staff Counselor

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Position type: Full-Time 12-Month
Department: 410400 - Student Counseling Services
Location: Main Campus - Starkville, MS
Categories: Professional
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Department Profile: 

Mississippi State University Student Counseling Services is in the Division of Student Affairs. The 19 member staff consists of licensed professional counselors, clinical psychologists, social workers, graduate assistants, and administrative staff.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities: 

The following examples are intended as illustrations only for the various types of duties assigned in positions allocated to this classification. The absence of specific statements of duties does not exclude those tasks from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment of the positions.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
1. To provide individual, group and couples counseling to students.
2. To provide a minimum of twenty (20) direct clinical hours  weekly.
3. To provide rotating Counselor-on-Duty response for urgent care 8:00 am - 5:00 pm.
4. To provide crisis intervention to students with appropriate referrals to campus and   community resources as needed.
5. To share rotating evening and weekend emergency on-call response with other clinicians.
6. To maintain clinical case files in accordance with the highest legal, ethical and professional standards.
7. To demonstrate multicultural competency.
8. Other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications:

1. Masters degree in mental health counseling, social work or other license eligible mental health related field.
2. Licensed or license-eligible in the state of Mississippi within 6 months of employment of start date.

Preferred Qualifications: 

Masters degree in Counseling or Social Work with 2 or more years of experience within a college counseling center and eligible to be licensed within 6 months in the state of Mississippi

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

 1. Experience, knowledge and training in provision of individual, group and couple counseling.
 2. Experience in provision of psycho-educational/outreach programming and workshops.
 3. Experience with working with eating disorders, trauma, and/or Dialectical Behavior training.
 4. Experience in provision of clinical services within a university counseling center preferred.
 5. Ability to interact effectively and professionally with students, faculty, staff, and administrators.
 6. Knowledge of and adherence to ethical standards endorsed by licensing professional organization.
 7. Possess strong student orientation.
 8. Motivated to function effectively with the organizational and administrative structure of a university counseling center.
 9. Value involvement and participation within the Division of Student Affairs.
10. The ability to work with a diverse student population.

 Working Conditions/Physical Effort:

No unusual physical requirements.  Requires no heavy lifting, and nearly all work is performed in a comfortable indoor facility.
Frequent - Externally imposed deadlines; set and revised beyond one’s control; interruptions influence priorities; difficult to anticipate nature or volume of work with certainty beyond a few days; travel or irregular hours often anticipated; meeting of deadlines and coordination of unrelated activities are key to position; involves conflict-resolution or similar interactions involving emotional issues or stress on a regular basis
Job frequently requires walking, sitting, reaching, talking, hearing, handling objects with hands
Job requires standing, stooping/kneeling/crouching/crawling, and lifting up to 10 pounds
Vision requirements:  Ability to see information in print and/or electronically.

Instructions for Applying:

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Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:

MSU is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, ethnicity, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, disability status, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. We always welcome nominations and applications from women, members of any minority group, and others who share our passion for building a diverse community that reflects the diversity in our student population.

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