Mental Health Counselor

Buffalo, NY

I. JOB SUMMARY

The highly visible incumbent is responsible for implementing the mission and vision of D’Youville University and the Division of Student Affairs while serving as a mental health advisor for the campus and licensed mental health provider for the student population. The successful candidate will be a self-starter who thrives amidst an ever-changing and unpredictable work environment and will have demonstrated skills in the areas of mental health, personal counseling, student support, and holistic wellness. This position will work very closely with fellow mental health counselors and numerous campus partners to ensure that programming and outreach within The Wellness Lodge aligns with current best practices. Evening and weekend hours may be required when the University is in session to manage workload and attend meetings and functions. The primary focus of the Mental Health Counselor will be to manage immediate student crisis situations, serve as the mental health advisor for the division, refer students to local care resources as needed, and to connect students with the care services provided to them through TimelyMD. This position will have an opportunity to maintain a caseload of student clients if needed but scheduled clinical services are not the focus of this position. This 12-month position reports directly to the Executive Director for Student Affairs and is expected to work closely with all units within Student Affairs to ensure that the University is “student-ready” and that every student has the opportunity to be engaged outside of the classroom.

 

II. PRIMARY JOB DUTIES:

  • Promote TimelyMD “Saints Care” as the main provider of mental health care to all students,
  • Serve as a licensed D’Youville representative to receive student case information from TimelyMD mental health providers,
  • Provide at maximum fifteen student counseling sessions per week to include clinical services, assessment, consultation, and/or referral,
    • Students requiring more than six 45-minute counseling sessions per semester must be referred to TimelyMD and/or an established mental health community partner,
  • Coordinate with services offered within the D’Youville Health Professions Hub to ensure all students receive holistic care,
  • Dedicate at least five hours per week to student educational program development and administration,
  • Provide mentorship and guidance to graduate assistants within the Wellness Lodge,
  • Work closely with the Office of Student Development & Advocacy on delivery of drug and alcohol assessment and education,
  • Develop and deliver student leader mental health training for various University departments,
  • Maintain and organize confidential student records,
  • Serve on various campus committees as needed as a mental health advisor,
  • Serve as a campus mental health advisor to faculty and staff as needed,
  • Maintain tri-weekly on-call responsibilities for professional staff consultation needs.

 

III. OTHER JOB DUTIES:

  • Ensure a student-centered departmental environment with a focus on customer service,
  • Conduct assessment of all programs and services to evaluate effectiveness related to office, department, division, and campus-wide goals and initiatives,
  • Serve as a trained Title IX advisor,
  • Other duties as assigned by the Executive Director for Student Affairs.

 

IV. KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, & ABILITIES:

  • Demonstrated experience working in mental and/or holistic wellness,
  • Thorough knowledge and proven track record in Student Affairs or Community Organizing, including policy development, programming, and student development,
  • Strong cross-cultural, interpersonal, and writing skills necessary, including the ability to represent the University in a positive way to diverse populations,
  • A demonstrated commitment to promoting personal wellness,
  • Demonstrated ability to develop linkages with community partners through significant outreach efforts to support student success in and out of the classroom,
  • Ability to innovative and create programs that support student wellness, leading to increased persistence and graduation rates across diverse student populations,
  • Ability to work with a wide variety of individuals on campus and in all areas of the community to accomplish student life objectives,
  • Ability to make sound professional judgments, often under deadline pressure, when dealing with student related issues,
  • A proven ability to identify and address problems, exhibit competence in identifying and interpreting needed areas of assessment, display sensitivity regarding personnel matters and the ability to participate effectively in short and long-range planning.

 

V. JOB SPECIFICATIONS:

Education:

  • Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling,
  • New York State Licensure in Mental Health Counseling,
  • One (1) year of responsible supervised experience in Mental Health Counseling.

 

Experience:

  • Appropriate and applicable professional experience within Mental Health Counseling, Student Affairs, and/or relevant fields showing progressive responsibilities.