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Application Review Date
The First Review Date for this job is: 2/5/2021
As a national collegiate leader, University Health Services (UHS) is a comprehensive campus-based health center providing fully accredited medical and mental health care, education, a major medical insurance plan, and innovative health promotion programs for students, faculty and staff. UHS is deeply committed to ensuring affordable, well-integrated, multidisciplinary healthcare that effectively supports the university's diverse campus communities, through equitable access and culturally competent, high-quality programs and services.
Be Well at Work - Employee Assistance is the campus faculty and staff employee assistance program providing no cost confidential counseling and referral for UC Berkeley faculty, staff, visiting scholars, and postdocs. It is also the Employee Assistance program for the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.
Reporting to the Director of Be Well at Work, the primary responsibilities of Employee Assistance Counselors are clinical in nature and include: individual assessment; counseling and referral for faculty and staff; consultation for supervisors and others regarding faculty/staff with behavioral problems; crisis intervention/trauma response; and outreach and resource development.
Clinical Services 1. Provide intake, assessment, referral, and follow-up services to faculty, staff, and their families. Such services include: a. Short-term therapeutic intervention with a broad range of personal and work-related problems; b. Clinical psychosocial intervention in crisis situations; and c. Case management and referral to campus and/or community resources for continuing support. d. Clinical and case management documentation in accordance with professional and privacy standards, and legal and ethical guidelines 2. Facilitate support groups. 3. Consult to supervisors and managers about individual and organizational challenges 4. Maintain strict confidentiality in all relevant aspects of his/her clinical work and clinically-related activities.
Education, Outreach, and Training 1. Develop and present campus educational programs on various topics including those related to: psychological and emotional well-being; stress management; impacts of social/racial injustice; the workplace; relationships; family issues; substance abuse; legal and financial matters; managing change; and communication skills. 2. Provide special training to supervisors on identification of troubled employees, intervention techniques, diversity equity and inclusion as it relates to mental health, and appropriate use of program services. 3. Responsible for projects regarding the development and coordination of campus and community services and resources particularly for faculty and staff who identify as Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) 4. Functions as a consultant to Be Well at Work and other UHS staff with expertise in campus and community resources for underrepresented faculty and staff, particularly Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) and issues related to anti-Black racism and social justice.
Program Promotion 1. Actively participate in efforts to increase awareness of Employee Assistance programs, including: a. Participation in campus-wide training such as new employee orientation, new faculty orientation, health fairs. b. Other in-person promotional programming as it occurs.
Administrative Functions 1. Maintain client statistical information. 2. Develop, update, coordinate, and evaluate information and referral resources, (including private practitioners), that support program services found on campus as well as in the community. 3. Assist in developing and implementing new program components and executes special projects as assigned by the Be Well at Work Employee Assistance Director. 4. Write interdepartmental correspondence. 5. Consult with campus and community representatives regarding provision of Employee Assistance services. 6. Support the planning and implementation of research projects. 7. Provide back-up administrative coverage for operations. 8. Other duties as assigned by the Manager.
Strong, clear communication skills in writing, in person and in group presentations.
The ability to counsel and intervene in a broad range of clinical problems such as family, interpersonal, parent-child, intrapsychic, behavioral, substance abuse, and suicide risk.
Sound knowledge of employee assistance and work issues, and familiarity with the latest developments and trends in employee assistance programs.
Knowledge of federal, state, and local laws regarding disability, workers' compensation, mental health, employee relations-labor relations, and alcohol and drugs.
Strong interviewing and interpersonal skills including the ability to establish rapport and on-going relationships with clients.
An understanding and sensitivity to the diverse needs of various multicultural, ethnic, socio-economic, educational, and age-specific populations within the University community.
Experience working with and commitment to supporting the needs of multicultural and underrepresented populations including Black Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC)
Knowledge and skills in a range of intervention techniques including individual, group, systems and organizations.
Understanding of the social, emotional, behavioral and psychological implications of an employee's personal problems for themselves and their work environment.
Ability to provide counseling and intervention to groups, departments or units as well as individuals.
Knowledge of individual, group and organizational change theory and practice.
Understanding of management and supervision theory and practice, including maintenance of performance standards.
Can identify individual problems and solve them, as appropriate, within a short-term counseling model.
Knowledge of normal and abnormal behavior and its manifestations in humans.
Ability to function with independence in clinical work and other duties and responsibilities.
Management of their own schedule of appointments within program guidelines which requires flexibility.
Ability to function under the general administrative and clinical supervision of the Be Well at Work Employee Assistance Director.
Seeks consultation as professionally appropriate.
Has the ability to intervene and evaluate severely disturbed employees.
Able to consult with professional and nonprofessional colleagues.
Master's or Doctorate degree in behavioral health field
Licenses or certifications required, if any:
Current California mental health license in good standing; CEAP preferred
Experience working in the Employee Assistance field
Experience working with Higher Education/Academic environment
Knowledge of UC policy and procedures
Salary & Benefits
Salary commensurate with experience. For information on the comprehensive benefits package offered by the University visit:
Please submit your cover letter and resume as a single attachment when applying.
100% FTE (40 hours per week)
Employment is contingent on successful completion of: Background Check, Acceptable Medical Evaluation that includes infectious disease surveillance and proof of current required vaccinations or immunity levels, and successful credentials verification (if applicable).
This is a designated position requiring fingerprinting and a background check due to the nature of the job responsibilities. Berkeley does hire people with conviction histories and reviews information received in the context of the job responsibilities. The University reserves the right to make employment contingent upon successful completion of the background check.
This position has been identified as a Mandated Reporter required to report the observed or suspected abuse or neglect of children, dependent adults, or elders to designated law enforcement or social service agencies. We reserve the right to make employment contingent upon completion of signed statements acknowledging the responsibilities of a Mandated Reporter.
Equal Employment Opportunity
The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status. For more information about your rights as an applicant see:
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