This 20 hour per week, fully benefited position allows the counselor to serve our vibrant and diverse student body as part of a supportive interprofessional team and includes a paid month off during the summer.
The Counseling and Wellness Center (CWC) provides confidential clinical counseling and consultation services to 1300 undergraduate and graduate students at Saint Martin’s University (SMU). Our Professional Mental Health Counselors are responsible for assessment, treatment, care coordination and collaborative support services for students. They may also participate in supervision of graduate student interns, consultations for faculty and staff, and presentations to the campus community regarding college student mental health.
Ranked by Niche as the second (#2) most diverse private college in Washington State in 2020, Saint Martin’s is extremely proud of our student diversity. Our university treasures persons of all abilities, ages, ethnicities, genders, nationalities, orientations, races, and religions. In particular, we know that students educated in an ethnically diverse settings perform better academically and reap greater professional success than their peers from more homogeneous learning environments. We proudly celebrate that our student population is 51% undergraduate and 32% graduate students of color. We are committed to pursuing an employee community which reflects a similar, if not the same percentage.
Therefore, we intentionally encourage and request that members of historically underrepresented groups apply to join this community. All of us, from all backgrounds, are making a commitment to do and be better for our students, faculty and staff.
Established in 1895, Saint Martin’s University serves as the educational mission of Saint Martin’s Abbey. The Abbey is a Catholic Benedictine monastery, whose members pray, work, and live together on the University campus. As the mission is Catholic and Benedictine, one of our values is a spirit of hospitality welcoming all, regardless of an individual’s faith, religion, or spirituality
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS & RESPONSIBILITIES
Essential Functions & Responsibilities -Essential functions, as defined under the Americans with Disabilities Act, may include any of the following representative duties, knowledge, and skills. This list is ILLUSTRATIVE ONLY, and is not a comprehensive listing of all functions and duties performed by incumbents of this position. Employees are required to be in attendance and prepared to begin work at their assigned work location on the specified days and hours. Factors such as regular attendance at the job are not routinely listed in job descriptions, but are an essential function. Essential duties and responsibilities may include, but are not limited to, the following.
Provide culturally competent clinical assessment and individual and/or group counseling, within a brief therapy model, for students.
Provide acute risk and suicide assessment, crisis response interventions, crisis stabilization, and counseling, in a drop-in setting, utilizing a collaborative care model including coordination with the Saints Care Network, Public Safety, and Residence Life/Housing as deemed necessary and while maintaining relevant ethical, legal, and professional standards.
Provide individual and/or group supervision for graduate student intern(s).
Provide outreach, workshops and presentations related to college student mental health.
Provide consultation related to college mental health and adjustment/coping with student groups, parents, faculty, administrators, and campus groups.
Coordinate with CWC administrative assistance to maintain records and scheduling.
Provide a caring, respectful, and compassionate professional presence in all communications and interactions with students, parents, faculty, staff, and the Abbey.
Follow established CWC communication guidelines and confidentiality as per RCW 70.02.230
Use of the Titanium software system for scheduling, clinical notes, and supervision - training provided.
Other duties and projects as assigned to support the mission of the university.
Strong interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills. Ability to communicate effectively with a diverse range of people in a variety of situations, including acute crisis and distress.
Knowledge of best practices related to supporting diverse student populations, including BIPOC students, students of diverse socioeconomic backgrounds, first generation students, students with varying abilities, and other historically marginalized identities.
Stay apprised and adhere to current policies, legal, and ethical issues in counseling and within higher education; including HIPAA, the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), and other relevant local, state, and federal educational, and mental health care laws.
Ability to work independently with minimal direct supervision, in an often demanding work environment
Must be supportive of a Benedictine philosophy of education and understand the Benedictine values as a role in counseling.
Strong interpersonal skills and demonstrated dedication to providing caring counseling services.
Demonstrated ability to work effectively both independently and as part of a team.
Must be flexible and willing to learn and adapt to changing work processes.
Demonstrated ability to maintain strict confidentiality, professionalism, and integrity.
Time-management, organizational and project coordination skills.
Demonstrated ability to stay focused and perform a large variety of interrelated tasks with accuracy and attention to detail, while remaining flexible and accommodating new priorities and frequent interruptions.
Effective and efficient use of Microsoft Office (Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint) and other relevant computer-based programs.
PHYSICAL DEMANDS AND WORKING ENVIRONMENT
Work is performed in a standard office environment. Physical demands include:
Moves objects (less than 20 pounds) long distances (more than 20 feet).
Ability to be mobile campus-wide for appropriate business needs.
Operates a variety of standard office equipment requiring continuous or repetitive arm-hand movements.
Manual dexterity and precision required for keyboarding.
Must be able to sit for long periods at a time at a computer.
May occasionally be required to deal with distraught people.
Must be able to concentrate on details and process complex information while experiencing frequent interruptions.
Must be able to communicate effectively with people at all levels under stressful conditions.
Must maintain strict confidentiality relating to all issues in the department, Saint Martin’s University and the President’s Office.
Vaccination cards required for fully vaccinated. Unvaccinated must apply for exemption and submit weekly COVID test results.
To see the full job description or to apply for this position, please visit our website at Work at Saint Martin’s .
REQUIREMENTS AND/OR CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT
Required: Master’s degree in clinical counseling, clinical psychology, clinical social work OR PhD or PsyD.
Required: Licensed in Washington state as mental health professional (LMHC, LMFT or LICSW) or Licensed Psychologist; Maintain license through continuing education hours as required for licensure, and provide documentation upon renewal; Chapter 18.225 RCW and Chapter 246-809 WAC. OR ability to obtain relevant license within six months of start date (there is some flexibility with this timeline, please consult with hiring manager if you have questions).
Preferred: Experience in counseling within a college or university counseling center with a diverse student population is highly desirable.
Saint Martin's University in Lacey, Washington is one of 13 Benedictine colleges and universities in the United States and Canada, and the only one west of the Rocky Mountains. Established in 1895 by monks of the Roman Catholic Order of Saint Benedict, our identity as a university is rooted in our Catholic, Benedictine tradition. Saint Martin's is a member of the Independent Colleges of Washington.
Guided by the principles of the Catholic Intellectual Tradition, Saint Martin’s University endeavors to unite academic rigor and excellence with moral thought and social responsibility – higher education that seeks to serve and promote the common good – higher education that seeks to transform lives by grappling with issues of Faith, Reason, Service and Community. We come together, faculty, staff and students, to form a community of individuals who are learning to live a meaningful life. Saints think, pray, serve, play and live with heart.