Mental Health Counselor


Full-Time Counselor/Clinical Social Worker/Psychologist sought to assist in provision of individual and group counseling and mental health outreach services to students at Lenoir-Rhyne University as part of LR’s on-campus Cornerstone Student Support and Wellness Center. The individual in this position will contribute to Lenoir-Rhyne’s mission to pursue the development of the whole person through helping students grow personally and gain insight into their behaviors and development of self.

Supervisory Responsibilities

No direct supervision expected. May provide some guidance for counseling interns as needed and where appropriate.

Essential Accountabilities

  • Provide limited short-term individual counseling for a caseload of up to 30 students, and limited group counseling opportunities; keep case notes as required for professional standards; assist in assessment of the Cornerstone Center overall.
  • Demonstrate a comprehensive commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, and a nuanced understanding of under-represented groups and initiatives that enhance inclusive efforts.
  • Consult with mental health professionals and community health and wellness providers regarding student’s issues for referrals regarding physical health and need for medications for well- being of clients. Conduct assessments and referrals to external counseling/therapeutic resources when appropriate. Provide consultation to staff and faculty related to mental health needs for students.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Required Skills/Abilities

  • Fully licensed or Associate Licensed in the state of North Carolina as a Professional Counselor/Clinical Social Worker/Psychologist. LCAS considered with counseling experience in a college or university setting.
  • A minimum of two years of experience in short-term counseling/therapy, preferably with young adults and in a college or university setting, with a strong focus on developmental and motivational skills as well as behavioral based treatment modalities.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, and strong relationship building skills.
  • Deep commitment to confidentiality and adherence to required laws and policies governing counseling services, especially in a university setting.
  • Ability to provide case management oversight.
  • Training and ability in crisis intervention.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to manage sensitive and confidential situations with tact, professionalism, and diplomacy and work with individuals at all levels of the university
  • Excellent time management and organizational skills with a heightened attention to detail.
  • Strong analytical skills and problem solving/conflict resolutions skills.
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office Suite or related software.

Education and Experience

  • Fully licensed or Associate Licensed in the state of North Carolina as a Professional Counselor/Clinical Social Worker/Psychologist. LCAS considered with counseling experience in a college or university setting.
  • A minimum of two years of experience in short-term counseling/therapy, preferably with young adults and in a college or university counseling center, with a strong focus on developmental and motivational skills as well as behavioral based treatment modalities.
  • The preferred candidate will have some experience with or knowledge of offering virtual counseling support, and/or will hold appropriate licensure to serve as a clinical supervisor for counseling interns.
  • Experience with multiple campuses a plus.

Physical Requirements

  • Prolonged periods of sitting at a desk and working on a computer.
  • Must be able to lift up to 15 pounds at times. 
  • Ability to attend and preside over lectures and meetings.
  • Ability to travel with students, faculty and staff throughout campus.
  • Valid driver’s license and access to a reliable vehicle.
  • CPR and first aid certifications a plus.

Work Schedule

  • Standard office hours Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. with occasional evening and weekend work required to suit the needs of a residential college campus.
  • Subject to change based on university need, scheduled courses, and university growth.

Behavioral Expectations

  • Maintain high integrity, confidentiality, and ethical standards.
  • Maintain a healthy and safe environment.
  • Maintain and contribute to a professional, respectful, courteous, diverse, equitable, and inclusive environment
  • Treat other individuals with dignity, respect, and kindness.
  • Adhere to all university policies, procedures, standards, values, and comply with all federal, state, and local laws.

Position requirements in the role description outlined above indicate the minimum level of knowledge, skills, and/or abilities deemed necessary to perform the job competently. Role descriptions are an overview of the duties, responsibilities, and requirements of the position and are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list for the position. Employees may be required to perform other job-related assignments as requested and acquire new skills and responsibilities. Lenoir-Rhyne University reserves the right to modify, add, remove, or waive the responsibilities, duties, and skills required of the position.

Department: Student Life
Position Reports: Dean of Student Life
Position Type: Exempt

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