Counseling Coordinator in the Office of Student Affairs
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Posted: September 06, 2012
Edited: March 05, 2013
Darton State College is searching for a Counseling Coordinator in the Office of Student Affairs. Located on a 180-acre campus in Southwest Georgia, the grounds are covered with magnolia, pecan and oak trees, azaleas and other native flora that provide the eco-friendly residential campus a welcoming feeling of southern charm and hospitality. The campus features walking and running trails and numerous outdoor athletic facilities, such as the tennis pavilion and alpine climbing tower. Indoor facilities are designed for the active lifestyle, with a state of the art pool, fitness center, racquetball courts, and dance studios. Additional activities such as stargazing, dinner theatres, art festivals, Science and Math fairs and technology workshops are available for all age groups and professional and personal development. Being located in the northwestern part of the city of Albany provides easy access to the local shopping areas and restaurants and peaceful residential neighborhoods. Trips to the Florida beaches, Atlanta, and the Georgia mountains are a short two to three hour drive for a weekend mini-vacation. Rich in southern history, the area also has an abundance of natural water for water activities and sports and is the home of Chehaw Park (one of two accredited zoos in the State of Georgia,) the Weatherbee Planetarium, the Albany Civil Rights Movement Museum, Radium Springs, (one of the Seven Natural Wonders of Georgia) and many other attractions of current and historical interest. The city has been ranked by Money Magazine as the best place to live in Georgia and among the top 115 places to live in the United States.
The Counseling Coordinator is responsible for directing all aspects of the Counseling Center and works under the direct supervision of the Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs.
Nature of Work:
Tasks are performed independently, within accepted guidelines. The Counseling Coordinator exercises considerable independent judgment in applying professional clinical knowledge to assist students in solving problems of personal adjustment. The position requires extensive knowledge of complex principles of human behavior. The Counseling Coordinator must become familiar with local factors affecting student adjustment and resources available to students. The Counseling Coordinator has extensive contact with various individuals and groups, particularly students, faculty, staff and family members of students.
Primary responsibilities include provision of case management, brief personal, career and educational counseling to individuals and groups. Work is usually performed under normal office conditions. The Counseling Coordinator is also responsible for administrative functions.
The Coordinator must hold one of the following licenses in the state of Georgia: licensed professional counselor, licensed marriage and family therapist, licensed social worker, licensed clinical social workers, licensed psychologist or licensed psychiatrist.
Duties and Responsibilities:
Provide limited/brief personal and academic counseling services to students in individual and group settings with social, academic, personal, and career adjustment issues. Make appropriate referrals when students’ needs are beyond the scope of the counseling center.
- Provide crisis intervention, referral, and follow up.
- Develop and update clinical policies and procedures for Counseling Services.
- Offer workshops and seminars on relevant campus issues every semester (crisis intervention, text anxiety, etc.) Conduct yearly trainings with the Resident Hall Assistants.
- Serve on College committees as requested and Chair the Drug Free Campus Committee.
- Must be student-centered and willing to work collaboratively with faculty and staff across the campus community; should be well versed in program development, outreach, retention activities, student advocacy, research and evaluation which supports the mission of the college environment.
- Participate as a member of the larger student affairs staff on division-wide projects and programs, such as advising, registration, orientation, strategic planning, and career fairs
- Other duties as assigned by the Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs.
Required Education and/or Experience:
- Minimum of a Master’s degree in a mental health discipline leading to licensure in the state of Georgia: professional counseling, social work, marriage & family therapy, clinical or counseling psychology, or advanced practice nursing (clinical nurse specialist: psychiatric/mental health).
- Licensure in a mental health discipline in Georgia, or ability to obtain licensure within one year of hire (associate licensure acceptable).
- One to three years professional experience providing direct mental health services post license eligible master’s degree.
Desired Knowledge, Abilities and Skills:
- Extensive knowledge of complex principles of human behavior theories, especially therapeutic and student development theories, and the ability to apply those theories to assist students in making desired changes in their lives.
- Motivated and self-directed. Ability to develop and maintain a strong therapeutic alliance with students.
- Good oral and written communication skills.
- Understanding of policies and procedures typical for a college counseling center.
The Coordinator of Counseling Center reports to the Assistant Dean for Student Success.
A Complete Application Must Include:
- A current resume.
- Letter of application addressing the above responsibilities and qualifications.
- A separate statement of philosophy reflecting the applicant's commitment to student learning and success within a state college, including his/her commitment to “Complete College Georgia” and “Complete College America.”
- Names, addresses, telephone numbers, and e-mail addresses of four current references.
- Unofficial copies of transcripts for application. Official transcripts of all college work required prior to employment.
- An on-campus interview will be required prior to an official offer of the position.
- Finalists will be required to submit to a background investigation.
Review of applications begins immediately.
Women and Minorities are encouraged to apply
Contacts: Gulma Heflin or Robbin Burriss (Staff), Beth Tison or Barbara Blackburn (Faculty)
Any corrections/updates to information listed on these pages are required to go through the contacts listed above.