Jun 12, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution


Posting Number: S0361
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Classification: Administrative/Professional Anticipated Length of Appointment:
Special area(s) of assignment (teaching/research/administration):

Position Summary:
Willamette University invites applications for a Counselor (annualized .75 FTE, works full-time during 9 month, academic year, August-May) to join the Bishop Wellness Center team.

The Bishop Wellness Center Counselor will provide culturally informed care to undergraduate, graduate, and international students at Willamette University. This includes counseling (individual, couples, group), intake assessment, crisis response and intervention, referrals, treatment planning, case-management, and documentation; informed by professionally accepted and empirically supported best practices. The counselor will develop and implement educational and outreach programs, provide consultation about psychological issues to the broader campus community, and advise student groups as appropriate. The counselor will work collaboratively with medical providers in a multi-disciplinary and holistic wellness center.

Work involves a variety of complex duties and responsibilities in the University's efforts to provide a healthy, safe, and accessible environment for students. Requires considerable judgment and discretion in task fulfillment, and strong interpersonal and communication skills. Quality performance of responsibilities has a distinct impact upon the reputation of the University and Bishop Wellness Center. As most work is performed indoors, incumbent will generally not experience adverse environmental conditions or exposure to hazards.

To learn more about the Bishop Wellness Center, visit

Willamette University, founded in 1842, is the oldest institution of higher education in the Far West. Situated in Oregon's capital city, Willamette includes the College of Liberal Arts (approximately 2,000 students) and graduate programs in Law and Management. The University is committed to living out its motto “Not unto ourselves alone are we born” by incorporating the principles of sustainability, social justice, and action. Salem is located in the center of the picturesque Willamette Valley, approximately an hour's drive from the Pacific Coast, the Cascade Mountains, and the cities of Portland and Eugene. For more information about Willamette, visit our website at

This position is eligible for the University's generous benefits package that includes: medical/dental insurance, sick accruals (prorated), and contribution of 10% of gross base pay from the University in exchange for a mandatory contribution of 1% by the employee.

Salary range is commensurate with experience and education.

Believing that diversity contributes to academic excellence and to rich and rewarding communities, WU is committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse faculty, staff and student body. We seek candidates, particularly those from historically under-represented groups, whose work furthers diversity and who bring to campus varied experiences, perspectives and backgrounds.

Duties & Responsibilities:
The duties and responsibility of the Counselor include but are not limited to the following functions, which are not listed in any particular order of importance or significance:

1. Provides individual, couples, and group counseling services to a diverse clientele within a brief and focused counseling model. Provides longer term counseling with selected clientele if approved by team staffing process. Refers to internal and outside providers as appropriate.

2. Provides clinical assessment, crisis intervention, case-management, and treatment planning for students in acute distress. Counselor is expected to build regular walk-in/crisis appointment times in their schedule.

3. Maintenance of appropriate clinical documentation (including DSM diagnosis as appropriate) and caseload consistent with professionally accepted standards.

4. Provides coordinated supports and develops collaborative relationships between Health Services, Accessible Education Services, Housing and Community Life, Learning Services, Campus Safety, International Education, Athletics, and other on and off campus resources.

5 Develops, coordinates, and administers workshops, trainings, and programming in response to the needs of campus constituents. This may involve evening or weekend time.

6. Serve in the regular after-hours counselor on-call rotation (approx. 1 week/month during the academic year). The counselor is expected to serve during the time the university is in session. The On-Call Counselor must be available to respond immediately to phone calls from campus support personnel, and must be on-site within one hour. If a large scale crisis occurs, the counselor is expected to be a part of a team of responders which may be after hours, on weekends, or at other times outside of the work day.

7. Serves as a resource and provides consultation to parents, families, faculty, staff, administration when appropriate.

8. Work with the Director in the development and review of agency policies and procedures, and protocols for client and emergency management.

9. Participates in weekly staffing with Counseling Services providers, regular Bishop Wellness staff meetings, Campus Life Divisional meetings, and monthly consultation with PMHNP.

10. Performs other duties as assigned.

Additional Information/About the Department:

Required Qualifications:
1. A Master’s, Ph.D, or Psy.D. degree in Counseling, Psychology, Social Work, or a related field from an accredited program required. Current and unrestricted license to practice in the State of Oregon.

2. Two years of experience as a full time mental health professional, with at least one year experience working with traditionally college aged clientele, preferably in a college or university counseling center. Clinical internship in a college counseling setting may count toward one year of experience.

3. Expertise in supporting students one or more of the following areas: affective illness and distress, substance use/abuse, persistent mental illness, survivors of sexual assault, and/or students who are traditionally under-served or come from historically marginalized communities (international students, first generation, students of color, men, LGBTQIA+, etc.).

4. A demonstrated commitment to inclusion, equity, and social justice with experience in providing support and advocacy for historically marginalized communities (includes but not limited to: race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, ability, and socioeconomic status).

5. Evidence of skill in addressing psychiatric emergencies, including accurate assessment of threat and safety planning.

6. Experience working within a collaborative team based approach to clinical services in a fast paced work setting.

7. Strong interpersonal skills, and the ability to effectively communicate in English, both orally and in writing.

8. Ability to effectively interact with a wide variety of people in a manner that positively portrays the University and its programs, personnel, and philosophies.

9. Ability to execute those physical activities required to perform the essential functions including and all other activities required to perform essential functions.

10. Ability to work independently as well as establish and maintain harmonious relations with other staff, faculty, and students.

11. Successful completion of a criminal conviction record check.

Preferred Qualifications:
1. At least one year of experience working with traditionally college-aged clientele, preferable in a college or university counseling center.

Special Instructions:
Thank you for your interest in applying at Willamette University.

In order to apply, you will need to have an email account. Please complete all sections of the online application. You will need to provide contact information for professional references as part of the online application.

You will be asked to submit the following documents as part of your online application materials:

• Cover letter addressing the required/desired qualifications and presenting any other applicant characteristics which deserve emphasis.
• Current resume
• As part of the application you will be asked for professional references, please include contact information including emails.

Application Deadline: June 20, 2017. Desired start date is August 15, 2017.

Open Date: 06/06/2017
Close Date: 6/20/2017
Open Until Filled: No

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Believing that diversity contributes to academic excellence and to rich and rewarding communities, WU is committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse faculty, staff and student body. We seek candidates, particularly those from historically under-represented groups, whose work furthers diversity and who bring to campus varied experiences, perspectives and backgrounds.


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