The role of the Student Life Counselor is to facilitate all mental health aspects aimed at students’ emotional and behavioral functioning. This role will be responsible for monitoring students’ mental and physical well-being (i.e. individual and group therapy, psychoeducational groups, etc.) and for coordinating all necessary individual student supports from within and outside of the PACE Program.
This is a full time, supervisory, 10 month position with 24/7 on-call responsibilities while students are in session.
The Student Life Counselor monitors PACE students’ overall well being by providing individual psychological and emotional support, conducting weekly counseling support groups, and developing and implementing program curriculum, classes and activities that address student health and wellness issues as assigned by E.D. They serve as the primary contact for parents / guardians, dorm management, and residential life staff for student concerns and provide on-site oversight and 24/7 on call support to Student Life Coordinator, Resident Life Advisors, Clinical Interns, as well as 1237 staff regarding students concerns and crises.
The Student Life Counselor facilitates conflict resolution and mediation for students utilizing program guiding principles and oversees resolution of procedural violations of the Residence Hall Handbook, NLU Student Guide Book, or the Residence Hall Contract. Serves as Program facilitator for University judicial procedures that involve PACE students. They develop and coordinates counseling internship structure, related materials, didactic opportunities, and trainings.Develops dorm life structure, schedule, and corresponding programming and adjust as needed on an ongoing basis.
The Student Life Counselor Creates protocols, tracking, and assessment materials that are adjusted as needed on an ongoing basis (i.e. for communication, medication noncompliance, student safety concerns, mental health/case management tracking and assessment materials, etc.) and participates in regularly scheduled PACE Leadership Team, NLU Student Affairs meetings and others as needed. They also participate in student enrollment selection process.
Master’s degree required in counseling, social work, psychology, or related field. Affiliated license to practice in the state of Illinois (LCPC or LCSW) preferred, but not required. Prior residential or post-secondary experience desired, preferably with people with disabilities. Basic computer skills required.
The schedule is primarily evening and weekend hours running on an academic calendar(September through June).
Occasional travel on public transportation (buses & trains) with students. Requires some walking between destinations. A non-traditional work environment. Must be able to be flexible with work hours, including occasional weekend and regular evening hours. Require preparation time outside the traditional work day.