Licensed Counselor

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Position Title Licensed Counselor Who we are:

National Louis is a 130+ year old university that has been grounded in the values of innovation, access, and excellence from its inception. As an institution we believe in providing access to educational opportunity and that education is our greatest lever for social and economic mobility. We are a student focused community that is committed to continuous improvement and asks how do we become more “student ready” so that we may better serve our students. We believe that through education we are able to empower change and build healthy communities. Our community works hard in the service of students and supports one another like a family.

What we offer:

At National Louis University we offer our employees an innovative environment to work together and inspire the ideas that will make an impact. As our external environment changes, our employees are provided the opportunities and tools needed to grow both personally and professionally to remain successful. NLU employees and dependents are offered a wide range of benefits, including but not limited to, Health Insurance benefits, Retirement benefits, Paid Time Off and Educational Benefits.

Campus If other, please specify

The Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor will work 28 hours per week and be responsible for supporting a caseload of students in Chicago and Wheeling, IL (most weeks: 3 days in CH and 1 day in WH). Hours will be Monday through Thursday from 10am till 5pm with occasional Friday responsibilities (less than once per month) and hours for that week will be reallocated accordingly to total no more than 28.

Position Status Part Time If part time, hours per week 28 What you will do:

National Louis University has taken on a new approach to undergraduate education and has set the ambitious goal of becoming a local and national leader in closing the achievement gap in bachelor’s degree attainment. Through an innovative, affordable, rigorous, flexible, and supportive approach to undergraduate education, NLU seeks to help thousands of students – many of whom face significant barriers to completing college – get to and through college and move on to successful careers and fulfilling lives. This includes adult transfer undergraduate students as well as first-time freshmen students enrolled in Pathways at NLU which is growing rapidly and demonstrating exemplary student retention rates.
The Licensed Counselor will play an integral role on the growing Pathways team and will work to optimize the student experience for those who need this most extensive wraparound service support. The transition to college is often emotionally stressful – additionally, the majority of students in Pathways are first generation, many are low-income, many have experienced trauma, and some have been receiving mental health counseling through the public school system for years and do not have access to health insurance to continue care independently. Currently, Coaches and Faculty in Pathways are usually a student’s first stop to work through issues of concern. In order to better support our students with the highest needs, the Licensed Counselor will provide additional mental health counseling and resource support to a referred number of students in Pathways so that they can move toward successful completion of a bachelor’s degree. In addition, this part-time role will support the Coaching team by creating mental health related professional development as well as building protocols (in partnership with the Office of Student Experience) to help students in crisis. The Licensed Counselor will also follow all University policies, collaborate with the University Behavior Intervention Team, and refer students to existing community resources whenever possible. The ideal candidate will be proactive in helping coaches identify students and engage them in care on a regular basis. Additionally, the candidate must be passionate about supporting first generation and underrepresented college students toward successful degree completion and entry into the workforce.
Our Mission
Our mission is to provide a rigorous, affordable college education in a supportive environment that respects diversity to help all students meet and surpass their personal, academic, and career goals.
•Student-Focused: Make decisions based on what is best for students with the belief that when all students have access to resources and support, they are empowered to achieve success.
•Expect Excellence: Hold high expectations for our students and for the faculty and staff who serve them, and hold ourselves accountable for achieving excellence.
•Personalized Support: Take a holistic approach to providing individualized support that encourages students to realize their full potential in college and beyond.
•Data-Driven, Collaborative Environment: Work together as a unified team, utilizing real-time data and technology to adapt to student needs.
•Continuous Improvement and Innovation: Remain agile and open to changes and new ideas-incorporating data as well as student, faculty, and administration voice-to ensure that we are continuously learning, improving, and innovating in all aspects of the student experience. Be positively restless and relentless!


•Provide direct mental health counseling to students in Pathways as identified by Faculty and Student Success Coaches or Student Success and Career Coaches. When appropriate, include wraparound resource support and solution-focused action planning.
•Develop and engage in outreach efforts with the student population in order to lessen stigmas around seeking mental health counseling. Work closely with Coaches in order to better understand student population and specific needs and follow through on referrals.
•Create and deliver quarterly mental health related professional development to staff and faculty in Pathways; build protocols to help students in crisis; other related projects as needed.

Your Competencies:

•Master’s Degree required / Must be a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC) in Illinois
•2-3 years of professional experience of counseling young adults in a high school, higher ed, or other related setting.
•Must be passionate and have specific experiences working with underrepresented and first generation college students or equivalent high school population, and experience working with students who have experienced trauma.
•Detail oriented, organized, and skilled at managing multiple projects in complex environments.
•Comfortable with change and managing change with students.
•Energized and supportive personality who actively seeks out students to support even when resistance is shown.

Posting Detail Information

Posting Number STA531 Number of Vacancies 1 Open Until Filled Yes Special Instructions Summary Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Are you a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor in the state of Illinois?
    • yes
    • no
Documents Needed to Apply Required Documents
  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter
Optional Documents
  1. Internal Posting Form (Internal Applicants Only)




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Posted: 2/26/2019
Application Due: 4/2/2019
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