Counselor & Wellbeing Educator

Jun 20, 2019
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
Job Title: Counselor & Wellbeing Educator
Location: Morris
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Full/Part Time: Full-Time
Job ID: 330662

The University of Minnesota Morris Student Counseling seeks a Counselor and Wellbeing Educator. This position is full time (100%), ten month, annually renewable professional and administrative appointment and reports to the Assistant Director of Student Counseling, Health and Wellness. The qualifications are as follows:

Required knowledge, skills and abilities

  • Requires BA/BS with 6 years of experience; may require an advanced degree with 4 years of experience or a terminal degree with 1 year experience.
  • Requires professional health care certification, registration, or state licensure.

Preferred knowledge, skills and abilities

  • Demonstrated skill and ability to develop effective counseling relationships with clients, provide group counseling; and crisis response to students as needed - during and after office hours.
  • Strong communication and organizational skills.
  • Experience in a human services, health or wellness program, with skills and success in project/program leadership, collaboration and fostering healthy choices.
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively with students, faculty, and staff from diverse backgrounds, including experience working with American Indian communities, communities of color, LGBTQIA2S communities, people with disabilities, low-income families, first generation college students, and/or International students.
About the Job

Student Counseling Mission: Student Counseling supports UMM students’ self-awareness, skill building, mental health, and well-being for success in college and in life.

Position purpose: Student Counseling, Health and Wellness staff are key collaborators in creating a safe, caring campus that cultivates student learning, wellbeing, persistence, and success. The Counselor and Wellbeing Educator’s primary responsibility is that of counselor, providing individual and group counseling, crisis response, consultation to the campus on mental health issues, and coordination of programs fostering student wellbeing. The position also leads student wellbeing education programs advancing the Morris Let’s Thrive Initiative — a new holistic model infusing evidence-based mental health and wellbeing practices, skill building, information and resources into students curricular and co-curricular life. This 10-month, 100% time, annually renewable professional and administrative Mental Health Care Provider 1 (9724M1) appointment reports to the Assistant Director of Student Counseling, Health and Wellness.

Provide student mental health counseling (80%)
1. Provide culturally sensitive mental health care and resources for a diverse student population and operationalize Student Counseling’s developmental, clinical and preventative* missions.

  • The developmental mission - helping students enhance their personal growth. (Developmental interventions help students acclimate to and benefit from the academic encouraging positive and realistic self-appraisal, intellectual development, appropriate personal and occupational choices, the ability to relate meaningfully and mutually with others, and the capacity to engage effectively in a satisfying life.)
  • The clinical mission - recognizing that some students experience significant mental health challenges (ranging from serious adjustment issues to more severe psychological disorders that require immediate professional attention including diagnosis, treatment, and crisis response.)
  • The preventative mission – anticipating environmental conditions and development processes that may negatively influence student’s well-being and initiating interventions that promote personal adjustment and growth.
  • *From CAS Professional Standards for Higher Education, Standards and Guidelines: Counseling Services

2. Create a welcoming, inclusive environment. Assist students with culturally relevant resources and support informed by college student development and multicultural identity development.

3. Provide individual and group counseling to students seeking assistance and skill building for greater emotional and mental health. Assess and implement appropriate evidence based interventions based on mental health needs. Provide referrals and case management support.

4. Provide crisis intervention and counseling to students. Provide appropriate care, referrals and follow-up (e.g. counseling session, hospitalization, alcohol/substance abuse treatment, etc.). Coordinate and provide post-crisis support and mental health management, assisting students in developing skills in prevention and self-intervention to contribute to their academic success.

5. Create and maintain patient records and document all aspects of the encounter including, but not limited to mental health history, goals, and progress. Comply with documentation standards and ethics.

6. Independently make decisions with the support of supervision regarding best practices in college student mental health care.

7. At times of lower clinical demand allocate time to wellbeing initiatives.

As Wellbeing Educator, coordinate and provide evidence based mental health and wellbeing curricular and co-curricular programming advancing Morris Let’s Thrive and campus violence prevention (20%)

  • Participate in the Morris Let’s Thrive planning and implementation team, providing evidence based mental health and wellbeing practices, skill building, information and resources for students and their connection to academic and life success. Help students build resilience, the capacity for coping with stress and change, the ability to manage challenging situations, and a culture of care around physical/mental health issues. Provide and assess educational programs advancing curriculum and co-curriculum infusion efforts, new student orientation, and Morris Let’s Thrive partnerships.
  • Supervise and delegate tasks to designated student workers, interns, and student groups including Peer Health Educators.
  • Work within UMM’s Violence Prevention and Response team (with UMM Student Affairs, Campus Police, Equal Opportunity and Someplace Safe) to coordinate aspects of Morris sexual violence awareness, risk reduction, bystander intervention and prevention programming. Coordinate program implementation and related assessment activities with support from the Office Manager and Assistant Director for programs such as Green Dot and mandatory new student sexual misconduct online training.
  • Work collaboratively with equity and diversity partners to provide culturally relevant mental health, wellbeing, and personal safety programming and resources for student populations.
How To Apply Applications must be submitted online. To be considered for this position, please click the Apply button and follow the instructions. You will be given the opportunity to complete an online application for the position and attach a cover letter, resume and contact information for three references. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.


The University recognizes and values the importance of diversity and inclusion in enriching the employment experience of its employees and in supporting the academic mission. The University is committed to attracting and retaining employees with varying identities and backgrounds.

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About the U of M

The University of Minnesota, Morris (UMM)

The University of Minnesota, Morris (UMM) makes its home on a 121-year-old campus on the western edge of the state and is one of the top public liberal arts colleges in the nation. The small, close-knit campus emphasizes faculty/student collaboration in research, study abroad, and service learning. Deeply rooted in the tall grass prairies of Minnesota, the campus also has advanced sustainable, environmentally friendly initiatives that have grown to levels of national leadership and touch nearly all aspects of campus life.

A distinctive undergraduate campus within the University of Minnesota system, Morris combines a rigorous, student-centered residential liberal arts education with access to the resources and opportunities of one of the nation's largest universities. A founding member of the Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges (COPLAC), Morris provides students with a rigorous academic experience, preparing them to be global citizens who value and pursue intellectual growth, civic engagement, intercultural competence, and environmental stewardship. The student body of nearly 1700 is supported by 130 faculty members, a student/faculty ratio of 13:1. The Morris campus is the most ethnically diverse in the University of Minnesota system, with 20 percent American Indian students, 10 percent U.S. students of color, and 12 percent international students.

Morris is highly ranked by national publications -- U.S. News & World Report as a top-ten public liberal arts college; Forbes as one of the best colleges and universities in the nation; and Fiske Guide to Colleges includes Morris in its list of “the best and most interesting” schools in the U.S., Canada, and the United Kingdom. Morris students consistently win national awards – in 2017-2018, Morris was the only public baccalaureate institution among the top student Fulbright award producers. Among University of Minnesota campuses, Morris has the highest proportion of faculty in the University’s Academy of Distinguished Teaching. The campus is also a national leader in sustainability, evidenced by receipt of the inaugural Excellence in Sustainability award from the National Association of College and University Business Officers and an Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education STARS Gold rating.