Licensed Counselor

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Position TitleLicensed CounselorWho 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.

CampusChicago - Michigan Ave.If other, please specify

The Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor or Social Worker will be a full-time position for 2019-20. The role will be responsible for supporting a caseload of students in Chicago and Wheeling (most weeks: 4 days in CH and 1 day in WH). Hours will be Monday through Friday from 9am till 5pm but may be adjusted to meet students needs.

Position StatusFull TimeIf part time, hours per weekWhat you will do:

The Licensed Counselor will play an integral role within the growing Undergraduate College (UGC) and will work to optimize the student experience for those who need the most extensive wraparound service support. The transition to college is often emotionally stressful – additionally, the majority of UGC students 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, Student Success Coaches and Faculty 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, both individual and in group settings, to referred students so that they can move toward successful completion of a bachelor’s degree. In addition, this role will also support the Success 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 support students and the larger team by advocating and utilizing community resources to provide wraparound services and comprehensive case management.
The ideal candidate will be proactive in helping coaches identify students and engage them in care on a regular basis as well as serving as an advocate for students. The Licensed Counselor will follow all University policies, collaborate with the University’s Behavior Intervention Team, and build partnerships across departments. Additionally, the candidate must be passionate about supporting first generation and underrepresented college students toward successful degree completion and entry into the workforce. The position will be based at NLU’s Chicago campus and will also spend at least one day per week at NLU’s Wheeling campus.
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!

In this role you will:

  • Provide direct mental health counseling to students in the Undergraduate College as identified by Faculty and Student Success 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, including facilitating group sessions. 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; build protocols to help students in crisis; other related projects as needed.

  • Serve on SAMSHA (Department of Health and Human Services Garrett Lee Suicide Campus Prevention Program grant Advisory Committee) and support other university initiatives (further developing resources for undocumented students and parenting students).

  • Further develop wraparound supports for students to address environmental challenges: food pantry, homelessness advocacy and referrals, assisting with government assistance applications, substance abuse referrals; visiting all resources and organize by target neighborhoods.
Your Competencies:

Skills and Experience

  • 2-3 years of professional experience counseling or working as a social worker with young adults in a high school, higher education, or other related setting.

  • Must be passionate about and have specific experiences working with underrepresented and first generation college students or equivalent high school population, and experience working with young adults 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 is proactive at building relationships and changing student mindsets about seeking counseling and social work support.


  • Master’s Degree required

  • Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC) or Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Illinois required
Posting Detail Information

Posting NumberSTA663Number of VacanciesOpen Until FilledSpecial Instructions SummarySupplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Are Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC) or Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Illinois?
    • yes
    • no
Documents Needed to ApplyRequired Documents
  1. Resume
Optional Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Transcript A
  3. Internal Posting Form (Internal Applicants Only)




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Posted: 7/25/2019
Application Due: 9/7/2019
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