Clinical Specialist in Education - Counseling Center (143540)

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Counseling Center
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Position Title: Clinical Specialist in Education
Outreach & Prevention Educator

The University of Illinois Counseling Center is hiring a Clinical Specialist in Education. The successful candidate will have solid experience and expertise in serving college student populations. The Counseling Center is an accredited training site through the American Psychological Association (APA) with over 50 staff, which includes clinicians, doctoral interns, academic professional staff, and administrative staff as well as graduate assistants, undergraduate paraprofessionals, and practicum counselors.

The University of Illinois is located in the twin cities of Champaign and Urbana in central Illinois. The University of Illinois campus is situated between the three major metropolitan areas of Chicago, Indianapolis, and St. Louis and is considered one of the top comprehensive research public universities in the nation. Our staff works on campus with an academically talented and ethnically diverse student population, including 18 percent international students, 16 percent Asian students, 11 percent Latino/a students, and 6 percent African American students, for a total enrollment of over 52,300 students. The University of Illinois is a traditional residential campus with nearly 20 percent of the students living in campus housing.

University of Illinois Counseling Center employees enjoy a high quality of life with excellent compensation; competitive health, dental, retirement, and vision benefits; and education assistance programs. Individuals with diverse backgrounds, experience and ideas who embrace and value diversity and inclusivity are encouraged to apply.

The University of Illinois is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer that recruits and hires qualified candidates without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, disability or veteran status. For more information, visit

Primary Job Functions
The Clinical Specialist in Education will be a generalist for clinical service provision. Additionally, the Clinical Specialist in Education will educate students in health education related to developing and increasing low risk habits related to alcohol, drugs and other substances including process addictions. Major areas of collaboration will be with New Student Programming, Campus Housing, Office of the Dean of Students and other Student Affairs and campus units. The Clinical Specialist of Education may teach courses and/or provide training related to peer education and prevention. Our Center’s mission places a high value on serving a diverse population of students in a culturally competent manner as we provide a variety of services to assist students with psychological, educational, social, and developmental concerns.

Job duties and responsibilities as the Clinical Specialist in Education may include, but are not limited to:

  • Develop, coordinate, lead and evaluate prevention and clinical community interventions around Alcohol and Other Drugs for the Counseling Center using best practices for Higher Education environments using sound theoretical practices with proven efficacy toward behavior change. (20%)
  • Educate students in health education related to developing and increasing low risk habits related to alcohol, drugs and other substances including process addictions. (20%)
  • Provide time-limited counseling services for individuals and couples. (10%)
  • Train undergraduate students in peer education through curriculum design for community health course. (10%)
  • Educate the public through means of community interventions at a primary level (5%)
  • Educate students in cultural and diversity programming related to Alcohol and Other Drugs and prevention models. (5%)
  • Develop and deploy creative delivery of prevention themes through artistic expression, video production and other contemporary forms of skill building workshops. (5%)
  • Participate in various Counseling Center, Student Affairs and campus activities and committees. (5%)
  • Provide input and collaborate with the AOD (Alcohol and Other Drugs) Outreach and Prevention Team. (5%)
  • Construct Educational Programming geared toward special populations around Alcohol and Other Drugs use including but not limited to: International Students, Athletes, Fraternities and Sororities, and Veterans. (5%)
  • Assist center administration with efficacy report writing. (5%)
  • Assist in supervising graduate and undergraduate students depending on unit needs. (4%)
  • Other duties as assigned. (1%)


  • For clinicians having a terminal doctoral degree: doctorate in clinical psychology, clinical/community psychology, counseling psychology, or related field is required.
  • For clinicians having a terminal master’s level degree: master’s degree in social work, counseling or psychology is required.
  • Degree completed by start date is required.


  • Licensed in Illinois or license state-transfer eligible background as a clinical psychologist required for candidates with a doctoral degree.
  • Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC), or Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) in Illinois or license state-transfer eligible background is required for master’s degree.
  • No other licensure will be considered.


  • Demonstrated experience functioning in higher education setting as an educator and prevention specialist required; classroom instruction required
  • Skilled in working independently required
  • Demonstrated collaborative skills required
  • Experience developing prevention programs and theoretical understanding of program development is required
  • Demonstrated interest, expertise, and experience in outreach work required
  • Experience with program evaluation preferred
  • Demonstrated experience functioning at a high level as a generalist counselor in a diverse setting is preferred
  • Previous experience in a college counseling center preferred

Knowledge Requirements

  • Strong communication skills required
  • Understanding of diversity theory integrated with Alcohol and Other Drugs prevention required
  • Knowledge of best practices, efficacy, culturally competent program delivery is required
  • Writing creative messaging campaigns around substance use preferred

Starting Date
July 1, 2021 or as negotiated

Appointment Terms
12 months with 24 vacation days; full time regular position.

Salary competitive and commensurate with experience.

To apply, please create your candidate profile through and upload your cover letter, vita, and contact information for three references. For full consideration, please apply by June 17, 2021. Interviews and inquiries may take place prior to the closing date; however, no hiring decisions will be made until after that date; applications will continue to be accepted until the pool of finalists has been identified. Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit three current letters of recommendation to:

Mary Barker, HR Associate – [email protected]

Additionally, this position is a security sensitive position.

The University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer. Convictions are not a bar to employment. The University of Illinois System requires candidates selected for hire to disclose any documented finding of sexual misconduct or sexual harassment and to authorize inquiries to current and former employers regarding findings of sexual misconduct or sexual harassment. For more information, visit Policy on Consideration of Sexual Misconduct in Prior Employment. As a qualifying federal contractor, the University of Illinois System uses E-Verify to verify employment eligibility.

College Name or Administrative Unit:Student Affairs Category:5-Education and Student Services Title:Clinical Specialist in Education - Counseling Center (143540) Open Date:06/03/2021 Organization Name:Counseling Center




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Posted: 6/4/2021
Application Due: 9/2/2021
Work Type: Full Time