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Assistant Director for Student Athlete Counseling Services

University of Massachusetts Lowell
UMass Lowell

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Job no: 509361
Position type: Staff Full Time
Benefit Status: Benefited-Union
Campus: UMass Lowell
Department: Counseling
Salary: Salary commensurate with experience and grade/range
Applications Open: Jul 20 2021
Applications Close: Sep 28 2021

General Summary of Position:

This position will focus on developing and providing supportive services to our student-athlete population. The person in this position will provide confidential direct clinical services in a dedicated office within the Costello Athletic Center. This person is expected to provide psychoeducational programming and indirect clinical services, to consult with and work collaboratively with the Athletics Department and to develop systems and programs designed to serve UMass Lowell student-athletes and teams. This person will have a non-clinical supervisor within the Athletics Department’s Healthcare Office but they will be an employee of the University Wellness Center, will be supervised by the Director of Counseling Services in the Wellness Center and will operate under the same confidentiality rules that apply to all Counseling Services staff members. In order to best meet the needs of the student-athlete population, this position is expected to routinely include work outside of the Wellness Center hours of operation.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Provide culturally competent counseling services including triage screenings, intake assessments, brief individual counseling, group counseling, and crisis intervention to student athletes. Provide team support and performance consultations.
  • Provide workshops and programming to student athletes on mental health topics including but not limited to interpersonal relationships, substance use, emotional distress, assertiveness, stress management, self-esteem, identity concerns, and anxiety. Develop initiatives to increase awareness of mental health concerns and reduce stigma associated with help-seeking amongst student athletes.
  • Provide programming and consultation to coaches, administrators and staff members regarding student-athlete mental health, athletic performance and overall individual and team needs. Develop initiatives to increase awareness of mental health concerns and reduce stigma associated with encouraging help-seeking amongst coaches, administrators and staff.
  • Maintain clinical documentation using electronic medical records software and client confidentiality in accordance with Massachusetts law and professional ethical principles. Adhere to all state and federal laws and professional ethical guidelines related to the practice of mental health. Maintain appropriate professional licensure. Follow professional standards of care, best practices, multicultural competent practices, and engage in ethical decision making.
  • Participate on site in weekly clinical supervision meetings with Director of Counseling Services, Case Consultation meetings and Training Seminars with Counseling Services staff. Design and present training seminars to Counseling Services staff and trainees on areas related to sports psychology.
  • Collaborate and build effective partnerships with Healthcare, Sports Performance, Academic Services, Nutrition, and other athletic and university departments and administrators to provide a network of supportive services to student athletes.

Perform Related Duties as assigned.

Working Conditions:

  • Will need to be available for work requirements in the evenings and weekends as necessary.

Minimum Qualifications (Required):

  • Master’s degree or doctoral degree in clinical social work, counseling, psychology or a closely related field and at least 4 years post-licensure clinical experience preferably in a college or university counseling center or with college-aged students in an alternative setting.
  • Current license to practice in relevant clinical/counseling or social work field in U.S. If unlicensed in Massachusetts, ability to obtain MA licensure within 4 months of hire.
  • Experience in providing services such as counseling, outreach, or consultation with student-athletes.
  • Commitment to and demonstrated ability to provide multiculturally competent clinical services to a diverse population

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Strong crisis intervention skills
  • Effective communication, interpersonal and public relations skills
  • Excellent oral communication skills, written communication skills, and organizational skills

Special Instructions to Applicants:

A job offer for this position is contingent upon a satisfactory response to a background and Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) check and review.

Only Internal Professional (SEIU 888 Professional Union) Bargaining candidates will be considered during the first 10 business days of the posting. All other candidates will be considered after that period.

This is a SEIU 888 Professional Union position, Grade P18.

Initial review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. However, the position may close when an adequate number of qualified applications are received.

Please include a cover letter and resume with your application. Names and contact information of three references will be required at the time of application.


Working at University of Massachusetts Lowell

Located in the culturally and historically rich Merrimack.

Valley in northeast Massachusetts, the University of Massachusetts Lowell is a vibrant research university that offers its 13,000 students more than 120 bachelor’s, master’s, professional master’s and doctoral degree programs. Exciting opportunities in experiential and service learning, scholarship, community engagement, and international partnerships can be found across the Colleges of Fine Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences; Engineering; Management; Sciences; School of Health and Environment; and Graduate School of Education.

This is a time of unprecedented growth and opportunity at UMass Lowell. Student enrollment and retention have improved annually. Research funding and alumni giving have increased significantly and the campus has embarked on the construction of two new academic buildings: the Emerging Technologies & Innovation Center and the Health & Social Sciences Building.

The University of Massachusetts Lowell is committed to increasing diversity in its faculty, staff, and student populations, as well as curriculum and support programs, while promoting an inclusive environment. We seek candidates who can contribute to that goal and encourage you to apply and to identify your strengths in this area.

Mission Statement

The mission of the University of Massachusetts Lowell is to enhance the intellectual, personal and cultural development of its students through excellent, affordable educational programs. The University seeks to meet the needs of the Commonwealth today and into the future and supports the development of sustainable technologies and communities through its teaching, research, scholarship and engagement.

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