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Junior Specialist (Mental Health Counselor) (#87309) Position Description

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The application collection portion of the recruitment for this position vacancy has concluded.

UH Hilo, Division of Student Affairs, Counseling Services; tenure track; general funds; full-time; 11-month type appointment; to begin approximately June 2013, pending position clearance and availability of funds.


Provide direct mental health counseling services to individual students, couples, and groups regarding a wide range of personal concerns related to their goals, needs, values, attitudes, conflicts, interpersonal relationships, educational or career choices, academic or work functions, education and treatment/referral for alcohol and drug-related issues, and developmental and emotional problems and crises. Student clients may include both those enrolled at UH Hilo and at Hawaiʻi Community College as indicated by the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs or designee. Clients may also include UH Hilo employees as indicated by the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs or designee. These services require intake assessment, case management, and crisis intervention, and may require on-call and after hours consultation as needed. Collaborate with other counseling services colleagues to develop, implement, and evaluate effective educational programs and outreach activities on the prevention, recognition, and treatment of psychological and behavioral problems, and that promote strengths and capacities to optimize student health and wellness. Educational programs may include topics such as building self-confidence, learning healthy coping behaviors, creating a balanced life, stress management and other life skills, finding your passion, substance use/abuse awareness, eating disorders prevention, sexual assault recovery, suicide prevention, peer-to-peer support, and homesickness. Promote and develop programs and services that appeal to and address the needs and concerns of a diverse student population (in terms of race/ethnicity, socioeconomic status, gender, sexual orientation, abilities, age, etc.). Provide services in an ethically responsible way, consistent with professional guidelines and university policies and procedures. Provide relevant, current information on resources and services both on and off campus; refer persons to community and campus services as appropriate, such as in areas of psychiatric/psychological services and other social services. Engage in professional development activities on an ongoing basis. Contribute professional expertise and service to the university and the community (serving on committees, campus governance bodies, advisory boards for community agencies, etc.). Seek extramural funding with internal and external agencies to support and advance the goals of Counseling Services. Perform other duties and responsibilities as assigned by the Associate Director for Counseling Services.

Minimum Qualifications

Masters degree in counseling, counseling psychology, psychology, social work or other fields relevant to job responsibilities from an accredited college or university; at least one (1) year work experience, full-time and/or approved internship, conducting clinical interviews, making diagnostic assessments, and formulating treatment or referral plans for individuals with a broad spectrum of psychological problems; providing individual, couples/family, group counseling, and crisis intervention for counseling emergencies; providing counseling to diverse populations (racial/ethnic, socioeconomic, gender, LGBTIQ, abilities, age, etc.) and a commitment to actively engage in practice with diverse populations. Other minimum qualifications for all classifications: Licensed or eligible for licensure as a mental health provider in the state of Hawaiʻi within two years of appointment. Willingness and ability to participate in on-call and after-hours work schedules.

Desirable Qualifications

Doctoral degree from an accredited university in counseling, counseling psychology, clinical psychology, social work or a related field. Other desirable qualifications include: Strong organizational skills and ability to manage work priorities and projects. Five years counseling experience. This may include practica, internships, and/or post doctoral fellowships. Experience working with issues pertinent to a diverse college student population (eg., depression, anxiety, relationship violence, substance abuse, eating disorders, identity issues, and self-injury). Working knowledge of current clinical, legal, and ethical issues relevant to trends in college student mental health. Experience developing, implementing, and/or conducting health and wellness programs, outreach programs, and or preventive education programs on a college campus, and experience developing and assessing learning outcomes associated with participation in programs and activities. Experience conducting substance abuse counseling or treatment. Experience teaching undergraduate courses such as college success courses. Experience grant-writing and receiving grants. Commitment to establishing partnerships with faculty and other university and community members and organizations. Experience providing consultation regarding individual’s mental health to various stakeholders. Commitment to collaboration and working as part of a multidisciplinary team.

Pay Range

Salary commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Applications (How to Apply)

A complete application must include: (1) cover letter indicating how you meet each of the minimum and desirable qualifications; (2) resume; (3) transcripts showing degrees and course work appropriate to the position (copies are acceptable at the time of application, however, official college transcripts must be submitted prior to employment), and (4) the names, addresses, telephone numbers and email addresses of three professional references. All requested documents/information become the property of the University. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Failure to submit all required documents and reference information shall deem an application to be incomplete. Send to: Counseling Services Selection Committee, c/o Andrea Adrian, Search Committee Secretary, University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo, Office of the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, 200 W. Kawili Street, Hilo, Hawaiʻi 96720-4091 or send via email to

Inquiries (General)

Dr. Leslie Armeniox, Search Committee Chair, 808-974-7438;

Please refer to position #87309 when making inquiries.

Application Deadline

Continuous Recruitment. Review of applications will begin on Tuesday, March 6, 2013 and will continue until the positions are filled.

Important Information

The official advertisement can be found at Work At UH.

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Individuals with disabilities who need a reasonable accommodation for the application or hiring process are encouraged to contact the EEO/AA coordinator(s) for the respective campus.

Employment is contingent on satisfying employment eligibility verification requirements of the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986; reference checks of previous employers; and for certain positions, criminal history record checks.

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