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2 Jun 2022

Full-Time Mental Health Counselor, Faculty

Lake Washington Institute of Technology – Posted by LWTechHR Kirkland, Washington, United States

Job Description

Mental Health Counselor, Faculty

Job ID: 11325

Location: Lake Washington Tech

Full/Part Time: Full Time

Regular/Temporary: Regular

About The College

Located just outside of Seattle, WA, Lake Washington Institute of Technology (LWTech) was founded in 1949, and is the only public institute of technology in Washington State, that provides students with the latest cutting edge skills relevant to today’s workplace. LWTech offers ten applied bachelor’s degrees, more than 40 associate degrees and 93 professional certificates, in 43 areas of study, including STEM-focused programs in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math.

LWTech serves the Eastside and is located within the city of Kirkland, which is situated on the eastern shore of Lake Washington. Kirkland is home to companies such as GoDaddy, Google, Astronics and EvergreenHealth, and the college is within minutes from Microsoft and Nintendo.

https://www.lwtech.edu/about/our-story/mission/

JOB SUMMARY

LWTech’s Student Development Services is searching for a culturally responsive and collaborative licensed mental health professional to provide short-term mental health counseling and crisis intervention to students from a wide variety of ages, educational experiences and goals, racial, cultural, and ethnic backgrounds, and socioeconomic status’. The Counselor will manage LWTech’s CARE team (Campus Assessment, Response, and Evaluation) which involves leading CARE Team meetings, determining appropriate response and referral to CARE reports for students using a case managed approach to referred students, and providing timely intervention to students in crisis. This is a represented faculty position that works under general and infrequent supervision and reports to the Director of Student Development. This is an Annual Renewable with the possibility of converting to Tenure Track position.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

Mental Health Counseling

• Provide culturally responsive short-term individual and group counseling to enrolled LWTech students

• Establish positive, trusting rapport with students

• Provide crisis counseling and assessment for students in distress

• Follow all safety protocols and maintain client confidentiality

• Maintain case notes and counseling files

• Serve as campus resource to employees and students in areas of counseling, learning styles, and conflict resolution

• Refer students to outside specialists or agencies when necessary

• Develop group counseling opportunities and workshops that reflect the needs and identities of LWTech students in partnership with Student Programs department

• Design learning experiences in areas related to student success and retention, such as test anxiety and stress management through group and individual instruction including classroom presentations as requested

• Manage Legend (Starfish student success software) Behavioral Concern flags raised and follow up on all Legend mental health counseling referrals

• Develop and maintain community resources for student referral

• Maintain knowledge of and make effective referrals to campus resources, most commonly Disability Support Services, TRIO, Academic Advising, and Financial Aid

Committee Leadership

• Manage the CARE team including: tracking students via Maxient software; following up with staff, faculty, and students who report concerns; co-lead weekly CARE meetings; provide a case management approach to following up with referred students; and developing training for staff, faculty, and student leaders

• Reply in a timely and thorough manner to CARE reports and student emails

• Lead Student Wellness Advisory Committee, which focuses on suicide prevention, mental health, and wellness

Administrative

• Maintain counseling webpage and resources

• Manage counseling appointment request inquiries and scheduling

• Take part in professional staff activities and committee activities such as accreditation and tenure

• Take part in professional development activities in field of expertise and demonstrate current knowledge and skills

• May provide supervision to student interns

• Participate in college, division, and department meetings, committees, and professional development opportunities

• Other duties as assigned

Diversity Statement

LWTech is committed to increasing its cultural diversity with an emphasis on equity and inclusion among its staff and faculty. We serve a student population of 6,500 that come from a variety of backgrounds. We strongly value diversity and are working to improve access and successful educational outcomes for all students. We are actively seeking applicants that will help to balance our employee workforce to align with our students and community. Questions regarding the College’s commitment to diversity and our campus culture may be directed to Human Resources. For more information on our Equity, Diversity, Inclusion Council, please click on the (Campus Assessment, Response, and Evaluation) which involves leading CARE Team meetings, determining appropriate response and referral to CARE reports for students using a case managed approach to referred students, and providing timely intervention to students in crisis. This is a represented faculty position that works under general and infrequent supervision and reports to the Director of Student Development. This is an Annual Renewable with the possibility of converting to Tenure Track position.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

Mental Health Counseling

• Provide culturally responsive short-term individual and group counseling to enrolled LWTech students

• Establish positive, trusting rapport with students

• Provide crisis counseling and assessment for students in distress

• Follow all safety protocols and maintain client confidentiality

• Maintain case notes and counseling files

• Serve as campus resource to employees and students in areas of counseling, learning styles, and conflict resolution

• Refer students to outside specialists or agencies when necessary

• Develop group counseling opportunities and workshops that reflect the needs and identities of LWTech students in partnership with Student Programs department

• Design learning experiences in areas related to student success and retention, such as test anxiety and stress management through group and individual instruction including classroom presentations as requested

• Manage Legend (Starfish student success software) Behavioral Concern flags raised and follow up on all Legend mental health counseling referrals

• Develop and maintain community resources for student referral

• Maintain knowledge of and make effective referrals to campus resources, most commonly Disability Support Services, TRIO, Academic Advising, and Financial Aid

Committee Leadership

• Manage the CARE team including: tracking students via Maxient software; following up with staff, faculty, and students who report concerns; co-lead weekly CARE meetings; provide a case management approach to following up with referred students; and developing training for staff, faculty, and student leaders

• Reply in a timely and thorough manner to CARE reports and student emails

• Lead Student Wellness Advisory Committee, which focuses on suicide prevention, mental health, and wellness

Administrative

• Maintain counseling webpage and resources

• Manage counseling appointment request inquiries and scheduling

• Take part in professional staff activities and committee activities such as accreditation and tenure

• Take part in professional development activities in field of expertise and demonstrate current knowledge and skills

• May provide supervision to student interns

• Participate in college, division, and department meetings, committees, and professional development opportunities

• Other duties as assigned

Diversity Statement

LWTech is committed to increasing its cultural diversity with an emphasis on equity and inclusion among its staff and faculty. We serve a student population of 6,500 that come from a variety of backgrounds. We strongly value diversity and are working to improve access and successful educational outcomes for all students. We are actively seeking applicants that will help to balance our employee workforce to align with our students and community. Questions regarding the College’s commitment to diversity and our campus culture may be directed to Human Resources. For more information on our Equity, Diversity, Inclusion Council, please click on the (Campus Assessment, Response, and Evaluation) which involves leading CARE Team meetings, determining appropriate response and referral to CARE reports for students using a case managed approach to referred students, and providing timely intervention to students in crisis. This is a represented faculty position that works under general and infrequent supervision and reports to the Director of Student Development. This is an Annual Renewable with the possibility of converting to Tenure Track position.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

Mental Health Counseling

• Provide culturally responsive short-term individual and group counseling to enrolled LWTech students

• Establish positive, trusting rapport with students

• Provide crisis counseling and assessment for students in distress

• Follow all safety protocols and maintain client confidentiality

• Maintain case notes and counseling files

• Serve as campus resource to employees and students in areas of counseling, learning styles, and conflict resolution

• Refer students to outside specialists or agencies when necessary

• Develop group counseling opportunities and workshops that reflect the needs and identities of LWTech students in partnership with Student Programs department

• Design learning experiences in areas related to student success and retention, such as test anxiety and stress management through group and individual instruction including classroom presentations as requested

• Manage Legend (Starfish student success software) Behavioral Concern flags raised and follow up on all Legend mental health counseling referrals

• Develop and maintain community resources for student referral

• Maintain knowledge of and make effective referrals to campus resources, most commonly Disability Support Services, TRIO, Academic Advising, and Financial Aid

Committee Leadership

• Manage the CARE team including: tracking students via Maxient software; following up with staff, faculty, and students who report concerns; co-lead weekly CARE meetings; provide a case management approach to following up with referred students; and developing training for staff, faculty, and student leaders

• Reply in a timely and thorough manner to CARE reports and student emails

• Lead Student Wellness Advisory Committee, which focuses on suicide prevention, mental health, and wellness

Administrative

• Maintain counseling webpage and resources

• Manage counseling appointment request inquiries and scheduling

• Take part in professional staff activities and committee activities such as accreditation and tenure

• Take part in professional development activities in field of expertise and demonstrate current knowledge and skills

• May provide supervision to student interns

• Participate in college, division, and department meetings, committees, and professional development opportunities

• Other duties as assigned

Diversity Statement

LWTech is committed to increasing its cultural diversity with an emphasis on equity and inclusion among its staff and faculty. We serve a student population of 6,500 that come from a variety of backgrounds. We strongly value diversity and are working to improve access and successful educational outcomes for all students. We are actively seeking applicants that will help to balance our employee workforce to align with our students and community. Questions regarding the College’s commitment to diversity and our campus culture may be directed to Human Resources. For more information on our Equity, Diversity, Inclusion Council, please click on the (Campus Assessment, Response, and Evaluation) which involves leading CARE Team meetings, determining appropriate response and referral to CARE reports for students using a case managed approach to referred students, and providing timely intervention to students in crisis. This is a represented faculty position that works under general and infrequent supervision and reports to the Director of Student Development. This is an Annual Renewable with the possibility of converting to Tenure Track position.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

Mental Health Counseling

• Provide culturally responsive short-term individual and group counseling to enrolled LWTech students

• Establish positive, trusting rapport with students

• Provide crisis counseling and assessment for students in distress

• Follow all safety protocols and maintain client confidentiality

• Maintain case notes and counseling files

• Serve as campus resource to employees and students in areas of counseling, learning styles, and conflict resolution

• Refer students to outside specialists or agencies when necessary

• Develop group counseling opportunities and workshops that reflect the needs and identities of LWTech students in partnership with Student Programs department

• Design learning experiences in areas related to student success and retention, such as test anxiety and stress management through group and individual instruction including classroom presentations as requested

• Manage Legend (Starfish student success software) Behavioral Concern flags raised and follow up on all Legend mental health counseling referrals

• Develop and maintain community resources for student referral

• Maintain knowledge of and make effective referrals to campus resources, most commonly Disability Support Services, TRIO, Academic Advising, and Financial Aid

Committee Leadership

• Manage the CARE team including: tracking students via Maxient software; following up with staff, faculty, and students who report concerns; co-lead weekly CARE meetings; provide a case management approach to following up with referred students; and developing training for staff, faculty, and student leaders

• Reply in a timely and thorough manner to CARE reports and student emails

• Lead Student Wellness Advisory Committee, which focuses on suicide prevention, mental health, and wellness

Administrative

• Maintain counseling webpage and resources

• Manage counseling appointment request inquiries and scheduling

• Take part in professional staff activities and committee activities such as accreditation and tenure

• Take part in professional development activities in field of expertise and demonstrate current knowledge and skills

• May provide supervision to student interns

• Participate in college, division, and department meetings, committees, and professional development opportunities

• Other duties as assigned

Diversity Statement

LWTech is committed to increasing its cultural diversity with an emphasis on equity and inclusion among its staff and faculty. We serve a student population of 6,500 that come from a variety of backgrounds. We strongly value diversity and are working to improve access and successful educational outcomes for all students. We are actively seeking applicants that will help to balance our employee workforce to align with our students and community. Questions regarding the College’s commitment to diversity and our campus culture may be directed to Human Resources. For more information on our Equity, Diversity, Inclusion Council, please click on the https://www.lwtech.edu/about/diversity/edi-council/.

Qualifications

Education and License:

• Master’s degree in Counseling, Social Work, or directly related field; at least 6 months of directly related experience which may include internship and/or practicum. Certification/Licensure in Washington State as LICSW, LMHC, LMFT, or equivalent level, OR licensed out of state and eligible for WA licensure. Associate level not accepted

Technology Proficiency:

• Microsoft Office for email, scheduling and calendar management, creation and editing of documents, presentations, and spreadsheets

• Zoom, Teams, or other video conferencing software to provide virtual/remote services

• Previous success learning new computer software programs and platforms

Counseling Skills:

• Demonstrated commitment to cultural humility and culturally responsive counseling using a brief approach

• Knowledge and understanding of clinical social work and/or mental health counseling principles, methods, procedures, and standards

• Ability to maintain emotional stability to cope with human suffering, emergencies, and other stresses

• Knowledge of community mental health resources

• Ability to maintain confidentiality, think critically, and exercise independent judgement as the sole mental health provider at the institution

Leadership & Communication:

• Ability to communicate with compassion and empathy

• Strong interpersonal, written, oral, and listening communication skills with ability to build rapport quickly

• Strong ability to manage time and prioritize tasks, including quick email responses

• Ability to develop and present educational programs and/or workshops

• Detail oriented

Preferred Qualifications

• Work experience in a college or educational setting

• Qualified to provide clinical supervision to masters leveling counseling interns

• Due to the diversity of the college population, we encourage applicants who are multilingual

Pay, Benefits & Work Schedule

Compensation

Salary will start at the faculty level for Master’s Degree, Step C ($68,500) on faculty schedule. Salary is for an academic year (173 days) and may be adjusted according to the faculty bargained agreement. Final placement on the faculty salary schedule is based on an individual assessment of education and experience; salary is negotiable depending upon qualifications. Additionally, this position will have a summer quarter contract. This is a full-time, Annual Renewable position with the possibility to convert to Tenure Track.

Benefits

Medical, Dental, Vision, Life, Disability and other insurance benefits are provided as currently administered under Public Employees Benefits Board, State Retirement Plan and a Deferred Compensation Plan; sick leave accrues at 1 day effective upon employment. We also offer 4 paid personal days effective upon employment. Full time, faculty employees have access to bereavement leave, employee assistance program, free tuition, reduced child care costs at our Early Learning Center, reduced Bus Fare, professional development opportunities and more! For further details on the benefits offered at LWTech, please visit: https://www.lwtech.edu/about/human-resources/benefits/

Hours:

The Student Development Services office hours are typically Monday through Friday between 7:30 am to 4:30 pm, with two days per week of evening services. Evening counseling appointments expected, with flexibility on days and hours as needed.

Application Requirements

Online application

Current resume

Cover letter

Responses to the supplemental questions included in the online application process

To be considered for a position you MUST submit a complete online application form, resume, cover letter, responses to the supplemental questions included in the online application process.

Conditions of Employment

Proof of COVID-19 vaccination status or documentation of eligibility for a reasonable accommodation under a religious or medical exemption

Official transcripts/certifications will be required upon employment

Other conditions that may apply will be detailed upon the offer of employment

Job offers are contingent upon successful completion of background/reference checks

Physical Requirements

Ability to perform range of physical motions; lifting and carrying; standing, walking, sitting for long periods of time, kneeling, squatting, and stooping; and traversing up and down stairs.

Disability Accommodation

LWTech follows the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and provides the following information as a guideline for applicants:

Ability to operate office equipment

Ability to read and verify data and prepare various materials

Ability to exchange information on the phone or in person

Eligibility to Work

If you are hired, you will need proof of identity, and documentation of U.S. citizenship or legal authorization to work

EEO Statement

Lake Washington Institute of Technology is an equal opportunity employer. Women and minority groups are strongly encouraged to apply. Lake Washington Institute of Technology does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, creed, disabled veteran status, marital status or Vietnam-era veteran status in is programs and activities. Questions regarding the College’s Affirmative Action Policy may be directed to the Meena Park, Vice President of Human Resources, Affirmative Action Office/Title IX Coordinator, (425) 739-8212.

Jeanne Clery Statement

Jeanne Clery Statement: Notice of Availability of Annual Security and Fire Safety Report: In compliance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Crime Statistics Act of 1998, and as a part of the College’s commitment to safety and security on campus, Lake Washington Institute of Technology(LWTech) reports the mandated information about current campus policies concerning safety and security issues, the required statistics, and other related information for the past three (3) calendar years. LWTech’s Annual Safety Report (ASR) is available online at www.lwtech.edu/about/campus-safety/.

To obtain a paper copy of the report, please visit the LWTech Safety Department located in the East Building at 11605 132nd Avenue NE Kirkland, WA 98034.

Sexual Misconduct

Pursuant to RCW 28B.112.080, applicants must declare whether they are the subject of any substantiated findings of sexual misconduct in any current or former employment or is currently being investigated for, or have left a position during an investigation into, a violation of any sexual misconduct policy at the applicant’s current or past employers. By law, post-secondary education institutions cannot hire an applicant who does not complete this form.

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