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Higher Ed Administrative Careers - Counseling, Higher Ed Administrative Careers - Other
Louisiana College is seeking an energetic and creative leader to serve as the Director of Mental Health Counseling and the First-Year Experience Program who is deeply invested in working with freshman students’ transition to college, has a deep understanding of student development theory, has a strong commitment to student growth and development, and is dedicated to supporting and promoting student health and well-being. The successful candidate is pro-active in addressing student issues and concerns and recognizes the connection between counseling, determining students’ needs, and guiding students to the right department, person, service, resource, or co-curricular event to help them with personal, social, and mental well-being in order to navigate college successfully.
Serving as a bridge between academic and student affairs, the Director works with partners across the College and draws upon national best practices and emerging trends in student transition, retention, and effective interactions. The Director of the Mental Health Counseling and the First-year Experience is a key staff member within Student Support Services and collaborates with the Director of Residence Life and Engagement and the Director of the Success Center to plan and create ongoing opportunities and experiences to assist in the academic and social transition, particularly the integration of first-year students to the Louisiana College community. The Director provides mental health counseling services and facilitates sessions, workshops, and presentations on academic behaviors, self-regulation, resilience, and other related topics and may supervise student counseling interns under the direction of LC’s Field Director of the MSW program.
This is a 12-month full-time position to begin as soon as the position is filled.
Essential Responsibilities and Duties
Manage and direct all aspects of First-Year Experience Program, including but not limited to the following:
Work collaboratively with the Director of Residential Life and Engagement to create a dynamic fall and spring First-Year Experience and Orientation Program for Incoming freshmen and transfer students.
Coordinate the recruitment, selection, and training of peer Wildcat Navigators leaders and faculty academic coaches.
Design and implement an intensive training program to equip peer navigators for their leadership roles during Wildcat Orientation and First-Year Experience Program.
Conduct weekly meetings with Wildcat Navigators and faculty academic coaches during the academic year for feedback and accountability.
Manage the budget for Orientation and the FYE programs.
Assess First-Year Experience Program in order to innovate beyond known best practices and ensure that the current programmatic model and offerings assist students in the transition to academic and co-curricular life.
Facilitate the integration of first-year students, commuters, and transfer students to the college’s community by collaborating with the Director of Residential Life and Engagement to create major campus events designed to introduce students to college traditions and create a foundation for developing community.
Capture and analyze data across projects to enable continuous improvement and data supported decision making.
Manage and serve as the lead counselor in the Campus Counseling Center:
Conduct intakes to determine student needs and provide competent counseling services or appropriate referrals to a diverse student population.
Identify issues relating to the college student population, develop and present workshops designed to help students with these areas.
Design and implement mental health promotion activities, including workshops, outreach programs, and liaison relationships designed to foster student success.
Address the psychological wellness needs of individual students and of the student body and generate positive student experiences that enhance social and mental well-being.
Maintain current knowledge of theory, ethics, and best practices within the mental health field.
Conduct workshops for various audiences on topics relevant to undergraduate mental health and wellness.
Attend trainings and other meetings, as directed, to support effectiveness within the position as required and meet CEU requirements for licensure.
Protect confidentiality and meet all ethical standards associated with the practice of counseling within a college counseling center context.
Facilitate FERPA-compliant exchange of information as needed.
Participate in annual unit research, planning, training, program development, and outcomes assessment.
Attend and actively participate in office, departmental, and divisional staff meetings, retreats and trainings.
Maintain a high degree of visibility and availability to students, faculty and staff.
Participate in campus wide initiatives that support Student Support Services
All other duties as assigned by the Provost
Knowledge and Skills:
Outstanding oral and written communication skills, able to dialogue effectively with a wide range of students, faculty and staff
Ability to manage complex and sensitive issues with compassion and confidentiality
Ability to take the lead when appropriate, both administratively and clinically
Ability to collaborate collegially with a multidisciplinary staff throughout the College community
Knowledge of developmental trends and concerns of undergraduates, as well as graduate and professional students
Knowledge and a working understanding of student development theory.
Ability to effectively interface with a wide variety of constituents including students, faculty, staff, administrators, family members, and community members.
Strong commitment to student growth and development.
Demonstrated knowledge of data literacy and analysis.
Demonstrated knowledge of student persistence and retention theories/strategies.
Ability to manage student caseloads and maintain documentation for each student interaction.
Ability to work with and relate to a culturally diverse student body and staff.
Demonstrated proficiency with a variety of software programs including Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint), as well as data tracking tools, and data visual tools.
Master's degree in Counseling, Psychology, Social Work, or equivalent.
License professional (LPC, LMSW, or LCSW).
Two -three years of clinical experience.
Experience with alcohol and other drug abuse prevention, treatment, and educational programs.
College counseling experience.
Utilizing and incorporating technology to support the care of students; telemental health experience.
Must be a visible CHRISTIAN leader and give witness as a person who lives a life that honors the Lord Jesus Christ and is consonant with the Statement of Christian Standards of Louisiana College and the Baptist Faith and Message.
Dr. Cheryl D. Clark, Vice President for Academic Affairs
1140 College Drive, P. O. Box 567
Pineville, LA 71359
About Louisiana College
Founded in 1906, Louisiana College is a private, Baptist, coeducation college of liberal arts and sciences with selected professional programs, located in Pineville, LA. Louisiana College is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer, governed by a Board of Trustees, affiliated with the Louisiana Baptist Convention, and accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges. All offers of employment are based upon satisfactory completion of background screening checks.