Overview

The Counselor, working from a holistic developmental framework, assists students with mental, emotional and behavioral health matters as they relate to their academic success. The Counselor’s efforts are focused on providing brief, solution-oriented personal counseling, support and referral to community services, as appropriate, so as to enhance students’ ability to properly address their concerns and proceed successfully in their college studies. Provides leadership throughout the institution to increase awareness and understanding of matters related to the behavioral health of students. Provides outreach activities for students, and general suggestions to faculty for classroom management interventions. The Counselor provides confidential personal counseling services and support for crisis situations on campus, and serves as a member of the college behavior intervention team. The Counselor reports to the Associate Dean for Student Success. Must be able to work independently and as a team. Some evening and, occasional weekend hours, and travel to multiple sites in the three county (Lehigh, Carbon, and Schuylkill) region required.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Provide confidential individual and small group personal counseling for students, primarily focused to enhance awareness of personal beliefs, behaviors, actions and strategies that may contribute to or detract from their academic progress and success.
  • Actively facilitate and support the learning process by applying student development, counseling and personal development theory to all activities.
  • Develop and provide educational workshops for students on a variety of personal development topics.
  • Comply with confidentiality standards as required by Federal and State law.
  • Promote student, faculty and staff awareness of counseling center services through a variety of methods, including but not limited to college-wide communications, workshops, presentations, professional development sessions, electronic postings and classroom visits.
  • Assist students in the development of decision making skills, particularly to promote their college success, including: personal adjustment to the college experience, academic challenges and learning concerns, personal strengths assessment for career direction and planning, transfer anxieties and planning, and other personal struggles that may impact academic and career decision-making.
  • Consider information shared through self-report, interest tests & surveys, interviews, conduct reports and other professional sources, to assess students’ interests, aptitudes, and personality characteristics in the provision of counseling services.
  • Work closely with other faculty and administrators to identify and address behavioral health concerns experienced by students and recommend response strategies.
  • Serve as a member of Behavioral Intervention Team and other committees as requested.
  • Coordinate the medical/mental health re-entry process for students, under the guidance of Associate Dean.
  • Assist students with the Academic Alert, Probation, or Suspension process and determine specific strategies to improve their academic success. Participate in academic reinstatement hearings.
  • Maintain data collection system aligning with departmental requirements and effective service evaluation.
  • Assist the Associate Dean with data analysis to determine effectiveness of service in supporting students’ learning goals and outcomes, identify strategies to enhance efforts and strengthen outcomes.
  • Provide referrals and act as liaison to community agencies, as appropriate.
  • Perform other duties as may be assigned.

Qualifications: 
Required 
Education

  • Master’s degree from an accredited institution of higher education.

(Foreign degree – must provide a U.S. equivalency report of your degree credentials.)

Certifications

  • Act 153 Clearances (Act 34 PA Criminal Background, Act 151 PA Child Abuse History, Act 114 FBI Cogent Clearance Fingerprinting)
  • Must be credentialed practitioner, with currency in state licensure as a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) or Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW).

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities

  • Minimum three years direct experience as a professional counselor, working with diverse populations, preferably in a higher education setting.
  • Professional counseling experience addressing the continuum and dynamics of domestic/dating abuse, nonconsensual sexual behavior and commonly related counseling issues.
  • Excellent presentation skills and experience with outreach programming and activities.
  • Demonstrated computer proficiency (word processing, spreadsheet, and database systems).
  • Familiarity with and commitment to the mission of a comprehensive community college.
  • Must have excellent communication and organizational skills. Must possess a high level of the following work skills and behaviors: teamwork/cooperation, initiative, customer service, and commitment to continuous professional growth in skills and knowledge.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Bi-lingual, Spanish or Arabic.
  • Experience working in a college mental health center.
  • Multicultural counseling experience.
Donna Williams
Human Resources
Lehigh Carbon Community College
4525 Education Park Drive
Schnecksville, PA 18078
Phone: 610-799-1007
Email Address: hroffice@lccc.edu