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Position Title
Staff Counselor/Case Manager

Illinois State University

Student Counseling Services

Salary Range
Competitive and commensurate with experience

Position Description
We are seeking a dynamic professional with the skills and creativity to share our commitment to excellence and who would enhance the diversity of our staff. We seek someone who brings well-developed therapy skills, strong interests in carrying a diverse clinical caseload, and who can also function as a clinical case manager. The case management duties of this position will include identifying community referral resources relevant to the needs of ISU students, developing partnerships with agencies to help students access and utilize needed services, facilitating referrals and information sharing with community based providers and other campus based services and programs, case management for students who are being treated by the Eating Disorders Network or who are being monitored by the Student Behavioral Intervention Team, and consultation with clinical staff, trainees and others to address the complex needs of students whose care requires coordination with multiple treatment providers or communications linkages with family or other systems of support. The Case Manager will maintain and update the department’s referral database, as well as track, monitor, and follow-up on case management outcomes to ensure continuity of care. We are also hoping to develop a Social Work field placement program, and the person in this position would function as a supervisor for a student in this placement and serve as a key liaison to the School of Social Work.
Position responsibilities include brief individual, couples and group counseling, involvement in our training programs, assessment, crisis intervention and management, career planning and development, consultation and liaison, case management and outreach programming. We are also looking for individuals with a demonstrated commitment to advancing the vision of a culturally competent counseling center and who have a willingness to work with underserved and underrepresented student populations. Finally, we seek a colleague who would strive to work collaboratively with their peers, both within the unit and across the campus and who has strong interpersonal skills and who enjoys building positive working relationships with others.

Minimum Qualifications
Master’s Degree in Social Work (MSW)
Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) in Illinois or licensed at a comparable level in another state

Desired Qualifications
Strong preference will be given to applicants with college/university counseling center experience, and applicants with demonstrated experience in higher education case management.

University Description
Student Counseling Services (SCS) is an integral unit within the Division of Student Affairs at Illinois State University and enjoys strong administrative support from division administration and from the university at large. SCS is the only designated mental health service on campus and functions as a comprehensive counseling center for a campus population of just over 21,000 students. The center prides itself on proactive efforts to enhance the mental health of individuals, groups, and the campus community as a whole, and has a longstanding reputation for innovation and excellence in the full range of counseling center functions. Many former staff and trainees of the center have become counseling center directors, training directors, researchers, and leading experts in the field of college student mental health. Notable features of this IACS accredited center include a vibrant group therapy program, an active program evaluation team, highly creative outreach and consultation efforts, and one of the first APA accredited internship training programs in a counseling center setting. Administrative support for the center has resulted in a larger than average staff given the size of the university. We have not experienced any furloughs or layoffs in the recent economic downturn, and many of our initiatives to enhance services to students have received strong support. For more information about our center, please visit our website: http://www.counseling.illinoisstate.edu.

Region Description
Illinois State University, founded in 1857, is located in the growing twin-city community of Bloomington-Normal, with a population of approximately 130,000, and is centrally located 137 miles southwest of Chicago and 164 miles northeast of St. Louis. The community offers a wide range of cultural, family and recreational opportunities, four local colleges/universities, a high quality of life, excellent employment opportunities for family members, and easy access to the urban amenities of nearby cities. Uptown redevelopment in Normal with many unique restaurants, shops, and a transportation center is enhancing the community near campus and the strong “town-gown” relationship between the university and the local community. ISU also provides a variety of employee affinity groups to enhance the professional development and personal work/life balance for African American, Latino/a, Asian/Asian American and GLBT faculty and staff.

Required Application Materials
To apply, submit online application at www.illinoisstate.edu/jobs . You will need to include a statement of interest (cover letter) describing how you would contribute to the continued prominence and vitality of the center, a vita or resume, and the names and addresses of three professional references. In addition, please arrange for three letters of recommendation to be sent directly by mail to: David Rardin, Ph.D. Search Committee Chair Illinois State University Campus Box 2420 Normal, IL 61790-2420 (309) 438-3655 Inquiries may be directed to Dr. Rardin or to our Director, Dr. Sandy Colbs. Comprehensive criminal background checks will be conducted prior to offers of employment.

Application Deadline
Initial review of applications will begin immediately, and continue until the position is filled. To assure full consideration, please apply by February 28, 2013.

Starting Date
August 1, 2013 (negotiable)

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