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Position Title
Counselor/Underserved Populations Focus

University of Wisconsin-La Crosse

Counseling and Testing

Salary Range
This position is a 100% annual 10 month appointment with a target salary for this position of $39,840 and includes excellent fringe benefits (total value can be calculated on compensation estimator).

Position Description
The Counseling & Testing Center is seeking a dynamic, collaborative individual that is prepared to assist students that are underserved in the Counseling and Testing Center. The Counseling & Testing Center (CTC) in the Division of Student Affairs at UW-La Crosse invites applications for the position of Counselor/Underserved Populations Focus. This position is under the general supervision of the Director of the Counseling and Testing Center. We are a counseling center that affirms diversity, condemns oppression in every form, and encourages the utilization of our services by all students, including those that might be reluctant to receive standard/traditional forms of treatment. To this end, we seek to provide a safe, welcoming and affirming environment for all. CTC is accredited by the International Association of Counseling Services (IACS). Our multidisciplinary and multi-theoretical staff strives to provide culturally competent clinical services, outreach programming, and training opportunities.

Responsibilities of the position include: conducting mental health assessments (intakes), urgent care assessments, triage assessments and professional counseling services (including individual, couples, group, and occasional family therapy) especially but not exclusively to underserved students; developing and fostering relationships with those departments that serve underserved populations, as well as underserved student groups; assessing needs of underrepresented groups and developing strategies/programs for improving access to mental health services; referral; consultation; training to campus and CTC staff; supervision of masters level counseling practicum students and interns; campus outreach; as well as crisis intervention services and public relations services to campus and community members, as appropriate. The counselor will also participate on staff, student affairs and university committees, as well as collaborate in campus multicultural and diversity events and initiatives.

Minimum Qualifications
Master’s degree in counseling or social work from an accredited program and licensed as a counselor, social worker, or marriage and family therapist. The successful candidate will be required to obtain Wisconsin licensure within 90 days of employment and maintain licensure for the continuation of the appointment.

The successful candidate should:
- have demonstrated skill and experience with treatment and programming for multicultural and traditionally underserved students (ethnic, LGBTQ, gender, etc.)
- be committed to a proactive student development perspective involving an active relationship with the campus community
- be team-oriented, "user-friendly" to students and university staff
- be prepared to handle a busy caseload
- have the ability to handle spontaneous work demands while undertaking projects that require advance planning
- have the ability to work at a fast pace
- possess a strong work ethic and a willingness to collaborate
- have proficiency in oral and written communication skills, public speaking, and leading group discussions
- have broad "generalist" clinical skills in assessing and intervening with a wide range of disorders, concerns, and degrees of pathology in treatment utilizing a time limited model of care
- demonstrate a commitment to a developmental philosophy toward both clients and trainees
- be available and willing to attend occasional evening or weekend activities.

Desired Qualifications
Preferred Qualifications:
1. Five to seven years of post-graduate clinical experience strongly preferred.
2. Experience with crisis intervention and collaborative work with a multidisciplinary team.
3. Experience conducting outreach programming, presentations, trainings, and/or workshops.
4. Preference will be given to those candidates who have experience working with culturally, racially, and diagnostically diverse college-age students.
5. Knowledge of word processing, database, spreadsheet software and statistical software.
6. Excellent attention to detail.

University Description
The University of Wisconsin-La Crosse (UW-La Crosse) provides a challenging, dynamic, and diverse learning environment in which the entire university community is fully engaged in supporting student success. Grounded in the liberal arts, UW-La Crosse fosters curiosity and life-long learning through collaboration, innovation, and the discovery and dissemination of new knowledge. Acknowledging and respecting the contributions of all, UW-La Crosse is a regional academic and cultural center that prepares students to take their place in a constantly changing world community.

UW-La Crosse’s diversity and inclusion efforts are guided by our adherence to Inclusive Excellence. We define Inclusive Excellence as "... our active, intentional and ongoing commitment to bridge differences with understanding and respect so all can thrive." The goals of Inclusive Excellence are to increase the retention of diverse faculty, staff and students while encouraging a campus climate that is inviting and welcoming to all. UW-La Crosse strives to promote acceptance of all facets of diversity from racial/ethnic diversity to diversity of thought and experience.

UW-La Crosse has appeared prominently on the U.S. News & World Report list of "America’s Best Colleges" for more than a decade and is ranked consistently as one of the top institutions in the Midwest. With a student population of roughly 10,000, the university offers 85 undergraduate programs in 29 disciplines and a variety of graduate programs in three colleges: Liberal Studies, Science and Health, and Business Administration, including the School of Arts & Communication and the School of Education. There are nearly 419 full-time faculty and instructional academic staff, 76 percent of whom hold terminal degrees. UW-La Crosse boasts a retention rate (freshmen returning as sophomores) of 85 percent, graduation rate (degree within six years) of 69 percent, and is among only 12 institutions cited nationally by the American Association of State Colleges and Universities for its success in linking campus culture and university leadership to outstanding graduation rates.

Region Description
The UW-La Crosse campus is nestled in a residential area of the City of La Crosse (pop. 51,818) located in western Wisconsin. The area, known as the 7 Rivers Region, is famous for its exceptional natural beauty which includes the Mississippi River on one side, majestic bluffs on the other, and views of rolling farmland and forested valleys in between. Ranked by U.S. News & World Report as one of the top ten "Best Places to Live" in 2009, La Crosse is one of the most scenic places in mid-America. Abundant water, woodlands and varying terrain provide ample opportunities for year-round outdoor recreation. Only a couple of hours from Minneapolis or Madison, La Crosse enjoys the affordability and charm of small town living with larger city benefits. Three colleges, two world-class medical institutions, the La Crosse Symphony Orchestra, a restored nineteenth century downtown business district, and a number of galleries and art centers have made La Crosse a regional center for culture, entertainment, medical care, shopping, sports and recreation.

Required Application Materials
Application materials include cover letter, resume, contact information for 3 professional references, copy of a current, valid, and unrestricted license, and a 1 page statement about your philosophy of treating underserved populations. Note: Electronic submission of application materials is required. For additional information about this position and to apply, please visit https://employment.uwlax.edu/. If you have questions about this position, contact Barbara Stewart, Chair, at bstewart@uwlax.edu. UW-La Crosse is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We strive to recruit, develop, and retain the most talented people from a diverse candidate pool, and we encourage applications from persons with varied backgrounds and perspectives. Please contact the Search and Screen Committee if you have a special need/accommodation to aid your participation in our hiring process. Employment will require a criminal background check. A pending criminal charge or conviction will not necessarily disqualify an applicant. In compliance with the Wisconsin Fair Employment Act, UW-La Crosse does not discriminate on the basis of arrest or conviction record.

Application Deadline
Position will be open until filled with preference given to completed applications received by 6/20/2013.

Starting Date
August 1, 2013

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