Assistant Director for Student Athlete Counseling Services

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Work type: Staff Full Time
Campus: UMass Lowell
Department: Counseling
Pay Grade: P18
Categories: Athletics, Counseling/Health/Wellness

General Summary of Position:

This position will focus on developing and providing supportive services to our student-athlete population. The person in this position will provide confidential direct clinical services in a dedicated office within the Costello Athletic Center.   This person is expected to provide psychoeducational programming and indirect clinical services, to consult with and work collaboratively with the Athletics Department and to develop systems and programs designed to serve UMass Lowell student-athletes and teams.  This person will have a non-clinical supervisor within the Athletics Department’s Healthcare Office but they will be an employee of the University Wellness Center, will be supervised by the Director of Counseling Services in the Wellness Center and will operate under the same confidentiality rules that apply to all Counseling Services staff members.  In order to best meet the needs of the student-athlete population, this position is expected to routinely include work outside of the Wellness Center hours of operation.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Provide culturally competent counseling services including triage screenings, intake assessments, brief individual counseling, group counseling, and crisis intervention to student athletes.  Provide team support and performance consultations. 
  • Provide workshops and programming to student athletes on mental health topics including but not limited to interpersonal relationships, substance use, emotional distress, assertiveness, stress management, self-esteem, identity concerns, and anxiety.  Develop initiatives to increase awareness of mental health concerns and reduce stigma associated with help-seeking amongst student athletes.
  • Provide programming and consultation to coaches, administrators and staff members regarding student-athlete mental health, athletic performance and overall individual and team needs. Develop initiatives to increase awareness of mental health concerns and reduce stigma associated with encouraging help-seeking amongst coaches, administrators and staff.
  • Maintain clinical documentation using electronic medical records software and client confidentiality in accordance with Massachusetts law and professional ethical principles.  Adhere to all state and federal laws and professional ethical guidelines related to the practice of mental health. Maintain appropriate professional licensure. Follow professional standards of care, best practices, multicultural competent practices, and engage in ethical decision making.
  • Participate on site in weekly clinical supervision meetings with Director of Counseling Services, Case Consultation meetings and Training Seminars with Counseling Services staff.  Design and present training seminars to Counseling Services staff and trainees on areas related to sports psychology.
  • Collaborate and build effective partnerships with Healthcare, Sports Performance, Academic Services, Nutrition, and other athletic and university departments and administrators to provide a network of supportive services to student athletes. 

Perform Related Duties as assigned.

Working Conditions:

  • Will need to be available for work requirements in the evenings and weekends as necessary.

Minimum Qualifications (Required):

  • Master’s degree or doctoral degree in clinical social work, counseling, psychology or a closely related field and at least 4 years post-licensure clinical experience preferably in a college or university counseling center or with college-aged students in an alternative setting.
  • Current license to practice in relevant clinical/counseling or social work field in U.S.  If unlicensed in Massachusetts, ability to obtain MA licensure within 4 months of hire.
  • Experience in providing services such as counseling, outreach, or consultation with student-athletes.
  • Commitment to and demonstrated ability to provide multiculturally competent clinical services to a diverse population

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Strong crisis intervention skills
  • Effective communication, interpersonal and public relations skills
  • Excellent oral communication skills, written communication skills, and organizational skills

Special Instructions to Applicants:

A job offer for this position is contingent upon a satisfactory response to a background and Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) check and review.

Only Internal Professional (SEIU 888 Professional Union) Bargaining candidates will be considered during the first 10 business days of the posting. All other candidates will be considered after that period. 

This is a SEIU 888 Professional Union position, Grade P18.

Initial review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. However, the position may close when an adequate number of qualified applications are received.      

Please include a cover letter and resume with your application. Names and contact information of three references will be required at the time of application.

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The University of Massachusetts is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action, Title IX employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, sex, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, age over 40, protected veteran status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, marital status, or other protected class.