Yale College Student Support Counselor

Connecticut, United States
Tuesday, 29 December 2020
End of advertisement period
Saturday, 27 February 2021
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Position Focus:

Provides non-clinical counseling and on-site wellness support to Yale College students and working closely and collaboratively with Residential College Deans. Reporting to the Dean of Student Affairs and Yale Mental Health and Counseling, two Student Support Counselors work with individual students referred to them by Residential College Deans. SSCs provide case management and college-wide group wellness programming. Working on a wide range of issues, SSCs also serve Yale College students in programming to develop strategies for time and stress management, resilience and coping, conflict resolution, social and cultural belonging, and wellness and self-care. The two SSC will support 7 residential colleges and provide services within those colleges. As this role is to enhance student access to services through proximity, the SSCs provide services during evening and weekend hours.

SSCs will refer students to a licensed Yale Mental Health and Counseling staff for psychotherapy and therapeutic interventions.

Yale College has more than 6,000 undergraduate students. About 22% of students are the first in their family to attend college and about 20% are Pell-grant eligible. Students are assigned to one of 14 residential colleges. Each residential college has a head of college, a member of the faculty, a residential college dean, a head of college senior administrative assistant, a college dean senior administrative assistant, a service assistant for the head and an operations manager for the college. Residential college deans are the chief academic officer of the college and provide advising and non-clinical counseling to the students in their college.

Essential Duties

  1. Holds by-appointment individual counseling sessions with students and technical interns.
  2. Facilitates group counseling sessions on a set schedule.
  3. Partners with Yale Behavioral Health to refer students with immediate clinical needs.
  4. Partners with Title IX Coordinator/Dean’s Designee for Discrimination and Harassment to refer students with immediate confidential needs to appropriate Yale resources.
  5. May perform other duties as assigned.

Required Education and Experience

Master’s Degree in Psychology, Social Work, or related field.  Two years’ work experience in a clinical setting counseling students individually and/or in groups or an equivalent combination of experience and education.

Required Skill/Ability 1:

Demonstrated ability to counsel undergraduate students. Sensitivity towards intergenerational communication, racial/ethnic identity processing, issues of belonging across race, gender, sexuality, socioeconomics, etc.

Required Skill/Ability 2:

Demonstrated ability to provide sensitive non-clinical counseling and follow-up contact with students with serious mental illness and those in crisis (e.g. after a psychiatric hospitalization), as well as students returning from time away from Yale (leave of absence).

Required Skill/Ability 3:

Strongly demonstrated counseling, collaboration, and communication skills. Ability to develop, conduct and facilitate group discussions.

Required Skill/Ability 4:

Demonstrated ability to support students with issues of stress, coping, and conflict-resolution through de-escalation, wellness and resilience strategies.

Required Skill/Ability 5:

Ability to manage working with multiple reporting lines and prioritize time sensitive issues. Ability to work a flexible schedule to provide services when students’ schedules allow.

Preferred Education, Experience and Skills:

Knowledge of Yale’s Residential College system. Experience with students in a highly-selective, liberal arts environment.

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Background Check Requirements

All candidates for employment will be subject to pre-employment background screening for this position, which may include motor vehicle, DOT certification, drug testing and credit checks based on the position description and job requirements. All offers are contingent upon the successful completion of the background check. Please visit www.yale.edu/hronline/careers/screening/faqs.html for additional information on the background check requirements and process.

Posting Disclaimer

The intent of this job description is to provide a representative summary of the essential functions that will be required of the position and should not be construed as a declaration of specific duties and responsibilities of the particular position. Employees will be assigned specific job-related duties through their hiring departments.

Affirmative Action Statement:

Yale University considers applicants for employment without regard to, and does not discriminate on the basis of, an individual’s sex, race, color, religion, age, disability, status as a veteran, or national or ethnic origin; nor does Yale discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity or expression. Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 protects people from sex discrimination in educational programs and activities at institutions that receive federal financial assistance. Questions regarding Title IX may be referred to the University’s Title IX Coordinator, at TitleIX@yale.edu, or to the U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, 8th Floor, Five Post Office Square, Boston MA 02109-3921. Telephone: 617.289.0111, Fax: 617.289.0150, TDD: 800.877.8339, or Email: ocr.boston@ed.gov.


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