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Personal Counselor and Disability Services Specialist

03/16/2020 12:56 pm

The Personal Counselor/DSS Coordinator is a ¾ time exempt position who provides personal counseling and health education information to Rockford University students, faculty, and staff. The counselor will be able to interpret policy, procedures and regulations with regard to personal counseling and disability support services. This position will coordinate disability support services which includes assessing Rockford University students for academic barriers and assisting students with the process to receive physical and/or academic accommodations. The position is housed under the banner of Student Life – Lang Wellness Center and is supervised by the Director Lang Wellness Center. Clinical supervision is provided for staff working towards their LCSW or LCPC.  A rich benefits package is available, upon hire, including medical, dental, vision, retirement plan and tuition remission for employee/spouse/dependents.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following:
 Provide one-on-one counseling to students with case notation and appropriate documentation of visits
 Referral and advocacy on behalf of clients
 Provide health information and prevention/intervention strategies to campus community
 Provide alcohol/drug use/abuse prevention information and strategies to campus community and participate in alcohol trainings
 Plan, budget, implement, and assess programs related to disability services
 Adhere to federal and state regulations with regard to disability services such as ADA, ADAA, section 504 and the Fair Housing Act
 Provide advocacy and accommodations for students with disabilities
 Demonstrate knowledge, skills and abilities in working with faculty, staff and students with diverse backgrounds including academic, socioeconomic, cultural, sexual orientation, and disabilities
 Consult and utilize industry resources and attend conferences from professional organizations such as NASW, AHEAD
 Work as part of the Lang Wellness Center multidisciplinary team to provide services and education to students as well as develop the appropriate web pages for specific content areas
 Coordination of web resources for screening and counseling information
 Develop a library of resources – pamphlets, books, and other printed information
 Participation and support of Lang Wellness Center events such as groups, health education
 Other duties as assigned

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES:
This position is part of the Lang Wellness Center team and would be responsible for some supervision of graduate assistants and student workers as assigned.

QUALIFICATIONS:
 Understands, accepts, and agrees to practice the Ethical Principles and Standards set forth by the American Counseling Association and NASW.
 Knowledge of principles and practices of personal, emotional and academic counseling.
 Knowledge of methods and techniques of program development.
 Knowledge of best practices and legal requirements of the American with Disabilities Act.
 Ability to interpret University policy, procedures, and regulations.
 High energy self starter; must be able to take initiative with minimal guidance and be comfortable working both as an individual and as part of a team.
 Strong verbal and written communication skills.
 Excellent interpersonal skills with various stakeholders.
 Effective time management skills.

EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE:
 Minimum of three years professional experience in social service setting is highly preferred.
 Minimum of three years experience and education in implementing accommodations per ADA is highly recommended.
 Master’s degree required in social work or related counseling field.

TO APPLY:

Review of resumes will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.  Please submit resume, cover letter indicating salary requirement and list of three professional references to HumanResources@rockford.edu.

EOE