University of St. Thomas

Counselor/Life Skills Coach (Dougherty Family College)

May 17, 2017
May 18, 2017
Job Type
Employment Status
Full Time

The University of St. Thomas invites qualified candidates to apply for Counselor/Life Skills Coach within the Dougherty Family College.

The Dougherty Family College is the newest college of the University of St. Thomas, opening in the fall of 2017 on the downtown Minneapolis campus.  Offering an associate degree in liberal arts, the college's curriculum will be rigorous and provide graduates with a seamless transition to public or private institutions should they decide to pursue a bachelor's degree. Students will receive mentoring from St. Thomas faculty, participate in paid internships and enjoy the benefits of being part of the state's largest private university.  For more information about the Dougherty Family College, please explore the website HERE.

The Counselor/Life Skills Coach position is a support position within the Two-Year College Program.  This position is responsible for assisting students with any mental health concerns, behavioral concerns, positive behavioral support, academic and classroom support, consultation with professors, administrators, and student support staff as well as provide individual and group counseling with our students based on students’ needs.  The position will also implement applicable federal laws, including FERPA, HIPPA and Title IX.

Essential Functions

  1. Counseling and Case Management: Provide counseling and case management services to students at the Two-Year College. 
  • Provide individual and group counseling, and crisis intervention services to students.
  • Maintain records and case notes in keeping with legal, ethical and professional standards of care.
  • Maintain an active caseload of students who are more at-risk and in need of more services.
  • Develop plans of action to help students succeed.
  1. Outreach and Referral: Provide outreach and referral services to impacted students, faculty and staff as appropriate.  Provide degree plans for core, major and transfer students.
  • Provide outreach and consultation services to the Two-Year College community including students, faculty and staff.
  • Developing a network with community agencies and resources and make effective referrals.
  • Works with internal and external individuals, groups and organizations to develop programs or systems of care that support and enhance the health, social and emotional wellbeing and safety of students.
  1. Other duties as assigned.

This is a 0.92 FTE, 11-month position with reduced hours in June and July; full time in August.

This is benefits eligible position. The University of St. Thomas offers a competitive and comprehensive benefits program, which includes medical, dental, vision, life, long-term care, legal, and disability insurance coverages. Offerings also include retirement plans, flexible spending accounts, a health savings account, and an employee assistance program. The University provides tuition remission to its employees, spouses, and dependents. In addition, the University values a healthy work/life balance and has generous provisions for paid time off.


Minimum qualifications: LMSW or LCSW and three years of relevant counseling or social work experience. 

Preferred qualifications include: completion of an internship in college counseling or social work; work experience and competency in individual and group counseling, case management, outreach and consultation; and previous experience in an educational setting.  Demonstrated interest and expertise in group and individual therapy.

Knowledge, skills and abilities required:

  • Demonstrated interest and expertise in group and individual therapy.
  • Demonstrated competence working with individuals and families from diverse backgrounds (racial/ethnic, economic, religious, etc.), including a background in social justice or diversity education and work.
  • Theories of personality, development, and human behavior.
  • Ability to accurately assess a student’s mental health.
  • Demonstrates specialized skills and training within a crisis intervention and prevention model, assessment of crisis situations, and utilization of appropriate intervention strategies for de-escalation and prevention of crisis situations.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of school and community resources available to assist students.
  • Consults and collaborates with other university personnel in gathering and giving information and establishing and planning for respective roles in the modification of a student’s behavior and/or social/emotional being.
  • Knowledge of learning disabilities and classroom accommodations.
  • Case conceptualization skills, treatment planning and psychological intervention methods to assist clients in meeting mental health goals.
  • Multicultural competencies and ability to work effectively with clients from various ethnic, racial, gender, sexual orientation, religious and/or spiritual backgrounds, age or disability status.
  • Ability to react effectively to crisis situations and adapt with flexibility to changes in workload.
  • Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing to a wide variety of constituents, including parents, faculty, administrators, medical, psychological and psychiatric personnel.
  • Commitment to the Catholic mission of St. Thomas and sensitivity to unique spiritual and/or religious identities.
  • Ability to develop and manage computer database and provide statistical analysis. Knowledge and experience with student information systems, databases, etc.
  • Excellent oral and written communications skills. Comfortable presenting complex information to various audiences.
  • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively in a complex, demanding environment.
  • Ability to manage multiple priorities.
  • Knowledge of applicable federal laws, including FERPA and Title IX.
  • Knowledge of the complete Microsoft Office suite of programs.

Inspired by Catholic intellectual tradition, the University of St. Thomas educates students to be morally responsible leaders who think critically, act wisely, and work skillfully to advance the common good.  The successful candidate will possess a commitment to the ideals of this mission statement.

In light of its commitment to create and maintain a safe learning and working environment, employment with the University of St. Thomas requires successful completion of a background screening.

The University of St. Thomas, Minnesota Human Resources Department advertises the official job listing on its website. If you are viewing this posting from a site other than “Jobs at St. Thomas”, the University assumes no responsibility for the accuracy of information.

The University of St. Thomas is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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