University of Alaska Associate Director for Counseling Services in Fairbanks, Alaska

Associate Director for Counseling Services

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Classification:Mental Health Provider 5

Grade:Grade 83

Work type:Staff Full-time

Administrative Unit:University of Alaska Fairbanks

School/Business unit:UAF Student Services


Categories:Health Profession, Other

Position Summary:UAF Student Health and Counseling Center serves students with physical and mental health needs. We are recruiting an Associate Director for Counseling services to work a 40-hour week from mid-August to mid-May and to provide occasional offsite supervision during the summer months. A degree in a counseling-related field is required along with a minimum of 5 years of relevant clinical experience. Applicant must be licensed or license-eligible in Alaska. This is a regular, benefited position through the UA system.



  • supervise work of other counselors including regular clinical supervision for all mental health service providers
  • provide oversight, guidance, education and encouragement to counseling staff
  • provide leadership for the counseling group in meeting goals of the Center
  • fill in for director as neededEssential

5Administrative Duties

  • Approve counselor time sheets
  • Assist in hiring and recruitment activities of Center staff
  • Review and approve continuing education activities of counselorsEssential

5Consultation, Training and other General Professional Duties

  • assist student/campus groups when they need mental health consultation and training
  • advise staff and faculty on campus regarding student problems; provide guidance when mental health crises occur
  • provide supervision of student trainees when participation in such programs occur
  • participate in Behavioral Intervention Team as needed
  • train staff and faculty in dealing with student problems and student development when needed
  • participate in campus-wide and division-wide activities related to our department and campus counseling services
  • represent the Center and UAF as needed in community activities and maintain relationship with community
  • maintain relationship with psychology departmentEssential

5Crisis Management

  • meet with students, staff and faculty when crises occur on campus
  • talk with students who are in a state of emotional or physical crisis
  • assess danger to self or others and take appropriate actions
  • carry out suicide prevention activities including hospitalization when necessary
  • work with other departments (e.g. Residence Life, Police) and community agencies (e.g. Hospital, Women''s Shelter)
  • provide after-hours support for mental health emergencies as needed and/or arrange for such support among counseling staff
  • work with other support resources such as parents or community agenciesEssential

5Education Related to Mental Health on Campus

  • screen students for depression, suicidality, alcohol use, etc. on a periodic basis
  • write articles on mental health and mental illness topics for the student newspaper or other publications
  • develop written materials on mental healthEssential

5Program Planning

  • participate with other staff in department meetings to remain abreast of and participate in program planning
  • conduct regular counseling staff meetings to provide leadership and case consultation, and to develop program plans
  • meet with supervisor (director) as needed to discuss counseling activities and services and report on progressEssential

60Clinical Services

  • evaluate and diagnose personal problems presented by students - type of problem, seriousness, suicidality, etc.
  • gather information on clinical history
  • perform psychological testing as needed to assist in evaluation and treatment
  • plan and carry out therapeutic counseling interventions on wide range of problems
  • provide individual counseling, couples and group counseling as appropriate
  • create a computerized record of information gathered and services provided
  • maintain confidentiality in accord with federal and state law and professional ethical standards
  • write letters to students, parents, other service providers as needed to provide necessary care
  • make determination regarding referral for medication or other servicesEssential

The University of Alaska Fairbanks is seeking to hire an Associate Director for Counseling services to join the staff at the Student Health and Counseling Center. A degree in Clinical or Counseling Psychology or a related discipline is required along with a minimum of 5 years of relevant clinical experience. Applicant must be licensed in Alaska or eligible for licensure within 2 years. The successful applicant will hold a regular, benefited position at UAF and will work a 40-hour week for the academic year mid-August through mid-May in addition to providing occasional offsite supervision during the summer months.


Mastery of counseling theory and techniques, consultation skills, crisis intervention theory and techniques, and clinical record keeping; training and experience in development and effective presentation of outreach and prevention programs; thorough knowledge of current ethical principles, practices and standards of care for providing psychological services; human relations skills and knowledge of effective supervision methods; working knowledge of State of Alaska mental health and child/elder abuse Statutes. Knowledge of psychological testing instruments. Knowledge of and skills in supervision of clinical work in mental health. Computer proficiency in an office setting.

Required Experience:

Typical experience includes five to ten years of post-graduate clinical experience providing assessment, counseling, consultation, crisis intervention, and clinical record keeping. Experience in providing clinical supervision; experience in some specialized areas of counseling or mental health, such as short-term therapy, eating disorders, veterans' issues, etc.

Typical Education or Training:

A graduate degree in Clinical or Counseling Psychology from an accredited institution and at least five years relevant postgraduate professional experience or an equivalent combination of training and experience. Licensure in Alaska or eligibility for Alaskan licensure within 2 years is required.

Special instructions to applicants:

Please attach a resume, cover letter, and names and contact information (email and phone number) for three (3) references.

If you need assistance applying to this posting, please contact UAF Office of Human Resources at 907-474-7700.

This is a Grade 83; minimum starting pay $38.80.

Application Review Date: Applications must be received prior to 11:55 PM Alaska time on March 21, 2018 to be considered. Applications received after this time and date may not be considered for this position.

Background Check:

The successful applicant is required to complete a background check. Any offer of employment is contingent on the background check

Probationary Period:

Pursuant to University Regulation 04.07.020, new employees of the University are employed in an at-will probationary status for the first six months of employment. During the probationary period, employment may be terminated for no reason or any reason. Promoted employees also serve a probationary period with limited rights of retreat.

Training Policy:

It is the policy of the University of Alaska Fairbanks that all employees are required to attend training to meet the requirements of the positions they hold, and to complete the required training within a specified period of time to remain employed at UAF. The policy can be located at:

Tobacco-Free Campus:

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Notice of Nondiscrimination:

The University of Alaska is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and educational institution. The University of Alaska does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, citizenship, age, sex, physical or mental disability, status as a protected veteran, marital status, changes in marital status, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, parenthood, sexual orientation, gender identity, political affiliation or belief, genetic information, or other legally protected status. The University's commitment to nondiscrimination, including against sex discrimination, applies to students, employees, and applicants for admission and employment. Contact information, applicable laws, and complaint procedures are included on UA's statement of nondiscrimination available at

Advertised:07 Mar 2018Alaskan Standard Time

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