Carson-Newman University is a Christian, liberal arts-based University built upon the Lordship of Jesus Christ as evidenced historically and revealed in the Scriptures. 

Job Title:          Counselor        

Department:     Counseling Services

Reports To:     Director of Counseling

FLSA Status:    Exempt

Time Requirements:     37.5 Hours per week

Summary Description: The counselor is a full time, nine months position responsible for assisting students in defining and accomplishing their God given personal and academic goals.  There may be times when expected overtime might occur with having to work afterhours with a student in crisis; consultation with faculty and staff; along with assisting in educational and prevention programs.

Functional Description:

  1. As an intentionally Christian academic community, Christian employees are hired to advance the mission of Carson-Newman as expressed in our strategic plan, Acorns to Oaks.
  2. Provide individual, couple and group counseling to students, mental health assessments and treatment planning, crisis intervention and management, and outreach efforts.
  3. Consultative services to faculty and staff to address developmental needs and concerns of students.
  4. Provide educational and prevention programs that focus on the developmental needs of students to promote personal adjustment and growth.
  5. Coordinate with other campus offices to provide student support; participate on committees and task force as needed.
  6. Participate in admissions and orientation activities as needed.
  7. Maintain and complete paperwork and assist counseling services staff as needed.
  8. Obtain and coordinate staff coverage for programs along with tracking and analyzing data related to outreach activities and programs.

Supervisory Responsibilities:  Supervise graduate interns as needed.

Education:  The minimum qualification for Counseling Services professional personnel should be a master’s degree from a regionally accredited institution in a relevant discipline such as counseling psychology, clinical psychology, mental health counseling, clinical social work, and counseling and personal services.

Experience:  Counseling Services professional personnel should have completed a supervised practicum/internship at the graduate level, preferably in the counseling of students within a higher education setting.

Required Skills:  Counseling Services professional personnel serving in a clinical role should hold or be eligible for state licensure in their chosen discipline.  The Counseling Services professional personnel should have the ability to interact effectively with administrators, faculty and staff members, students, colleagues, and community members.  The Counseling Services professional personnel must perform their duties within the limits of their training, expertise, and competence.  When these limits are exceeded, individuals in need of further assistance must be referred to persons possessing appropriate qualifications.  Counseling Services professional personnel will maintain in good standing with their state licensing boards and complete their regular professional development requirements.

Physical Demands:  The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.  Demands include sitting at a desk, standing for classes/presentation, participating in direct/phone conversations with students, faculty, and staff.  The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 10 pounds

General Information:  This description is designed to describe the general nature of the job and is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, skills, and duties. It is the responsibility of the supervisor for this position to formally outline in writing any performance expectations including specific duties for which the employee assigned to this position will be held accountable in terms of performance evaluation.

Employee Expectations:  The University expects all employees to conduct themselves in a manner that is appropriate for a Christian institution and to be worthy examples in moral conduct and behavior for the students of the University and fellow employees.