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Counselor, Life Management (Multiple Positions)

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Job Details
Job Order Number
Company Name
University of Arizona/Human Resources Division
Job Site Location
Tucson, AZ 85719
Job Description

Position Information Title
Counselor, Life Management (Multiple Positions)

Student Learning Services (8908)

Main Campus

Position Summary

Student Wellness and Retention, a unit under Student Success and Retention Innovation (SSRI), is seeking a highly qualified full-time licensed mental health provider who is committed to providing no-cost mental health counseling and consulting for our main campus students.

This position will be embedded into a main campus student support unit or college to advance undergraduate student success, retention, and degree completion. The successful candidate will deliver interventions promoting wellness and self-care. Life Management Counselors serve two primary roles:

  • Providing individual counseling with students and serving as an internal wellness consultant to the unit/college in which they are housed.
  • Life Management Counselors will offer short-term, solution-focused interventions using motivational and behavioral-change strategies to help students cope with current challenges impacting their abilities to perform.

Students needing support with the emotional, social, and psychological stressors may be reasons for referral. They may also be available for crisis support. We are looking for a team member with strong, culturally-informed clinical skills and significant experience working within a system as a mental health leader and consultant.

Student Success and Retention Innovation supports the UA’s diversity and inclusiveness strategic initiatives designed to create an inclusive environment for all faculty, staff, and students. The candidate chosen for this position will be expected to support diversity and inclusiveness efforts in the department and college.

Outstanding UA benefits include health, dental, and vision insurance plans; life insurance and disability programs; paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays; UA/ASU/NAU tuition reduction for the employee and qualified family members; state and optional retirement plans; access to UA recreation and cultural activities; and more!

The University of Arizona has been recognized for our innovative work-life programs. For more information about working at the University of Arizona and relocations services, please .

The University of Arizona is in the process of creating a new classification and compensation architecture. This University Career Architecture Project (UCAP) will revolutionize the way we think about professions and manage compensation at the UA. It is a two year initiative that will replace the current classified staff and appointed professional categories of employment with market-based job functions and families. As an applicant, UCAP will create clearer career paths and opportunities and will help you make more informed pay decisions. To learn more about this project, please visit

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Establish rapport quickly and communicate effectively with students, staff, and faculty.
  • Collaborate with a multidisciplinary team, other University departments, and community entities to provide quality support
  • Partner and collaborate with other wellness programs across campus.
  • Provide mental health services using culturally-informed and culturally-relevant practices to students in an integrated setting.
  • Serve as internal consultant to unit/college (duties may include, but are not limited to, offering professional trainings on wellness topics, offering feedback on policy/process development and implementation that may impact student wellness, serving as consultant for mental health crises).
  • Evaluate and provide counseling interventions using motivational interviewing, solution-focused interventions and behavioral change strategies to support students who may be dealing with emotional, social, and psychological stressors.
  • Assess and respond to crisis intervention with individuals and groups.
  • Design and conduct staff educational and professional development workshops.
  • Conduct brief, evidence-based and developmentally appropriate screening and conduct or arrange for more detailed assessments when indicated.
  • Assess and continually improve the services delivered as an individual provider and as an interprofessional team.
  • Use information technology to support and improved integrated wellness care.
  • Adhere to ethical guidelines, state statutes and internal policies regarding clinical practice. Examples may include, but are not limited to, offering culturally-informed interventions, utilizing informed consent processes, maintaining documentation and records, upholding confidentiality, and referring students to resources, as appropriate.
  • Maintain appropriate documentation consistent with ethical guidelines, state statutes, and internal policies.
  • Other duties as assigned

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities

  • Knowledge and understanding of working with diverse and multicultural populations
  • Knowledge and understanding of unique aspects of the international student population
  • Culturally-informed clinical skills
  • Systems-informed consultative skills
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Excellent written and electronic communication skills
  • Strong organizational skills and ability to prioritize multiple tasks

Minimum Qualifications

  • Master’s degree or higher from an accredited institution in clinical psychology, counseling or counseling-related field
  • Licensed in the State of Arizona as a licensed psychologist, licensed professional counselor, licensed clinical social worker or licensed marriage and family therapist or, if not currently licensed in the state, ability to become licensed as one of the aforementioned providers within 4 months of employment
  • Able to accurately interpret and adhere to the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, University of Arizona Student Success and Retention Innovation Wellness and Retention policies, and Arizona licensure-related statutes
  • Ability to offer solution-focused, short-term interventions using motivational and behavioral-change intervention approaches with diverse populations
  • Ability to communicate and interact effectively, respectfully and appropriately with diverse populations in the Department, University and the community
  • Must be able to collaborate effectively with others

Preferred Qualifications

  • Minimum of two years of clinical experience in higher education, or other related systems setting serving adolescents and/or adults
  • English/Spanish bilingual
  • Advanced training in motivational interviewing, organizational psychology, and/or non-Western oriented mental wellness models


Full Time/Part Time
Full Time

Number of Hours Worked per Week

Job Category
Administrative and Professional

Benefits Eligible
Yes – Full Benefits

Posted Rate of Pay

Type of criminal background check required:
Name-based criminal background check (non-security sensitive)

Posting Detail Information Posting Number

Number of Vacancies

Desired Start Date

Position End Date (if temporary)

Limited to Current UA Employees

Contact Information for Candidates

Cassandra Hirdes

Open Date

Close Date

Open Until Filled

Review Begins On

Special Instructions to Applicant

Please note: You will be required to provide contact information for a minimum of three professional references within your application. Should you be selected as a finalist for this position, for your convenience, your references may receive an automatic email. This email will ask your references to complete a brief questionnaire in regard to your suitability for the position as well as request the attachment of a letter of recommendation. These letters of recommendation must be uploaded directly via the website by your reference provider. is not compatible with any “dossier aggregate” system (e.g., Interfolio, Intellimedia).

Diversity Statement

At the University of Arizona, we value our inclusive climate because we know that diversity in experiences and perspectives is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and creating an inclusive academic community. As an Hispanic-serving institution, we translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience and expertise working with diverse students, colleagues, and constituencies. Because we seek a workforce with a wide range of perspectives and experiences, we provide equal employment opportunities to applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or genetic information. As an Employer of National Service, we also welcome alumni of AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service programs and others who will help us advance our Inclusive Excellence initiative aimed at creating a university that values student, staff and faculty engagement in addressing issues of diversity and inclusiveness.

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