Student Success Counselor (SSC)

Student Success Counselor (SSC)
California State University, Bakersfield

Position: Licensed Counselor (Psychologist, Clinical Social Worker, or Marriage Family Therapist); part of the California Faculty Association (CFA), subject to the CFA process of review, and may not work during the summer months.

Type: Temporary, Full-time, 40 hours per week, partial Academic Year position (September 1, 2017 through May 20, 2018); expected start date is September 1, 2017. Continuation beyond May 20, 2018, is dependent upon funding from CSU's Office of the Chancellor.

Location: California State University, Bakersfield

Description: The primary focus of this position is to provide a spectrum of counseling services to students enrolled at CSUB in an effort to promote student success, retention and graduation.


1. Provide counseling and support to students in academic jeopardy, in coordination with the School Professional Academic advisors and Faculty Academic Advisors. The SSC will provide individual and group counseling, emotional support and skill development directly for students on probation and in academic jeopardy/successful academic progress. The SSC will reach out to students directly to engage and introduce these students with Counseling Center services.

2. Consult with faculty and staff on students who are experiencing emotional problems, related to academic performance. Educate faculty about the barriers that students face. Provide outreach and advocacy for students.

3. Engage in outreach to underrepresented students/minorities, particularly but not limited to African American students and other students of color. The SSC will work with underrepresented students to assist in closing the achievement gap and reduce academic barriers. The SSC will work with CSUB contacts to create an environment of cultural respect and sensitivity.

4. Assist at-risk students with developing academic and emotional coping strategies, navigating important university systems, interacting with faculty, and utilizing support services.

5. Work with students on surviving and overcoming academic traumas, such as poor performance on quizzes, exams, papers, group projects, and presentations, and coping with negative thoughts and "self-talk."

6. Personally connect and refer students to important university resources, such as, tutoring, Counseling, Services for Students with Disabilities, Health & Wellness, and others as needed.

7. Provide direct referrals to community resources for students who may be experiencing difficulty with housing and food security, and other various problems and barriers negatively impacting academic performance.

8. Collect aggregate data regarding the number of students served and the types of issues students are experiencing along with the number of faculty contacts; develop reports to be shared with administration using the aggregate data collected.

Education and License: Licensed to practice in California with the appropriate terminal degree to support the license (e.g., Licensed Clinical Psychologist, LCSW, LMFT).

Experience: Two years postlicense experience is desired, with counseling experience in a university setting preferred. The applicant should be a generalist with some experience in the following: counseling, prevention and outreach services to diverse populations; brief therapy and motivational interviewing; academic coaching, cross cultural awareness, crisis management and consultation; sexual and gender issues; and addiction and substance abuse.

Skills: Knowledge of relevant ethical and legal parameters of professional practice. Excellent communication skills, including a strong command of written reports. Proficiency in (electronic recordkeeping) Titanium desirable. Able to work independently and with little supervision, be proactive and take initiative. Actively seeks out opportunities for growth and professional development. Demonstrates sensitivity and commitment to the unique needs of students experiencing combined academic and mental health concerns. Demonstrates respect, professionalism and consideration when dealing with students, faculty and staff. Ability to work as part of a mental health team to serve the mission of the University.

Mental Demands: Ability to utilize effective organizational skills and flexibility. Ability to work in a busy student environment and to positively impact the lives of students. Ability to think abstractly, solve problems and effectively balance managing people and tasks. Ability to understand and relate well to students and others of diverse backgrounds. Ability to maintain and manage confidential information and situations. Ability to manage challenging situations including student and campus crises.

Application: E-mail a CV / Resume with references to

Application Deadline Date: The review of applications will begin 8/28/17, though the position will remain open until filled.

Compensation: Commensurate with experience and qualifications and may include health benefits.

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